Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

After attending Halloween Horror Nights 19 last year, there was no way we were going to miss another one. We are big fans of Halloween and haunted houses in general and you just can’t ask for anything better than houses created from the geniuses at Universal Studios. Not only is the makeup  on the “scharacters” movie quality but the houses are long and detailed and the scare zones in between the houses do just as good as the houses at scaring everyone. After going through the haunted houses here, no where else is justifiable as a haunted house. Although it may be pricey on Friday and Saturday nights, they have great deals running on Thursdays and Sundays for people. The event runs until Halloween. If you get a chance, we highly suggest you check it out for yourself. Check out our video of Halloween Horror Nights XX to see a little more about it and get a run down of this year’s houses and scare zones. For more information, visit http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando

Haunted Houses:

Horror Nights: The Hallowed Past – This house is a good place to start as it serves as a good warm up to the scares and also reminds us of the past nineteen years of fear and what it has grown to be today. You can see some of the best or favorite props from past years sitting out as if you are wandering through an old warehouse and all of a sudden there are people jumping out at you. Not too scary, but definitely a cool way to pay homage to the past and free up space for the future with the other houses.

Havoc: Dogs of War – This was by far our favorite house as they scare you with gunshots going off outside in line before you even enter the house. This is a test facility where soldiers have been experimented on with drugs to make them stronger and crazier. They are simply known as the Dogs of War and they will stop at nothing to get a scream out of you.

Zombiegeddon – The name says it all. There has been a break out of zombies and it is time to take control. This house was a really inventive idea based on the book, The Zombie Survival Guide and although the first couple of turns were really fun with a human teaching us how to protect ourselves against a zombie, the Zombie Awareness Program, or ZAP,  lost some steam on it’s way in. Definitely a good idea, we just think they should have expanded on it a little bit more. Never the less, there are some good scares in this house, so make sure and check out what all the rage is about with zombies.

Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate – For those who are fans of the SyFy show Ghost Hunters, you will get a kick out of this one. This is by far one of the most inventive houses yet, as you walk through an actual house. There are no dark halls here. You are simply walking through living rooms and hallways with doors that could open at any time. There are cables strung up through out the house as the team, The Spirit Seekers, strive to find the ghosts that are roaming the halls here. Be careful when passing through the bedroom as there is a terrifying ghost inhabiting the bed that is scary and truly mesmerizing as well. This is a house that we would love to see again.

Psychoscareapy: Echoes of Shadybrook – I don’t know why, but there has always been something scary or just creepy about mental asylums. This one has been shut down for fifteen years, but that doesn’t stop the crazies from coming out to play. This house had some good scares and some really inventive ways of scaring people. With holograms built into walls, one could pass by and see nothing and the next time see a shadowy figure illuminated in a dark corridor with no one else to witness it. Although, those won’t jump out and frighten most, there were plenty of crazies in worn out scrubs waiting around every corner to get you.

Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes – The name say it all. Again, orphanages are kinda creepy on their own, so going in and not knowing the story will be just a creepy as if you did know that there was some terrible fire and all the souls of the children only cry out one name, Cindy. I still have an image burned into my retinas of the first part of the house with a room full of tiny cribs laden with netting over them as there is ash and dust all around them in a dark room that hadn’t been used in years.

Catacombs: Black Death Rising – A great house with an apocalyptic theme. All the characters seem to be infected with some sort of virus and have mutated due to this. There are a lot of great scares in this house and it was visually entertaining, providing some great scares.

Hades: The Gates of Ruin – A trip into the under world, in Hades you take the journey into Hell. As you venture deeper, you see lava covered gladiators that provide most of the light in this house. It’s the darkness that gives Hades it’s upper hand and leaves most shaking in fear.

by Ryan Davis and Angela Davis

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