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  1. 4 points
    Oh my god I just got the email, after 4 years I’m finally going to be a scareactor at HHN!!!!! I think “excited” is a major understatement for how I’m feeling right now!!!
  2. 3 points
    Here is a link to a bunch of easter eggs and other stuff I learned from the UTH tour in Orlando Here is a link to my 2018 HHN Orlando review Here WILL BE a link to my Hollywood vs Orlando comparison 10/5 Update at the end My daughter and I went on the 2nd night of the event. This was her very first HHN (she is 15). She is a veteran of Knotts and Reign of Terror, so I'm giving a review from two aspects - hers and mine. I made it a strict point to NOT let any of my opinions influence her, so I help mine to myself and just asked her questions. We got to the backlot at 5:15 and the line for ST was already 90 minutes, so we chose to do TRT and heat to the backlot. Consequently most of the houses we saw were not in the dark, and the two scarezones down there were not open. We have the Frequent Fear pass so we will complete the event later. A quick word about wait times. The posted times were incredibly inaccurate, usually showing far too long of a wait. The app kept pace with posted wait times. They were handing out the tickets to people very often to help track wait times, but even after we turned ours in showing 50% less wait time than posted, they didn't update the real time. I hope they fix this. BUT, there is one really cool thing I found in the app. Wanted to share this in case you are not aware. Go to the wait time of a house and scroll tot he bottom. You will see a "Wait Time Alert" option. Go to it and it will allow you to set a notification when the wait time is below your target! This is so cool and it did work (assuming the posted wait time is accurate - which it is not) Stranger Things We didn't go as it was 90 minutes by 5:15 and never below 140 for the reminder of the evening. Trick R Treat No wait at 5:15. Even though we kept our eyes shut as much as possible ahead of the house, it took several rooms to adjust. My Impression: This was the weakest house of the evening for me. While black hallways were far less prevalent than last year, this house was full of them, and it detracted from the experience. My basis is that because TrT had so many stories being told, each required at least two rooms. Some only had a single room and made the story very muddled for people who don't know the movie. I felt as if cast members were missing as some of the scenes were empty. It was also weird to have a "Meet Sam" story at the end when we had repeatedly met Sam all throughout the house. My Daughter's impression. When we left the house (her very first HHN house), she said it was ok. Didn't have much better to say. She said it was really dark, and she couldn't see much. She didn't get the story, even though just before we went in I told her it was about following the rules of Halloween and what happens when you don't. I then told her the rules. She didn't understand who Sam was (she had not seen the movie). She thought it may have been the old guy at the end because it said we were going to meet him. I bet most people who went to HHN had not seen that movie, so this is a bit telling. Toxxic Tunnel Was not open as a scarezone when we went Blumhouse 2.0 10 minute wait at 5:30. My daughter was extremely excited about this because she saw Truth or Dare (even though she really didn't like it very much). I had not seen it, and neither of us saw Unfriended. The house also had a few rooms at the end to promote "The Girl" which I guess is some upcoming movie. My Impression: Pretty good house. No where near as good as their first AHS, but far better than Blumhouse I. As I had seen none of the movies, it was a bit random to me, but the intensity was good. I'd describe it as a bunch of teenagers losing their minds. The only thing I recall about the Truth or Dare movie was the preview with all the creepy smiles. But I don't recall seeing any of those in the house (I can't say I was looking for them, but I don't recall them). Unfriended to me was more of the same. And The Girl portion was especially weird to me because The Girl had one of those creepy smiles. I assume it is a sequel to Truth or Dare. I really don't know. This house was not aimed at me. My Daughter's Impression: She loved the Truth or Dare part because she recognized scenes from the movie. As we were walking to the backlot, I asked her to tell me about what scenes she expected to see. She mentioned a guy cutting off his tongue and tried to tell me the plot (I couldn't follow her 90 MPH explanation). She was so happy to see that scene. She really liked the house a lot. Didn't think ti was too dark even though a lot of light bled in. First Purge 30 min wait at 5:45. I showed my daughter the Murdy tweet about the free gift for the password, and she was stoked about this, looking for the psychologist in the queue. When we got to him, I gave him the "Blessed be our New Founding Fathers" line and he said back "Blessed be a nation reborn". After the password I got a magnetic bumper sticker reading "Honk if you Purge Too". My daughter gave him the password and he looked her over and bent down and whispered "you may need this", and handed her a little black case. It was Purge first aid kit. My Impression: I've seen all the Purge movies but this one. It was The Purge. Honestly, there was nothing especially "Purgy" about it. It was a bunch of people attacking you with weapons. No attempt to tell any story. It was what it was. As a generic "getting attacked by everyone" house, it was effective. I had no problems with it. As a Purge house, it fell short. There was a mannequin room where actors were dressed like naked mannequins (that in itself is interesting). But then it got me immediately wondering - this is Purge. Why are purgers pretending to be mannequins? I assume this was from some scene int he movie. But again makes someone who hasn't seen it wonder what the hell is going on. My Daughter's Impression: She had not seen the movies but knows The Purge. This was her favorite of the evening, because it was intense. Not the scariest, but she got a lot of personal scares. She thought it was really long. Based on three houses so far, she liked HHN more than Knotts. Poltergeist We didn't go. Was 150 minutes by 6:30. Holidayz in Hell Not open when we headed back up Mummy Treats Best damned corn dogs anywhere. They were not selling the FFP cup at that location Terror Tram 20 min wait at 7:15. My daughter was really looking forward to this one. Again, I did not try to influence her in any way. My Impression: Best on board video intro in quite a few years. Other than that, it was the Terror Tram. Was disappointed to see the return of the queue near Psycho House. That slowed us down by 10 min and took us out of the element. It was nice to see a bunch of Hollywood Harrys. Last time he all but missing. Zero reason to repeat this in a future visit. My Daughter's Impression: She LOVED it. I'd have loved it if I had never done it before. It is a fantastic (one time) thing. The chainsaws freaked her out, as did the clowns (sorry, clownZ). NightmareZ was unfortunately a one room thing, so she exited saying "wait, that's it?" Halloween 4 25 min wait at 8:00 (posted time was 45 min). The queue wrapped around the entire WW lagoon. While this appears to be very long, it is not. It's much better than a huge switchback. My Impression: Not as good as Halloween II but it was VERY GOOD. Huge shoutout to Halloween III. It accounted for about 20% of the house. With all the H3 appearances in Halloween houses over the years, we have practically gotten a full H3 house if we put them together. Very intense house. The Meyers boys were in very good form. My Daughter's Impression: Scariest house of the event for her. She held my hand through all the houses but she was trembling in this one. She has not seen any of the Halloween movies (believe it or not) and she thinks Michael Myers is terrifying. Universal Monsters 15 min wait at 8:30 (posted was 55 min) My Impression: From the Midsummer Scream video I was most looking forward to this one. It surpassed my expectations. Best Hollywood house for me in years. Loved every part of it. The takes on the monsters were fresh and original. Slash soundtrack worked really well. Even though this was in the dreaded Parisian zone, they did a great job of limiting black hallways. Even the brick wallpaper helped a lot. My Daughter's Impression: Like it alot. Not in her tops, but thought it was scary. She's not really into heavy rock much so Slash didn't do much for her. Jabbawockeez Ummm.... Didn't go. Had no desire to go. Overall My impression: Damned good year, and that's without ST and Poltergeist. I'm hoping TrT was just a bad run. It's at the bottom for me right now. Honestly, still too much reliance on the "black room strobe scares". But way less than last year. Crowds are becoming a huge issue. The event needs more entertainment and houses. Opening Potter and Waterworld would help. Wait times need to be made accurate. Employees are not using their tools to keep them accurate. My Daughter's Impression: Had a great time, BUT didn't like the lines. While she liked this more than Knotts, KInotts was more fun because you got to do a lot more. As I am flying out to Orlando in two days, I