Halloween Prevails At Universal Studios
The Halloween season is upon us, and if you have yet to start your seasonal planning, now is the time to begin. With all the options available to you, it can be overwhelming to pick a destination.
Well, if you live in California or you don't mind a flight/drive to Hollywood, I've got just the place for you. (There is a Universal Studios located in Orlando, FL as well, for you East Coasters.)
Returning for its 5th year under the Halloween Horror Nights banner, Universal has once again transformed the famous movie studio-themed amusement park to reflect the darker side of cinema. Horror movies spring to life at the park as fan-favorite icons like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and even Chucky take control and run rampant.
As a fan and frequent visitor to Halloween Horror Nights, I tend to hold the event up to a high standard and I'm not afraid to admit when certain elements fall under par, but I can safely say that this year has exceeded my expectations.
The "scarezones," the areas of the park that have been redecorated with horror motifs, do an excellent job of keeping you on your toes as you walk about. Featuring escaped asylum inmates, a murderous freak show, and even the infamous La Llorona. (Ask your Hispanic friends if you don't know.)
I have to say though, La Llorona came off as a bit of a disappointment, since her area was rather lacking in the scares, though it did fare better than the Pigz zone, which featured only one or two chainsaw-wielding Pig actors for the hundreds of people wandering the area.
As for the mazes themselves, what Universal lacks in quantity, it certainly makes up for in quality. Featuring five mazes this year, John Murdy, the Creative Director of Universal Studios, has elected to bring back some Horror Night veterans along with two new threats.
While I found all of the mazes to be enjoyable, there were two that absolutely stole the show. "Friday the 13th: Kill, Jason, Kill!" Takes its cue from the newest Jason movie and presents a more aggressive and intense Jason than the typical "I'll walk and somehow catch you" one we all know and love. Don't even think about trying to hide behind your boyfriend in this one, because they come at you from every direction. Plain and simple, there's no hiding in this maze. What I enjoyed most is the faithful recreation of some of the kills that are displayed in front of you, particularly the "Face Grinder." I won't describe it for you, but you'll know it when you see it. Also, be on the lookout for the headless body dance. It's amazing.Continued on the next page