Okay, so here's my thoughts. 09 | 16 | 2017 - HHN Hollywood - A review Before I start I want to give a huge thanks to @ush.hacker and @horrornights789 for their respective plans. I was able to knock out everything by 10:30 with early entry. So TL; DR if you don't want to read the rest - the event this year was one that left a lot to be desired - that said, it isn't unbearable and worth checking out. If you miss out this year, you won't miss much, save for Shining. Now for my overall thoughts - continuing to what was said above, the "horror" atmosphere is definitely missing. Something about the event was lacking in terms of the energy - which is rare. Was it the crowds? The lineup? It felt like an errand you forgot yet keeps coming up from the back of your mind - and HHN this year feels like it never wishes to complete that errand. The mazes as a whole are very decent - save for Saw which I find completely useless. The scare zones - better than I was lead to believe with Toxic Tunnel being the exception. However, they weren't terrible to the point I was done with the event. The lack of theme, none the less lack of actual star IP was very very strange. Maze ratings: Insidious: 9/10 - Scary, fun, and very immersive. The scares completely caught me off guard and scare actors were very much in character which left me extremely impressed considering this was a maze I didn't even want back. It proved me wrong however and I'm glad it did. Its downfall truly came from the weirdly placed black walls and transitions. I loved the transitions in '15 being the red doors, however I only remember coming across one and it felt really sloppy. The boo holes and jail cell scene at the end were also very well executed considering I hate boo holes. Kudos for this. Saw: 2/10 - What the hell was this. As someone who never experienced Saw at HHN I was ecstatic to experience it for my first time. What a waste of time. Should've been called the Saw experience. The trap scenes were cool to watch, however nothing left me going "Wow! Never seen that before." And don't even get me started on the lack of scares, not to mention the fact that they were ALL THE SAME CHARACTER. Should've been an "experience", not a maze. Never again. American Horror Story: 8.5/10 - Very impressive, beautiful set design, and awesome scares, although heavily reliant on the Pig Man, the characters portraying him are super meta. This maze felt like a soundstage maze, so props to Murdy for being able to do that. Its predictability on scares are a draw back for me though, as well as the ending which kinda ended up being super lame. Ash vs Evil Dead: 6.5/10 - This was fun contrary to what I was lead to believe, but damn, the amount of black walls is bad. Furthermore you could tell this was not meant to be Ash vs Evil Dead. The boo holes with Ash fighting the Deadite near the end was funny as heck, whoever was playing Ash had the humor down and broke the fourth wall which was clever to see. The puppet at the end was also pretty cool. The Shining: 9/10 - Oh my goodness, I loved this. Murdy didn't hold back on the smallest details nor set design and this maze sets the bar for the type of maze that should be in Mummy's extended queue. It didn't feel cramped nor as if it were a constant left and right room turn that I disliked from Exorcist and TiTE, but it felt open, and explorable. A lot of the scares were spoiled by the group in front of me or triggered too late which kinda bummed me out. Loved this maze. Horrors of Blumhouse: 7/10 - This was way better than it should've been which I don't think is a good thing, lol. Purge had an awesome cast and were outstanding. Happy Death Day was forgettable and bad. Sinister's portion was very very impressive and I enjoyed it. The screen/ boo hole scare towards the end was super creative. Big Daddy is out of place and kinda kills it. Titans of Terror: 5.5/10 - A disappointment. The first two rooms are like a good prologue to a movie that never happens. Lack of Camp Crystal Lake was unfortunate, but the NoES scenes were really fun and lots of cool special effects. Not to mention the cradle scene with Freddy is super creepy. However, the maze is unbelievably short and the TCM portion felt like a repeat of last year. Murdy's cameo in this is fun to watch. Titans of Terror Tram: 0/10 - Why'd my group even bother with this, I don't know. It needs to go. It was unbelievably bad and a waste of time. The disorganization couldn't have been worse. This needs to go ASAP. I'll give this year a 6.5/10 overall. Fun, but nothing memorable.