will probably try to go tonight and do Poltergeist and ST so I have a good reference. EDIT: We returned to the event on Sunday 9/16 for a couple of hours to do what we missed the first night. Sunday crowds were MUCH, MUCH lighter. We got there at 5:15 again and went straight to ST. The wait was 25 min. After returning from backlot, and once park was open, wait was 20 min. Stranger Things: Where is the frickin' facade? Why doesn't this soundstage have one? My impression: As others have said - beautiful house, but don't expect much in the way of scares. Kids appeared mostly in voice form. A word about the queue, since the wait times are so inaccurate - there is a 10-15 min queue inside the soundstage. If you are going in the daytime it will help adjust your eyes. There are two queues outside the soundstage - the Transformers overflow (shaded) and three switchbacks adjacent to that (unshaded). The unshaded switchbacks are 10-15 min. The shaded can add 30 min more. On horrendous days, they can open swithcbacks behind the shaded overflow. So you can peek down the alley and decide the real wait time. If you see the shaded overflow empty, expect 30 min. BONUS info: The $400+ VIP ticket includes a "Stranger Things Experience". Based on VIP add ons in the past, I assumed this was going to be something in the backlot. Turns out that it is an extra room or two in the ST house (I did not do it; this is what I have deduced). Mid way in the house you come to a chain link fence area outside the Hawkins Lab. There is a van here and a couple of guards. If you are part of the VIP tour, the guard gives the first person in the group a flashlight. Once in the Lab, if the VIP guest shows the guard the flashlight, they group is detoured to an exclusive area. My eagle-eyed daughter saw this happen to the group ahead of us. We do not know where they rejoined. My Daughter's impression: She LOVED it. Wasn't scary for her, but she thought it was a perfect recreation. Benny's Burgers (Stranger Things themed food in lower lot) We got the chicken and waffle sandwich. It was good, except the Eggos were rock hard. Poltergeist At 5:45, it was a WALK ON, but wait time was posted as 20 min... We went through twice My impression: Poltergeist terrified me as a kid. The clown, the tree, being dragged along all four sides of the room. The one thing I totally forgot from the movie was the face peel (I had to look it up). Maybe that was because I watched a lot of gore movies and Poltergeist kept its scares mostly above that level. The house, like the movie, starts very slow. Almost too slow. Several rooms with NOTHING going on. But the last half is intense. They did a very good job. With all the talk of Orlando's being the GOAT and filled with puppets, I'm excited to see that. Sounds totally different and much better than Hollywood's. My Daughter's impression: When we exited she said "That was OK". She didn't follow what was going on. Never saw the movie. The first rooms made no sense to her. And this is a perfect example of why I think IP houses shouldn't exist. A&D: Look what we did! Young customer: I don't get it. Scarezones Holidayz in Hell My impression: Best HHN Hollywood scarezone ever by a longshot. Packed with all sorts of goodness. Would love to see an original house dedicated to this theme. My Daughter's Impression: LOVED it! Monster Masquerade My Impression: Nice add on to Universal Monsters. Short but good. My Daughter's impression: Liked it alot. Too short. Trick R Treat My Impression: Meh. My Daughter's impression: She liked the actors. Chainsaws were scary. Toxxic Tunnel My impression: double meh. My Daughter's impression; Thought it would be better and scarier than it was. Amulet of Fear - $20 Okay, you've probably read about this in the blogs, and when you go you will see them EVERYWHERE (except around customers' necks). We purchased one, and my daughter wore it both nights. First - they are MASSIVE and HEAVY. I mean comically large. I was expecting something between golf ball and baseball. It's bigger than a softball. And it's really heavy. It comes with an "exclusive" lanyard strap. As you walk with it around your neck, it bangs around your body constantly. It has three modes: OFF, LIGHT, and RFID. In Light mode, it ignores RFID and has a push button that puts it into one of 8 or so lighting modes. It can also be made to vibrate. The vibrations are not subtle. In fact, the biggest plus about this is that is is pretty effective as a neck and back massage device when you are tired. Not joking. Now, RFID mode. First, it CAN be used on both coasts. It simply senses RFID. And both parks send out the same codes. Around the parks are these 5 foot towers with a lighted jack o lantern on them. These are the RFID transmitters. When you are within a few hundred feet of them, the amulet will react. For instance, as we approached Toxxic Tunnel, it glows green and pulses green. It does all sorts of crazy stuff in Holidayz in Hell. It vibrates solid or in heartbeats or fading pulses. It has two RBG LEDs in it, so the candle and skull can glow/pulse/flicker in different colors. Best of all, it WILL turn off automatically when in houses. My daughter said she saw it bling briefly in Halloween. Employees do not understand this and some tell you to turn off as you approach the house. My daughter really liked it and while it didn't add any "fear" to the experience, she thought it was neat that it did stuff based on where you were. To her, it was magic. I think it's way too big and heavy, but will nonetheless take it to Orlando with me. It DID seem like scareactors were giving extra attention to those wearing amulets. House Rankings (Me): 1) Universal Monsters 2) Halloween 4 3) Stranger Things 4) Poltergeist 5) First Purge 6) Blumhouse 2.0 7) Terror Tram 8) Trick R Treat 9) Walking Dead Scarezone Ranking (me) 1) Holidayz in Hell 2) Monster Masquerade 3) Trick R Treat 4) Toxxic Tunnel House Rankings (my daughter): 1) First Purge - with a bullet! 2) Stranger Things 3) Blumhouse 2.0 4) Terror Tram 5) TIE: Universal Monsters / Halloween 4 7) Poltergeist 8) Trick R Treat 9) Walking Dead Scarezone Ranking (my daughter) 1) Holidayz in Hell 2) Trick R Treat 3) Monster Masquerade 4) Toxxic Tunnel Amendment to my overall thoughts (now that I have completed everything). Although a strong year, I need to reiterate that the black hallways (while fewer) are just tedious. They existed in Poltergeist for absolutely no reason. They existed in Strange Things to separate the Upside down from reality when a cloth would have sufficed. They existed in Trick R Treat to separate stories, when signs already acted as a perfect separator. And EVERY SINGLE HOUSE ended with "something popping out of a plywood alcove". It was effective when La Llorona was the only house to do it. It was less effective when other houses copied that. It is utterly ineffective now. For the love of God, Murdy, there are more tricks in the bag. Speaking of bags, this is the first time I can remember when there were no body bag hallways. If Murdy can get rid of those, he can surely get rid of more black hallways. 10/4 - visited again. Now that I have had a chance to go to some more haunts, HHN Hollywood is no longer a "Damned Good Year" in my opinion. I need to lower it to "Just OK". I came back because it was an uncrowded Thrusday, and I wanted to give Trick R Treat another chance, as my one and only walkthru had been not great. I did everything except Terror Tram and Purge. Purge had a 45 min wait for the longest stretch. The rest were practically walk on, so I did ST, Poltergeist (x2), TrT (x3), H4, Monsters Happy to report that Holidayz in Hell was still excellent. And Universal Monsters was still the best house of the year here. And that Blumhouse is getting better. I did enjoy The Girl portion now that I understand it. Unfriended is still the weakest section. That was the end of the good stuff... I first went through TrT twice in a row. And I'm sorry to say it was not any better than my first time through. Remember, I had just gotten back from Orlando, so their A+ houses were on my mind. I found myself just disappointed to see what Hollywood in comparison to Orlando. And the damn black hallways, man. There's just no excuse for 90% of these. These simply didn't exist in Orlando. They put something in every room and hallway. Then I did a run through for the houses and counted the number of identical "black box" scares, where you are in a pitch black tiny room and an actor hits a switch, throws back a curtain and lunges at you. You are not going to believe how many I counted per house. Keep in mind, that I didn't count these if they occurred in a room that didn't have black walls. So there were rooms in Monsters that I didn't count simply because they had brick wallpaper and the room wasn't pitch black. Stranger Things = 2 rooms Halloween = 2 rooms at very end Classic Monsters = 2 rooms at very end Blumhouse = 4 rooms (three of which are at very end) Poltergeist = 4 rooms, plus the two giant skulls (I hesitate to mention the skulls because there's not much other way to present them) and, drum roll.... Trick R Treat = NINE rooms This is not counting Purge, which I know had at least four. Or Terror Tram, which had probably a couple. I'll add those if I go back this year. So that is 23 identical "black box" scare rooms across 6 houses. Plus the two giant skulls which I only