For the most part, this year’s Universal haunted houses ranking was a success. “Halloween” is a perfect homage to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic. “The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare” will surprise Horror Nights purists, as the collaboration between the event and singer Abel Tesfaye is surprisingly disorienting and bloody. “Spirits of the Coven” also stands out for its engaging theme and storytelling.
“Bugs: Eaten Alive” strikes a good balance between horror and horror, as its over-the-top buggy design elicits both screams and giggles. “Fiesta de Chupacabra” also makes effective use of puppetry to convey typical folklore while honoring the various Hispanic and Latino communities that call Orlando home.
However, a home is undeniably the best of the bunch. “Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake” is both aesthetically stunning and filled with chilling scenes of horror. It’s also probably the saddest house that the Universal Orlando team has created, and if there’s one house that must be experienced at the event, it’s “Dead Man’s Pier”.
Unfortunately, some homes aren’t quite as efficient. “Horrors of Blumhouse,” which features scenes from “Freaky” and “The Black Phone,” has some very disconnected transitions that make the experience less stressful, as well as some glaringly absent actors (sorry. , without Vince Vaughn’s appearance in the “Stranger” section). “Universal Monsters: Legends Collide” also feels like The Mummy’s own story instead of the crossover with Dracula and The Wolfman teased in the promotional material.
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