Save your tears and face your fears throughout Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood by understanding precisely what you’re going to need to hit earlier than attending the scorching hang-out ticket.
io9 has already lined find out how to greatest method its East Coast counterpart at Universal Studios Orlando, which with its variety of homes and area is extra of a multi-day expertise. However, on the West Coast, the choices are cinematically curated in a smaller dose of horror that may shortly suck up time in lengthy traces because of the park’s smaller dimension.
io9 attended Horror Nights throughout its opening as invited Media to take a look at which homes hit excessive marks on the horror meter to make the most of the standard occasion. This yr’s slate contains some new IPs, like Jordan Peele’s universe of thrillers unleashed on the Terror Tram that includes Nope,The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare, and up to date Blumhouse titles like The Black Phone. Returning homes embrace Halloween (with a cool twist), Latin American folklore-themed La Llorona, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and the Universal Monsters. And new for this yr are two authentic mazes, Scarecrow: The Reaping and Universal Horror Hotel. All in all, the eight homes plus the Terror Tram fill out an evening shortly and do warrant some preparation.
What Are the Best Houses at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood?
Let’s begin with which homes ought to be a precedence. If you have got a tender spot for John Carpenter’s Halloween, this home (final performed in 2015) is a should for any Michael Myers fan. This yr’s model pays respect to Final Girl Laurie Strode, as the Jamie Lee Curtis character is now featured in the home alongside Dr. Loomis. It’s the excellent encapsulation of a horror titan and Halloween hang-out mixed as you’re chased by the Shape by means of iconic scenes from the minds of Carpenter and Halloween screenwriter-producer Debra Hill. In this home, Myers is right here, he’s there, he’s all over the place—tright here’s no escape.
This yr is large on slashers and becoming a member of in with an exciting take is The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare, which pays homage to ‘70s horror with hallucinogenic bad trips, helped along by bass-pounding tracks from the artist’s catalogue. You’ll need to dance, run, and never ever lick toads, it doesn’t matter what. It’s flashy, bloody, and splattered with gory glamour. By far, it’s the most attention-grabbing musical act home we’ve skilled, and it gave us one thing fully completely different from the occasion’s typical wheelhouse. It’s been lengthy overdue for HHN to attempt one thing new.
Terror Tram additionally obtained a refreshing replace by manner of Jordan Peele’s cinematic universe. One of my greatest needs on this particular attraction—the place you’re taken by means of the legendary backlot on foot after darkish—is to really go into the worlds of a few of Universal’s horror motion pictures. This yr, the park undoubtedly leaned considerably extra into that. Sure, the tram was principally taken over by the park’s killer clown, Hollywood Harry, by means of units like Psycho’s Bates Motel, nevertheless it was actually Jupiter’s Claim from Nope that proved there’s extra actual property to probe for HHN followers. You get to enter the set from the movie and it’s stuffed with the tethered from Us, alongside pretend theme park workers making an attempt their greatest to not search for plus some characters stirring tea cups. Admittedly it did really feel like they only threw all three motion pictures into one spot, however there’s one thing there that may be expanded on which we discovered intriguing. It undoubtedly felt like Universal was dipping its toes into extra of those collaborations, and it will be killer to see extra haunted nights on the Universal backlot, with different motion pictures coming to life.
We have been additionally actually excited to see extra authentic home content material. This yr’s Scarecrow: The Reaping felt like a home-baked slice of spooky, serving to the occasion dig into extra of a standard hang-out vibe with very strong scares. Among the returning homes, Killer Klowns was in just about the very same large high form as earlier than, however in a hang-out period the place it looks like we’ll should do with some repeats for some time, this fan favourite by no means fails to impress. It’s obtained genuinely creepy clowns, er, klowns, however is additionally enjoyable, smelly, and hilarious to undergo even in the event you’ve by no means seen the movie. If you haven’t, and also you’re planning to hit up HHN, undoubtedly test it out beforehand; lots of individuals have been turned on to this cult traditional due to the first home again in 2019, and now the fandom has grown. There’s even much more Killer Klowns-themed treats this yr, too.
The scariest home, nonetheless, is one other returning authentic primarily based on the Latin American legend of La Llorona, the weeping girl who drowned her youngsters and haunts the riverbank the place she did the deed, trying to find extra youngsters to observe and drag into the depths together with her. (If you grew up in a family the place you have been advised she was going to get you in the event you have been out too late, you knew higher than to attempt it.) This home captures the legendary ghost in all her grotesque glory in ways in which had us hugging the black hallway partitions, which we usually hate doing, with our eyes shut till it ended.
While no Stranger Things or different large title IP got here to play this yr—2022 is nonetheless a transitional yr, affected by the pandemic—the homes supply up principally strong scares and superb units that does nonetheless get a bit undercut by the presence of these black hallways with boo holes. Year after yr, they form of cheapen the expertise once you’re ready in lengthy traces, particularly when there’s rides and enjoyable food and drinks to try to cram in too, and but they’re nonetheless right here—a lot like the perpetually showing Jabbawockeez dance troupe. Not a dig on their expertise, however give us a Halloween horror present that’s extra on model, please.
How to Game Plan HHN
So there’s a number of other ways to maximise going to Horror Nights that rely on whether or not you’re a vacationer or a neighborhood. If you’re visiting from out of city, or in the event you’re somebody who simply desires to do it multi functional evening, we advocate choosing the Express Ticket for entrance of the line entry—or taking half in Early Entry and knocking out as many homes as you may quickly as the attraction opens, then hitting up meals, drinks, and rides till Express will get discounted close to the finish of the evening (often round 11:00 pm). And if you wish to roll like a VIP, there’s an “RIP Tour” choice that’s additionally obtainable and is likely to be value splitting amongst associates for a behind-the-scenes take a look at the occasion and seamless entrance of the line entry.
Trust us: it’s a silly endeavor to try to do quite a bit with a normal admission ticket except you simply need to hang around for the vibes of lengthy traces and perhaps hit two mazes in the event you’re fortunate. Locals can benefit from “Frequent Fear” passes, which permit guests to pop into the occasion on the nights allotted for a fairly strong deal—the most cost-effective go is $200, nonetheless lower than Express (there’s a costlier model that provides you entry to all nights). This manner you may roll by means of spontaneously or when your folks decide into going, and hit homes over the course of the season. Shorter traces select homes for you, and also you get to take pleasure in the ambiance and treats. Though it have to be stated—tlisted here are traces for these issues too as they’re scorching Instagram commodities. This yr there’s a West Coast-unique Weeknd-themed bar that we walked by twice and nope’d at the lengthy line to attempt themed drinks supplied there.
We’ll simply attempt one other weeknd.
Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights runs by means of October 31. Buy tickets right here.
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