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Halloween Horror Nights 23 Report

Friday night was the 'media night' for Halloween Horror Nights 23! Between this night and the preview we did last week, it really felt like Halloween is BACK! (Even if it's still September!) We were given a fantastic tour of HHN 23, a Q&A session with the creative directors of the event, and even a guest appearance by An American Werewolf in London director, John Landis!

If there is one thing I can say about Universal's Halloween Horror Nights is that they continue to prove they are top of their game when it comes to Halloween. With Universal being a movie studio at it's core, you would expect highly detailed 'movie quality' sets from their team, and the absolutely deliver! Universal Studios Orlando is back to 8 mazes this year, and while we had our favorites (Werewolf, Cabin in the Woods, La Llorona) and least favorites (Afterlife), I will say that they ALL seemed consistent in high quality!

I will offer some word of advice to anyone attending the event this year... Halloween Horror Nights gets CRAZY BUSY! We strongly recommend doing the event with Express Passes or if you want the best possible experience from HHN, book yourself into an RIP tour! If you get Express Passes, getting to the park EARLY will allow you to get through a couple of mazes without long waits, and then as the night gets more crowded, you can go back and do those mazes again without having to wait.

Anyway, onto some photos & video!

Yup, we are here! It's official!

Through the gates and we are ready to scream!

They really rolled out the red carpet for us tonight!

Just in case you might have forgotten why we are here!

It wouldn't be a media event without feeding all of us!

More SCARY nachos EVAR!!!

Michael Aiello, Creative Director of Universal Orlando walks us through several of the mazes. Check out the video below for his take on each house.

Laura Wallace talks us through the Walking Dead scare zones. There are several this year and they cover Seasons 1, 2, and 3.

Yes! John Landis, director of movies such as Animal House, Three Amigos, and of course An American Werewolf in London was there and talked about the HHN maze version of his film.

John called Mike & Laura "Passionate geeks!" and he couldn't have meant that in a more complimentary way about the amount of detail they put into his maze. He was hilarious! "People don't see any of these details...they are too busy screaming!!!" he says to the creative team!

And BEST NEWS EVER!!! John Landis CONFIRMED the "Three Amigos Horror Maze" for HHN 24 in 2014!!! (Watch the video below if you don't believe us!)

Yay! We got put into group sex...I mean.... six! =)

And with this, we do HHN 23 in STYLE!!!

We first encountered some of the "Walking Dead" street atmosphere.

It was all very well lit and made for some great photos!

Ahh, one of the classic icons of HHN!

An American Werewolf in London was VERY popular! Near the start of the event it was already a 45 minute wait, and was up to 70 later on that night!

Yup, we are in London...

The puppet work on the werewolves was amazing!

Subway scenes and even the porno theater were included from the film! This maze was a huge WIN!

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