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  2. Have you ever wondered how much you walk around HHN per night? I used the Strava app all 4 nights to see what mileage we put in. Dang! 37.37 miles in 4 nights!
  3. Yesterday
  4. I've seen a touring version of the Jabbawockeez. It was a similar level of suckage.
  5. I'm not sure if we'll ever actually get to see him as an icon for HHN, but I'd like to see Eddie finally brought out and used as the host for the event one year. Personally, I could see it designed around the idea of him tired of being stuck in the shadow of his brother, Jack, and seeking to violently take control. In fact, I've got two ideas for a house and scare zone to go along with that. The house: Run: Live Scream Ready to emerge from the shadows, Eddie has torn apart an old warehouse and rebuilt it into a killer game show that's livestreamed to the sick and twisted. Here, unwilling contestants must escape from Eddie's horde of psychos and reach the exit, or else be caught and subjected to horrific torture chambers. With the rules set, there's only one way to win: run. The scare zone: Carnival of Chaos Say goodbye to Jack’s midway of the bizarre and say hello to Eddie’s midway of murder, as the chainsaw-wielding psycho tears down the iconic clown’s carnival to make his own home base for his horrifying takeover. The greasepaint monsters may be gone, but Eddie’s band of marauders are sure to offer the kind of thrills you’d die for.
  6. Hell yeah ! What nights? Bee ! I like it ! I’m so glad that you guys had those minimal waits; Sunday was so good that I felt comfortable and encouraged to do Ghostbusters twice back-to-back because of those small crowds. What was your favorite house?
  7. Glad to hear it's not as bad as last year. Pandora and Ghostbusters had me most excited. My expectations are now very low.
  8. I was tracking wait times and was wondering what the heck was going on Saturday. Short lines everywhere all night! Stranger Things and GB always under an hour - on a freaking SATURDAY. So many 10 min wait times. Was blissful to see that (from my dry, cool California home)
  9. YES! We went that day and it was soooo nice! I posted that I was worried about not doing FP since it was too expensive for us... it was so worth it to do the Stay and Scream add on since my wife and I aren't UOAPs anymore. Longest we waited was about 45 min for Stranger Things and that was including the time in the S&S corral. Overall, times were great Yeti 20 min Us 20 min 1000 C's 30 min Uni Monsters 15min Graveyard Games 15min Killer Klowns 5!!! Min. So much fun! My favorite was definitely Yeti, although it was closed when the event first opened (we went through ST and Us first and then it opened) looked like some of the Yeti's took too long in makeup? Hey Bee! The stilt walker in Ghostbusters was there on Saturday!
  10. Just wrapped up 4 nights in a row... when I get an extra hour I will post a review. But overall this was a great year! Houses were fantastic! SZ's were average but still really fun! We, once again, had a blast! I will also add... that little bit of rain kept the crowds away Saturday the 14th. It was the slowest Saturday Ive ever seen and Ive been going since 2006. It was awesome we did 13 houses and still had plenty of time to eat, drink, sit around, catch the lagoon show. Was great!
  11. 66.6 FM: The Damned Besides a few things, such as the fact that it plays metal, no one really knows that much about 66.6 FM The Damned. It just kinda... started broadcasting one day, and people stumbled upon it and kept listening. After a while, the DJ, Joss, announced a bit of a festival. You'd be able to meet the man behind The Damned... and win a t-shirt. There was a surprisingly high turnout - which, as it turned out, was a bad thing, as during the event, Joss played a cursed tone, driving participants mad. Now, as the festival goes on, blood will be spilled - and Joss can't be any more proud of himself. The scarezone smells of beer. There's probably a beer stand in it, actually, or at least within sight from an entrance. On both entrances, are a van with the scarezone's name on it, painted on in red blood font. Joss sits at a covered booth, interacting with other scaracters and guests, and "DJ-ing". (He'll announce the next song and make announcements/barbs, but the playlist changes on its own.) The spotlights move, change color, and flash with the music. At various times in the night, Joss gives away a freebie souvenir (something like a poster/t-shirt) that the winner can decline or accept. Said shirts and posters are also available in the gift shop, but hey, free shirt. SCARACTERS: Joss: The DJ. A sardonic asshole. Encourages his followers to cause chaos. The Damned Listeners: People who went mad from the tone. They look like metalheads, which is a varied look - but you can tell that they're scaracters, they're covered in blood. Some carry beer bottles. And some have that t-shirt. Chainsaws: Why are there chainsaws at a music festival? It's scary. These guys almost all wear black jackets. MUSIC SUGGESTIONS (in a different order, preferably): Cult of Personality (Living Colour) Square Hammer (Ghost) Dance Macabre (Ghost) Du Hast (Rammstein) Ich Will (Rammstein) Master Of Puppets (Metallica) Sad But True (Metallica) The Stage (Avenged Sevenfold) Hail to the King (Avenged Sevenfold) Animal I Have Become (Three Days Grace) I Am Machine (Three Days Grace) Cut The Cord (Shinedown) Mr. Crowley (Ozzy Osbourne) Iron Man (Black Sabbath) Monster (Skillet) Jesus Built My Hotrod (Ministry) N.W.O. (Ministry) Voodoo (Godsmack) Get Ready To Die (Andrew W.K.)
