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HHN 29: Maze of the Year

What is the best maze of HHN - Orlando 2019?

  • Ghostbusters

    Votes: 3 3.7%
  • Yeti Terror of the Yukon

    Votes: 9 11.1%
  • Us

    Votes: 3 3.7%
  • Stranger Things

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Votes: 3 3.7%
  • Graveyard Games

    Votes: 25 30.9%
  • Universal Monsters

    Votes: 24 29.6%
  • House of 1000 Corpses

    Votes: 7 8.6%
  • Nightingales Blood Pit

    Votes: 4 4.9%
  • Depths of Fear

    Votes: 2 2.5%

  • Total voters
    81

SpoopySkeletons

Newcomer
Feb 7, 2019
56
Controversial opinion:

Strongest / best IP: Us

Strongest / best original: Monsters (idc that it’s technically an IP - it’s so different from a traditional IP house aka walking through exact scenes from the movie etc that it feels more original to me so I’m just going to stick with that)
 
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itsabee

Rookie
Sep 11, 2019
217
Monsters is extraordinary in both its design and its actors’ passion and energy. I can’t think of much else like it.

The people there genuinely love being in this house, and I definitely see that in their actions while scaring. So much attention to detail went into the little things, like the hand-drawn diagrams of the Creature in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab that are tucked all the way back in the corner where they generally go unnoticed. The casting is very deliberate and specific as well, as they’ve already thought about the fact that the Mummy is frail because of the nature of him being a preserved corpse, so they won’t accept just anyone to play him; noticeably tall and thin is a requirement.

The scares go in places that no one else’s do this year more than once, with both the Wolfman and Quasimodo on harnesses to pull off amazing stunts. Even the scares that don’t require height are used impressively and in context, with three different Phantoms appearing around the basement of the opera house to simulate the book Phantom’s ability to navigate around the depths without being seen and appearing as a ghost, while the mirrors really throw you off. The costumes are pulled off so well, and the redesigns are actually unique and fun (did you know that the designs for the masks were inspired by the artwork seen on the outside of the building, not the other way around?). The soundtrack slaps. That’s it. It just does.

Most of all, it’s genuinely scary! There’s nothing light in tone about this house, and nothing cheesy that lightens the mood a bit. They’re aggressive and it shows.

Anyway, y’all, I’m a little obsessed with Monsters.
 

Spaulding

Member
Jan 23, 2019
612
Monsters is extraordinary in both its design and its actors’ passion and energy. I can’t think of much else like it.

The people there genuinely love being in this house, and I definitely see that in their actions while scaring. So much attention to detail went into the little things, like the hand-drawn diagrams of the Creature in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab that are tucked all the way back in the corner where they generally go unnoticed. The casting is very deliberate and specific as well, as they’ve already thought about the fact that the Mummy is frail because of the nature of him being a preserved corpse, so they won’t accept just anyone to play him; noticeably tall and thin is a requirement.

The scares go in places that no one else’s do this year more than once, with both the Wolfman and Quasimodo on harnesses to pull off amazing stunts. Even the scares that don’t require height are used impressively and in context, with three different Phantoms appearing around the basement of the opera house to simulate the book Phantom’s ability to navigate around the depths without being seen and appearing as a ghost, while the mirrors really throw you off. The costumes are pulled off so well, and the redesigns are actually unique and fun (did you know that the designs for the masks were inspired by the artwork seen on the outside of the building, not the other way around?). The soundtrack slaps. That’s it. It just does.

Most of all, it’s genuinely scary! There’s nothing light in tone about this house, and nothing cheesy that lightens the mood a bit. They’re aggressive and it shows.

Anyway, y’all, I’m a little obsessed with Monsters.
Your enthusiasm for this house is great. I have enjoyed your reports in the main HHN thread as well. That aside, I agree that it's a fantastic house and also my favourite of 2019.
 

itsabee

Rookie
Sep 11, 2019
217
Your enthusiasm for this house is great. I have enjoyed your reports in the main HHN thread as well. That aside, I agree that it's a fantastic house and also my favourite of 2019.
Thank you! I’ve made several new friends just by striking up conversation in line for it, and my already-established friends that have gone through with me love to watch the personal interactions I tend to get! I’m actually trying to meet up with a user from the forum so we can do the house together before the season ends! I adore Monsters and I like sharing what I learn!
 

Joe

aka TestTrack321
Staff member
Moderator
Feb 15, 2012
12,692
Pittsburgh, PA
Our fav or what will win the internal competition?

Mine: Graveyard
Theirs: Ghostbusters or Monsters (I’m leaning Monsters)
 
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Cup_Of_Coffee

Veteran Member
Aug 7, 2018
3,816
This was my first HHN, we didn't do all 10 houses but heres mine: Universals Classic Monsters. Not even close. I know its what others have said but just the environment, scare actors, story, twists, overall it was perfect. I likely won't do a haunted house that great ever again
 

SeventyOne

V.I.P.
Jul 1, 2010
2,793
Orlando
Monsters is the perfect blend of creepy sets that hide scares, interesting effects, and the best cast this year (which is saying something, Nightingales, Games, Yeti and HoTC also very strong casts). Throw in that classic Halloween feel, not just my HotY--on a short list with Halloween and maybe Winter's Night/Bloodengutz for House of the Decade.

