Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Orlando! This week, we are taking a look at three different nights spent at Halloween Horror Nights 27, one of which was the media party that Universal was kind enough to invite us to. Let’s go!
Lastly, let’s talk about the houses.
The Horrors of Blumhouse features Sinister, The Purge, and Insidious, and even features a scene at the end from the upcoming Insidious film. While this wasn’t as good as the original Insidious house from a few years ago, our second run through it was much improved, and had a lot of great scares.
Hive features some really creepy vampires. Not the ones you’re accustomed to from TV and film. This was one of the weaker houses for me so far this year.
Scarecrow – The Reaping is, in my opinion, the best house of the year. Every scare actor is at least 6’2″, and the spaces are very tiny, which creates some great effects and scares. Definitely see this one if you can.
Ash vs Evil Dead is based off of the Starz program. This house was a ton of fun, and has a lot of performer interactions with each other, kind of like Freddy vs Jason from a few years back. Not the scariest house, but very cool.
Saw – The Games of Jigsaw was probably the weakest house for me. It just didn’t resonate. There were a few good scares, and a recognizable IP, but I would have preferred another original house.
American Horror Story Vol 2 features the seasons Asylum, Coven, and Roanoke. It is the mega house again this year, and it delivers. I think it might be better than last year’s if for nothing more than walking through the Asylum from season 2. Hit this one early, as the wait times balloon based off of its proximity to the front of the park.
The Shining was not a terribly scary house, but a fun recreation of the classic film. I love houses like this, last year’s Exorcist, and the year prior’s American Werewolf in London. Lot of love and care put into these.
Fallen is a classic battle of good and evil, and has some really awesome acrobatic scares that come from above, so make sure to look up often when going through here.
Dead Waters, the 9th and final house, was my 2nd favorite so far this year. It has an amazing opening facade, some incredible scares, and a ton of attention to detail. Definitely not to be missed.
Overall, Universal has another hit on their hands, and it should only get better as a few little things get tweaked and the timing is improved. If you’ll be in the area, definitely make sure to check it out! We’ve never had so much fun being scared.
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