How the Ratings WorkEach haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights is rated based on three categories:
atmosphere(how well this house captures the feel of the theme) and
gore. The scale for each category goes from 0-5. The higher numbers represent the most intensity in that category.
Alien VS Predator
Gore:2 As guests make their way through the corridors of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, they are dropped into a battle between two of science-fiction's most terrifying creatures. Alien VS Predator featured some of the best special effects found in any of the houses this year. While the Predators were costumed characters, the aliens made their appearance by way of large intricate puppets. Appearing multiple times throughout the house, aliens lunged and attacked as guests walked by. Fans of the Alien VS Predator series will feel as though they've been transported to the dark, cramped environment of the film. The scare level for this house is fairly high because of the sheer intensity portrayed when the aliens appear.
Gore:2 Michael Myers, star of the 1978 slasher film Halloween, makes his return in a house based on the long running series of films. Taking place during the events of the first and second movies, the Halloween house has guests checking every corner as they make their way through. Michael Myers has a way of sneaking up on you and can be seen in multiple areas of this terror-filled house. As a word of warning, don't think you're safe just because you left the house.
Gore:1.5 The Dracula: Untold house is based on the movie of the same name being released to theaters next month. Scenes and characters from the film are displayed throughout the house telling the story of how Dracula came to be. Unfortunately, because the movie isn't out yet, a lot of the story and action going on is completely lost. Many characters that I'm pretty sure are important in the movie make an appearance, but I had no idea who they were. I felt as though I was missing a majority of the experience. Ignoring the movie tie-in for the moment, the house is amazing looking. The Gothic environment is captured perfectly and it does feel as though you're making your way through a broken down castle with gargoyles and statues lining the path. Even if you don't understand the complete story being told in the house, enjoy it for the scenery. The film, Dracula: Untold, releases to theaters on October 10. If you can, experience this house after seeing the film.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Gore:2 From Dusk Till Dawn is based on the new television series airing on the El Rey network. Taking the initial storyline from the movie, the television show follows the Gecko Brothers into a den of vampires. The haunted house picks up the story as the Gecko Brothers arrive in Mexico and are welcomed in to the "Twister" strip club. Scantily clad vampires lunge at guests as they make their way deeper into the club and down into the Aztec temple found below. The house contains a lot of twists and turns giving creatures plenty of hiding places from which to attack. Fans will find many of the scenes pulled right from the show. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Gecko Brothers, you just may need their help.
Walking Dead: End of the Line
Gore:4 The Walking Dead is making its third appearance at Halloween Horror Nights. Two years ago, AMC and Universal Studios partnered to bring the first haunted house based on the popular series to the park. Last year, they expanded that partnership with Walking Dead taking over all the scare zones; and this year the show returns with a new haunted house that Universal brags is twice the size of any house they've ever done. Last year's Walking Dead house ended in the prison and starts there this year. The house takes guests through the story set in season 4 of the show as the survivors make their way to Terminus. Since this is Universal's third Walking Dead based house, I was expecting more of the same scenery and types of scares as last year. I was happily mistaken. This year's house is huge, and filled with more zombies than ever. The sets and zombies are extremely detailed this year. Make sure you catch up on the series before going into the house to catch all the references to the show.
Roanoke: Cannibal Colony
Gore:4 Since the English settlers of the Roanoke Settlement disappeared mysteriously in 1590, there have been many stories as to their fate. At this year's Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios gives us their take in the house Roanoke: Cannibal Colony. From the moment you walk into the house you notice multiple corpses tossed to the side missing their flesh. Scene after scene plays out in front of you as the normally peaceful settlers are overcome with a hunger for flesh. Roanoke:Cannibal Colony gets decent marks in each of our categories. An extremely detailed house with just enough gore and scares to satisfy your appetite.
Giggles and Gore Inc
Scare Level:3 (5+ if you're scared of clowns)
Gore:5 While clowns aren't something that you think about when you think Halloween, they have always been a little creepy. Universal Studios took that idea and ran with it in the Giggles and Gore Inc haunted house. All throughout, people are being turned in to clowns against their will. Those that resist are crushed or killed in the goriest ways possible. Giggles and Gore Inc is definitely the bloodiest house at Halloween Horror Nights.
Dollhouse of the Damned
Gore:1 Dollhouse of the Damned has to be the weirdest house at this year's Halloween Horror Nights. It's not scary, it's not bloody, but it's creepy, so creepy. Torn up dolls and stuffed animals line the walls. The dead eyes of half of a Teddy Ruxpin toy stare blankly as you wander by. I found this house to be the weakest one of the eight. If you find yourself running out of time, this is the house that can skipped.
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