Published: September 13, 2013 at 5:32 PMIn my experience, HHN houses not based on existing properties tend to be better. While they seem more generic on the surface, I have found that they are far more intricate, because they have to tell a story instead of relying on guests' previous knowledge of the property. Sometimes it does come down to that unique scare, and I have found that maze designers typically use more interesting effects and scare techniques in those generic houses.
Published: September 13, 2013 at 6:31 PMI wouldn't go that far -- at least, not in Hollywood. However, I have never been to the Orlando event so I don't have as strong a sample size as others might.
My favorite maze last year was the Texas Chainsaw Massacre -- it was terrifying, atmospheric and got me every time I experienced it (a dozen or so). La Llorona was great last year, probably a top two or three maze at the event, but not better than all of the branded mazes by any means.
It's a case-by-case basis for me.