Halloween Horror Nights 8 Review
Credit: Resorts World Sentosa
Last year’s HHN was special as USS collaborated with Netflix on one of their cult favourite series, Stranger Things. Of the 5 haunted houses that I visited, it seemed that this was the most popular as the waiting time was more than 2 hours! I applaud the people waiting in line for their patience as I definitely would not queue that long for a short 5 minute haunted house tour.
Being part of the R.I.P. tour, I got to skip the snaking line, even bypass those who had the express pass and was in within 2 minutes! As one of the fans of the series, I enjoyed how they had replicated the iconic scenes in the show very accurately.
However, they should have perhaps put a little more thought in the casting of the characters. Eleven or El, one of the main characters, had a rather jarring Singaporean accent. As much as I am proud to be a Singaporean and most definitely have the distinctive Singaporean accent, it felt strange to hear El speak with one. It was almost as if they were doing a parody of the show! Other than that, I enjoyed the haunted house but it was not scary for me at all.
Fun fact: I have never once been scared when I make my annual pilgrimage to the HHN. In fact, I would always stare back at the characters who try to freak me out!
The next haunted house that I went through was the Killuminati. I visited it twice but it wasn’t because I particularly enjoyed it. It was actually bordering on boring to me. The main reason was that I had FOMO and wanted to see the secret room. However, I failed in my attempt both times. I wanted to give it a shot again but was too tired after my 4 hour tour and did not want to go through it without a guarantee that I would be allowed into the secret room.
Credit: Resorts World Sentosa
There were two attractions that stood out for me were – Dead Talks (a word play on Ted Talks) and the Zombie Laser Tag. Dead Talks is a show that is stylised to be a parody of Ted Talks. The Grim Reaper or Gideon Grim acts as a motivational coach and teaches you how to be better at scaring. I really enjoyed the show because it was slightly crude and I even had a chance to speak up when Gideon Grim quizzed me on what my greatest fear was! Let’s just say my answer invited a lot of chuckles from the audience *smirks*.
The Zombie Laser Tag, was the that I looked forward to most! I had a chance to practise my shooting skills, jump over obstacles (it was like a mini army obstacle course) and run away from the zombies. And I think that I got so engrossed in the tactical game that I accidentally hit one of the zombies in his face with my gun! Oops!
All in all, I think that the HNN is worth the price because Halloween is not a very big event in Singapore, and USS is one of the few places that you get to experience it, especially if you are a big fan of this holiday, like me! And if you can afford it, I would definitely recommend paying more for the express passes or the RIP tour as you get to waste less time and revisit all the attractions that you love!