Review: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood (2015)

Going to a haunted house in September is a bit like drinking egg nog in October – it doesn’t quite feel the same.  But when ‘front of the line’ tickets to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights went on sale last month and were close to $100 cheaper for September than October, that’s pretty much a no-brainer.  Regardless of the September aspect, once again Universal didn’t disappoint (well, except in a few spots) and if you read on I’ll give you my thoughts on all of the madness!    Continue reading

Anticipation Alert: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2013

For the past 6 years, I’ve plunked down my money to witness what I believe to be the best haunted house experience ever at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood.  And yes, I have also learned that plunking down a little more money for the Front Of The Line Pass is well worth it.  This is the time of the year where I get a little giddy, as I wait for the announcements of what mazes will be included, because I know that Creative Director John Murdy and his crew will pull out all of the stops to bring the best detail and scares to the paying public.  And the first maze has been announced and it is:  Evil Dead.

*no, I will not celebrate Arbor Day!*

Not the old-school, chainsaw swinging Ash version though.  The new-school that pays homage to the old-school Fede Alvarez version, which I’m actually more excited about from a haunted house standpoint.  I can already imagine walking into the musty smelling cabin.  Then taking a stroll through the woods before the branches come alive and try to rape me and possess my soul to the point where I need to carve my arm off with an electric meat slicer.  Good times.  Point is that with this news and the rumblings that there may be an Insidious attraction as well, Halloween Horror Nights may have just upped the ante big time this year, especially with the scare factor.  Stay tuned for more maze announcements and if you don’t live in LA or Orlando, I’m sorry – but I’m going to rub it in anyway.

Review: Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios Hollywood)

Alright!  One of my favorite times of the year is taking the trek out to Universal Studios in Hollywood for their annual Halloween Horror Nights extravaganza.  After transforming the theme park from a boring daytime adventure, you’re transported to a place full of famous horror icons, stilt walking clowns, and overpriced cold churros.  This being my 6th year at the event, I’ve seen mazes built around the likes of Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13th, and even My Bloody Valentine.  Would this year top previous years, or would it make me regret paying $25 for preferred parking?  Let’s take a look at the 6 mazes from worst to first:

Universal Monsters Remix:  Ok – of course this one would end up on the bottom of the list, but I do have to eat my words a little or at least nibble on them.  The dubstep music wasn’t as distracting or annoying as I previously thought, but overall the maze just isn’t that scary.  There’s the Wolf Man and Chucky and a DJ/dancing girl combo in the middle of a strobe effect club scene.  Maybe if they had a zombified version of Rerun from What’s Happening come busting out some pop-locking moves, I would have enjoyed it more.

*oops, I crapped my pants*

The Walking Dead – Dead Inside:  Well, this one hurts.  If you’re a fan of the TV series or the comic, chances are you walked out of this one shaking your head.  And if you were one the many to stand in the 2 hour (yes….2 hour) wait to see this, you most likely felt the need to punch someone in the face afterwards.   Continue reading