  12. Also, when you first enter Ghostbusters, on the right bookshelf on the top row I saw a sticker for Legendary Truth.
  13. Last week
  14. Not trying to make this a plug legit asking if anyone is interested. I know some people in here have listened to my podcast Nick and Jason’s Excellent Podcast. We will be making our trip finally this upcoming weekend. If anyone is interested find us with our podcast shirts on ( yes we are those guys haha ) and get a Koozie from us
  15. Phantasm Hellraiser Friday the 13th (other than the NLC versions) The Fly It (Remake) Little Shop of Horrors Bioshock Little Nightmares Doom The issue is, a lot of the older more popular/top rated IP's have been done. You'll have to rely on newer stuff that's coming out. I love Zombie movies, but let's face it.. it's all the same thing other than the story. I still prefer original over IP's, but the general public wouldn't come in masses for that and bitch how the event sucks.
  16. This is true for some mazes, but definitely not all. If you want to know which ones do and which don't, without being too specific to ruin any moments, read on: The one that was most strict about it is Us. I can't remember a single moment in that maze with a black wall section or a random boo-hole box scare in the dark. FMTW, Creepshow, Corpses, and Holidayz have some portions like that randomly thrown in, but definitely not for their finales. Killer Klowns results to that a bit in the end, but it works in the context of the maze. The worst offenders are Pandora and Ghostbusters, and from what I've seen in videos, Stranger Things. The latter two I imagine it's mainly because those are more puppet heavy and they couldn't figure out how else to do it. While Pandora is just a bunch random haunt imagery with no tact in mind.
  17. Thursday September 12 - 11:20 PM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 25 min Ghostbusters: 45 min Graveyard Games: 45 min House of 1000 Corpses: 35 min Killer Klownz: 25 min Nightengales: 45 min Stranger Things: 75 min Universal Monsters: 45 min Us: 60 min Yeti: 35 min Thursday September 12 - 11:30 PM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 25 min Ghostbusters: 50 min Graveyard Games: 45 min House of 1000 Corpses: 25 min Killer Klownz: 35 min Nightengales: 45 min Stranger Things: 65 min Universal Monsters: 45 min Us: 30 min Yeti: 60 min Thursday September 12 - 11:40 PM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 25 min Ghostbusters: 50 min Graveyard Games: 30 min House of 1000 Corpses: 25 min Killer Klownz: 45 min Nightengales: 30 min Stranger Things: 50 min Universal Monsters: 40 min Us: 30 min Yeti: 60 min Thursday September 12 - 11:50 PM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 25 min Ghostbusters: 40 min Graveyard Games: 30 min House of 1000 Corpses: 35 min Killer Klownz: 45 min Nightengales: 30 min Stranger Things: 50 min Universal Monsters: 40 min Us: 45 min Yeti: 45 min Thursday September 12 - 12:00 AM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 20 min Ghostbusters: 30 min Graveyard Games: 30 min House of 1000 Corpses: 35 min Killer Klownz: 35 min Nightengales: 20 min Stranger Things: 65 min Universal Monsters: 30 min Us: 45 min Yeti: 45 min Thursday September 12 - 12:10 AM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 10 min Ghostbusters: 30 min Graveyard Games: 10 min House of 1000 Corpses: 35 min Killer Klownz: 35 min Nightengales: 20 min Stranger Things: 65 min Universal Monsters: 30 min Us: 45 min Yeti: 45 min Thursday September 12 - 12:20 AM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 5 min Ghostbusters: 30 min Graveyard Games: 10 min House of 1000 Corpses: 35 min Killer Klownz: 25 min Nightengales: 20 min Stranger Things: 65 min Universal Monsters: 30 min Us: 45 min Yeti: 30 min Thursday September 12 - 12:30 AM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 10 min Ghostbusters: 30 min Graveyard Games: 10 min House of 1000 Corpses: 25 min Killer Klownz: 25 min Nightengales: 10 min Stranger Things: 65 min Universal Monsters: 30 