The iconic slasher movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the latest hellish classic being resurrected as part of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.
Director Tobe Hooper’s infamous 1974 film was made for just $140,000, unadjusted for inflation. It has grossed $30.9 million to date. Now considered to be one of the greatest horror films of all time, it actually got a mixed reaction from critics when it hit theaters. The controversial horror movie launched a franchise.
Inspired by the original movie, the nightmarish attraction will have guests pass through recreations of classic scenes and locations from the film as they run for their lives pursued by Leatherface, his chainsaw, and his family of cannibals. The maze will feature at both Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, and Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
Also appearing at both parks will be Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives. Rather than being based on the classic movie Bride of Frankenstein, which landed in theaters in 1935 and grossed $2 million, this maze will pick up where the movie left off. The Bride is now “an unstoppable scientist” hell-bent on bringing Frankenstein’s Monster back to life with park guests caught in the middle of the mayhem.
The lineup for the 2021 event is already looking scarily good. Universal Studios bosses recently announced the event’s first maze, The Haunting of Hill House. It’s inspired by Netflix’s hit supernatural serial of the same name. Universal Orlando Resort will also be offering a maze based on director Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning 1988 fantasy comedy, Beetlejuice.
More mazes are due to be announced in the coming weeks, as will information about when tickets go on sale and how much they’ll cost.
Halloween Horror Nights will kick off in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, September 3, 2021, and in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Both events will run on select nights through Sunday, October 31, 2021.