October 14th, 2012, 08:26 PM #141
October 14th, 2012, 08:30 PM #142
October 14th, 2012, 08:35 PM #143
It was just a matter of time.
October 14th, 2012, 08:38 PM #144
A week ago I had my first HHN run with Kingsqueen & Robzilla. Not the best year, still good. Skipped the Tram due to one of our party being reluctant to do the same old thing...oh yeah and the soulcrushing line. As it was last year...La LLorona was the gem. Great placement of scares(very out of the box...well wall anyway). Silent Hill was ok...no familiarity w/the source material and an hour and a 1/2 wait kinda dimmed things. TCM...ok. But a lot of the same old...with Leatherfaces popping out of doors. Meh. The Alice Cooper maze was tremendously improved. Nice. Monsters remix was about as good as they can make that maze. Ministry's Stigmata sure helped. I enjoyed the Walking Dead maze...but some of my party said that zombies don't scare her(I just don't get that...what is worse than getting eaten???) so that kinda colored my experience. I agree w/Dex and Nasti...the scare zones were weak. Overall I think that Murdy and the boys need to do some work. It's still a good time, but if you are a frequent 'guest' it is horribly repetetive. And...horribly crowded. There is no resting on laurels in the haunt game. It's what happened to Knotts. You would think Universal might have learned from their mistakes.
October 16th, 2012, 10:20 AM #145
October 23rd, 2012, 01:45 PM #146
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Had another HHN @ Universal the other night. Good run, got on everything before lines got crazy. LaLlorona still top dog. Walking Dead was much better(sometimes you wind up in the middle of the pack and the experience isn't the same...that's what happened the first night with this maze)...did the tired ass tram, better than past years...still uneven at best and the worst line ever...turnstiles to hell anyone. Silent Hill/TCM were ok...but not up to past years mazes. Alice in 3d, best looking maze...not as much about the scares though. Monsters Remix is as good as that attraction can be. Did an exit survey and a LOT of the questions were aimed towards gaging response to doing away with the tram. I was all for it if they added a maze instead. They were shutting it down earlyish on the 2 Sundays we sent so sounds like their neighbors have been factoring in. Also, you have to figure that one is a pain logistically as far as set-up, gas costs for the trams, lots of extra drivers/tour folks in addition to the scaractors...so, this may be the last year.
Good times! May go back for another this Thursday
October 23rd, 2012, 02:11 PM #147
Zombies don't scare me as much as guys in masks either. Maybe it's the makeup but when I can see the person's face, it just reminds me that he or she is just an actor and that kills it.
They do need to figure out a way to keep this event fresh though. And unfortunately there's not way I can think of to reduce the number of people in the mazes at one time. It's far less scary when you're going at a snail's pace and are prepared for the scares because you're seeing the monsters jump out at the people in front of you. The House of Horrors is awesome during the middle of the week in March because you're likely the only one in there.
October 23rd, 2012, 02:18 PM #148
Yeah...we did the multi-nights pass this year but next year it may have to be the one and done Front of the Line pass. You can rush onto most everything before the crowds get bad and then go again with the one time use FOTL deal. Won't get repeat nights but it makes more sense in the grand scheme.
October 23rd, 2012, 09:35 PM #149
I've only gone once this year. 3 times each the last 2 years.
October 23rd, 2012, 09:51 PM #150
Yeah, this year was the weakest of the past few years...still fun, just some weak properties(Silent Hill) and some weak interpretations(TCM). I think Walking Dead will be back next year and some sort of showcase 3d/Rockstar maze(Marilyn Manson???) but the rest are up for grabs. I wonder, and please try not to read too much into this, if La LLorona returns. They did a LOT of bilingual promotion for this one and it seemed to be well received. I don't have a problem with that as long as they continue to develop it. The giant head dioramas were probably my fave part of the whole event. If I had any input I would stress that the unconventional setups(holes cut in walls with giant 'things, the small windows above the walkways and tight turns) well, there needs to be more of those.