Last 12 months was a tune-up at Halloween Horror Nights. The pandemic made it so we had an all-around smaller occasion than in earlier years. It was the thirtieth 12 months working at Hollywood, which made the entire thing really feel particular, however there was nonetheless the looming determine of COVID-19 over the whole occasion. Now, the shackles are off all of the ghouls, ghosts, demons, killers, monsters, and wolfmen. This 12 months’s Halloween Horror Nights remains to be one of the best ways to kickoff the Halloween season, even when it’s disgustingly scorching out prefer it was final evening for opening evening.
If you’re planning on going to the Hollywood occasion of the Halloween season, right here’s the rundown of all the homes and different frights on show.
- The Weeknd: Afer Hours Nightmare
- Terror Tram
- The Horrors Of Blumhouse: Freaky and The Black Phone
- Universal Monsters: Legends Collide
- Killer Klowns From Outer Space
- La Llorona: The Weeping Woman
- Scarecrow: The Reaping
- Universal Horror Hotel
- El Pueblo del Terror Scare Zone
- Sideshow Slaughterhouse Scare Zone
- Clownsawz Scare Zone
- Jurassic World – The Ride
- Transformers: The Ride 3D
- Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride
- The Simpsons Ride
- The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
- Death Eaters Encounter
Most areas of the park are open moreover the Minions world and the Secret Life of Pets journey, which implies you’re in all probability not getting the kiddies any type of enjoyable, however this occasion isn’t designed for youths in thoughts, anyway. The dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2022 are: September 8-11, 13-18, 22-25, 29-30, October 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-31. You can seize tickets at https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/hhn/en/us.
As for COVID-19 procedures and insurance policies, there are none presently in place for Halloween Horror Nights. You’re free to put on a masks or not, there are hand sanitizer stations all through the park to maintain issues cleaner, and also you’ll wish to sanitize your fingers after touching all the material obstacles and such all through the homes.
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9. Scarecrow: The Reaping
At an deserted Depression-era farm, vengeance takes root. The scarecrows are avenging the ravaged land. In this all-new haunted home, the one harvest that will probably be reaped is your scream squad.
Scarecrow: The Reaping is among the three homes on the occasion that isn’t primarily based on a beforehand current IP. Usually, these homes get slightly additional oomph from the design group at Horror Nights and this one is not any exception. You’re instantly immersed within the smells of previous wooden, and banjo music. Whereas the opposite two homes have an actual story to them, Scarecrow is simply actually about scary scarecrows. The home may be very immersive however doesn’t fairly attain that full immersion with no story to observe as you undergo. The finest sorts of homes offer you that additional bit to observe together with.
The gimmick with this maze is all the varied issues it’s a must to slog by to get out of the home. Universal doesn’t often have any type of bodily results of their homes, however right here the material obstacles flip into hanging meat and corn stalks as you undergo. There’s a extremely cool impact with string hanging down in a pitch-black hallway. It mimics the sensation of spider webs PERFECTLY. Scarecrow: The Reaping may have been a top-tier home if the story was extra existent, however as is, it’s nonetheless excellent.
8. Universal Horror Hotel
Out of all the homes at this 12 months’s occasion, I used to be probably the most hyped for the Universal Horror Hotel. The story of the home goes like this:
A Twenties Hollywood lodge, as soon as the searching floor of its notorious serial killer proprietor, has been changed into a modern-day haunted lodge. Now he’s again from the useless. Your ﬁrst keep will probably be your final.
Through the queue for the home, you get the story by video flashbacks and information reels. It’s a fairly ingenious manner to make use of the area for the previous The Walking Dead attraction. Thankfully, they selected to not use The Walking Dead for the seemingly one centesimal 12 months in a row. Zombies are cool, however the entire thing was working its course. This one sees the murderous proprietor of Universal Hotel come again to hang-out the constructing. I used to be anticipating a ’20s-themed home and didn’t actually get that right here. Instead, you undergo the lodge and varied friends that are actually deformed and disfigured.
It’s a bit disappointing as a result of a ’20s-themed home would have been tremendous unique and ingenious from the scares. This one offers you contemporary-looking friends and a returning killer. Either manner, it’s a enjoyable home to undergo and the story is fairly rattling good.