min Us: 45 min Yeti: 30 min Thursday September 12 - 12:40 AM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 5 min Ghostbusters: 30 min Graveyard Games: 10 min House of 1000 Corpses: 10 min Killer Klownz: 25 min Nightengales: 10 min Stranger Things: 65 min Universal Monsters: 10 min Us: 15 min Yeti: 30 min Thursday September 12 - 12:50 AM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 5 min Ghostbusters: 35 min Graveyard Games: 5 min House of 1000 Corpses: 5 min Killer Klownz: 25 min Nightengales: 10 min Stranger Things: 65 min Universal Monsters: 10 min Us: 15 min Yeti: 30 min Thursday September 12 - 1:00 AM Orlando time Depths of Fear: 5 min Ghostbusters: 33 min Graveyard Games: 5 min House of 1000 Corpses: 5 min Killer Klownz: 25 min Nightengales: 10 min Stranger Things: 65 min Universal Monsters: 10 min Us: 25 min Yeti: 30 min
  18. Trust me, it could be worse: Jabbawockeez.
  19. Hi DTH, I didn't read the full review because I didn't want to see spoilers, so I scanned your grades of the houses. I heard the Horror Buzz people say that black hallways with the strobe box at the end were back in full force - massively disappointing if true. Can you confirm?
  20. There's definitely more than just that first Eleven in the ST house, there's actually 3 scare-actors who portray her in the house. First Room (Class Room), Second Room (Upside Down school Hallway before the Arcade), and in the Cabin with everyone else. It's possible you went through during a cast change or missed their triggers.
  21. Guess i can go first then. House Of 1000 Corpses Remove those Captain Spaulding masks, it justs looks weird. Add the scalping scene in the living room. Have some more rooms in the Firefly house. Us Remove the Red masks and get look alikes Replace the black hall room after the living room scene with the Umbrae car kill scene (the one where she kills the neighbor) Holidayz In Hell Have some more ¨guests¨ in the ballroom scene Include the Fairy Cave scene in the St. Patricks Day scene Have the gold kill scene in the Leprechaun's Lair (It´ll be similar to the Halloween 2 bath kill scene) Make the Peep Chicken be like the Xenomorph puppet as it comes out of the egg Have the Tree scare in Christmas Killer Klowns Replace the black halls after the Officer Mooney scene with the jail cells, where cotton candy prisoner bodies lie. Add some detail in the ending. Stranger Things Their will be a facade with the arcade, occasionally glitching into the upside down. The first room will be the arcade lobby, where it´ll again glitch. Replace the first will´s house hallway with the bathroom scene. Remove that god awful mind flayer puppet. Instead, have a room filled with fog, and then have a Possessed Will scare with the tainted veins. Replace the black halls before the pumpkin patch with either Dustin's bedroom, or the junkyard Shorten the tunnels Replace the first half of the ST3 section with the Eleven closing the gate scene, or Will´s exorcism. Replace the cabin scene with the Hospital scene in Season 3. Creepshow Have the first room be the kids bedroom, where the Creep will scare through the window. Remove that overly long comic book hall, and instead have those halls as the transitions for stories. Have a Walking Dead Bicycle Girl gag for the first Fathers Day scene instead of a dummy Have a body gag in the They're Creeping Up On You scene instead of a dummy Have a scare in the black halls after They're Creeping Up On You, with either a giant cockroach puppet, or Pratt turning into a cockroach hybrid Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man Have a small forest section after the tent scene, with multiple Wolf Man and hunter scares. Ghostbusters Replace the first black hall after the slimer scene, and instead have a small hotel hallway where a slimed Venkman will pop out Replace the third black hall with the Central Park Logo scene Replace the Central Park logo scene with a small kitchen room with a Terror Dog scare. Trim the Terror Dog hall, so after that we can have a Temple Of Gozer scene.
