Seeds of Extinction is REAL!

We all remember last year’s smash hit house Seeds of Extinction. Located in a new location, in the Second Parade Warehouse, the house was immense! It was described as, “Humanity is extinct, wiped out by a cataclysmic meteor. In its wake something monstrous has taken root. You’ll be unnerved by familiar sights that have been overtaken by invasive vegetation. But soon your horror will ripen as you realize these plants are predatory, and you’re easy pickings. From strangling vines, to deadly beautiful blooms, to phosphorescent plants that glow with evil, fear is fertile in this gruesome garden.”

It was mostly set within the fictional Desert Valley Mall where it has been overrun with murderous plants. But did you know… there are actual malls like this!

Dead Malls have sprung up around the world where shopping outlets that have fallen on hard times and closed fall into disrepair as it’s cheaper to leave the malls to rot and be taken over by nature than it is to have them demolished.

And that’s why this one in Bangkok really got our attention as it looks just the HHN house! Check the photos out below and know that, if you wanted to, you could visit this house for REAL!

It truly was an amazing house! Let us know in the comments if you agree!

Photos by Dax Ward

Why JAWS Could Be An Excellent House For HHN29…

Everybody loves JAWS, period.  It has to be one of those absolutely perfect movies that doesn’t matter how old you are or where you come from, you all universally love it (pun intended!).  From people tweeting Universal daily for a new JAWS ride (yes that happens and there’s even a dedicated Twitter account for it too), to people reminiscing on the old ride and how with all the new land Universal is currently developing they could build a new one.

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Indeed we can thank the original JAWS ride for bringing HHN to Orlando, as if it wasn’t for this amazing attraction breaking-down and subsequently having to be rebuilt we might not have ever gotten HHN!  Read more about that story here.

And everyone’s favorite popular culture merchandiser Funko have even announced today that they are developing a range of JAWS figures; so there’s a ready made merchandise line ready to go!

So that’s why we NEED a JAWS house at HHN.  It would be killer to step into the scenes from the movie using a combination of practical effects and even screens, yes screens can be scary too, as demonstrated by the video below.

And life can even imitate art when a YouTube Urban Explorer recently found more than he bargained for when exploring an old abandoned theme park he came face-to-face with a real giant Great White Shark in a tank!  It was dead and half decomposed but zombie sharks are just as scary!  The original story was reported a few days ago by a number of major outlets and can be read here.  Another view of the tank is below, but note due to vandals, Zombie JAWS has now been destroyed.

 


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So there you have it.  Universal needs to dust-off all the props from their old ride and redeploy them into making a new kick-ass JAWS house.  If they can make an elevator bleed waves of blood for The Shining or have a possessed doll walk like a backwards crab down a flight of stairs for The Exorcist then they can definitely find a way to make this house happen!

Do you agree with this?  Would you love to see a JAWS house?  Let us know in the comments!

Confirmed: No Hellraiser for HHN29

It was stealthily confirmed by Universal a few nights ago that a Hellraiser house is definitely off the table for HHN29.

The house has long been rumored for the event ever since potential discussions/meetings of the IP’s use for HHN surfaced online.  It would appear from the tweet below that the ownership of the rights is the main sticking point.

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We dug down deeper into the rights issue and found that Dimension Films (yes the same company that Harvey Weinstein used to run) now has a big say in the uses and rights of the franchise and it would appear that perhaps due to other issues the use of this property isn’t top of the agenda.  It was compounded further recently when franchise creator Clive Barker made suggestions of annoyance at a remake being developed last year, he tweeted:

So as per the tweet from Universal it would appear that the ownership and terms of the use of this IP are perhaps somewhat of a mess.  But this isn’t the only franchise that Dimension has in its stable that have become a little ‘messed’.  HHN fans will remember the issue with the rights to Scream for HHN25 where the permissions were apparently pulled at the very last second with Ghostface even appearing on a number of retracted HHN shirts and edited out of the official HHN TV commercial.  The house was then retrofitted into a Purge house.  For those that don’t remember you can read about that here.

It seems like Dimension has a problem with HHN?  Or perhaps they are just very protective of their brands?  We’ll surely never know.  For the time being keep your eyes and ears peeled as we’ve heard from a very good source that an official house announcement of some kind is due any day now!  Yay!  Until then let us know your thoughts on this in the comments!

Rumor: HHN30 Leak?

Leaking ideas and answers from the various surveys that Universal puts out is nothing new but on occasion they do throw us some fascinating insights to the possible future plans of their Orlando parks. From Potter expansions to hotel naming, many surveys have floated up over the years to offer these behind the scenes insights.

That’s why when a survey hits inboxes about HHN we all get to see potential peeps into possible properties that are being considered for HHN and that’s exactly what happened today.

Reaching a select number of inboxes, a survey was sent out by Universal asking fans to rate various ideas for HHN30.

There was a huge range of ideas, from “plus-ing” current attractions such as Jimmy Fallon into a temporary Halloween attraction to creating a Treehouse of Horror house in The Simpson’s area. Other such ideas include:

  • A Halloween themed musical
  • A Halloween version of a Potter ride
  • A Game of Thrones house
  • An Alfred Hitchcock experience
  • Various original house ideas
  • A Twilight Zone house
  • Halloween Lagoon show
  • A Halloween acrobatics show
  • A Halloween dance show
  • A new version of the Horror Makeup Show
  • A Rock Concert

The ideas are really fascinating and offer a great peak into the possible delights that will be welcoming us next year!

