Last Sunday we headed out to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood to take in the thrills and scares.
And we have no issues in telling you that this was one of the very best years for Halloween Horror Nights. Read on to find out why!!
Written by Gregg Condon
For the first time in a few years we were not at opening night of HHN Hollywood. Opening/Media nights are usually rather stressful, between the red/black carpet arrivals, trying to get all of our footage/pictures done, having to wait for all of the other media sites and celebs going through the mazes it's always a long and exhausting (and don't get us wrong, incredibly fun night).
But this year we waited to go on the first Sunday, which Universal had NEVER done before. The crowds were light, the talent had a few days to get into the groove, and everything was simply fantastic.
We started off with Early Entry and headed straight to Stranger Things. Which was AMAZING!!
IP's are nothing new at HHN, and until now, the one IP that seemed to be the biggest was probably The Walking Dead.
We feel safe in saying that TWD was NEVER as big as Stranger Things is. While many people would go to TWD for early entry, there were always some who would go to another maze.
Not the case here, EVERYBODY goes to Stranger Things. Luckily the park knows this and has set up an awesome queue that goes inside. The maze is inside a sound studio so no worries about light getting into the maze if you go to this one first.
Check out the highlights of this fantastic maze.
Next we headed to Trick r Treat, and I think we missed every single scare in this maze (thus no Highlight Video). We will have to do this one again when we head back to HHN.
I love this movie SO much, the sets were fantastic. It was still a bit bright when we went through so that probably contributed as well.
We then headed down to the Backlot and did the three mazes down there. Poltergeist was fantastic, really had the feel of the movie, which I've loved for (well, don't want to age myself here).
The Purge and Blumhouse were fun, but because we hadn't seen The First Purge (yet) or the two Blumhouse movies, the plot was kind of lost on us.
Even with that we had a few good scares in each as you can see in our highlight videos.
The hidden gem of HHN 2018, and something we hope only expands in 2019 is Holidayz in Hell. We loved, loved, loved, loved, loved this. Did we mention we loved it?
So much so we tweeted @horrornights and told him the entire backlot should be this next year, and the mazes should be the individual holidays. ESPECIALLY Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble!!
Back up top, Universal Monsters was simply amazing. Quite simply the best sets I think we've ever seen from HHN, and that's saying A LOT.
The soundtrack from Slash worked amazingly well. Unfortunately we had annoying people behind us so we didn't get too much video. But you can see some of our pics in the slideshow below.
The Terror Tram was also pretty amazing this year. Hollywood Harry is back and it was definitely one of the highlights of our night. It's such a unique and amazing experience that only HHN can offer.
Lastly, Halloween 4. We'd heard a lot of people from opening night saying that there was a lot in this maze from previous Halloween Mazes. There were, but that's not necessarily a bad thing AT ALL. I love the Halloween movies, yes, even 4 and I was excited to see this story told.
It's a fun maze and it's always nice to see what Michael is up to this time of year. =)
Oh, and go see Halloween when it comes out, we should all be supporting awesome Horror movies!!
We also took a LOT of pictures, which you can check out below. Some great pictures of Universal Monsters and the Scare Zones.
We will definitely be shooting more of the scare zones and hopefully Universal Monsters without rude people on our next trip.
We hope you enjoyed!! For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 2018 check out the full details here. We definitely recommend Express AND Early Entry to make the most out of your night.
Sneak Peek of Trick 'r Treat and Stranger Things at Halloween Horror Nights - Universal Studios Hollywood
A little over a week ago, select media was invited out to Universal Studios Hollywood to get a sneak peek at the all new Trick r Treat and Stranger things mazes. Unfortunately we were unable to make it but our good friend Mike over at MuseTV sent over some pics for us to share with all of you.
Thanks Mike, and be sure to give MUSE a like on all their social media, they are great friends and a great site!!
Let's check out Trick 'r Treat first!!
Even though it's daylight, the attention to detail here is amazing
Lots of awesome vines and a window. Hmm ...
This is definitely the perfect IP for HHN
Trick 'r Treat!!!
Next, let's head into the Upside Down
Flashy light things
And in case you missed them the other day, some final pics from the park of Stranger Things complete with show lighting.
We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of Trick r Treat and Stranger Things.
Not that you need a reminder, but if you do, HHN opens THIS FRIDAY!!! We are hoping to be there to bring you all of the opening night fun, but if not, we'll be at the park next Sunday.
Thanks again to Mike from MUSETV for the pics, and for Universal for setting up these great tours. We're sorry we couldn't make this one.
Last week we were invited out to Universal Studios Hollywood for the official grand opening of their all new Hello Kitty Store. It looks whimsical and fun as you'll see below. Lots of great merchandise for all.
We'll also take a look at the recently opened Laemmle Court and a look at Dreamworks Theater construction.
Pictures by Matthew Nelson
The store looks fantastic
Lots of great merchandise at every turn
These are sure to be popular
Lots of fun Universal spoofs
And of course snacks!!
Laemmle Court is now open and looks fantastic!!
As well as the Illumination store
No Universal Studios update would be complete without some Wizarding World
The new store additions blend in great with Universal Plaza
And soon with Dreamworks Theater
We're excited to check out Kung Fu Panda in the very near future!!
A few more pictures and video the park sent over to us.