Once again Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights reigns as the best Halloween event in Southern California! You will not find an event this intense anywhere in So Cal! Every maze will leave you feeling like 'OMFG HOW DID I SURVIVE THAT?!?!'
If you live in Southern California and you're going to any other Halloween Event...you've gone to the WRONG EVENT!!! =)
Ps. This report is very “image intensive” so it may take a little while for the photos to load, but I kept most of them as small as possible.
It was just such a great event it’s hard to capture the whole thing in just a handful of photos…
Yay we are here at Universal Studios Hollywood for Halloween Horror Nights!
Lots of ticket options...we recommend getting the "Front of the Line" pass or if you're a HHN fan, you'll want the "Frequent Fear" pass!
I wonder if we are cool enough to be with these guys???
Uh oh...looks like we better behave!
Eyegore awards...cool...but bring on Horror Nights!!!
Yay! We have been let into the red carpet! They know a true celeb when they see one!
Check me out! We're officially press now!
GGGRRRRR! I'm crazy press pass eating William! Gimme some candy!
All of these people are far more important than us!
I don't know who this guy is but he MUST be important!
"In case you don't know who's coming next...here's a clue!"
"Hey Jeff!!! You're the best!!!"
Spanish DirecTV viewers may know this person.
These guys need no sign! (Looking forward to your show later!)
Wow! They'll let ANYONE into this event! =)
Drew Daywalt - He won the Scary Good Movie competition! Congrats, dude!
John Murdy - Creative Director for Universal and Halloween Horror Nights chats with Theme Park Review!
Don't hurt us John!!! We'll say nice things about HHN, don't worry! =)
Oooh! We have lots of brand new HHN awesomeness to look forward to this evening!
And now...click to the next page as Theme Park Review brings you our visit to Halloween Horror Nights 2009!
Let's start with a maze based on Halloween. There has been a Halloween maze at HHN before, but this one was completely different than in previous years.
When I die, I want to be buried JUST LIKE THIS!!!
Some awesome scary stuff to look forward to...
Random dead zombie chicks.
This dude was one of the best street characters I've ever seen!
And did we mention he has GIANT EXPLOSIONS going on behind him???
Shaun of the Dead was there too...
The street characters were AMAZING this year!
And as always...lots of hot, bloody, dancing, close-to-naked chicks to make all internet fanboys feel that warm sensation in their pants.
Another maze...another movie property...very cool.
"Hey everyone...don't forget your Gate A front of the line passes so you don't have to wait in line!"
The entrance to My Bloody Valentine.
This blood soaked hotty could be my valentine any day! =)
I have a feeling not much of anything sensual is going to happen next.
Yay!!! MMMMMMMM: The Ride is back!
There isn't much you can see out on the streets...
...so that Shaun and Ed can scare the crap out of you!
Man those are TWO BIG.... gates.
It's very odd being at a Halloween Horror Nights with no alcohol! In Orlando there is booze every ten feet! At least in Hollywood you wouldn't be tempted to give Jell-O shots to minors!
Did we mention this area looked absolutely incredible?
Yes!!! My favorite part of the event!
We were told prior to the show that if you were here to see Jon and Kate Plus Eight....
...You should LEAVE!!! lol!
We were also informed that there would be cursing during this show. And if you were offended by this you could replace the curse word with something not quite as offensive. For example "***" could be replaced with...
As in... "Hey check out that girl's..."
This year's premise was a bit odd. The geeky dude on the right has stolen Bill & Ted's phone booth, dismantled it (boo!) and created a machine to bring movie characters to the show. I gotta be honest here, I've been seeing Bill & Ted shows since 2001 and this one was weaker in comparison to previous years. Having said that though, the Bill & Ted show, every year, is still the BEST THEME PARK SHOW I've ever seen!
It had Wolverine and all his cheesiness!
We got to see some Bill on Ted action! Wow!
The Christian Bale segment, IMO absolutely stole the show!