  22. Universal Studios Hollywood presents in association with Halloween Horror Nights 9/14 Trip Review Saturday, September 14th, 2019 6 PM - 1 AM As always, this is a very detailed review. By its nature, spoilers are abound. This is for people who have already gone and want a refresher, for people who will never be able to go and want perspective outside of just watching walkthroughs, and for people who don't mind spoilers and want to just get more excited. PROLOGUE This is my first time getting FFP for the event. Not because I’m super excited about the IPs, just because I figured I may end up going a lot. Plus I’m most likely skipping Knotts this year since there isn’t much new there. On the plus side, with the insane crowds, and the new Jurassic World, and the Throwback Thursdays, I wanted to experience this as much as possible and get the most bang for my buck on this year’s offerings. As a forewarning, I did not get to experience Stranger Things. This is the very… VERY first time… since I’ve been going in 2007… that I did not get to go through all the mazes in a single night. This is not for a lack of trying, but with Early Entry ripping away an hour and then ending tonight at 1 AM instead of 2… and taking away Terror Tram which usually dispersed people decently around the park… let’s just say Universal really screwed us over for what seems like no apparent real good reason. Usually I add a lot of detail on times I did things to help people game plan, but truthfully, unless you’re going on a very sparse Thursday or Sunday, I don’t see how you could conceivably do all the mazes, unfortunately. You’re 90% going to need a FOL pass to see all the mazes this year, especially if you’re considering including Jurassic World and Jabba into your night. CREEPSHOW Advertised Wait: 20 minutes Time In Line: 6:10 Actual Wait: Walk On In the Maze: 6:20 (was waiting for some friends to catch up) Going through, I felt something was very off. It was very dark and there were few scare actors. Watching the maze on Youtube, I almost felt like it was an entirely different maze because of how many more scares there were and effects that were on that lit up the maze in different ways. I won’t go too into detail, since I feel I can’t properly rate this maze without seeing a full on live version. Anyway, I liked good amounts of detail and some of the scares were very aggressive. Naturally, as an anthology maze, stories felt disconnected, but that’s on purpose, so the flow and pace seemed inconsistent in a strange way. Now let’s get into 2 things that EVERY-SINGLE-MAZE has this year. An excessive amount of fabric-picture scares and werewolves. Somehow every dang maze this year has a wolf or four footed creature that they could repurpose wolf puppets for. Even with knowing what this maze is like from watching it, there’s a certain grittiness that I wish this maze had. It’s almost live-action cartoony in a way. While I don’t hate it, I don’t necessarily love it either. My personal experience was fine, but I can see from YouTube that it could’ve been much better. I look forward to this improving in the future. And I’ll fully review it with full on scores when I’ve gone through it again. For now — ‘B’- GHOSTBUSTERS Advertised Wait: 75 minutes Time in Line: 6:25 In the Maze: 6:59 Actual Wait: 34 minutes Oy. Where do I begin? I had reservations for this maze and I really wanted to be surprised. This is everything I feared it’d be and worse. The beginning is so goofy, it’s childish. The scares did not hit at all. My friend said, “this is a maze for pre-teens who don’t want to be scared.” I can’t even say I liked the sets all that much. I was even disappointed with Stay Puft. I get it, he’s huge and there’s only so much you can do. But one scene with him and that’s it? No sense of him coming, or rumbling, or anything? I didn’t even like how Slimer looked, I think I would’ve preferred pepperghost. Comedy houses are just not - my - thing. We went through this maze so stone faced and came out very disappointed. I do no foresee this maze getting any better for me, personally. I understand if other people boogie to it, but man, even with my FFP, I don’t want to waste my time with this one again. I just feel like this is the exact opposite of what I come to HHN for. That’s not to say it wasn’t well crafted. When I say I’m not impressed with the sets, I’m just being a hater. Because technically the effects, costumes, and everything is well done. But tonally, I just can not fathom waiting 2 hours for this and getting THAT as the result. I’d run my head into a brick wall. Honestly, I don’t even want to break this down with scores for how I came to my grading. With that said, this is not even my least favorite of the event, but that’s for later. ‘F’ FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN Advertised Wait: 35 minutes Time in Line: 7:07 In the Maze: 7:26 Actual Wait: 19 minutes Finally, a GREAT maze this evening! And something I want to fully dive into review-wise. I wasn’t the biggest fan of UCM, so I was apprehensive about this maze a bit. However, this is everything I wanted that maze to have