Universal's House of Horror was a haunted house from Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights 1995, located in Soundstage 23. It consisted of two parts with one queue leading up to each; one part showcased classic horror movie monsters, the other showcased the newer monsters from more recent movies. It was followed by many sequels, namely:
- Universal's New House of Horrors (1996)
- Universal's Museum of Horror (1997)
- Universal's Museum of Horror: Unnatural History and Universal's Museum of Horror: Chamber of Horrors (1998)
- Universal's Creature Features in 3-D! (1999)
- Universal Classic Monster Mania (2000)
- Universal's House of Horror (2012)
The story of the second house was that during the construction of a wax museum, lightning struck the house and brought the wax sculptures to life. It is known from concept art that one room the guests travelled through was the Borden bedroom, with the mutilated corpses of Lizzie Borden's parents. As the guests left the room, Borden herself would burst out of a closet wielding a bloody axe. Another room was an ancient Egyptian tomb, with two men uncovering a sarcophagus containing a mummy.
Not much is known about the contents of the third house, the first house to be located in Soundstage 22, only that one of the rooms was a lobby with brick pillars, candelabras, tables with dinnerware and cutlery laid out, and a painting. The facade to this house was not very elaborate, only a metal building with glass windows and a sign with the words "MUSEUM OF HORRORS".
1998 split Soundstage 22 in half to make two houses in one, with Unnatural History featuring modern movie monsters on one side and Chamber of Horrors featuring classic Universal monsters on the other. The beginning of Chamber of Horrors was an old, dusty house with spiderwebs hanging down from a sign with the words "DIE HERE". The corridors were lit with wall candelabras. At one point there was a spiderweb-covered organ followed by a woman with long, black hair looking out from a cavity in the wall covered by glass. Later on there was a scareactor wielding a knife threatening the guests and an alcove containing an old TV as decoration. After this was a mess of old furniture and crates, between which a madwoman looked out. Concept art also reveals that an old graveyard was involved at some point.
As for Unnatural History, at one point, a scareactor portraying Michael Myers could be found standing by the wall. Further into the house, Reagan from The Exorcist could be seen sitting on her bed as music from the movie played in the background. Later still a werewolf appeared followed by a zombie. Near the end of the house, Leatherface appeared soon followed by Ghostface from Scream. At some point, guests walked through a farmhouse modelled after Night of the Living Dead with a zombie bursting out of a mattress.
Universal's Creature Features in 3-D! was, as the name suggests, a 3D house. In fact, it was the very first 3D house in Halloween Horror Nights history, using ChromaDepth-style 3D. Not much is known about the actual contents of the house, however, only that according to concept art, the facade was that of an old-fashioned movie theater with movie posters covering the walls, a broken admission window, and blood running down the stairs.
Universal's House of Horror and its sequels contain examples of:
- Adventurer Outfit: One of the men disturbing the Mummy in New House of Horrors wore one of these◊, most likely making him an Adventure Archaeologist.
- An Axe to Grind: As you might expect from her, Lizzie Borden tried to attack the guests with an axe before slamming the door on them in New House of Horrors.
- Bloody Horror: The bloody corpses of the Borden couple lying on their bed in New House of Horrors.
- Creepy Cemetery: Concept art reveals that one appeared at some point in Chamber of Horrors.
- Excited Show Title!: Universal's Creature Features in 3-D!
- In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: Universal's House of Horror
- Jump Scare:
- Lizzie Borden attacking the guests from the closet in New House of Horrors.
- The zombie bursting out of the mattress in Unnatural History.
- Knife Nut: The scareactor with a kitchen knife in Chamber of Horrors.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Like bringing wax statues to life in New House of Horrors, for example.
- Mummy: One of the rooms in New House of Horrors contained one, most likely the one from the Universal movie considering the theme of the house.
- Museum of the Strange and Unusual: The Museums of Horror from 1997-98.