mention, but do not count. I'm certain Purge pushes this well over two dozen. Why? WHY? WHY does every single house Murdy creates have to have these? And why does every single house have to end with at least two of these in a row? I know the answer has to do with the $100 it costs to create one of these rooms. But my God. You land a white whale property like Poltergeist and stick four of these in it? You land Stranger Things and end the house with one? And Trick R Treat... I wonder if subconsciously this was a big reason why it didn't work for me. Do YOU remember seeing nine of these rooms in that one house? I bet you can't go through it again without counting them. You're welcome... How many of these stupid black box rooms appear in Orlando? Honestly, I can only remember three of them in Poltergeist (two skulls and a clown). I remembered them because I remember thinking "MURDY!" when I saw them. Again, not many options available for those. But I can't recall a single other black box room from there. I can't even recall many stretches of black hallway. I'm sure it was there. The difference is: if something low quality is presented to you one or two times during the whole event you probably won't notice, because the rest is so good. But if you constantly see it throughout every house? That's gonna stick with you. Yelp is still full of 2018 reviews (even positive ones) mentioning black hallways and "predictable" scares. If it's a budget thing, and Murdy actually hates these rooms but his hands are tied, when I guess it's going to take losing market share to better haunts for management to wake up. But I'm not convinced this is the case. Murdy tends to latch onto a scare and do it to death. Then he moves on to a new scare to do to death. Remember when we had body bags in most every house? Or multiple picture frame drops in most houses? We need variety at HHN Hollywood. I mentioned in my Orlando review that 2018 was the year of the puppet. But in Orlando they are presented in a variety of ways. Nearly every one is unique to each house. It's the year of the puppet, but in a good way. If Murdy had Orlando's number of puppets, HHN Hollywood would be A Nightmare on Sesame Street, because he'd use them everywhere without any variation.
  3. 3 points
    Main Gate/Parkwide: Humans Are Such Easy Prey – Perturbator – Dangerous Days Album Too Much Oregano – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Chance to Purge – Kevin Lax – The First Purge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Halloween II Suite C (Bonus Track) – John Carpenter – Halloween II Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Disobey – Daniel Deluxe – Desync: Original Soundtrack-Volume I Album Enraged – Carpenter Brut – Furi Original Game Soundtrack Turbo Killer – Carpentur Brut – Trilogy Album Hidden Clown Ship (Bonus Track) – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined: Music from the Motion Picture Album Halloween Prank – Douglas Pipes – Trick-r-Treat Original Motion Picture Album Stranger Things – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Halloween Theme (Reprise) – Alan Howarth – Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Bela Lugosi – John Carpenter – Lost Themes II Album Break Down – John Harrison – Day of the Dead (Expanded) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Walking Through the Upside Down – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) The Light – The MGM Studio Orchestra – Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Bloodline – Scattle – Visitors Album (Single) Charlie Bites It – Douglas Pipes – Trick-r-Treat Original Motion Picture Album Set Me Free – Lorn – Furi Original Game Soundtrack Main Titles – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Halloween II Theme – John Carpenter – Halloween II Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Knock My Block Off (Bonus Track) – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined: Music from the Motion Picture Album The Calling/The Neighborhood – The MGM Studio Orchestra – Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Upside Down – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Le Perv – Carpenter Brut – Trilogy Album End Credits – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Storm/You Should Be – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Power Core – Power Glove – Far Cry III: Blood Dragon Original Game Soundtrack Evil’s Face Revealed – Kevin Lax – The First Purge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Unraveled – Lorn – Furi Original Game Soundtrack Halloween Theme – John Carpenter – Halloween Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Tell Me What is Real (TMWIR) (Bonus Track) – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined: Music from the Motion Picture Album Night of the Beast – The MGM Studio Orchestra – Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Under His Spell - Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack It’s Halloween, Not Hanukkah – Douglas Pipes – Trick-r-Treat Original Motion Picture Album Night – John Carpenter – Lost Themes Album On the Roof – Alan Howarth – Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack No Time for Games – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Last Sunrise – John Carpenter – Lost Themes II Album The Return – Alan Howarth – Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Lights Out – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Vortex – John Carpenter – Lost Themes Album Star Eater – Daniel Deluxe – Magnatron Album ID-7 – Steve Moore – Mayhem Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Castle Byers – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Obituary – Carpenter Brut – Trilogy Album The Neighborhood – Douglas Pipes – Trick-r-Treat Original Motion Picture Album Mask – Dance with the Dead – Into the Abyss Album Persia Rising – John Carpenter – Lost Themes II Album Converter – Mega Drive – Mega Drive Album Fatal Affair – Power Glove – The Rise of the Synths II: The Official Companion Album What Else is There to Do – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) End Credits – Douglas Pipes – Trick-r-Treat Original Motion Picture Album Invasion A.D. – Carpenter Brut – Trilogy Album Angel’s Asylum – John Carpenter – Lost Themes II Album Wednesdays – Steve Moore – Mayhem Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Hourglass – Survive – The Guest Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Sunset – Dance with the Dead – Out of Body Album Fourth (4th) – Gost – Skull Album Hofner Dawn – John Carpenter – Lost Themes II Album Mr. Terror – Dance with the Dead – Out of Body Album Carol Anne’s Theme (End Credits) – The MGM Studio Orchestra – Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: **NO MUSIC IS USED** Interior: Garage – Alan Howarth – Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Return of the Shape – Alan Howarth – Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Revenge of Chucky Scare-Zone: Main Titles – Joseph LoDuca – Cult of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Curse – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Under His Spell – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Some Assembly Required – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Electroshock – Joseph LoDuca – Cult of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Only a Storm/You Should Be – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Love Bite – Joseph LoDuca – Cult of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Too Much Oregano – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Compressed – Joseph LoDuca – Cult of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Main Titles – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Hypnosis – Joseph LoDuca – Cult of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Kind of a Blur – Joseph LoDuca – Cult of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack No Time for Games – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Screams in the Night – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Crazy Ones – Joseph LoDuca – Cult of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Three Chuckies – Joseph LoDuca – Cult of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Unsolved – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack End Credits – Joseph LoDuca – Curse of Chucky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Child’s Play – Matt Fink – Horror Movie Madness: Halloween Edition Album **Plays when Chucky says the incantion and inducts all guests into is cult in the scarezone** Twisted Tradition Scare-Zone: **The music for this area was made custom for the zone and cannot be located, sorry for the inconvenience** Trick r' Treat Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: **NO MUSIC IS USED, Only Sound Effects with intercuts of the Rules of Halloween film in the movie** Interior: Not a Trick/Red and Black – Douglas Pipes – Trick-r-Treat Original Motion Picture Album The Halloween Schoolbus Massacre – Douglas Pipes – Trick-r-Treat Original Motion Picture Album End Credits – Douglas Pipes – Trick-r-Treat Original Motion Picture Album Additional Music for Trick-r-Treat: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These) – Marilyn Manson – Smells Like Children Album **This music plays in the Werewolf Campfire attack scene in the maze** Seeds of