been. It was much more gothic and gritty, the music more horror-y, with the scares coming in closer proximity. That was my biggest issue with UCM is the monsters were always so far away with their pop outs. This fixed that BIG time, sometimes with two popping out RIGHT NEXT to you at once (another huge staple this year, next to the fabric scares and random wolves everywhere). Walking in, I loved the smell. The storytelling of knowing Talbot’s story was great before it takes us to the point of where the UCM maze left off. The crypt had great environment and reminded of the graveyard scene in La Lorona. Seeing Fritz at the top of the building was a nice touch. This is where you finally get to see Franky and Wolfie start to be in the same scene with each other and these encounters were great. Both monsters on the table and having to walk between them was SUCH. A. GREAT. MOMENT. I was genuinely scared to go through. And finally getting The Bride close enough to see was great too. I think the only section that fell flat for me was the icy ending and the projector room. But at least the projector room was at the end this time instead of in the middle of the maze, making more sense with a narrative of whether I’m just watching these films or living them. Before, I think I compared UCM to House of Horrors and liking the HOH more. I think this was a worthy followup to the HOH and a much better followup to UCM. I’m hoping they will continue this series so we can see what happens next. I’d love to see Creature from the Black Lagoon (missing from UCM) or Dracula next. While this is a very great maze, it oddly somehow falls somewhere in the middle this year because the top two mazes are so good. This is another I think will only improve with time and they’re already rocking it in this maze. FACADE — 8. Really brings you into where you’ll be in the first scene, I’d like another wagon or so though. The full moon looks cheap, IMO, so I’m docking another point. SET DESIGN - 10. Absolutely beautiful sets in here. SOUND DESIGN - 10. The sound really sold the story, which is another section later on. SCAREACTOR DESIGN - 9. Docking for a few funky looking Frankies. CAST PERFORMANCE - 8. For a first weekend, they’re already pretty much on fire, but I think that tad extra bit of aggression will make this maze that much better. ATMOSPHERE/TONE/IMMERSION - 10. I was really sold into this world moreso than any other maze at this event. LENGTH - 9. I wanted maybe ONE more scene. SCARES - 9. Some of the scares didn’t hit as hard as I wanted them to. But again, maybe later when things are ironed out. STORY - 10. This was beautifully told and crafted. I always knew where I was in the story by the sound design and things pushed along nicely, just like a movie. PERSONAL BIAS POINTS - 10. For coming back so strong, I gotta give this maze props. It made me a firm believer in the UCM getting a solid maze at HHN. While UCM felt unfocused to me, this gave a solid story that was worth following and environment worthy of scares for modern audiences. 93 out of 100. ‘A’ ALL HALLOW’S EVIL This felt like a Knotts maze, it was very strangely streamlined, even with a roof at some points. I enjoyed it but it was understaffed. And honestly, I just feel like you can see the same props/themes so many times before getting used to them. ‘B’- TOXXXIC TUNNEL No. Stop. ‘F’ KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE Advertised Wait: 40 minutes Time in Line: 7:50 In the Maze at: 9:27 Actual Wait: 97 minutes {A very unfortunate side note, operations and line management was absolutely awful once the crowds started pouring in. This said 15 minutes when I walked up to it then jumped up to 40. Then I waited twice as long for it. The line barely moved and it’s because of the amount of VIP/FOL they’re letting in. STOP THIS, Universal. CAP IT.} The facade-pre-show felt underwhelming. Such a long scene just for that. While I should’ve known, seeing the movie and all, I just thought more would happen haha. Also, why is the show on the OTHER side from where MOST guests can’t see it? I loved this maze instantly when walking in. I know I just blasted Ghostbusters for attempting comedy in a maze but this had a great balance of horror mixed in. The spaceship and cotton candy sections were great. I feel like this really came alive once the clowns got to the streets. The finger show was ridiculous in such a great way. I loved seeing the clowns trying to hide behind things but they’re literally too big. The water squirting was excessive but these were great scenes and gags. The police station part was PERFECT. The guy who did it was so great. He stared me down even AFTER I left the room and just stayed glued on me. It’s impressive how this maze utilized its space as well, as it never felt like there was a weak spot or blank area. The energy in this maze is peak HHN. This was taking a well earned risk on a cult classic that was both scary and goofy just enough that it could work as a maze, one of my favorite in HHN history. Also, the fans for this maze came out in droves. I’ve never seen so many Killer Klowns shirts in my life. I felt