Like with last year’s Dracula Untold, I find it hard to talk about mazes from films that have not been released. What I can say about this maze is that it doesn’t skimp on production values. From the moment you enter, you are transported to Guillermo del Toro’s latest mansion, feeling as though you really are walking the halls of a haunted estate. Paintings change before your eyes, and a bathtub suicide scene will stay with you long after you check out — if you check out!
The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far
Last year’s maze only teased a trip into Terminus, but this year, nothing is left on the butcher’s block. As soon as the maze starts, you’re treated to a gruesome reenactment of last season’s bathtub executions, making me wonder how AMC was able to get away with that on television. Then you’ll pass a boarded-up church full of walkers on your way to a mattress truck full of undead. The references from season five are everywhere, and I wish I had time to go through it again and spot the Easter eggs I missed.
Insidious Chapter 3
This film surprised me, as did the maze, since I figured it was just a rehash of the 2013 version. In some ways it was, but the addition of “the man who can’t breath” popping up around every corner made me really enjoyed this one. And yes, there is a lipstick demon and a gas-mask wearing seance. For the record, the Bride in Black is still an awesome character, and Mrs. Moan4Stallone’s favorite part of this maze.
This year’s Halloween show features Las Vegas’ world-renowned dance crew The Jabbawockeez. While not Halloween-themed at all, it was a good show, worth the 30-minute wait. Fans of early-to-mid-90s hip hop will dig the many references to the golden era of rap.
Reminiscent of Universal’s upcoming Christmas-themed horror film Krampus, Dark Christmas was once again one of my favorite Scare Zones. New this year is a World War I-inspired zone called Corpz. Fans of zombie soldiers and trench warfare will love this one, complete with machine gun firing and aerial alarms. Finally, an original zone called Exterminatorz featured mutated bugs of all sorts and stilt-walking monsters that won me and Mrs. Moaner over. A newly opened section of Springfield also deserves a mention, because it features the Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror — it’s little touches like this that set Universal apart from other attractions.
*Budda budda budda*
I’ve been attending this event since 2009, and this year’s was the best show yet… with one exception. The VIP buffet option was sadly unavailable this time around. I’m not sure of the reasoning behind leaving out this expensive but obvious money-making tier that included an all-you-can-eat buffet in a spooky dining area, an exclusive backlot tour, and — most importantly — two free beers. If any universal execs are reading this, please bring it back!
Until next time, kiddies! (Please don’t sue me, John Kassir.)
Moan4Stallone is Laser Time’s unofficial horror master. Hit him up on Twitter for more scares.