With only 10 days until Halloween if you haven’t visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, Florida this Halloween season, what are you waiting for? The movie houses will blow your mind! It’s every fan’s dream to be part of their favorite horror movie, and this year the creative minds behind the Intellectual Property houses (aka the trademarked movies you know and love) really outdid themselves!
In conclusions to my three part series on 2017’s Halloween Horror Nights, this is the article you have all been waiting for; the nitty-gritty and kinky little details behind the houses based on the horror movies we all love. If you’ve missed my first two articles on the media release party as well as the original house ideas for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights you can find them please go back to read them.
This year there are five movie houses (aka mazes); Saw, American Horror Story, The Horrors of Blumhouse, Ash vs Evil Dead, and perhaps the most anticipated and longest awaited house; The Shining.
Saw: The Games of Jigsaw played out as a tribute to Jigsaw’s most memorable traps throughout the 7 films. It all begins with the fan favorite reverse bear trap first seen in the original Saw movie worn by the lovely Shawnee Smith. From there the maze snowballs quickly as you walk along the labyrinth of corridors, laying out the wonderful and twisted traps of the massive seven part series! At the end the audience is treated to a special surprise referencing Jigsaw, due out October 27.
In Saw: The Games of Jigsaw, you will be treated to a living preview of the latest movie in the series! That’s right, at the end of the maze there are live actors acting out scenes, giving you a hint at what awaits you in the movie theater later this month! That is if you don’t get stuck in one of Jigsaw’s traps and successfully get to the end…
This year the creators behind the IP houses decided to bring back the pop culture phenomenon American Horror Story, this time focusing on Asylum, Coven, and Roanoke. These plotlines were unexplored in last year’s Horror Story’s house, and fans have been desperately waiting for them to be brought to life in a way only Halloween Horror Nights can!
The house goes in chronological order, and what they choose to place in the maze flows very well from room to room. Considering there is enough content from one season to fill an entire house, the creators chose the best parts from each of the three seasons to highlight.
The beginning and ending of each season is very evident, and the actors are fully committed to their roles immortalized on the small screen. Evan Peters fans will be very happy. If the theme doesn’t get stuck in your head from the queue, it certainly will be by the time you exit.
To take a break from the horror of Halloween Horror Nights, every year the attraction features a fun house where audiences can catch their breath and have a few laughs. However, this year the creators saw a very special opportunity with the recent release of Ash vs Evil Dead. This is their brief reprieve from the screams! If you watched the live streaming media event on iHorror’s facebook, Halloween Horror Night Director Patrick Braillard promised us an appearance from Ashy Slashy in the maze, and he did not lie!
You first enter Ash’s trailer which has the iconic 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 sitting in the front yard. Inside the trailer is Ash himself, oozing with cocky charm and spinning his cheesy one liners as he blows away deadites with his trusty shotgun. The Ash vs Evil Dead maze has many great references to not only the show, but to the past movies that Bruce Campbell has reigned as King in. It is surely a house not to be missed!
Once you had your laughs you should check out The Horrors of Blumhouse maze, it will certainly bring you back to what the event is all about; terror, screaming, and nightmares! Based on the visions producer Jason Blum has brought to life with his production company over the years, The Horrors of Blumhouse focuses on Sinister, Insidious, and The Purge. Personally the Sinister part of the house was the only thing that scared me in the whole Halloween Horror Nights 2017 showcase!
However, with a special place in my heart for the Insidious franchise, this house took the lead as my favorite. Much like the Saw maze, the end of The Horrors of Blumhouse has a live action sneak peek at the new movie, Insidious: The Last Key, released in early January of 2018! Unfortunately you’re rushed through the house so quickly you can’t gather a good sense of what is going on, but it leaves your adrenaline pumping and a craving for more!
Lastly, and perhaps the most anticipated maze of the night, is The Shining. The masterminds behind the event admitted this house was difficult to tackle since the movie is so psychological in natuer. It’s not until the snow falls that shit really hits the fan in a way that can be used as a physical scare factor. However, that did not stop the creative team of Halloween Horror Nights 2017.
This house had the most meticulous details, the highest technology, and some of the best actors out of all of the houses. They found a way to display and immerse the fans in some of the most classic scenes from that film that would be impossible for any other haunted attraction to undertake. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say it will not disappoint the fans of the Kubrick classic.
This year’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, Florida is certainly an event not to be missed. They never repeat the same houses twice, so if one or more of these mazes speaks to you then GO! From entrance to exit the park is crawling with characters. The work the technicians put in with lights, fog, and sound all create an atmosphere that doesn’t just cater to the houses themselves, but to the whole park! If it wasn’t for the love and passion of the people behind Halloween Horror Nights it would be a lackluster event, but you can feel their passion for Halloween and horror with every satisfied patron’s scream.