like every 10 people in line had one. And the popularity shows because the line stayed long all night. Or maybe because people kept stopping in the maze to see the gags. Or maybe because line management sucks. I don’t know. Anyway, great maze. FACADE — 9. I’m docking a point for that pointless pre-show. Save some money and give me another hour of early entry instead, how-bou-dat? SET DESIGN - 10. Fantastic, they made such great use of the small area and made it work. SOUND DESIGN - 10. I felt like I was in the movie with how it strung me along from scene to scene just with audio. SCAREACTOR DESIGN - 10. The clowns looked so great come to life. I laughed and they scared me. CAST PERFORMANCE - 10. And that’s because the cast was so on point. They knew how to draw you in with something goofy then strike and be menacing. These guys were doing great with such huge suits on. ATMOSPHERE/TONE/IMMERSION - 8. I was really sold on where I was but I did feel reminded a bit on the fact that I was in a maze a bit, and that’s because the gags were very obvious. I suppose in most mazes, the gags are hidden a bit better, but since the gags are literal gags from the clowns, it just felt like back-to-back set up for the next punch-line/scare. LENGTH - 10. It ended just at the right time. SCARES - 9. It could’ve been scarier, but it made up for any scares with pure entertainment or at least a tone. This is where Ghostbusters fails and KKFOS succeeds in spades. STORY - 10. This was so nice and easy to follow. PERSONAL BIAS POINTS - 10. Great cult classic has come to HHN and I couldn’t be more proud or happy. And they did the movie pure JUSTICE by going above and beyond. You can tell they genuinely cared to make this one good. 96 out of 100. ‘A’+ SPIRITS & DEMONS OF THE EAST These guys were pretty intense, I dug ‘em. I think the overall tone didn’t work in this area though and would’ve been much more beneficial in an enclosed space. This and All Hallow’s Evil should’ve swapped. ‘B’- HOLIDAYZ IN HELL/CHRISTMAS IN HELL Advertised Wait: 35 minutes Time in Line: 10:37 In the Maze: 11:04 Actual Wait: 27 minutes I feel like my cartoony comment about Creepshow applies to this maze as well. There’s a certain grittiness missing. HOWEVER, I enjoyed this more. Each holiday had a great little moment in it. To see this progress from scare zone to maze is a delight. I remember really wishing each section in that zone had it’s own full on room and here we have it. And it completely works. I think my biggest scares in the maze were in the leprechaun section. Guy just kept coming out of nowhere. And the Easter section was surprisingly more demonic than I anticipated, it was so fun. I think the one section that could’ve been a bit better was the 4th of July. The set up and scare here just felt anti-climactic. Halloween was very intense because of the proximity of the pumpkinheads and how many of them there were. The Thanksgiving part was so delightfully disturbing that I’m curious about a whole maze on it. I was surprised to see Christmas considering there was a zone and since the zone is such an obvious continuation, I’ll count it to be apart of the maze. A great surprise in here was Elsa—errr… a snow queen. Funny enough, they throw in another New Year part. FACADE — 6. I like the smoke bubbles, but that’s about it. I’m not a fan of flat facades. At least Creepshow has some angles. SET DESIGN - 7. Again, I wish there was a bit more realism added at points to make this scarier. SOUND DESIGN - 10. Much like the zone, this used all the things we recognize from those holidays to really put you in the environment. SCAREACTOR DESIGN - 10. Things I never thought were scary have become scary now, let’s just say that. CAST PERFORMANCE - 7. I think this is the maze where I feel like there can be the most room for growth. They hit their marks very well, but I think there can be a bit more aggression each time. ATMOSPHERE/TONE/IMMERSION - 7. I think going through everything so quickly, like an anthology maze, gives you almost a reset with every room. In a way, I wish they only stuck to maybe 3 holidays to really expand on some ideas. LENGTH - 8. As I said just above, I feel like to really sell it, this needs to be longer so we can fully enjoy certain holidays instead of getting single rooms on things. SCARES - 9. I got some of my best scares of the night in here, but they could hit harder. STORY - 9. It’s very self explanatory and easy to follow. I think maybe if there was a device though, like seeing it through a child’s lens like in Titans of Terror, this could’ve gelled together in a much more cohesive way other than “here’s some holidays.” Which works fine, but I mean, room for improvement and all. PERSONAL BIAS POINTS - 10. I liked it a lot and love the idea quite a bit. It works as a maze in so many ways and I know this will just get even better with time. It’s something that could come back every year and be completely different. 