Stranger Things – 8.5
They did a great job with this house. Very detailed and my gawd these Demogorgons! Every room was right on. I even like the Evil Dead-esque title wall. Very fun house and the guy I saw playing Hopper might have actually been Hopper. Love seeing this franchise with the characters too! Fun house!
Carnival Graveyard: Rust In Pieces – 10/10
I’m in love with this house. Literally everything about it was incredible. The façade was incredible (common theme this year), it was huge and right away you know there is going to be a lot to look at! I love junk yards and all things abandoned so this was right up my alley. Lots of little Easter eggs to look for and at least one guest activated button in there. This set was so well done. It simply just looks awesome! The actors all looked great and the energy was always high. Also had a first in a house… I got yelled at for stopping. Lol
Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After - 9.5/10
Another STRING and original house! Damn this one was epic too! The facade was incredible with the Wicked Witch flying around and threatening the guests! All the rooms were awesome, all the costumes were on point.... and the twists on all the fairy tales worked for me. Took a couple times to get the jist of it but it clicked and was great! With the exception of never seeing a Mermaid. Am I the only one? Really fun house. Loved everything about it!
Poltergeist – 8.5
I think a fair comparison to this house would be the Exorcist house. Which I also loved. This house was great. The facade was cool (“You son of a bitch!”) but out of the 4 times I went through I only got rained on twice. Lots of good scares and the rooms with the TV worked great. The demon was cool as hell and used well. And the clown…. The clown that haunted my dreams as a young whippersnapper…. Really well used! This was used in 3 houses but the actors with the puppets on them like they are being attacked is a great gag. Works great! Very fun, nostalgic house!
The Horrors of Blumhouse – 1/10
I went into this house knowing it was going to suck and I was not disappointed. HDD was a fun movie but doesn’t translate into a house at all. Like not even remotely. And The Purge, The First Purge…. This whole franchise shows how much Hollywood (the industry) sucks. Its just bad. It’s the new TWD at HHN now. Just stop using it. Was this a last second replacement house? It definitely felt like it. Did this house once and that was enough for meeeee!
Slaughter Sinema – 10/10
I have a soft spot in my heart for the Drive-In as a grew up with one a mile from my house. I also have a soft spot for shitty b-movies. Like Carnival Graveyard I loved everything about this house. Everything. The intros playing were great. I like the format of the movie poster, then the room. It is awesome. Lots of good scares. AND I got to see something Ive been asking for YEARS…. A Bigfoot/Yeti… and there were 3!!!! Well done!
Dead Exposure: Patient Zero – 6/10
Pretty fun house. Those monkeys were fantastic! Great use of the Dead Exposure effect. If you went through already you know the subway car scene is an old trick but done perfectly. But, alas, zombies, again. I know its probably just me, but I'm burned out on zombies. But still gets points for the scenery. The subway, the catacombs. All really great stuff. I also got BLASTED every time I went in the front gate wit the fog machine, I mean, the decontamination machine
Seeds of Extinction – 8/10
This FAR exceeded my expectations! From the early announcement I thought “meh”. But this house was really great. The scares weren’t the greatest, hell even the creatures weren’t the greatest…. But the scenery was really, really awesome! From the pay phones, to the nursery, to the damn Cessna!!!!! What a great house of weeds, wind and rain! So good! Well done!
Trick r Treat – 9/10
Right when you walk in and see Sam to the left in the fog and walk into the house… the fun starts! Love the disappearing Sam atop the stairs was awesome. And do I need to tell you how happy I was to see the AWIL puppet? Albeit a little modified but it was still awesome! Love love love the final room. That was so good with the half bus. Really great house with some good scares, but that scenery was f**king spot on. As were the smells!
Halloween 4: Return of Michael Myers – 6/10
Look there is Mike over there! And over there! And over there! LOL Fun house. Admittedly I had to re-watch the movie before the event to even remember most of this film. Glad I did. Made the story line more enjoyable. Now Michael Meyers is the icon. Rarely do you see anything outside of a few scenes in the original that you would recognize with zero context. Now I will never complain about a Halloween house. Ever. But I think its time to tackle another franchise.
The Harvest – 4/10
It gets 4 bc of some bad ass characters with long arms and some good mood to it. Not much to this zone other than to introduce the IPs for the year. Still fun but nothing exemplary about it. But it worked to get the HHN juices flowing if you steadied straight once entering the gates. If you needed help getting said juices flowing. Probably not an issue in this group!
Vamp 85: New Years Eve – 7/10
Great energy, great scaractors, great prop pieces, etc. Really fun zone. The actors seemed to love it. Awesome costumes with all the 80’s celebrities. Countdown was on and the news crew was excellent. I got some great video ad pics in this zone without disturbing anyone. Good stuff!
Killer Klowns From Outer Space – 6/10
Admittedly not a big fan of the film or franchise…. BUT…. Really fun zone. Costumes were AWESOME! The combo smoke/bubble machine was a cool trick! Nothing but smiles in this zone and I loved what they did with the projector on the whole line of buildings with the stripes. Very cool zone!
Twisted Tradition – 7/10
Now this is consistently my fav stretch for a scare zone. I love all the pumpkins and the traditional themes Uni has been putting over there. But this year seemed to fall kinda flat. I still enjoyed it but it was pretty monotone. Pretty much a carryover form Trick r Treat there last year with less things to look at. I will say my fav costume of the year was the guy on stilts that was the illuminates skeleton thingy. Bad ass effect and design! Still my favo scare zone. Even though it didn’t pop like in the past its still soooooo good!
Revenge of Chucky – 6/10
Fun zone! Loved all the toys! Especially the barrel of monkeys (wear your rain coat!) and the ventriloquist dummy! My only complaint…. Whoever was voicing for Chucky (sorry if you read this) was terrible. I find it hard to believe they couldn’t find someone with a little more wit and personality to do this. I'm sure it wasn’t easy doing that for hours on end and I'm sure PC Nazis were on guard ready to pounce as soon as you made fun of the wrong thing. But I felt that part was kinda weak. Still fun though!
Merchandise - 9/10
Lots of good stuff to buy. I would have liked a dedicated coffee mug to the entire event but no a big deal. I bought that scare zone tshirt too! First time in HHN history I bought a tshirt that actually fits me. I'm 6’5” and like 230…. Shirts always were too short or not enough room in the shoulders or the sleeves were like a wizards. This one fits perfectly. Might pick up a few on ebay to have around for years to come! LOL All kinds of good stuff! And yes Uni…. You got me. I bought that vibrating skull just to get the other lanyard you tricky f**kers!!!! Hahaha!
Overall I had a great 4 nights at HHN28. Houses are so good anymore when the concept is right. Its just a great time! I've said it on here before and I’ll always say it… If you’re lucky enough to be at HHN, you are lucky enough!