This year’s edition of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is a solid, but familiar experience. HHN’s creative director, John Murdy and team have a house style and really don’t stray far from what has been successful in the past. HHN’s six maze line-up is headlined by The Walking Dead for the second year in a row along with new mazes featuring American Werewolf in London, Clowns 3D, Face-off, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Dracula: Untold and Alien Vs. Predator. The mazes are a mixed bag. American Werewolf in London and Alien Vs. Predator are stand-outs and feature moments that make you feel like you’re in the middle of the movies themselves. Face-off is fun, especially if you’re a fan of the series. It’s also the last chance you’ll get to check out the amazing sets of Universal’s now deceased House of Horrors attraction. The rest of the mazes are solid, if a little pedestrian. The TWD Terror Tram is lively, but again doesn’t stray for what’s been done in years past. A special shout out to the Dark Christmas scare zone, it’s an absolute blast that makes you wish Universal would replace Grinchmas with a park-wide dark and creepy winter wonderland featuring the Krampus.
Open select nights Sept. 19th-Nov. 1st
Review by Phil Crain