Common Studios Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood (HHN) delivered fairly a robust horror punch this yr! HHN has all the time strutted its abilities and continues to be one of many high Halloween Haunts in Southern California, and this yr was no exception. With the absence of the occasion in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, it felt improbable to stroll the park as soon as once more and expertise the Halloween Hang-out season.
After the park’s 2020 hiatus, I had no thought what to anticipate, and I used to be fairly nervous. Would it not be a dud? Or would the park are available scorching and supply one thing barely new? For the 2021 season, Halloween Horror Nights provided six mazes together with an intense Terror Tram Journey. Some mazes had been repeated from previous years however nonetheless delivered. The Curse of Pandora’s Field, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill Home, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath, and at last, my favourite, Common Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives. The park provided three scare zones on the higher lot to companion the mazes, Chainsaw Rangers, Demon Metropolis, and Common Monsters: Silver Display screen Queenz, the place feminine monsters had been promoted. The park’s Grand Pavilion Plaza was decked out to the theme of De Los Muertos and gave an area the place company might chill and seize an grownup beverage.
Often, with insufferable crowds and wait occasions of 2-Three hours for some mazes (I all the time advocate entrance of the road), I didn’t witness wait occasions hit previous the sixty-minute mark this yr. The group appeared comparatively managed, and there was not an awesome quantity of individuals stuffed into the park, and it was bought out; this may increasingly have been the results of Covid-19 protocols. Regarding the theme park’s strategy to protocol, the park gave the impression to be very cautious. The theme park required that each one company and staff put on their masks in mazes and indoor areas; nonetheless, I witnessed all staff following masks protocols outdoors of those areas. About ninety p.c of the company I observed had been carrying masks outdoors of those areas effectively. Everybody seemed to be effectively behaved together with the scareactors; they had been masked up as effectively. I used to be delighted, and in The Bride of Frankenstein Lives maze, the Bride wore a surgical masks, and it introduced a becoming aesthetic as her new position because the MAD physician! I used to be very appreciative of the park’s sensitivity and strategy to the next protocol. As of October 7, if you happen to attend amusement parks in Los Angeles County (together with Common), you’ll have to point out proof of vaccination or a destructive Covid-19 check inside 72 hours earlier than coming into the park.
Favourite & Least Favourite Attraction
My favourite a part of the expertise this yr, arms down, was the Terror Tram: The Final Purge. I had all the time felt that the park had oversaturated itself with The Strolling Useless and Purge theming within the years previous. Nonetheless, this yr’s Terror Tram expertise impressed by The Purge franchise, with the newest launch The Perpetually Purge, was the right dose of fright for the night. The Terror Tram makes use of the studio’s iconic backlot and the huge setpiece from Battle of the Worlds. This expertise will make you’re feeling such as you’re amid a real-life purge from the set decorations, the environment, and the costumes. The Terror Tram additionally includes a picture with Norman Bates proper in entrance of the Psycho home, and if you happen to hear intently, you could hear mom calling for him.
If you’re cramped for time and had to decide on one maze to skip this yr, I might say it could be The Exorcist. When the maze initially debuted just a few years again, I keep in mind it not giving me that wow issue; it was simply boring. This time round, the sensation was the identical. Don’t get me unsuitable, I loved wanting on the set items, and it does seize among the most haunting and well-known scenes from the traditional movie, and it does a wonderful job of depicting the battle between good and evil, I simply was not “feeling it,” and it felt recycled as you traveled from room to room.
Themed Meals & Goodies
Common Studios Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood has loads of meals and drinks to select from. Followers of The Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath maze can dine on Leatherface’s notorious Texas Household BBQ and savor quite a lot of distinctive, horror-inspired meals choices. The Roadhouse BBQ-style restaurant run by cannibals options grilled favorites similar to:
BBQ Pork Ribs
BBQ Pulled Hen Sandwich served with crinkle-cut fries
Texas Chili & Cheese Nachos: Texas Chili with smoked brisket and chuck roast topped with cheese, pickled jalapeños, and bitter cream drizzle
22″ Monster Scorching Canine
Candy Dessert “Bloody” Funnel Fingers with Powdered Sugar & Strawberry Sauce
In Plaza de Los Muertos, company are invited to toast the dwelling and rejoice the useless at a themed bar with a alternative of draft and canned beers in addition to handcrafted cocktails – Marigold Floral Crown, Smoked Margarita, and The Chamoy Fireball – served in a festive light-up cranium mug. Impressed by Los Angeles’ various tradition, the menu at Little Cocina consists of:
Beef Birria Tacos with Pink Sauce
Inexperienced Chili & Cheese Tamale, served with salsa Roja
Grilled Elote Corn brushed with lime butter and topped with spices
Horchata Churro Bites
Chamoy Pineapple Spears
Within the shadow of “Jurassic World—The Journey,” company can eat and drink on the Terror Lab, which is modeled after an experimental check lab gone unsuitable, full with an eerie neon glow. The Lab’s menu options:
French Bread Pizzas: house-made hoagie roll topped with both cheese or pepperoni
Combined Drinks on ice (Vodka Mule, Rum Mai Tai, Paloma, Margarita)
Specialty Cocktail, together with one with an insect lollipop
Seasonal “Halloween Horror Nights” Beers
Total, Common Studios Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 was a memorable expertise, and the park did an exceptional job simply contemplating that they got here off of hiatus. The dearth of scare zones was the one downfall that I can level out; previously, Univeral has had ramped up their scare zones, normally having round 5. I get it within the grand scheme of issues; I’m positive there have been fairly just a few uncertainties, the largest one, would there be an HHN this yr? I’m positive glad that park determined to maneuver additional and provides us Horror Nights this yr. I typically surprise what we’d have gotten final yr, in 2020? I used to be additionally pleasantly shocked that the Harry Potter space, together with the experience, was opened; previously, this occasion was closed throughout the horror nights. Common Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights is a particular suggestion. From my observations, a front-of-the-line cross was not as essential because it had been in previous years.
Halloween Horror Nights will run on chosen nights now by way of October 31 at Common Studios Hollywood. You should purchase tickets by clicking right here.
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