7. Killer Klowns From Outer Space
There’s nothing humorous about these Killer Klowns who’re again to make gooey, out of this world snacks out of you and your scream squad. If ever there’s a motive individuals are afraid of clowns, that is it.
Horror Nights made an EXCELLENT trailer for this home that felt very very like a sequel to Killer Klowns From Outer Space. However, this home is a remake of the one from 2019. I didn’t get the prospect to undergo it in 2019 however have seen movies of that home. If you’re keen on Killer Klowns, this one is a full remake of the film and goes by all the very best scenes within the film. You have the previous man exterior the maze yelling for Boo, his canine, and then you definitely head into the Klowns spaceship. From there it’s all Klowns on a regular basis.
This one has some fascinating environmental results and probably the most aggressive and charming scare actors on show. The Klowns get proper up into your face with one Klown even providing you up a drink from a “Cotton Candy” cocoon. Speaking of that, they pump within the odor of cotton sweet when you’re strolling by, so that you would possibly wish to seize some after. The solely knock I can provide this one is after going by the second time, a few of the scare actors that had been there the primary time, weren’t there the second time. They would possibly’ve been on a break or no matter, nevertheless it was rather less immersive seeing the bunny hand puppet with no Klown doing it in entrance of you.
The finest part is the place they play ” Killer Klown March” and the part on the Crescent Cove Police Station. Even if it’s a remake, you’ll wish to undergo this home.
6. Terror Tram: Nope And Us Plus Clowns
Terror Tram is again and taking a disturbing new flip, ending with a walk-through go to into the world of Jordan Peele’s ﬁlms Us and NOPE.
The Terror Tram offers you THREE completely different tales or films this time round. The first and the one you get on the precise tram journey to the backlot is that of Hollywood Harry, a clown who had an early Universal TV present that disappeared and went mad. After displaying up on the backlot in 2016, he kidnapped two Universal tour guides and murdered them. Now, he’s again and able to invite you to his Halloween celebration. The first part by the Bates Motel set closely options murderous clowns and different unsavory characters. If you’ve been by the Terror Tram earlier than, this part ought to be very acquainted. It’s obtained some good scares and the scare actors all seem like they’re having a blast.
The actual spotlight of the Terror Tram begins once you get to the conventional “pickup” space for the tram. Instead, you stroll by the set of the movie Nope, Jupiter’s Claim. The manner they blended the films Nope and Us right here is wonderful with characters and voiceovers from Us filling the air, whereas staff of Jupiter’s Claim run round in worry.
That new space makes the Terror Tram from a enjoyable novelty walkthrough right into a must-see.
5. La Llorona: The Weeping Woman
You and your scream squad bear in mind the story of the girl who drowned her kids after which herself. Once a childhood fable, she’s again to terrify as soon as once more. This is not any nightmare. This is La Llorona.
Now for the final of the non-IP homes for the occasion. La Llorona: The Weeping Woman is probably the most horrifying home all through the entire occasion. It provides probably the most scares, double scares, and probably the most horrifying imagery on the market. La Llorona the character, is terrifying sufficient on her personal. When you add within the imagery on show by the finale part of this home, you’ll be unsettled. The varied scare actors achieved as much as seem like The Weeping Woman are additionally among the many finest for the whole occasion with lovely white (stained with blood) robes and ghoulish make-up. For the ambiance and surroundings, this home additionally will get excessive marks with a piece with fake water and useless our bodies floating.
La Llorona: The Weeping Woman will get a decrease grade than the opposite homes arising as a result of it has the fable it’s primarily based on, however no different actual story to latch onto. Also, the second time round, this had the identical concern as Killer Klowns with a number of scare actors that had been round within the first go, absent for my second time by later within the evening.
4. Universal Monsters: Legends Collide
If you thought one Universal Monster was scary, how about three? Summon your scream squad, ‘cause you’re about to get caught between The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy, collectively for the primary time.
This was probably the most disappointing home of the whole occasion. When you are taking these three traditional monsters and likewise examine it to the historical past of those Universal Monster homes that they’ve achieved, this might have been a no brainer. The Bride of Frankenstein Lives! from final 12 months’s occasion was the very best home they’ve ever achieved. It mixed the story, and the character of the Bride of Frankenstein, and made a brand new unique idea for it. This time round, we get a narrative about an amulet that pulls in all three of the film monsters, however we don’t actually get to see them work together as a lot.