He argued and shouted at the bling-bling selling girl, and OMFG it was funny as hell!
The show opened with this bizarre light saber duel. It didn't seem to make sense, but it sure looked cool!
Yay! Billy Mays is back from the dead!!!
Ted is about to get some action!
As with all Bill & Ted shows there is a lot of dancing including half naked chicks and dudes!
And don't be fooled by this being a "theme park show", the acting, staging, production values, lighting, etc, are all TOP NOTCH!
There is even something for Piers! =)
They did a Michael Jackson tribute, and if you're into Mr. Jacko (I am not to be honest), you'll **LOVE** this segment!
Hooray! The phone booth is restored! Everything is back to normal! And we can look forward to next year's Bill & Ted show!
Every Halloween the Studio Tour is converted into something more terrifying!
They take the normal Studio Tour and let you walk around the back lot! And then scare the crap out of you! It's one of the coolest things you can EVER do at Universal Studios.
Insane Chainsaw Clown Posse!!! ****** YEAH!
This year they let you get REALLY close to the Bates Motel.
"I'm gonna git ya! Me and my bloody knife...that's right! We're gonna git 'ya!"
Oooh...this place looks family friendly!
Dammit! Where am I supposed to put my Blazin' wings!
Suck it baby!!! Suck it!!!
Stop killing all the hot chicks dude!!!
Ok, who's idea was it to let Chucky drive the bus???
"No! Help me! I'm stuck in a prop from one of last year's mazes!" (Honestly, though, GREAT re-use of the prop! No one else would have even noticed.)
Does anyone want to play airplane? If you do EMAIL DAN! [email protected]
I wonder how long their flight was delayed for...
Random dead dudes just hanging from trees...just like at a REAL plane crash site!
Bodies, bodies everywhere, we're gonna get killed!
Old and stupid.
Chucky's Funhouse was in the park's year round maze "House of Horrors."
I was actually impressed with how much it was re-dressed for Chucky.
This is what Chucky will look like when he's 40 and has had a few too many beers.
The final maze of the night, and by far the BEST!
They had an animatronic Billy greet the guests.
NEEDLES IN YOUR EYE!!! NEEDLES IN YOUR EYE!!!
If you are a fan of the Saw movies, you'll recognize some of these scenes.
The saw gun trap.
Hooray for frozen boobies!
And this just looks yummy...maybe needs some balsamic vinegar.
Hey doctor...he's gone...no point in even trying to save him.
Oh man, this is going to be awesome!
Yay! We will grab our party pack and get ready to have some fun!
It couldn't get any gayer than this!
The Rocky Tribute was absolutely FANTASTIC! If you're a fan of the movie, and know the songs, you'll LOVE this!
The cast was also incredible. I've seen the whole show in London's West End and this cast was just as good!
"Let's do the Time Warp again!" (Ok, if there was any one criticism I had with this show it's that I felt they could have done a better job of getting the audience to participate. We were told at the beginning of the show that this was "interactive" and they even sold us packs of goodies, but at no point during the show did they have anyone instruct the crowd to hold up the glow sticks, ring the cow bells, or stand up to do the Time Warp. I hope this is addressed for next year!)
Columbia and Magenta were both amazing! Seriously, I can't say enough how great this cast was.
However the girl who played Janet totally stole the show for me. Not just because she was OMFG freaking hot, but she played the character PERFECTLY!
Janet and Rocky's sex scene was insanely artsy, but totally cool.
Riff Raff had a solo that make the crowd squeal with glee!
The Floor Show. Always fun and rockin'. Again, I was just blown away at how good this show was. And since it was in the T2 theater, they also made use of some of the theater effects! (I won't give it away.) If they can help the audience "get into it" then between this and Bill & Ted the event's shows will almost out-awesome the mazes!
Once again Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights reigns as the best Halloween event in Southern California!
Thanks for reading! Looking forward to 2010!
Theme Park Review
ps. Special thanks to William Shandling for the extra photos!