If you are an annual pass holder you can enter the park for day operations and take advantage of "first stab" by scanning your HHN ticket and going through security at the Transformers overflow queue---you're held there and given first opportunity to walk to the backlot mazes
On Friday, Sept. 19, Theme Park Review was invited to the Opening Night of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights and the Eyegore Awards.
For those unfamiliar, the Eyegore Awards honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Horror genre of film and television.
2014 Award Winners: Robert Rodriguez: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Machette,” “Grindhouse” Greg Nicotero: Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” John Landis: “An American Werewolf in London” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” SLASH: Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist
Of course, Halloween Horror Nights continues its reign as one of the premier Halloween events in Southern California. With its incredibly immersive and detailed mazes and its leverage of the most popular horror-based films and television shows, this event continues to stay fresh for its die-hard fans.
This year’s event tagline states that Halloween Horror Nights will be “More Dead Than Ever” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence.
The maze line up: The Walking Dead: The End of the Line - based on AMC’s award-winning TV series From Dusk Till Dawn - inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and TV series Clowns 3D Music by Slash - featuring an original maze score created by the famed guitarist Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood - based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adveture AVP: Alien vs. Predator - based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise An American Werewolf in London - based on Universal Pictures’ Academy Award-winning film Face Off: In the Flesh - based on Syfy’s hit TV series (most anticipated maze of yours truly!)
Scare Zone line up: The Walking Dead: Welcome to Terminus – Make your way through a gauntlet of flesh-hungry walkers The Purge: Anarchy - a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller Mask-a-Raid – Hidden amongst the party-goers on French Street are members of a cannibal cult Dark Christmas – See Krampus, the Christmas Devil and his mythological companions on Baker St. Skullz – From Native American lore, the Wendigo are malevolent supernatural half-beast creatures have an appetite for human flesh
And of course, the world-famous Backlot Studio Tram Tour is hosting Terror Tram: Invaded By The Walking Dead - An all-new, apocalyptic journey through the Walker-infested Universal Backlot.
Noticeably absent this year are the cult-classic Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure show, and any other show offerings. In the past, there have been smaller offerings such as Chucky’s Insult Emporium and The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live. With a bit of controversy surrounding the Bill and Ted show last year during the run of the event, we are very sad to see that this beloved offering did not return. For me personally, the show was an event staple and it just “doesn’t feel like HHN without it”. We truly hope that it returns next year.
Despite the lack of entertainment, Universal Studio Hollywood has once again created an overall great Halloween event for their guests! We would like to give a heart-felt “Thank You!” to USH and Trana Pittam for hosting us! We look forward to seeing this event continue to grow year after year.
And now, we invite you to join us as we take you through Halloween Horror Nights:
Photos by Joseph Tagnipes and wrs28330.
Welcome back to Universal Studios Hollywood for another great season of Halloween Horror Nights!
TPR is on the red carpet rubbing elbows with the horror elite!
Sid Haig of House of 1000 Corpses.
Tara Reid of Sharknado 1 and 2!!!!! ...and some other movies too.
McKenzie Westmore, host of Syfy's FaceOff. She was a delight to talk to, and she shared the story behind how the maze FaceOff: In the Flesh came to life. A FaceOff fan tweeted both McKenzie and John Murdy, suggesting a maze be brought to life. After tweeting each other back and forth, the fan's idea became a reality!
FaceOff judges Lois Burwell, Glenn Hetrick, and Ve Neill. Also a true delight! They were very excited to have fans of the show see the best make-ups "in the flesh". They also talked about what big fans of theme parks and haunts they each are. Glenn reminisced of visiting boardwalk haunts back in the 70s and 80s.
HHN Creative Director John Murdy and the famous Beowulf cane which brings luck on the event's opening night.
Heading to the lower lot, we first see the Skulls scare zone.
First maze of the night is American Werewolf in London.
Some very impressive puppets and animatronics throughout this maze!
Next up, was Clowns 3D; your typical 3D blacklit maze.
Such an inviting façade!
By far the "scariest" thing in the maze.
After a 1/4 mile walk to the world famous Universal Backlot, we visit the maze which created the most buzz amongst park guests, Alien vs. Predator. A very nice touch for guests without the Gate A passes, they can watch clips from the movie as well as interviews with the cast and crew.
Gate A plug #1! Seriously, unless you want to wait an hour for each maze... worth every penny!