That doesn’t imply this can be a dangerous home although. This one, regardless of that disappointment, remains to be glorious. You do get a three-way scare on the finish with all the monsters, however it will have been good to have an precise overarching story between the three of them. The set design and rooms for this home are top-notch and if not for some later homes on the evaluation, would have been the very best of the occasion.
The scene the place you get to see Dracula for the primary time is the true spotlight of this home.
Silent. Merciless. Relentless. There’s no one like Michael Myers. And in case your scream squad is prepared, this 12 months, you may collect collectively and face the fear of Halloween from the very starting.
We’ve had loads of variations on the Halloween franchise at Horror Nights by the years. Last 12 months was Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, this 12 months we get the unique. This home goes by the entire film and offers us appears at Michael’s finest kills all through. The scare actors right here all did their jobs admirably, together with a Laurie Strode that appeared precisely like Jamie Lee Curtis from the film. It additionally had some of the ingenious scares I’ve seen at Horror Nights. Throughout the home, there are stationary Michael statues that gentle up with music cues, so that you’re lulled right into a false sense of safety when one reveals up down a hallway. Instead, Michael busts open a window and reaches out to seize you. It was simply the scariest second of the whole evening.
This one recycles a pleasant part from the earlier Halloween 4 home from final 12 months, and in case you bear in mind it, you’ll know what I’m speaking about. This was the very best Halloween has been at Horror Nights although.
2. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare
Now for an enormous shock, contemplating I’ve by no means actually listened to his music exterior of his Super Bowl efficiency, The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare was incredible.
You love his music, however are you able to survive his thoughts? The Weeknd is about to stalk your squad by this haunted home, a surreal residing nightmare from his After Hours movies. His nightmare is now yours.
This home combines all of it, story, results, music, ambiance, and set design, it even has some bodily results for good measure. Even in case you’re not a fan of his music or haven’t heard it earlier than, this can be a feast for the eyes. This one tells an unique story that includes cosmetic surgery, unusual beings, and naturally, homicide. You’ll undergo varied dream/nightmare-like scenes that function songs by The Weeknd.
Without spoiling something from the home, this is among the largest causes to go to Halloween Horror Nights this 12 months. This home is ingenious, scary, and it combines music and horror in a recent manner. It won’t be the Iron Maiden home that I’ve dreamt about, however this is a superb addition to Horror Nights.
1. The Horrors Of Blumhouse: Freaky and The Black Phone
Get prepared for a bloodcurdling new double function of Blumhouse horror as your scream squad faces a ruthless serial killer in Freaky and an evil kidnapper within the relentlessly terrifying The Black Phone.
It takes a mighty effort to beat the majesty of After Hours Nightmare. Here, with The Horrors of Blumhouse, we get the very best home of the 12 months at Horror Nights. For the value of 1, you get two homes value of content material from Freaky and The Black Phone. These two films may be vastly completely different from a tone standpoint, however they each function slasher/horror icons in The Grabber and The Butcher. Freaky is first up with the fundamentals of that film and the plot occurring as you stroll by. Each day earlier than Friday the thirteenth passing till The Butcher and Millie swap our bodies. There’s among the finest results in a home with Millie taking the woodshop instructor by a belt noticed right here. In addition, the kill from Freaky involving a wine bottle in somebody’s mouth is right here in grotesque element, together with spritzing “water”.
The Black Phone kicks off with a bang, with the Grabber displaying as much as scream at you to “HANG UP THE PHONE!”. This part is admittedly the place the scares get good. It goes by the second half of The Black Phone, in much less element than a full maze, nevertheless it offers you part of the movie nonetheless.
Halloween Horror Nights is again in full pressure for 2022 and the homes on show this 12 months are all good to nice in various levels. There’s one thing for anybody on the occasion, together with Harry Potter followers with the brand new DeathEaters scare zone. Even in case you’re not into the homes, the rides are open and have new touches like no lights or different thrives. For the horror followers on the market, you are able to do a lot a lot worse in the case of haunted homes. Halloween Horror Nights 2022 continues the custom of Universal placing on the very best Halloween celebration on the market. Check it out on choose nights all the way in which as much as October thirty first.
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