I'm sure everyone is tired of reading reviews by now, but I thought I'd do one anyway. I'll keep it short with little to no spoilers.
Friday night, as I'm sure most are aware by now, was an absolutely horrible night to go. If I had written a review that night, I don't think I would have found anything positive to say. Obviously the parade and construction have created problems for the streets this year and because of the rain, it didn't feel like HHN at all. However, Saturday night was a hell of a lot better. I saw hoards all over the place and I don't get why people are saying the groups are small because I was completely surrounded by them. Some of the costumes are lacking but overall I thought they did a great job and it really helped the atmosphere. Personally, I like the elaborate street decor but it doesn't really bother me if it isn't there. The street experience wasn't the greatest ever but it wasn't nearly as bad as 2007 and doesn't hinder the event in anyway. Anyone who hated the street experience on Saturday night probably had their mind set before the event started.
DEAD END- As of right now, THIS is my favorite house of the event so far. I didn't really get scared in there but the house is absolutely stunning and for some reason, I'm rarely targeted for scares anyway (which is crazy, because I get startled rather easily). I love the effects this house used and this is so much better than Legendary Truth. A+
GOTHIC- Again, very stunning house. Not as scary as I hoped but this could easily be my favorite by the end of the event. A+
SILENT HILL- Friday night, I would have said this house was awful... However, Saturday night was a completely different story. I don't know if the house wasn't finished but there were a lot of things in the house on Saturday night that weren't there on Friday night. The house did a fairly decent job of matching the video games and movies but I think the nurses could have been better utilized. Pyramid Head, I think, was FAR TOO skinny but he definitely had the movements down. This house didn't exceed my expectations but it certainly has a lot of potential to get better than it already is. B+
PENN AND TELLER- This house is so much fun and the queue video is great. I love the Penn presence throughout the house and I had fun finding all of the buttons. Can't wait to experience this house again! A
ALICE COOPER- This house is way better than people are making it out to be and you don't really have to "analyze" Cooper's lyrics to understand it. I seriously don't get what people don't understand about it, but that's me. That having been said, I think it could have been better. Either way, this was a very fun house but the Hollywood houses look far better. B-
HOUSE OF HORRORS- I actually enjoyed this house a lot. Could be because I had little expectations for this house being that it was such a last minute replacement, but for what it's worth, they did a very good job with the time they had. B
WALKING DEAD- Maybe I went through at a bad time but this house seemed empty to me. I personally prefer makeup to masks, especially when they make no attempt at blending the necks but I didn't enjoy this house much at all. I'm sure it will be a favorite and hopefully I'll make it through again, but it's getting huge lines and I can't see myself waiting over 120 minutes for it. D (for now.)
UPDATE- Much better on the second run through. Quite a few great scares, lots of walkers. Sets feel as though they're taken right from the show. B+
Overall, I enjoyed the weekend and will hopefully make it out there again this Sunday. It's not the greatest year ever but it's still a very solid year with some amazing houses. One thing I will say is just like in 2010, there are little to no victims and death scenes. Personally, I think it takes away from the event. The spine ripping scene from Body Collectors is forever embedded into my brain and I seriously don't know why they don't do more of that. There also needs to be more distractions. I'm sure it sucks as a scaractor to be a distraction but it's too easy find where the scares are coming from, even if you're not trying to.
Thanks for reading!
The Great Dicktator