Extinction Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: Spores – Jed Kurzel – Alien: Covenant Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Interior: Dead Exposure II: Patient Zero Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: Prime Numbers – Symmetry – The Messenger Album Hate or Glory – Gesaffelstein – Aleph Album Eraser (Baby Alarm Remix) – Coil & Nine-Inch Nails – Recoiled Album Interior: Eraser (Reduction) – Coil & Nine-Inch Nails – Recoiled Album Slaughter Sinema Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: Bela Lugosi – John Carpenter – Lost Themes II Album Scarecrow Attack – Rob Zombie – House of 1000 Corpses Original Motion Picture Score Album Interior: Maniac – Michael Sembello – Flashdance Album The Horrors of Blumhouse II: Happy Death Day & The First Purge Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: Hospital Pursuit – Bear McCreary – Happy Death Day Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Nowhere to Run – Kevin Lax – The First Purge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Interior: Voodoo (Original Mix) – DVBBS & Jay Hardaway – Voodoo Album (Single) **This track plays in the Party scene of Happy Death Day inside the Maze** It’s My Birthday – The Trak Kartel – Busy Day Birthday Album **This track plays in the various dorm-room scenes throughout the Happy Death Day scenes in the Maze** Academy of Villains III: CyberPunk Show: Pre-Show: I Am the Night – Perturbator – I Am the Night Album Cook It – Styles & Complete – Cook It Album (Single) Robot Rock – Daft Punk – Human After All Album Bring Me to Life – Evanescence – Fallen Album Cry Little Sister – Marilyn Manson – Cry Little Sister Album (Single) Renegades of Funk – Rise Against the Machine – Renegades Album Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree Album Shout – Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair Album (Deluxe Edition) Release Me – Diskord – Release Me Album (Single) Main Show: Runnin’ (My Mouth) – Noahplause – Runnin’ Album (Single) Where’s Your Head At (Team Bayside High & Willy Joy Bootleg) – Basement Jaxx – Crizzly Crunkstep-Volume II: Back to Da Streets Album Pump It – The Black Eyed Peas – Monkey Business Album Mr. Roboto – Styx – Kilroy Was Here Album Chariots of Fire – Vangelis – Chariots of Fire: Music from the Stage Show Album Radioactive – Imagine Dragons – Night Visions Album Seven Nation Army (Glitch Mob Remix) – The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army Album Killa – DISTO – Endemic Album ???? Stronger – Kanye West – Graduation Album In My Feelings – Drake – Scorpion Album Trick R Treat – Raydar – Evil Squad Album Let’s Go (Edited Album Version) – Trick Daddy featuring Big D. and Twista – Let’s Go Album (Single) Psychedelic Mutants (Original Mix) – Simulation – Psychedelic Mutants Album (Single) Crazy Train (JEDI Trap Remix) – JEDI – Unknown Album Proper Education – Eric Prydz vs. Floyd – Proper Education Album Be Down (Original Mix) – Top $helf X Ta$C!ONE – Be Down Album (Single) Prophecy – TWOFACE! – Prophecy Album (Single) Turnup – Gent & Jawns – Faded Album Post-Show: More Human Than Human (Meet Bambi in the King’s Harem) (Edited Version) – White Zombie – Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds Album Killer Klowns from Outer Space Scare-Zone: Theme (from “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”) – The Dickies – The Dickies Carnival Album Escape from Klown Kathedral – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Muscle Kar Klown Jam – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Truck Escape/Klownzilla – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Theme (from “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”) – The Dickies – The Dickies Carnival Album Klownfrontation – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Klown Hideout – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album The Inevitable – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Final Klownfrontation and Reunion – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Klown Hideout – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Theme (from “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”) – The Dickies – The Dickies Carnival Album Hidden Klown Ship – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Mike and Debbie’s Discovery – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Muscle Klown Kar – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Tell Me What is Real – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Muscle Kar Klown Jam – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Killer Clowns from Outer Space (Bonus Track) – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Escape from the Klown Ship – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Shadow Show – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Theme (from “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”) – The Dickies – The Dickies Carnival Album Hidden Klown Ship – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Killer Klown March – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Galactic Globe Theater – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Knock My Block Off – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Killer Klown March – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Fun House – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Escape from Klown Kathedral – John Massari – Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined Album Theme (from “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”) – The Dickies – The Dickies Carnival Album Vamp 85' Scare-Zone: Let’s Go Crazy – Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain Album 99 Red Balloons (English Version) – Nena – 99 Luftballoons Album 1984 (2015 Remaster) – Tina Turner – Private Dancer Album When Doves Cry – Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain Album Rock of Ages – Def Leppard – Pyromania Album Sucker M.C.’s – Run DMC – Run DMC Album The Reflex – Duran Duran – Seven and the Ragged Tiger Album It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me – Billy Joel – Glass Houses Album Armageddon It – Def Leppard – Hysteria Album Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual Album People Are People – Depeche Mode – People Are People Album The Heart of Rock and Roll – Heuy Lewis and the News – Sports Album We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister – The Best of the Atlantic Years Album Can You Feel the Beat – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam – Full Force Album (Expanded) Synchronicity II – The Police – Synchronicity Album Blue Jean (1999 Remaster) – David Bowie – Tonight Album Too Tough to Die (Remastered Version) – Ramones – Too Tough to Die Album (Deluxe Edition) Cruel Summer – Bananarama – Bananarama Album (Collector’s Edition) Talking in Your Sleep – The Romantics – Super Hits Album Burning Down the House (Remastered) – Talking Heads – The Best of Talking Heads Album How Soon is Now – The Smiths – The Sound of The Smiths Album (Deluxe Edition) Tooth and Nail – Dokken – Tooth and Nail Album Real Life – Jake Owen – Real Life Album Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes – 90125 Album Let the Music Play – Shannon – The Best is Yet to Come Album Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA Album Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters – Breakout Album (Expanded Edition) Breakin’…There’s No Stopping Us – Ollie & Jerry – Breakin’ Album Miss Me Blind – Culture Club – 6x6: Eighties Album In a Big Country – Big Country – The Crossing Album Din Daa Daa – George Kranz – Din Daa Daa Album Legs (Remastered Version) – ZZ Top – Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top Album Footloose – Kenny Loggins – Footloose Album I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hager – VOA Album Point of No Return – Expose’ – Exposed Album Sunglasses at Night – Corey Hart – The Singles Album Bang Your Head (Metal Health) – Quiet Riot – The Greatest Hits Album Friends – Whodini – Greatest Hits Album You Might Think – The Cars – Heartbeat City Album Catch Me, I’m Falling – Real Life – Heartland Album Jam on It – Newscleus – Jam on Revenge Album Middle of the Road – The Pretenders – Learning to Crawl Album Love is a Battlefield (1999 Remaster) – Pat Benatar – Synchronistic Wanderings Album The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex – Lost and Found-Volume I: Imagination Album Rock You Like a Hurricane – Scorpions – Love at First Sting Album Cum On, Feel the Noise – Quiet Riot – Metal Health Album Holiday – Madonna – The Immaculate Collection Album Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me Album Round and Round – Ratt – Out of the Cellar Album Dance Hall Days – Wang Chung – Points on the Curve Album Two Minutes to Midnight (1998 Remastered Version) – Iron Maiden – Powerslave Album Thriller – Michael Jackson – Thriller Album Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC – Back in Black Album We Bite – The Misfits – Earth A.D. Album Bloodfeast – The Misfits – Earth A.D. Album Scary Tales IV: Deadly Everafter Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: **NO MUSIC IS USED** Interior: Lamia’s Doll – Ilan Eshkeri – Stardust: Music from the Motion Picture Album Shooting Star – Ilan Eshkeri – Stardust: Music from the Motion Picture Album The Lucistic’s Alive – Marco Beltrami – Mimic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack A Threat – Danny Elfman – Oz: The Great and Powerful Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Carnival Graveyard Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: **NO MUSIC IS USED** Interior: I Want a Girl – Classic Carnival Circus Calliope Music – Circus Calliope, Volume II Album Poltergeist Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: **NO MUSIC IS USED** Interior: Escape from Suburbia – The MGM Studio Orchestra – Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Rebirth – The MGM Studio Orchestra – Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack It Knows What Scares You – The MGM Studio Orchestra – Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Twisted Abduction – The MGM Studio Orchestra – Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Stranger Things Haunted Maze: Exterior Queue/Entrance: **NO MUSIC IS USED** Interior: Stranger Things – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack The Upside Down – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack Fresh Blood – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack Hanging Lights – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack Walking Through the Upside Down – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack Hawkins Lab – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack Agents – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things-Volume I (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Additional Music for Stranger Things: Should I Stay or Should I Go– The Clash – Combat Rock Album **This track plays in the Bedroom scene of the Maze** The Harvest Scare-Zone: **The music for this area was made custom for the zone and cannot be located, sorry for the inconvenience** Carnies Roaming Horde (Simpsons): A Clown’s Lost Love – Hollywood TV Orchestra – Freak Show: Carnival Curiosities and Creepy Circus Music Album Haunted Carnival – Derek Feichter and Brandon Feichter – Spooky Halloween Album ???? Three Ring Circus – Dance Squad – Dance Studio Music for Juniors Album Liberty Bell March – Circus Band – Musica Para Circo: Volume IV Album ???? Circus Special Effects – Cirque du Soleil featuring Danny Elfman – IRIS Album Carnival of Souls – Music for Zombies – Grave Music for Brave People Album We’re All Mad – The Circus Contraption Band – The Half-Wits Descent Album Fun Time at the Fair – The Big Top – Circus Music Album Big Top Suite; Part II: Clowns – Beat Circus – Big Circus: Ringleaders Revolt Album Entrance of the Gladiators – Tangely Circus Calliope – Brass Whistles on Parade Album Evil Night Together – Jill Tracy – Diabolical Streak Album People Are Strange – Johnny Hollow – Dirty Hands Album ???? No More Room – The Scarring Party – Come Away from the Light Album Demon Kitty Rag – Katzenjammer – Le Pop Album Angels in Cages – Caravan of Thieves – Bouqet Album Something Wicked (That Way Went) – Vernian Process – Something Wicked That Way Went Album (Single) Mr 9 O’Clock – New Orleans Klezmer Allstars – Fresh Out of the Past Album Russian Dance – Tom Waits – The Black Rider Album Halloween Horror Nights Merchandise Headquarters: Mesonoxian Visitors – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album Revelation – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album Lullaby – Midnight Syndicate – The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates Album Arcane Wonders – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album Footsteps in the Dust – Midnight Syndicate – The 13th Hour Album Diversions in the Dark – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album Haunted Nursery – Midnight Syndicate – Halloween Music Collection Album Cheval Glass – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album Family Secrets – Midnight Syndicate – Halloween Music Collection Album Kiddieland – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album The Lost Room – Midnight Syndicate – The 13th Hour Album Goons and Greasepaint – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album In the Forest Deep – Midnight Syndicate – The Rage Album Grisly Reminder – Midnight Syndicate – Halloween Music Collection Album Light’s Out – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album Krum’s Car – Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane Album ** Check back periodically for music updates and music changes**
  4. 3 points
    Dates attended: 9/19, 9/20, 9/22, 9/23. 9/19 was the Wednesday that they added late, and the crowds were nice and low. The other nights were packed. Here is a link to a bunch of easter eggs and other stuff I learned from the UTH tour Here is a link to my 2018 HHN Hollywood review Here WILL BE a link to my Hollywood vs Orlando comparison I'll list the houses from my least favorite to my favorite, but keep in mind that with the exception of Blumhouse and Trick R Treat, they were all very, very good. Blumhouse II (D) - While I like Blumhouse movies, I just don't think they translate well to houses. They are just not for me. Orlando did a better presentation of Happy Death Day than Hollywood did last year, but Hollywood did a much better presentation of First Purge this year than Orlando. I just cannot get excited for this, and only went a couple of times in my four nights. Definitely avoid this house when AOV lets out, as it gets slammed. Best time to visit is when it opens or just after start of AOV. Trick R Treat (C) - I did not rate this highly in Hollywood, and I'm still hoping it was a bad walkthru, but I honestly thought Orlando's was just OK. I went through about 6 times total, and got all the scares. I've seen the movie several times, and they did a great job of recreating scenes. Orlando presented the scenes in a much different order, but that doesn't detract. I felt there were too many static Sams, and too much effort spent recreating the grandiose rooms rather than on good scares. For me, the wolf puppet was poorly placed, and I missed it more than half the time, forgetting it was even there. If you love the movie to death, you will love this house. If you've never seen it, you will have no idea what is going on. I thought last year's Halloween II was much better than this was. At this point the rest of the houses range from very good to GOAT. Halloween 4 (B) - I don't see the need for yet another Halloween movie, but we got one. And this is a good house, but I'd easily prefer Hive II over this. It felt like one of the longest Shrek queue houses, which was a plus. I think that's because they didn't have giant set pieces in the middle like Halloween II did. The Bucky scene was not very strong (whereas Hollywood's was). Stranger Things (B+) - As everyone else says, beautiful house. Was great to see the kids throughout (didn't get that in Hollywood). Nice to see so many face actors not using masks. Loved that they had three Demigorgon types, including the face that opens and closes. Finale room (snowglobe room with Eleven) was a real letdown. Nothing was flying around in any walkthru for me, and Eleven is too hard to see. If you took the best from Hollywood's version and the best from this version, you'd have one hell of a house. Seeds of Extinction (A-) - Three of the originals are jam packed with easter eggs, and this one did not let me down. In my opinion this was the riskiest one of the lot, because it had no humanoid creatures and no spoken words. It relied completely on every human being a puppetmaster of their own body parts. You could almost call it the Mime House. The queue video sets the story well, but I think it needs to punctuate that you are entering this only 5 days after the Meteorite has struck. And I know it still makes no sense - why are you still alive? Who (or what) are you supposed to be? The house is filled with so many nods to past houses. You should read my easter egg post, because this is one of the more packed ones. Dead Exposure (A) - I did not like the 2008 Dead Exposure. Was bottom on my list. I got the concept, but the lack of detail was too much. This prequel was the polar opposite. It did the same thing, but did it right. It felt like the detail was there, and the scares were very effective. I think the subway scare was the best of the event. Sadly not many will see it because of the long reset time (and I'm not convinced they will be able to continue it for safety reasons). I think for most, this will be the scariest house of 2018. And more puppets! Loved the second monkey! Took me a couple of passes to understand the ending. Scary Tales (A) - Breathtaking facade and witch actor. This almost rivals the riverboat from Dead Waters. Odd was the intermixing of funny (Hansel & Gretel) and gory, but in reality we have already turned gruesome stories into happy fairy tales. And of course Leave it to Cleaver successfully mixed funny and gory. I feel every Scary Tales has topped the previous one, and I don't get the feeling it is played out. Slaughter Sinema (A+) - Was hoping that HR BloodNGutz would return, but I'm glad that didn't come true. The queue video was perfection and the house was a perfect followup to that. Every time I think back on any scene I get a big grin on my face. I think it's unanimous that Cult of the Beast Baby was the weakest point, with a poor payoff. I'm hoping they can find some way to fix that. Schittie's Kidz is going to live with me for a long time. Doesn't get much better