We had the privilege of being invited to the media preview of Warner Brother’s haunted attraction event, Horror Made Here, and here’s our complete review of the event with TONS of photos. Grab a bag of chips and let’s do this!This is WB Studios’ second year doing this event, and they really seemed to have a grip on what they’re doing. With five haunted houses, one make up demonstration, and an entire movie prop and set exhibit, there’s plenty to see here.
First things first, I must describe how the haunted houses at this event play out, because it’s absolutely nothing like Halloween Horror Nights. Or Howl-O-Scream. Or any other theme park haunt event. The haunted houses here only allow 14 people or less in at a time, and the houses are more like performances than your average haunted house experience. Each scene in these houses have an actor or two that has things to tell you. Guests stop in each scene and listen to the actors dialogue and further the plot of the haunted house itself. The actors are very interactive with the guests. They speak to you and make you feel alone in the house. Since only fourteen people go in at a time, there’s plenty of opportunity for people to get ahead of you and you end up walking alone. We found all the houses here to be incredibly refreshing from our usual HHN grind. There are no conga lines here AT ALL. Once your studio tram reaches the entrance, you are greeted with carnival props adorned with dead bodies and skeletons. The entrance to the studio itself where all the haunts are located is in the shape of the Joker’s face with his mouth agape.
The main event grounds has a drop ride right in the center named “Devil’s Drop,” and the haunted houses surround the ride.
We we’re able to spot the joker opening the gates to the Asylum and grabbed this photo.
Scareactors roam the entrance area as well!
We lost our boat down the sewer but this guy took it and offered me a balloon.
IT: IT Knows What Scares You
This of course was our most anticipated house, and it didn’t disappoint! The atmosphere was great and the attention to detail was very high. We had a lot of fun going through this one and there are some good scares.
As you enter the house, you walk through a living room and are eventually greeted by a staircase with this silhouette. Ben’s room is well represented, including the New Kids On The Block poster. The House contained many of the ways that Pennywise scares the children when they’re alone, including the bloody bathroom seen above, the creepy painting lady, and the three doors: Not Scary At All, Scary, and Very Scary. As a matter of fact, all of these doors are closed and guests can choose which ones to open and physically open them. But beware what’s behind those doors. The most incredible part of the house was most definitely what we would call the floating room, where there were tons of children floating around and Pennywise on top of his pile of stuff watching them all.
The Exorcist: Forbidden Screening
The name of this one is actually kinda important. You see, this isn’t a typical walk through haunt attraction. Instead, guest’s attend a ten minute abridged screening of the Exorcist inside of a holy church. Sitting on pews, guests encounter multiple paranormal hauntings take place within the church as the screening of the film takes place. This can be quite scary depending on where you sit.
Escape From Arkham Asylum
The Joker and many other villains have taken over Arkham Asylum, and it’s up to you to escape. Fans of the Batman video game series or even just the Batman universe will eat this one up like candy. Featuring tons of sightings of different Batman villians (depending on the cast) including The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Two Face, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, and of course The Joker, this is a feast for the eyes. We saw this one multiple times and saw different characters in there each time which also made it fun to make repeat visits.
Bodies with buckets on their heads and graffiti everywhere, visitors are asked to take their inmate photos and are then taken to the Judge.
Pay close attention to the following photo:
Judge Joker sentences us to imprisonment in his version of Arkham Asylum. Interior shots of the courtroom as sentence hearing takes placeAfter boarding and exiting an elevator, we enter into the morgueHarvey “Two Face” Dent will flip a coin and decide your fate. And Poison Ivy will seduce you with beauty and then go for the kill. Play cards with Edward Nigma!The Joker then has a chance to interact with every guest or couple and tell them to either go left or right!
The Conjuring Universe
Although we don’t know very much about this franchise of movies ourselves, this house has a lot of dialogue from the actors that built a story and played off the events taking place inside the haunt. We go inside the Warren’s archive full of their most prized possessions, including Annabelle but Annabelle VANISHES! Oh dear!! We then exit that house and into a backyard of another house and we are greeted by another paranormal expert of the Warren family. He takes us inside another spooky house full of demons and we find Annabelle! But that’s not good news, and something bonkers happens that I don’t wanna spoil. This was pretty cool and we loved how it played out theatrically. The last gag with the nun was also super cool!
Here’s a photo of the first character we encountered on our haunted journey. Here’s where Annabelle was SUPPOSED to be. But she’s missing! We’re in for a spooky time!More spiritual artifacts. The actress in this scene kept telling us to not touch anything the entire time we were in there. It was crucial that we didn’t or else ghosts and stuff. Also, we found a Batman Easter Egg!Gotta get outta here before we all die!The last scene had us in the foyer of the house.
Nightmare On Camp Crystal Lake
A combo of a backlot studio tour and a haunted trail, this was also a bit of a deviation from your typical haunted house. In a very big, dark, open forest, guests trek through fog, and there’s dead bodies everywhere. And did I mention it was dark? With a combination of Freddy and Jason out to get you in the forest, you’re not safe out there. You eventually end up in a cabin, where you have to zig zag your way through bunks full of suffering teens attacked by the fearsome duo. Keep in mind some of these photos were taken with flash with permission. Did I mention it was dark out there?
Overall we had an absolutely fantastic time, full of smiles, scares, and on top of everything, fun. This, as said before, was a very refreshing take on haunted attraction experiences. Mind you, it wasn’t open to the public the night we went. We can’t account for large crowds but this event does sell out, which means they are aware of their capacity limitations and put a stop to admission sales at a point. We highly, highly, ever so highly, recommend this haunted attraction experience if you find yourself in the Burbank, California area.
With Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial, this is Scott Rifkin. I’ll see you guys at the haunts!