83 out of 100. ‘B’ HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES Advertised Wait: 45 minutes Time in Line: 10:37 In the Maze: 11:04 Actual Wait: 27 minutes Filler. Okay, maybe I’ll say more. Honestly, I liked this visually more than the 2009-2010 version. It’s more truthful to the scenic of the movie. However, that version had more space to tell a much scarier story that the more you went in, the more depraved it got. This felt like a cliff notes version of that maze. With five times more Spaulding. Okay, I get it, Spaulding is recognizable, but he was used WAY. TOO. MUCH. WTF, WHY? He’s literally half the maze and it ruined it for me. That first room was exactly the same as the prior version. Some scenes were just poorer versions of what they were before. It’s like… why bother bringing it back unless you can improve on it? And why add so much Spaulding and his laugh over and over again? He can only pop out from a random curtain so many dang times. The Murder Ride felt endless and pointless. Like, where’s Baby, Tiny, and Otis? They felt like cameos in comparison to Spaulding. Final scene just seems like they ran out of ideas. While I can’t hate everything about it, I got some decent scares. But it feels so… cheap to do this again for no viable reason. I don’t think it can improve much over the season, it’s flawed by design. Annoying even. But at least it’s the only other maze with a consistently scary tone. Everything else is slightly goofy. It’s like a decent HHN maze from 2011 or 2013. Would’ve been good for the time if the other maze never came out, and disappointing that they haven’t thought of any new tricks. I’m not going to break this one down, it is what it is. ‘C’ THE CURSE OF PANDORA’S BOX Advertised Wait: 70 minutes Time in Line: 11:22 Time in Maze: 12:25 Actual Wait: 63 minutes The line for this was ridiculous and just did not move. It looked smaller than 70 minutes so we figured to chance it, plus the last few lines were shorter than advertised. Nope, just line management at it’s finest, folks. Letting in 60 FOL/RIP people and only letting 5-7 people from the regular line. Without exaggeration, I counted them do that at least 3 times. Anyway, this has no effect on my score for the maze. Not like it matters, because it’s a freakin’ 0. WHAT. WAS. THIS? And WHY? The moment I heard UV lit maze, I held my breath. And going through, in the first 10 seconds after that cool moment in the first scene, I knew it wasn’t going to go well. It was all down hill from there. I’ve hated on a lot of mazes in the past, but this was such a jumble of old stuff, it was almost insulting. Before I hate too much, let me get some positives out of the way. I liked the sound design. It was super intense and the maze felt like all action. Now, back to the negatives. There was ZERO tension because it was ALL action. Just scene after scenes of pure attack. Okay, another positive. Every scare actor was super aggressive. Back to my negatives. Every scareactor was so aggressive that none of it landed because it was a constant barrage of insanity. I wasn’t able to focus on anything. What happened in this maze? Who even knows. I just had flashback after flashback of mazes of old and their sets. You know how people complained about a prop or two returning in a maze like in 2014 or 2015? Prepare for entire scenes. If it wasn’t bad enough already, the Medusa puppet head was literally hitting the wall when I went through. Just embarrassing. Was there a climax even? And Pandora herself and the design? This maze just screams laziness around every turn. It’s such a shame such great actors are working it. I’m sure for that reason alone, this maze will have its fans. It sure is intense. But to me, it’s also nonsense. I feel like all skill, tact, and storytelling was thrown out the window for this one. This goes down in history next to TITE, Clowns 3D and First Purge as one of the worst and most headache inducing mazes I’ve ever encountered at HHN. ‘F’ US Advertised Wait: 120 minutes Time in Line: 1232 In the Maze: 1:02 Actual Wait: 30 minutes Like Creepshow, I felt like there was a lot of stuff missing when I went through and when I watched this after on Youtube, I was assured that was true. However, I feel more apt to judge this one because a lot of the scenes worked how they were intended anyway. This was my most anticipated and it didn’t disappoint. It improved upon the movie in some very fun ways. Getting to live through it was much more scary. The overall tone was perfect. The fear level built in every scene. If there wasn’t a scare, it just made the next scene build in dread because now I knew a scare was coming. The soundtrack was phenomenal. I do think the mirror portion in the beginning could be a bit better, but it definitely felt unsettling. Once the family arrives, all hell breaks loose, and in an a way that’s comprehensible. Those playing the leader of the Tethered was fantastic. Those movements were so spot on. The family jumping out in their specific spots to scare were so on point not only for the maze, but it didn’t even stray that far from the movie. I think it’s fantastic they somehow found the perfect way to adapt this without even having to take too many liberties like I thought they would. The girl in the mirror was the best part. The way you have to