than that. I hope we see Slaughter Sinema II, III, IV, etc. To me, this is the next new franchise of HHN. Carnival Graveyard (A++) - Is it just me, or does this seem like it was bigger than the Anniversary house and the WD mega house? This just seems to go on forever. I loved that A&D have started experimenting with an open floor plan that sees the same set from multiple angles. I raved about that in Knotts' Dark Ride house. I think we are going to be seeing quite a lot of this open floor plan in the future. I did notice two excellent scares not happening as of late in the second weekend, and I fear one is gone for good. Refer to my easter egg post. This was at the top of my most anticipated list and and it lived up to it (except for the GOAT house...) Poltergeist (GOAT) - I can't stand IP houses. You all know that. A&D are handcuffed, you know what is coming next, yada yada. In the case of Poltergeist, Hollywood seemed to proudly wear the handcuffs and they presented a mediocre house, while Orlando had no boundaries. Every square inch of this house feels like I'm reliving Mike Aiello's worst nightmares after he watched the movie as a kid. It wasn't about regurgitating scenes from the movie. It was about how we remembered those scenes growing up. We don't just remember Robbie being attacked by the clown, because we remember ourselves being chased and haunted by the damned thing in our sleep. And that's what we got. Over and over again. To me, it didn't need to present events in any particular order, so starting in the pool was fine and dandy. Welcome to Poltergeist. We throw you into one of the most intense scenes and we will not let up for a second. If all the IP houses were presented like this, I'd be loving IP houses. The way they did it made Poltergeist feel like an original. I loved Cabin in the Woods because A&D got to do a few things their way. I loved AWIL, but that was mostly because it was our first glimpse of the puppets. And 2018 is the year of the puppet - no doubt. I don't know about you, but I am NOT getting puppeted out. They are being presented in new and exciting ways. I don't feel like I'm seeing the same thing again and again, and as long as they keep presenting them in new ways, I'm all in. Between the giant head puppets, the giant white monster puppets, stiltwalker, the doorway that moves away from you, the wind effects in Robbie's room, the rain in the pool - POLTERGEIST WAS UTTER PERFECTION - and this was really low on my anticipation list. If you told me I would call it GOAT, I'd call you crazy. One thing they NEED to do is get the damned blackout out of the kitchen. She stands right in the middle of it, just killing the scene. Also, when I went later on week #2, the rain was absent in the opening scene and the clown was not dropping from the ceiling. Those two things are really essential and I hope they are not gone for good. Scarezones from least favorite to favorite The Harvest - Photo op zone. They can do great stuff here. Path of the Wicked was great. They need to get this back to its former glory. From here on they are very good to excellent Twisted Tradition - Another beautiful scarezone. Revenge of Chucky - I've never been a huge Chucky fan or a big fan of the Insult Emporium. I much more like his minions. That guy in the diaper is just plain disturbing. Quite possibly the scariest thing in the park. Killer Klowns - This one grew on me. On the first night they just took pictures. On the last night they were getting more comfortable with the scares, and the non-clown actors were doing a lot of fast-paced scaring and entertaining. I was expecting a lot more from the shadow puppets, but it was cool to see them. And I was really hoping to see something happen with a silly straw and the cotton candy cocoons. Vamp '85 - Excellent zone. I grew up in the 80's and this was designed for me. The only thing I really did NOT like was the insipid "YEEEEEEEEAH!" every 5 seconds from the guy with the microphone. That wore on my nerves real fast. He needs to generate a bit better monologue, because he's the weakest link. AOV (D) - I really liked the House of Fear show in 2016. Thought the 2017 was good, but not as good as 2016. This 2018 show is not good. At all. I'm sorry, but it's just not entertaining to me at all. Yes, I'm still pissed that they have an 80's theme but no Bill & Ted. And that they got rid of Bill & Ted partly because they were tearing down the theater. Which they didn't. And then they didn't bring back Bill & Ted (released in 1989) for an 80's theme event. That is a most heinous series of events. So they gave AOV the spotlight. And what we got was not much better than Jabbawockeez. The set and set pieces were just awful. The plot made no sense to me. I still can't understand the ending, nor do I want an explanation. Worst of all, I went to HHN four nights, saw the show on night one, and had no desire to return. Bill & Ted was a must-see every night for me. No two shows were the same. No matter what, I was leaving with a smile on my face. I just don't get that with AOV in that venue. I think they need to put AOV back on the street, where they can be more intimate with the audience. That's not a step back - that's putting them where they are most effective. Then have AOV give us an intense HHN themed show as they did in 2016. As good as this event was, you know what would have made it twice as good? Close Blumhouse. Put AOV on the streets doing something throwback related. Use the Blumhouse money to bring back Bill & Ted. I think that would have been a checkmate for the 80's theme. I know Trick R Treat was not 80's, but it does have a bit of a timeless feel to it. Summary: There's been a good deal of talk about this year feeling like a turning of the page, repurposing it for a new generation of customers. The argument is supported by the cancellation of B&T (a show that offends this overly sensitive generation), almost zero gore (thought being this generation sees way too much of it in the real world), and having a mind numbing show that as I said, is clearly not aimed at me. I don't fully agree with this theory. I've been going to HHN long enough that I see it more as a pendulum. It reacts to society, but society itself is a pendulum. Young people see the world only as it is now. Older people have seen societal norms shift back and forth. I expect HHN to go gore-heavy again some day. Expect almost all original some day. They may do another pop culture show and I won't understand 90% of the references. To those under 30 who are reading this: it's going to happen to you, too. Sooner than you think. As long as A&D is pushing out the quality of houses we have this year, "In time, everything will be alright". Excellent year: A It's not often that I'm flying back to L.A. repeating the houses in my mind, smelling the same smells, and hearing all the scares. For the first time, I'm looking at my calendar, trying to see if I can fly out again for two more nights in November. It would require me to upgrade my ROF+Express to the Ultimate Fear+Express. $300... If they added Sunday Nov 4th, I'd go it in a split second. EDIT: I forgot to add something - Definitely play the trivia game! You need to download the Universal Orlando app. Go to any of the houses on the app (where you see the description of the house, not just the wait time). Scroll down and you will see the trivia game. The cool thing is that it's highly replayable. There are 11 games (ten houses plus a history game). Each game is 13 questions, but it seems to have a total pool of about 10 questions per game. They are randomly given and the multiple choice answers are randomly arranged. Each game can be unlocked once you are near the queue. Simply passing by unlocks the game. So if you've been to the event before and went to all the houses, everything should be unlocked. Once unlocked, the game STAYS unlocked, so I can continue to play from California, as I unlocked everything in Orlando. At one point, I was #69 on the leaderboard, so of course I had to save that screenshot! EXCELLENT! You can keep replaying each game, but once you restart one, you lose that score, so it may go up or down. If you want a score of 10000+ on any game, you gotta answer every question correctly and within a couple of seconds, so the key is to learn the correct answers, and not even read the questions. Of course, there is the occasional True/False question that slows you down. My current score is 107270, and I am #45 on the board. I want to write down all the questions, but if I take the time to, my scores will all go to hell... This really passes the time in the queues.
  5. 3 points
    This house is GREAT. Soooo intense and creative, on my second run I literally fell to my knees and had to crawl through one double-scare hallway. The sets are also great, while minimal. The train, catacombs, monkey cages, and Paris house sets all look great when you have the chance to calm down and focus (which I'll admit, is almost never). Definitely the most intense house of the event, honestly I'm surprised that there aren't major in-your-face warnings for epileptic guests. I'm very confused as to what the last room is trying to be, is it an homage to the original DE? Who are the characters in the room, more infected or people in quarantine? I can't tell. All in all, this is a fantastic house, and yet another contender for HotY IMO.