FWIW, after 20 votes, current #2/#3 (Games/Yeti) also my my #2/#3. Usually feel like I'm a bit off from the conventional wisdom but not this year apparently.
 

PenguinCowboy

Rookie
May 14, 2018
108
This was a very hard tossup between several this year. Legitimately Yeti, Universal Monsters, Graveyard Games, and Nightengales all were top tier for me!

The one that edges them out though was definitely Yeti, and I know this is a very "specific to me" reasoning. I'm a set design fanatic, and one of my favorite houses of all time was (and I know this is random) Roanoke from 24. It just felt so authentic to the colonial setting, and I could have spent forever inside! To me, Yeti felt like a spiritual (chilly) successor with the rustic flavor in the sets, and if there was one house I could have just sat in and lived in the environment, it would be this one!

Then the scares themselves, while not the best for a conga line, were some of my favorite types, with a little scene being built up around a lot of the kills in the first half. They were very cinematic, and felt almost as if they had been ripped right from an actual movie script (with their setup/punchline structure!). Not to mention I just have an innate fear of big, loud, fast moving creatures, haha.

I know it won't be everyone's favorite, but I'll stand by my (ape) man!
 

JungleSkip

Premium Member
Feb 15, 2010
20,998
The Mushroom Kingdom
FWIW, after 20 votes, current #2/#3 (Games/Yeti) also my my #2/#3. Usually feel like I'm a bit off from the conventional wisdom but not this year apparently.
That's because they're the only 3 good houses this year.

Monsters is a runaway #1 for me. Graveyard could have been, but I feel like it was missing a good 4 or 5 actors, making some of the rooms feel empty. Yeti was great, but a little too repetitive.
 

Joe

aka TestTrack321
Staff member
Moderator
Feb 15, 2012
12,692
Pittsburgh, PA
That's because they're the only 3 good houses this year.

Monsters is a runaway #1 for me. Graveyard could have been, but I feel like it was missing a good 4 or 5 actors, making some of the rooms feel empty. Yeti was great, but a little too repetitive.
Yeti has some empty spots and long resets.
 

Captain Tragedy

V.I.P.
Premium Member
Oct 14, 2011
485
New Donk City
My review has monsters at #1, but the more I think about it, the more I just absolutely love the atmosphere, story, scares and just overall terrifyingness of Graveyard Games. I can still remember just shaking after leaving GG the first time. Of course, I'm thinking I could probably change my vote to Monsters tomorrow, these two are just that amazing.
 

coastercritic99

Newcomer
Mar 28, 2019
19
My review has monsters at #1, but the more I think about it, the more I just absolutely love the atmosphere, story, scares and just overall terrifyingness of Graveyard Games. I can still remember just shaking after leaving GG the first time. Of course, I'm thinking I could probably change my vote to Monsters tomorrow, these two are just that amazing.
Same here. Monsters was a great house, but I never really had a great run through it so that probably affects my opinion. But the greatness of Graveyard Games just puts it at #1 for me. It was just so atmospheric and creepy and well done. US is right behind GG on my list, for the same reason.
 
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OhHaiInternet95

Veteran Member
Aug 18, 2017
3,234
Results of this poll (sans Depths) warm my heart. :)

Alright, here's my attempt at rankings.

#1--Nightingales

#2--Yeti (razor thin with Depths, my run Monday night BARELY put it ahead)
#3--Depths of Fear

#4--Graveyard Games

#5--Killer Klownz (THIS is how you do a comedy house. Looking at you, Ghostbusters.)

#6--Universal Monsters

#7--Us (finale singlehandedly vaults it over HoTC and ST)

#8--House of 1000 Corpses (razor thin with ST)
#9--Stranger Things

#10--Ghostbusters (I bought the hype but after a repeat viewing...this property does not work as a book report house--could've worked as a scarezone, or if they had been allowed to get creative with the house.)
 
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Living Dead Dude

Veteran Member
Apr 7, 2019
1,219
It’s so hard to only pick one this year! Unlike last year I was able to attend the event way more times then last year and have been able to get a solid run in all of these houses! If you asked me at the beginning I would have said US. That cast in the beginning gave it their all and it was just like being in the movie and made for a great house. Nightingales improved so much over the event from being easily the worst to top 3 if not higher!! However there’s no doubt in my mind that Monsters should be house of the year! I’ve never had a bad run through this house and the cast gives it their all each and every night! The wolfman section is easily my favorite scene in any of the houses I’ve ever done and can’t think of a simple way to make the house better then what it already is!!!
 
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horrornights789

Veteran Member
Jul 8, 2017
3,125
Nightingales wins for me because I love the franchise and the cast has improved so much. Literally night and day compared to the beginning of the event. Hopefully it does well enough for a 3rd maze.

That said I think Monsters, Graveyard, or Corpses deserves it since they’ve been the most consistent. Corpses is easily the best MiB house so it deserves credit for that
 
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