walk around her and towards the guy in the doorway was just so unsettling. This maze has so many moments where you’re being set up for something else and it just worked in so many unnerving ways. The return to the mirror maze was fun, and the underground tunnels were a great creepy touch with tiny little bunnies everywhere. I loved the classroom bit, but from YouTube, I didn’t see the full version. I just got a creepy girl staring at me while moving to the music in a very specific and creepy way, which worked just like that. Another favorite is the final scare, that I won’t even spoil in this spoiler review. It’s the most freaky moment of the entire event and I’m overjoyed this maze got some major TLC to make certain moments work. FACADE — 10. You get this facade twice! SET DESIGN - 10. There was so much detail, even in something as simple as a living room. SOUND DESIGN - 10. The “I Got 5 On It” plays in the whole maze and it’s awesome. SCAREACTOR DESIGN - 10. The cast was so perfectly put together, is mostly what I’m thinking of. And the masks were so lifelike, it’s insane. The bulging eyes just made it that much scarier. CAST PERFORMANCE - 10. Every one seemed to be on the same page and working towards a unified goal to scare the crap out of us. ATMOSPHERE/TONE/IMMERSION - 9. Little moments like the car gag remind me, “oh yeah, I’m in a maze.” However, the tone was top notch and the most scared I felt the entire event. Just dread and feeling creeped out. LENGTH - 10. This maze (and Pandora) felt so epically long. SCARES - 10. Best scares of the night are here. STORY - 10. The story points are brought up in the audio, really making sure the confusing stuff at least is conveyed. Seeing the movie definitely helps though. PERSONAL BIAS POINTS - 10. As my most anticipated, I’m glad this worked out so beautifully, as it easily could’ve been a dud. Major props to this team. 99 out of 100. ‘A’+ OVERALL I can’t give my final thoughts until I see Stranger Things. Or Creepshow when it’s fully on. I even would like to see Jabba. With my FFP, I will luckily get to fully absorb this event this year. As far as how good the overall year is, so far, it’s pretty just okay. I wasn’t blown away but I didn’t hate it. It falls down right in the middle for me. While I loved Us and Killer Klownz, all the other mazes are spread pretty decently across the spectrum. And there’s also two mazes I absolutely loathe. While there’s a lot of quantity, I do think quality suffered a bit. And having no Terror Tram really stole the heart and soul from what Hollywood represents. It was the one unique thing HHNH had and they should’ve held onto it as long as they could’ve. Getting rid of it, so far in my eyes, has been a horrible experiment so far. Lines are way longer, it feels like there’s less to do, and adding two more mazes just feels pointless when there’s two crap mazes (maybe even three, if ST is as bad as I hear). While I did heavily enjoy certain mazes, they definitely aren’t created equal. Oddly, my list of most anticipated is almost exact to how it panned out, which usually doesn’t happen for me as things at least swap, but this year it was pretty exact to my expectations of what I would and wouldn’t like. While some of these mazes are going to be great by the end of the run, right now it’s pretty even across the board, which makes this above average, in general, but nothing stand out. Better than 2016? Not by a long shot. Better than 2018? For me, personally, I don’t even know if I could say that yet. I really loved the things people didn’t care for much last year, like TrT, Halloween, Stranger Things (later in the event), and HOB: Vol 2. For me, those were all solid ‘A’s. UCM was good, but not great. With Poltergeist being the only “meh” one of the bunch and First Purge just being trash. For me, Ghostbusters and Pandora are very, very, very strong Fs and are what bring the event down a bit, in my eyes. The odd-numbered year curse hasn’t been broken, at least not for me. B+ RANKINGS — MAZES: AMAZING - Us, Killer Klownz from Outer Space GREAT - Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman GOOD - Holidayz in Hell AVERAGE - Creepshow OKAY - House of 1000 Corpses BAD - N/A WTF - Ghostbusters, The Curse of Pandora’s Box SCAREZONES: Christmas in Hell All Hallow’s Evil Spirits and Demons Fallen Angels (I don’t think I even SAW this maze) OVERALL YEARS: *PERFECT* - 16 AMAZING - 14, 08, 12, 10 GREAT - 13, 09, 18 GOOD - 19, 15, 11 AVERAGE - 07 OKAY - 17 BAD - N/A WTF - N/A
  23. I know it's too early, but are they really putting Death Eaters on the table for next year?
  24. Another truly awful show from aov. It's a high-school level talent show trying so desperately to be halloween-related that it features not one, but TWO Marilyn Manson singles! So edgy!!! Having this as the only real show continues to push the whole HHN Orlando event further into kid-friendly territory. It''s Depressing.
  25. This is the best post every single year I look forward to it. Thank you to all who take the time out of their visits to get the track tracklistings.
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