  6. 3 points
    Didn't get a great run on this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed HDD and thought the first room of TFP was kinda cool...the rest was terribly bland. I think they recreated the feeling of HDD's climactic kills that go straight into a serene room well. I had the exact same feeling in the house as I did while watching the film, where my brain would get confused as to whether I was supposed to be scared or not, and in the house having scares IN the rooms was great. They also got some really impressive sets in here: the opening tunnel and the parking garage felt more like SS or Parade house set material. Overall, probably my least favorite of the event, but isn't terrible. Will give it a few more runs just to give it a chance, we didn't get that many scares on out first run.
  7. 3 points
    Woo! I'm back y'all. I've gone 1 and 1/3 nights so far, and I'd say 8/10 houses are great to fantastic. I haven't been feeling the zones this year that much, I feel like the crowds we have don't lend well to actual scary zones. I do enjoy Vamp, but it's more for the atmosphere than the atmosFEAR. No? Anyone? @sadbunny and I managed to hit every house on 9/15 without express (and a Carnival repeat!), so it's not that it's impossibly crowded, but it was pretty damn crowded opening weekend. I'll be posting my house and zone thoughts in their respective threads, and might do an opening weekend review or just hold off until I've done my other 6 nights. Good to be back!
  8. 3 points
    Quick PSA before I get some sleep, for anyone who hasn't gone there yet, or who hasn't experienced it yet PLEASE be careful in chuckies scarezone by the barrel of monkeys with your electronics!! They shoot water at people and it's not a spray it's fire hose stream! we got SOAKED, enough we had to go to the bathroom for paper towels to dry off, luckily all of our stuff survived just fine but that's because I keep my phone on the opposite side I got hit on. Also if my park ticket hadn't been in a lanyard it would have been wrecked! I'm all for pranks and a lil spray effect but the amount is a lil much please BE CAREFUL! EDIT i know this may be specific to the zone but I know some of you have mentioned you don't read the threads to specific houses and zones before you get to se them due to spoilers so I'm putting this here hoping anyone will be warned just in case (it really is THAT much!)
  9. 3 points
    Here are some opening night monochromatic images:
  10. 3 points
    Carnies & Clownsaws Horde (Exact Order): "A Clown's Lost Love" by Hollywood TV Music Orchestra – Freak Show: Carnival Curiosities and Creepy Circus Music "Haunted Carnival" by Derek Fiechter & Brandon Fiechter – Spooky Halloween *Unknown Distorted Circus Sound Bite* "Three Ring Circus" by Dance Squad – Dance Studio Music for Juniors "Liberty Bell March March" by Circus Band – Die Musik Zirkus Vol. 4 (There's a lot different albums from Circus Band this song's in, I just chose the German one for fun) *The Universal Orlando Original Song Track for Carnival Graveyard* (I'm pretty sure) "Clown Special Effects" by Cirque Du Soleil – IRIS album "Carnival Of Souls" by Music For Zombies – Music For Zombies album (also in Out of Love album) "We're All Mad" by The Circus Contraption Band – The Half-Wit's Descent "Fun Time At The Fair" by The Big Top – Circus Music album (Becomes distorted near the end) "Big Top Suite, Part 2: Clowns" by Beat Circus – Beat Circus: Ringleaders Revolt "Entrance of the Gladiators" by Tangley Circus Troupe – Brass Whistles on Parade "Evil Night Together" by Jill Tracy – Diabolical Streak "People Are Strange" by Johnny Hollow – Dirty Hands *Another Unknown Distorted Circus Sound Bite* "No More Room" by The Scarring Party – Come Away from the Light "Demon Kitty Rag" by Katzenjammer – Demon Kitty Rag - Single "Angels In Cages" by Caravan of Thieves – Bouquet "Something Wicked (That Way Went)" by Vernian Process – Something Wicked (That Way Went) - Single "Mr. 9 O'Clock" by New Orleans Klezmer All Stars – Fresh Out of the Past "Russian Dance" by Tom Waits – The Black Rider
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    Vin Diesel in Pitch Black confirmed for HHN29! Just a maze of black hallways that then feeds you into the F&F ride where the horror intensifies!
  13. 3 points
    I work greeter at Carnival and that IS what I’ve been doing all night. Dancing the night away to some great music.
  14. 2 points
    I have been in Tent, SS, and Disaster Queue Houses and we didn't wear cloaks when we walked across the queue. This is my first IP house, and the first time I have had to be cloaked to walk to a house.
  15. 2 points
    Houses Poltergeist - 10/10 This was the consensus #1 house for my group. Just amazing from the facade, smell, puppets, etc. Did I mention puppets? Don't want to give anything away, but the demons are just...amazing. Fun fact, the house is so cold as there's a special effects school in the sound stage and they have to keep it cool since the servers run so hot. Slaughter Sinema - 9.5/10 ABSOLUTELY LOVED this house. It's so much fun, but the scares are still there. There's so much fun stuff to look at that that you are easily scared by the scaractors. Queue video is a classic (possible hint to a return of Hive?) as is the last room. Carnival Graveyard - 9.4/10 After the first night, this was my second favorite house...but by the end of event Slaughter Sinema had taken over the spot. LOVE the layout. One night, all the overhead "Stuff" wasn't working. Including stuff like the noisemakers that smash above you (keeping this vague to be as spoiler free as possible) and the bungie scare. Scary Tales - 9/10 Great house and facade. Could easily have been my #1 house if it was last year. Had one dull run through with a shift change or something, but an amazing house. Wondering if they got rid of the rotten egg smell or if my sniffer just isn't that good. I didn't smell it. Seeds of Extinction - 9/10 LOVED this house...but it was just so dark. Maybe too dark. Seeing this with the lights on on the UTH tour was amazing and sad...you can't see 90% of the amazing level of detail in this house when you're walking through it. Halloween 4 - 8.5/10 I'm shocked this is so high, but it's a great house with great scares. Had been a while since I saw the movie, but it all came back to me as I went through. Some great gags and the sound cue's for when Michael pops out always get me. Dead Exposure - 8.5/10 Great fun house...shockingly not as dark as Seeds of Extinction. I remember getting lost in the original house but this one I had no problems with. Wish it was more disorienting. Stranger Things - 8/10 It was a very good house that fans of the series will love, but it just seemed OK to me. The characters are great and there are some awesome sets, just not that scary and the X-Mas light room being more of a disco strobe light than how it was in the show kinda put me off a bit. Maybe I drank too much coolaid expecting this to be great. WHICH IT WAS, but in such a strong year it's pretty far down my list. Trick R Treat - 7/10 Visually stunning and faithful to the movie, just didn't have many good scares. Maybe I hit this at bad times or something, but I was suprisingly underwhelmed by it. Blumhouse 2.0 - 5/10 Didn't like this one much at. Babyface killer did nothing for me, the deja vu was just annoying (I get it, that's how the movie is, but still didn't like it). When we walked in the house there were crew members telling us to walk as closely to a wall as possible and avoid an area. Figured someone puked there or something, but my friend said they did it earlier in the event as well. So no clue what that was about. It looked good and I got a good scare or two, so giving it a 5. Scare Zones Killer Klowns From Outer Space - 9.5/10 Would have been a 10/10 if it wasn't so damn small! There was sooooo much room there and a ton of clowns. Any time you stop to take a picture of something (or do a selfi, which isn't my thing) a clown would come up behind you to startle you...or photobomb your picture. Biggest laugh of the whole night was a tour guide going through with a lit up batton thing and the clowns with props (hammers, bats, guns) all joining the tour and walking through with their props up in the air like the tour guide. MAKE THIS A HOUSE NEXT YEAR!!!!! Vamp '85 - 8.5/10 The soundtrack gets a 10/10. A fun zone but not that scary. The show was a nice touch but was a bit disappointed that the ball doesn't drop....something else happens but don't want to spoil it. Revenge of Chucky - 8/10 This was suprisingly a ton of fun. First time through was a bit disappointing, but mostly because we were expecting more Chucky. But it grew on me and the Chucky stage was fun, but the other stages were great too. I like the reapeating, ummmm, "impact" of watch the other shows. Twisted Traditions - 8/10 This zone should be here every year. Yeah, very similar to others, but if it ain't broke why fix it? Wouldn't change a thing about it. The Harvest - 6/10 Pretty boring. Not sure why they didn't put up displays for the orignal houses. Stilt walkers were awesome, but they turned into photo ops and the other scare actors had a hard time doing good scares since it was so damn crowded in there. Not bad by any means, but just didn't quite work as it is. Show Academy of Villians - 7/10 I LOVED their show the past couple years, but in the big stadium it really sucks as you don't get to pick where you sit. We sat off to the side so we didn't get the head on perspective. It was still really good and had a ton of energy...but it started to drag on a bit about 20 minutes in. So happy that they had songs with curses in them...I know, that's stupid and childish to say but I'm a huge Rob Zombie fan and nothing is worse than "More Human Than Human" being edited so it sounds horrible. OVERALL I'd give the year a 9/10. It was definitely my favorite year for originals since the IPs started up. It' s right up there with 25.
