Greetings HHN fans! Two weeks have come and gone for me (I won't be there on Sunday). I did however attend the event on Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday. I sprang for the first 3 Saturday annual passholder deal and went yesterday, the 27th. I generally don't like to go to HHN on Saturday's, but I felt the itch to get an extra day in. Saturday wasn't too bad honestly. I did notice a trend though; The Walking Dead: End of the Line, fills up REALLY quick. All 3 days I went, the wait time was 90 minutes right from the get-go.
A couple of quick observations, before we get to the current House standings in my book. If you haven't heard, the human sacrifices that were taking place every hour in Bayou of Blood, have stopped. I've heard all sorts of reasons why, AND if it will, or will not return. I think it will return, but in a much smaller, less intense capacity. However, as of Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, they were suspended. Keep that in mind if you go this week looking for it, and there is no sacrifice.
I noticed an uptick in intensity from certain Scare Zones on Friday and Saturday. The Minions in the Face Off: In the Flesh Zone, were really aggressive on Saturday night, as were the dancer's in MASKerade: Unstitched. Even some of the Houses have stepped up their game (we will get to that in a moment). Overall, HHN XXIV is still a solid year, and it looks like they are really in it for the long haul. Everyone seems to be finding their grooves at this point, and it can only get better from here.
HOUSE RANKINGS AS OF 9/27/14
8. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
7. DRACULA UNTOLD: REIGN OF BLOOD
6. ROANOKE: CANNIBAL COLONY
5. GIGGLES & GORE INC.
4. AVP: ALIEN VS PREDATOR
3. THE WALKING DEAD: END OF THE LINE
2. DOLLHOUSE OF THE DAMNED
SCARE ZONE RANKINGS AS OF 9/27/14
4. BAYOU OF BLOOD
3. MASKERADE: UNSTITCHED
2. FACE OFF: IN THE FLESH
1. THE PURGE: ANARCHY
BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: A TRIBUTE
Rocky Horror is what it is. I'm not going to rate it, as it's the same show every year. If you dig the show, you will like the tribute show. As far as the "censoring" of call-backs goes, I didn't hear as many as I used to in year's past.
That concludes this week at HHN. I'm not sure how this week will play out. I have an unexpected family issue that I need to take care of, so we'll see how the week goes. Can't wait to go back in the near future!
Greetings Horror Nights fans, it is that time. HHN XXIV has started and is now in full swing. Opening weekend for HHN, is always a tough thing to talk about. Generally, things are still being worked out, Scare Actor's are still finding their groove, and it's still a small work in progress. Don't get me wrong, the event is OPEN and it's not Employee Preview, but there are little things here and there that still may not be 100%.
With that, there is also one other thing that usually hinders opening weekend: RAIN. We are in Florida folks, and while summer is winding down and the rainy season is coming to an end, it still rains. Sometimes a lot. It's become a tradition on Opening Night for it to rain, and rain it did.
Most of the time here in Florida when it rains, it passes pretty quickly. We get a torrential downpour for a few minutes and it moves on. There are rare instances, which tend to show up this time of year, when the rain doesn't just go away. This year's Opening Night saw a steady stream of rain, virtually all night. It did briefly let-up for about an hour, but it was a very wet night.
Normally, HHN doesn't bring out the Scare Actor's in the streets if it rains, but surprisingly they did on Friday. It wasn't whole casts mind you, and in instances like The Purge: Anarchy and MASKerade: Unstitched;, some things had to be left under cover. The motorcycles for example in The Purge: Anarchy, and the stilt-walkers in MASKerade, were absent. Still, it surprised me.
Opening Night wasn't just wet, but busy- very busy. I've been to my share of HHN Opening Nights, and this was by far, the busiest I've ever experienced. A few Houses also didn't have very accurate wait times. For instance, AVP: Alien VS Predator had a posted time of 30 minutes, but we waited well over an hour before we entered.
I don't use an Express Pass, but I have a limit if I'm going to wait in line, especially the first time I'm doing a House. If I like the House, I may wait longer for it later as the event goes on, but waiting nearly two-hours on Opening Night, I pretty much won't do.
