About two decades ago, I first visited Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest with no idea what to expect. I didn't even know what a "haunt" or a "maze" was, never having been through a haunted house. It impressed me so much that it inspired me to visit haunted houses as often as possible thereafter.
Most Horror Nights mazes are inspired by movies or television shows. Some maze sets closely mimic specific movie sets, conveying the feeling of stepping into a movie; others are more loosely inspired by the film's emotive character. Overall, the mazes are designed to convey selected aspects of the tenor of a movie or series.