Halloween Horror Nights 2010 has emerged from the darkness at the Universal Orlando Resort in its twentieth year. With tributes to the event’s past combined with plenty of new ideas, Halloween Horror Nights XX is a must-see for any haunted house fan.
This year, I’m happy to report that the event is filled with many more hits than misses. Throughout its eight haunted houses, six scare zones, and two shows, I was thoroughly entertained, and even occasionally frightened. Now, being a big fan of Halloween and having been through many haunted houses over the years, it takes a lot to truly scare me. Anyone can be startled by a loud noise or screaming scareactor, but true scares are hard to come by. This year, I surprisingly found my heart racing once or twice from excitement and perhaps even a little fear while wandering the haunted halls of Halloween Horror Nights’ many mazes.
In the past, I’ve ranked the houses at Halloween Horror Nights by scare factor and entertainment value on a scale from 1-10, but this year I’m changing things up. In my review below, you will find each haunted house, scare zone, and show summarized with my thoughts and ranked into one or more categories: Screamer (scare-filled), Gut Buster (comedy-packed), Eye Popper (visually-stunning), and/or Mind Blower (overall best in show). Of course, in the case of a complete dud, I’m calling it a Grave Digger (as in, it has dug its own grave). The goal is for these categories to help you better select which Halloween Horror Nights houses, scare zones, and shows you’re most interested in seeing, as long lines and limited hours can often prevent you from experiencing it all.
So with that said, I bring you my review of Halloween Horror Nights 2010:
Halloween Horror Nights 2010 Haunted Houses
Horror Nights: The Hallow’d Past
RANKING: Eye Popper
REVIEW: Located in the back of the park next to Catacombs, The Hallow’d Past is the perfect house to hit first. It sets the stage for the entire night in the same way a “Previously on…” does at the beginning of an episode of a long-running television series. If you’ve ever been to Halloween Horror Nights in the past, you will recognize familiar faces, props, and even entire scenes from some of your favorite haunted houses and scare zones. Nothing is off limits. From Universal-original creations to licensed properties, I dare say that all of your favorites can be found inside this house. It would take hundreds of repeat walk-throughs to see all of the remnants of Horror Nights’ past scattered throughout this house. While walking through, it was clear that the Horror Nights creative team knew exactly which scenes and characters to resurrect to not only pay tribute to but also please the fans. First-timers to Halloween Horror Nights will still enjoy the house, but not nearly as much as those familiar with the event’s past. This is not a house to rush through. The scares are frequent, but anyone who can look past them will see a wealth of Horror Nights history. Watch out for the shift change though. The scenes in this house are each important pieces of Horror Nights’ past and you won’t want to miss any of them on account of scareactors being swapped out.