A Photo Tour of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights — 2015 Edition!

Crimson Peak

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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!

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Bravo.

The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far

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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

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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.

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*Wheeze* *Cough*

Stage Show

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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.

Scare Zones

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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.

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*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.

4 thoughts on “A Photo Tour of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights — 2015 Edition!

  1. I actually went to this! I’ve never been to a HHN before and it’ll probably be a long time until I attend another because I live up in Canada but I loved it. I was really lukewarm on Universal Studios itself but HHN redeemed everything else.
    I didn’t get to see The Walking Dead one or the Insidious one because I simply couldn’t wait almost two hours for each after already being in the park since around noon. I did see everything else, though, as long as we’re not counting Jabbawockeez or Jurassic Park in the Dark.
    AvP and Halloween were definitely the highlights for me. I really liked parts of the Crimson Peak one, especially the moth silk in the dark corridors, but I felt like it fell short at the end compared to how some of the other mazes’ endings.

  2. Thanks for checking back into Universal Horror nights and how great was the end of the Halloween maze with all the mirrors and possible Michael Myers just standing there! Some of the mazes best tension moments!

  3. Those pictures make it look really fun! I wish I lived near tours like that. I have to say M4S, as much as I enjoyed this article, my favorite part was the bro-tank lmao! One question. What was the wait time like and how long were you there overall?

  4. We got there at about 7 pm and the average line time was around 50 minutes. We were able to see all the mazes and tram ride but none of the rides and still had about twenty minutes till clossing time. Full credit to my dude Laser Tony for the bro tank top line lmao!

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