After a brief hiatus and a fun weekend vacation to check out opening weekend and going a third time last Saturday, I feel like I am ready to tackle a spoiler-free review of Halloween Horror Nights Orlando or HHN29. I missed a few announcements, but I cannot wait to get into it so lets start with this.
This year, I feel there is a large variety of stories and opportunities for everyone to enjoy it. The line up is very strong on the originals side and has some great IP’s to draw the crowd in. While I will not rank them yet until the end of the season, I want to break each house down for you and show how different they all are. I am going to go down the list in order of how I typically would go through the houses.
First stop is Graveyard games. The story deals with modern day teens messing with a local graveyard and they end up getting attacked by the ghosts. If you follow the Halloween Horror Nights messenger, you definitely get more out of the house as it ties the whole story together, but it is fun either way! I love the scares and traditional haunt vibe mixed with some modern day technology which does not take away from it if you do not want to follow along. Overall, a very strong house.
Universal Monsters is just amazing. In this house, you go into the layers of the Universal Classic monsters and some you did not even think you would see. The effects in this house are so much fun and a lot of the scenes are just beautiful. One of my faves is phantom in this personally, but the mummy gets a lot of likes too. This is definitely an awesome house that puts all of the monsters together very well and gives them a fresh look.
Nightengales: Blood Pit is a continuation of a Horror Nights original Nightengales, but in ancient Rome. This house has an awesome facade and has a lot of gore as the name implies. It delivers on the gladiator theme and a has a couple of cool effects but I would still say the original Nightengales: Blood Prey in 21 was a bit more fun. I love this house for what it is though and I enjoy it every time.
Depths of Fear is you in a submarine being attacked by fish creatures and the submarine you are in is going to explode as you are trying to be evacuated in escape pods. It also has some cool effects in a few rooms with screens and a couple of cool rooms, but the fish people are funny to me. I can see where people like this house, but I cannot take the creatures seriously and if the timing is wrong I feel like you miss out on a lot.
House of 1000 Corpses based on the Rob Zombie movie from 2003. I have to say that this house ties enough of the movie into it and it is a great house. While I enjoy the movie, I have heard people who do not like the movie and think it is too gory have still enjoyed the house. It has every scene from the movie you want and everyone’s favorite clown Captain Spaulding. This is the fun house to me and I love the music as you walk through as well.
Stranger Things is here for its second round and it has seasons 2 and 3 in it. While I enjoyed seeing some of the scenes from both seasons, I felt a stronger presence of season 2 and most of it was effects and not enough scareactors. I think the scenes were fun and that it must be tough to get people who look young enough and can work this event so I can understand why it is set up how it is. I wish they had not combined both seasons because I believe that could’ve helped it but the new things they try for this property are fun to watch but that each run through has gotten better.
US was a house that I am most surprised about for me. I did not have high expectations for it walking in but ended up enjoying it. I love how they utilize music and scenes from the movie to coordinate the scares and it was fun. I love the final room of this house and how creepy it is and I would say that its gotten better each run through as well the more I see.
Yeti: Terror of the Yukon is just fun and horror all mixed into one. The huge yetis and townspeople throughout this house are awesome and I believe the facade is cool as well, literally and figuratively. You can see the effort put into this house and the effects and scares are awesome.
Ghostbusters was the most anticipated house this year I would say if you are looking for the movie in this house, it won’t disappoint. It has all the scenes you want and all of the characters, and one cool room with an interaction with a certain receptionist that’s fun. I loved the beauty of this house and all of the scenes and the detail they put into it. The house brings me right in like I am going through it with the guys and my proton pack is on and ready to go.
Final stop is Killer Klownz from Outer Space. This is another intellectual property that was at Halloween Horror Nights last year as a scare zone and it is even better as a house. While I do not get any scares in this one myself, I love all of the smells and buttons you can push throughout that trigger things. It also shows and gives everything from the movie that you would want. If you are a fan of the franchise, you will enjoy going through this house and the facade is a cool photo op so don’t forget to check that out.
Well for tonight that is going to wrap things up. Tomorrow I will discuss scare zones and the shows and break down food and drink as well. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts and hopefully I did not spoil anything for you. Thanks for reading and until next time, see you in the fog!