G'mork, Uncle Deadly and a pair of Lanstriders
I think we hit all of the houses except for one, all without the advantage of the express pass. My three favorite houses were The Skool, Body Collectors and Terror Mines.
"The Skool" (sigh...anything 2 attract da youth kulchur these days, yo) located by the entrance to Jurassic Park was probably the creepiest house that I visited. In the distance you would see little school children whose faces were blackened running past you down the hall. Every once in a while one would jump out at you but for the most part, I was creeped out at the subtle giggling and tapping of mary janes. By the way, paddles against chalkboards are waaaay worse than nails against them.
"Body Collectors" behind theVisitor's Center in Jurassic Park is eeirly similar to the remake of House on Haunted Hill, which had some pretty scary visuals in it. The doctors looked a lot like the Cenobytes from the Hellraiser series where they had no faces to speak of. By this point, my ears and face were numb; I was at my haunted house zenith. All I remember about this one was running through sheets of sterile-looking plastic and strobe lights and falling face down as everyone ran past and over me. Strobe lights and innebriation do not mix. Todd Rye finally helped me up bless him. It was about a half hour before we caught our breath from laughing so much.
"Terror Mines" was the biggest and best house by a lot of ways. First of all it is housed inside of Poseidon's Fury which itself is immense and second of all, they have left the water vortex and fire explosions operational! Inside you are arranged in groups and one designated leader is given a miner's hat which turns on and off by itself through some infared technology through the house. This is the house I like to call "handsy house" I think I had more run in's with peoples appendages here than I did anywhere else. This was also a very olfactory experience as the walls were lined with burlap and old horse hair ropes hung form the ceiling scraping you across the face every step you took. I kind of wish this house lasted longer than it did, it has less twists and turns than the others but it had the most OPD hanging out in it.
Outside each of the houses at Halloween Horror Nights are giant screes that flash clips from various scary movies set to ambient noise (think Black Dice or Wolf Eyes). This was one of my favorite parts of the event. Near The Skool they showed Children of the Corn where you could hear the "Kill, Kill, Kill!" being shouted on screen. Over at the "Body Collectors" they had clips from House on Haunted Hill and Night of the Living Dead. For the most part, the actual audio from the film was muted but the ambiet music/noise made up for it.
Lots of cool lighting everywhere and menacing stilt walkers with horns and wings but then again, that looks pretty much like any Gay Pride parade. Quite honestly, we were zooming around so much that I didn't get to take in all of the ambience but some of the alterations made to the area were pretty neat. In the Marvel Comics area for instance, the DINER had the letters "N" and "R" were shorted out to spell out DIE. Food and beverage tables were pulled out and given a spooky makeover but sadly not the food. I did however not want to try the Pizza Turkey Leg. Although I think they just ran the words together, it conjured up an interesting thought. I would have loved a speciatly themed food item like "small children's legs." It's Universal so come on!