Still, we did two Houses on Opening Night: AVP: Alien VS Predator, and Giggles & Gore Inc.. We will talk more in detail about Houses in a minute, but the first impressions of the Houses this year are very good. Things will change and fluctuate as the event goes on, and I will keep a running ranking as I do the Houses over the course of the event, but for the most part, they are strong.
I still have yet to experience The Walking Dead: End of the Line, or From Dusk Till Dawn, but if they continue the trend of the other Houses, then HHN XXIV is shaping up to be one strong year. They seem to be pushing things a little bit and taking some chances. Especially when it comes to content, which is a good thing.
Everyone is of course shouting from the highest hills that Scare Zones are back. Are they? Yes, but only one so far really stands out. The others are kind of meh. I still have yet to see the sacrifice in Bayou of Blood, and I still haven't seen all the Face Off: In The Flesh characters either, so keep that in mind.
Saturday was a much nicer day of course, and we spent a lot of time in the Scare Zones, and we did more Houses. So before I blabber on too much, let's get to the current rankings of the Houses and Scare Zones. It's entirely possible (and most likely), these rankings will change over the course of the event. Things change, casts change their approaches, things that don't work can work themselves out ETC... So I will keep a running commentary on all the rankings as we move forward in the event. A full, wrap-up review of the event, will come when it has ended.
Overall, a great opening weekend for HHN XXIV!
CURRENT HOUSE RANKINGS
6. DRACULA UNTOLD: REIGN OF BLOOD
5. ROANOKE: CANNIBAL COLONY
4. GIGGLES & GORE INC.
3. DOLLHOUSE OF THE DAMNED
2. AVP: ALIEN VS PREDATOR
As I said above, I still have yet to do From Dusk Till Dawn, and The Walking Dead: End of the Line. Check back over the course of the event, to see how and if, the House rankings change.
CURRENT SCARE ZONE RANKINGS
4. BAYOU OF BLOOD
3. MASKERADE: UNSTITCHED
2. FACE OFF: IN THE FLESH
1. THE PURGE: ANARCHY
So that's it for now. I also have not yet seen Bill & Ted. I should be seeing it this coming Thursday. I also added some photos from this past weekend, and more will be coming as we go forth. You can view all the photos HERE I can't wait to see how the event shapes up over the coming weeks!
Well, looks like no Legendary Truth this year, but Halloween Horror Nights has begun a new interactive game called The Compound. I'm still gathering information, but it appears that on nights throughout the event, participants will be doing certain things around the park for the game.
There appears to be something called a "survivor's meet-up", happening on the 26th of September, where survivor's will be "assessed", and up to 30 will have the opportunity to gain access to some goodies. Apparently, they will be treated to the likes of a Q & A session with Mike Aiello, have treats at the Hard Rock Hotel, and even hear David “Doc” O’Connell from this seasons Face Off speak.
In addition, there are "recon missions" to take place throughout the course of the event. The first, begins on September 19th. I suspect a lot extra efforts for people who decide to participate in this whole thing... There's something about photos, so if you do decide to play, I suggest you keep your phone handy- and charged.
You can see if you would like to play here, HHNCOMPOUND.COM. I know the access code, but I am hesitant to put it here. If you would like to know the access code, I will tell you privately on Twitter @HHNLegacy.
Honestly, I'm still trying to figure all of this out.
On Monday night, select members of the media were given a preview of HHN XXIV. They were given first looks at props, costumes, and yes, Houses. The media was granted access to the Halloween House, and you will be hard-pressed to find anything but a gushing review of the thing. We know based on the early look, the Myers House facade, will utilize 3D mapping technology on its face (previously seen at HHN XXI in Acid Assault). The House seems to closely follow the 1978 film, and even has nods to the sequels.
Props and costumes were also shared, and it all looks very cool. I was impressed with a few things, but one that stood out to me were the large candles with faces in the wax, which will be used in the Maskerade: Unstitched Scare Zone. It was also good to hear the positive feedback on the Halloween House. Sounds like they really nailed it.
Here are a few images From the Halloween Horror Nights Facebook & Twitter pages:
The commercial for this year's Halloween Horror Nights was released yesterday via HHN's social media pages. The ad involves a bunch of Walkers (no surprise), and some people at an airport in Orlando, as a plane arrives from Atlanta. I think the ad is pretty clever, even if it is a little plain.
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