Alright I did everything the event had to offer within one night. Even though I had express, I almost wasn't able to do it all because the express lines were pretty heavy. Don't try and do gringotts like I did folks, I had to run to the final house at 12:50 before it was too late lol. But to start it off, wow....just wow. Legitimately one of the best years of all time. Detail has never been higher, the amount of things to do is unbelievable and it's all just so good. I was blown away by it all. Let's start off with the houses from worst to best, but first....
???. American werewolf- not counting this one on the list because it's not new. It's the same thing as it was in 2013 but the puppets are WAY better. I got insanely bad timing and missed pretty much 50% of the wolves (as did most of you apparently) so that's a problem that must be fixed soon. But even with that it's still one of the best houses of all time. Even with the amazing houses this year it just stands high and mighty as one of the greats, alright back to your scheduled programming
8.The walking dead- I don't think I've ever been bored inside a house before. I felt like I needed to see this house just to give it a fair chance but nothing stood out to me. Sets were bland, zombies were zombies, it's just another forgettable walking dead house to add in the pile of forgettable walking dead houses. Also dubstep? Really? Just miserable, this needs to die.
7.the purge- a surprise for me. The actors in this house really gave it their all, insanely energetic, twisted and just an overall blast. Everything else was ok. There was no flow to the house, you kinda just went from scene to scene with no real story or anything to back it up. You went outdoors to inside to maze then back to inside it was just a uncoheasive mess but a fun one at that. Go for the actors (who are only gonna get better as the event goes on). Another havoc like sinario
6.monsters and mayhem- it was fun but there was really nothing original about it whatsoever. It was just an amped up hallow'd past witch isn't a bad thing but it could've been better. The pacing was a bit odd, the scenes never really flowed together and some things just left you questionable. I felt like they could've put better scenes and the universal monsters were completely out of place and pointless. I'm sorry but toilet paper mummy and Frankenstein's monster just aren't scary anymore. Again it was fun, I enjoyed my time and it was cool to see some characters again. It's just not as good as some of you are making it out to be.
5.Freddy vs Jason- good lord what a blast. Universal did the impossible and turned two 9 film long franchises into highlight reels without missing anything. The iconic moments were there, the kills were fantastic and the sets were unbelievable. Every room was so dense with stuff to see that it was just overwhelming. Then you got to the fight and....ehhh. It starts off with them duking it out in person and the actors were just going at it. So energetic, so vicious it was a horror fanboys wet dream, then.......screens, mirrors and ending? It was disappointing because the fight started off so good, the screens just didn't work and idk I just wanted more live action fighting. Shame too because if that were the case, this would easily be in the top 3.
4.body collectors- holy hell this was gorgeous. Every set, detail and prop was just on point. As with fvj, every room was so dense with details. This is definitely one you need to go through multiple times if you want to catch them all. The gore was over the top and genuinely cringe worthy at times (spine rip has never looked more painful) and the actors really just gave it their all. My only gripe is that there wasn't enough asylum patients to even it out. Other than that though, bravo.
3.insidious- absolutely terrifying. Scariest house this year and possibly ever. It was insanely well thought out and full of really unique suprises and effects. These actors are also insanely relentless, especially the demons good lord. It's amazing when a triggered effect stops and the actors stay and linger after it's done just cause. Insidious was full of moments like that and it just made it an amazing house. Definitely a must see
2.Asylum in wonderland- a giant yes!!!! My most anticipated definitely delivered. Easily one of the best 3D houses I've ever been through. The costuming, sets and the 3D effect was just on point. It all looked like it came directly out of a comic book and it was just spectacular. So many memorable scenes and moments, I really loved it.
1.Run- one word, phenomenal. Everything about this house was as close to perfect as possible. The costumes were some of the best I've ever seen at horror nights, filled to the brim with personality and creativity. The kills were awesome the music was awesome the actors were awesome it was just AWESOME!!!! I know I'm the king of unpopular opinions and maybe I just got good timing but this was amazing. Truly one of my new favorites
Alright now time for scare zones from worst to best
5.steampunk scary tales- meh, as I stated before I'm not a fan of anything steampunk. Some characters stood out while most were just kinda there. Not really scary or creative just kinda ok.
4.icons- basically the arrival show from 16 as a zone. Filled with great call backs but mostly just 4 mini shows leading up to the Jack show. Fun but not too great
3.evils roots- really great original designs mixed with some old favorites. Loved the fairies so much. A really great cast to tie it together. Only if there wasn't as much fog, would've loved to see more of it
2.die in- I know I said the classic monsters aren't scary above but they kinda were in this one. I loved how they stayed faithful to the designs of the films and how many actors were just contested in this area. They'd tag team you anytime they could and that was awesome. There were a few "who?" Characters in there but I thought it was great none the less
1.scarapy- everything was so top notch. A hilarious idea met with really great performances and sets. As I stated before, the portrayals of these crazies were insanely unique and not obnoxious. So many amazing interactions between them all and it was just an effect of good casting and make up. Another bravo
Bill and ted- ughhhhh, started off strong then just kinda dissolved into really unfunny jokes. I got a chuckle here and there but nothing on the scale of last year. It's sad when you can't even get the audience on your first show to care that much
Carnage- wonderful!!! Jack is such a character and the jokes he had were hilarious!!! A lot was carried from the original carnival show but who cares? Tons of fun, also chance is a godsend, a stellar duo for a great show. If only they cut out most of the airealist crap for more of them.
So those are my thoughts, hope you enjoyed reading it and prepare for a possible update next week. PARTY ON DUDES!!!!