  16. 2 points
    Or, now hear me out, follow the rules and don’t ruin the experience for other people?
  17. 2 points
    I heard Armageddon It by Def Leppard in Vamp 85.
  18. 2 points
    The A/C was fixed in here over the weekend. It is much cooler in there now. and we thank them for that!!!
  19. 2 points
    Holy crap, that looks astounding! Thank you so much! BTW, I'm glad you took Reaper's musical torch.
  20. 2 points
    I believe this is what she says: Come one, come all! To a place where there are NO happy endings! Here, in my fairytale realm, none of these fairytales will ever end happily ever after once again! Now that they are all under my control, I will make sure they all become scary tales! They will all live deadly ever after!!! *maniacal laugh*
  21. 2 points
    Scarezones The Harvest - A cool summary of the night a great way to get the full use of the scarecrow costumes. Vamp 85: New Year's Eve - Definitely my favorite zone even though I was not expecting it. The costumes were not as great as some of the others but the vibe and set pieces just made it. This seems like the zone I'm gonna be spending time in when I don't feel like waiting 2 hours for Stranger Things. Killer Clowns - A super cool zone with some of the best costumes I've ever seen. The balloon dog and The actors mimicking the tour guides were a great touch. Only real critique was the location, I feel like it's not big enough to really do too much putting it in front of Fast and Furious would balance out that side of the park. Twisted Tradition - Really just what I expected from a central park zone. They had the maracas and the actors hiding behind setpieces. The one thing I will say that the big house/church was a killer piece and the stilt actors looked so good at night. Revenge of Chucky - A cool zone in concept but the execution was lackluster. It felt like nothing was going on and everything was so empty. Despite this, I still liked the zone but of them all, it probably was my least favorite. Houses Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces - This was one of the houses I hit twice and is one of the contenders for my favorite house. The set was so cool and I loved the amount of stuff you could look at. Throwing in the old Icon was a great touch. The use of the buttons like in the saw house was great although I could not figure out what the second one did. This house definitely had some of the most creative scares between the clown falling down on you, the barrel slam, and the car horn. Gotta say definitely had a great time going through this house. Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After - I really like the idea behind this house and I also really like this house. The costumes were some of the best I've ever seen and the opening setpiece with the Witch was awesome. I didn't get the best run and missed a lot of scares, but still was a stand out house. The one downside was the mermaid segment maybe I got the worst run of all time but I walked through the room, saw the actors, and promptly walked out with zero scares. Poltergeist - Full disclaimer I have not seen this movie but a friend gave me a basic rundown of what was going on despite not actually understanding anything this was still one of my favorite houses. The setpiece in the first scene is so cool and the audio just makes it. The segments of the house were really well structured and the number of huge beasts was crazy impressive. The Horrors of Blumhouse - I am not gonna lie I went into this house with low expectations and I was still let down. I have not seen Happy Death Day but from what I know about it this segment was really cool and the music was really just a good time. The rest of this house just kinda melded together for me but the one thing I will say is the Purge segment was worse than last year and this was the one time it was actually planned to be there. I don't think I will ever lose the image of a man wearing a blank mask holding a gun straight up walk out from behind a door with no noise and no action just to walk back and do it again. Slaughter Sinema - This house was in the top three of my hype list and it did not disappoint. I was so excited when I heard about this house because it could pretty much give the creatives the power to do whatever they wanted and they took that right and ran with it. The music, the way it was formatted, and the themes were top tier and the fact that you can get a t-shirt with your favorite segment on it just makes me so happy. This house is definitely fighting for my top spot. Dead Exposure: Patient Zero - First off this house is insane, like the first time I went through it I thought I was going to have a stroke. I think the real way to enjoy this house is just to go with it and don't try to think too hard about a story or theme because if you do that you will run into some of the coolest scenes and scares this year. Seeds of Extinction - This was the one house I really didn't know what to expect. I kinda envisioned some of the ET creatures jumping out at me which that thought alone was plenty scary but turns out I was dead wrong. This house was wild claustrophobic and had some super cool costumes. I was one of the first people to go through this house so there was no one in front of me and anyone who has done that before knows exactly what I am talking about. I got pretty much every scare one after another with no stopping The number of people that you just couldn't see really set this house apart. Trick 'r Treat - This house was so fun. The set pieces were so pretty and all of the Sams just made it. I don't really know what else to say about this house but it was definitely one of my favorite houses. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers - This house was the one other that I found a little disappointing. Don't get me wrong this was still a good house but compared to all of the other houses this year it just didn't really hit its mark. Now I understand this was the last minute house and it's really evident and for what it is I like it. I liked seeing all of the scenes from the movie although I have always had a bit of a problem with houses that have one main bad guy. It's weird seeing the same person come at you over and over and over again and it starts to lose its magic very quickly. despite this, it was still a good house and I liked seeing the movie come to life. Stranger Things - Here it is, the money-making machine. I went into this house with the lowest of low expectations and I was blown away. I was expecting to be running around the Hawkins Lab getting scared by the same guy over and over again until I got out and questioned why I just waited 17 hours to do that but I got a super well thought out and themed house with some of the coolest looking sets and scares to date. The casting for the kids and characters was second to none and the costumes were fantastic. Especially in the upside down, they have the sort of ash floating down on you and the suits could have very well been the suits from the actual show. Sadly I missed almost every animatronic scare and going back to see those again is going to be quite a daunting task as one two hour wait may just be enough for me. All in all this house was on the bottom of my hype list but they just killed it on this one. I have not seen the show yet but that will come with the more in-depth review. Summary/Critique This year might just be lining up to be my favorite year thus far the only real critique I have is that when you are going through the park there is actually no reason to go past fast and furious and London I think if they had moved the Clowns zone to just in front of Fast and Furious it would balance out the park. I know they wanna have people go on the ride but like come on guys it's just not happening.
  22. 2 points
    my shazam recognized two songs around the park Humans are such easy prey - Perturbator Bloodline - Scattle
  23. 2 points
    I'm just putting it out there I feel like they could have moved this into the big open area in front of Fast and Furious for more space and to balance out that side of the park.
  24. 2 points
    The First Purge section looks like absolute garbage however the Happy Death Day part looks pretty good and legit and follows the story pretty well, was impressed with that. Should’ve just been a full on Happy Death Day house.
  25. 2 points
    Top Notch "fun" house. The film ideas are all very interesting and I could see either of them becoming fleshed out into their own full blown house concept (especially the Swamp Yeti and the Midnight Snack 2 sections) Lots of funs, and the scareactors seem to be having a blast with what they know is a very silly concept overall. Also it smells like popcorn when you go in. How cool is that?
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