I'm Alien, give me some candy!
Jumping to The Walking Dead: End of the Line maze. Fans of the show loved the amount of park-wide representation.
We love the large-scale rooms in some of these mazes!
Back out in the Walking Dead scare zone.
Next was From Dusk Till Dawn. Basically, the sexy vampire maze.
These two club owner style characters arguing about how to run the club. It was fun seeing them bringing the story to life even before you get into the maze!
I'll take 2 please!
Walking back from the Backlot.
Only a few hours into the event and already packed!
Yup, getting more crowded.
This guy was also bummed about Bill and Ted's. Bogus.
And now to the Terror Tram! And more Walking Dead.
On your short journey to the drop off point at the Whoville set, you get plenty of exposition. Not watching the show myself, it was a helpful introduction.
Wouldn't be a haunt event without chainsaws.
"Mmmm! Babies is good eatin'."
Walking through the coolest movie sets will never get old!
Back on the Upper Lot, we take a tour through French Street.
...and onto Baker Street. I honestly wasn't holding my breath for this Halloween/Christmas mash-up, but the music and scare actors did an incredible job of bringing this area to life! It was very enjoyable!
Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood
"Take the tunnel!"
One of the "wow" moments of this maze was the incorporation of the exterior courtyard between Baker and French streets. The open air was awesome.
The Purge: Anarchy scare zone at the front of the park.
Join the cause! Kill your neighbors? Wait, what? It's my civic duty????
And lastly, FaceOff: In the Flesh! As a huge fan of the show, I was really excited to see these characters. The only issue with translating these complex make-ups from TV to a theme park is having the looks hold up perfectly through the night. Because the make-up simply wouldn't last, all the scare actors wore masks. As sad as that could have been, I must say that these were the BEST masks I have ever seen. From a few feet away they looked just as good as what I could see in detail on TV.
FaceOff model before...
...and after. We love when we are kept entertained while in line!
The Candy Man
Mad Hatter DJ
Zombie White Rabbit.
Again, a big thank you to USH and Trana for hosting us yet again! We honestly had an incredible time on the red carpet for this event, and so many of the "celebrities" actually took time to talk to those of us all the way at the end of the carpet! Be sure to buy your tickets for the event early, as most nights are anticipated to sell out!
That was awesome. My family and I are all huge FaceOff fans, so I'm sure they'd get a kick out of some of this report. I got excited a couple weeks ago when they announced that the winner of that challenge would be featured in HHN. Unrelated, but I remember from the Judge Match episode how different Glenn is when he's not judging. My dad was kinda shocked to see how normal he is.
Does this event come well recommended? We've got a night free in the area and I'm trying to decide whether it's worth buying tickets for this, vs. doing 'general sightseeing' in Hollywood (or the LA area generally).
We're already doing SFMM Fright Fest the previous night, so just a bit nervous that they might be too similar...
imawesome1124 wrote:Unrelated, but I remember from the Judge Match episode how different Glenn is when he's not judging. My dad was kinda shocked to see how normal he is.
I too was surprised by Glenn's change of demeanor. At the red carpet, it is clear that he is just a normal guy. The rumor that he and his family frequent Disneyland, so I asked them all if they are "theme park" fans in general. Glenn started rattling off his favorite parks, and even went so far to say that his favorite attraction is The Haunted Mansion.
matt_g wrote:Does this event come well recommended? ...We're already doing SFMM Fright Fest the previous night, so just a bit nervous that they might be too similar...
The event was certainly enjoyable, but it wasn't the best (compared to itself from past years). SFMM's Fright Fest can't hold a candle to even the worst of HHN mazes. Definitely do HHN, but seriously consider upgrading to a Gate A pass if you want to get through all the mazes. I am never a sucker for any upsell in life, but this is the ONE thing I will always get!
Seriously, - why is this a big deal and why does ANYONE give a crap?!?!?
I'm so incredibly SICK of people all-of-a-sudden caring about things they never cared about before, never even knew existed, just because it's going away. It's just so insanely dumb to me. I'm willing to make a Las Vegas bet that 99.999999999% of the people who are all "OMG! Universal got rid of Soundstage 28!?!?!?" had probably NEVER EVEN HEARD of it before they found out about it on some stupid blog.
We just posted an awesome update from Horror Nights, and this is how you choose to respond to this thread?
Ugh, just so sick of all this "weekend activist" crap.
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