But what do you think? Let us know in the comments! Happy Valentines Day!

Photo courtesy of the Halloween Horror Nights discussion group on Facebook

The World’s Premier Halloween Event Returns September 6 for a Record-Breaking 41 Night!

Guests can now purchase a limited time ticket offer and vacation package for the world’s premier Halloween event HHN29, which will be running for a record-breaking 41 nights this fall. Guests can get double the scares with the purchase of a limited time ticket offer where they can get a second night free when they buy one night. They can also stay in the heart of the screams with a vacation package that includes Universal Orlando hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s three world-class theme parks and more.

On select nights from September 6 to November 2, the most terrifying names in horror will take over Universal Studios Florida, as the sun sets on days filled with thrills and the night awakens with a frightening chill for Halloween Horror Nights. Guests will face 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses and five scare zones, based on everything from cinematic greats and crazed cult favorites to original abominations from the twisted minds of Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team. And when they need a break from the screams, guests can enjoy Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions.

Limited Time Offer: Halloween Horror Nights Flex Ticket “Get a 2nd night free when you buy one event night”
Now through June 5, guests can purchase Halloween Horror Nights Flex Sunday-Friday Ticket Offer online, which includes:One (1) guest admission to two (2) 2019 Halloween Horror Nights event nights on any Sunday – Friday event night for $81.99 per person + tax

Halloween Horror Nights Hotel and Ticket Package
4-night hotel accommodations at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & SuitesAdditional accommodations are available at Universal Orlando’s hotels, including Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, or a Universal Partner Hotel
4-Day Park-to-Park Ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay
2019 Halloween Horror Nights Flex Sunday-Friday Plus 1 Night Free Promotional Ticket
Early Park Admission one hour before the theme parks open to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
Complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
Special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate for guests staying on-site, each event night until 8 p.m.
In addition, guests can add a RIP Tour or The Unmasking the Horror Tour to their vacation package

Halloween Horror Nights Hotel & Ticket Package starting from $145 per person, per night, based on a party of four, limited availability
 **Select event nights Sept. 6 – Nov. 2, 2019. Advance purchase required.Offer valid for bookings now – 11/1/19. Offer valid for travel: 9/6/19 – 11/2/19

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 will run on select nights from September 6 to November 2. More details about the event and additional ticket offers will be announced at a later date. For more information about purchasing tickets for Halloween Horror Nights, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando

La Llorona Hits the Big Screen

La Llorona, the urban legend that has haunted both HHNs in Hollywood and Orlando, is coming to the big screen very soon.

The Latin urban legend dates back centuries. HHN Hollywood got their first taste of the character back in 2010 with her own maze (read more about this ultra detailed maze here). She returned to HHN a further four times with one iteration appearing at the Orlando event.

This Latin American urban legend about a woman who drowns her kids in a river because her husband left her for a younger woman. Realizing what she had done she drowned herself in the river as well. The legend says that she now wanders the Earth looking for her children. Parents would use this story to scare their kids into behaving because they say that she would kidnap wandering kids who resemble her children and take them to a watery grave…

The houses have always been well received and is a firm favorite, and that’s possibly why this legend has been made into a movie. The Curse of La Llorona is to be released April 19 and the best part is that it is being made by the same team behind The SAW, Conjuring and Insidious franchises with James Wan as Executive Producer.

Watch the trailer below and let us know what you know think!

Orlando to Open Year-round Halloween Themed Bar

There’s many themed bars in Orlando. Indiana Jones, magic, Christmas, arcades, tikis and many more, but new to this lineup is a year-round Halloween themed drinking establishment called Cocktails and Screams.

With drinks that would make a vampire blush the lineup is set to satisfy all custom handcrafted beverage lovers with ‘The Ripper’ and ‘Night Shade’.

No opening date has been announced just yet but it will open soon in downtown Orlando at 39 W. Pine Street.

For the over 21 year old Halloween fan this must be a place to be and to haunt! Let us know if you will be checking this place out!

Speculation: This is a stretch… but could these two properties be coming to HHN29?

This has taken quite a lot of detective work so make sure you read until the end and let us know what you think…

Announcements have been thin on the ground since HHN28 ended but that hasn’t stopped the fan community from speculating, and in some cases wildly speculating!  However, while we wait for the next official announcement (which I have heard is strongly rumored to be very, very soon), I wanted to take a punt at two properties that have the potential to be possible selections for our beloved upcoming Halloween fest…

Now I preface this by saying that I have not seen either of these shows, so I have no attachment to them whatsoever, so here goes, just my suggestion following hours of detective work, they are:

Nightflyers

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

So why these two little known shows?

1. Genre

They both have horror elements, with the latter having horror and comedy which is perfect for HHN!  Nightflyers is described by imdb as, “Set in the year 2093, Nightflyers is a psychological thriller that follows a team of scientists aboard the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the solar system, and to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space-it’s already on their ship.”  One person I spoke to who knew the show better than me, said it’s a little like Alien meets The Exorcist.  Which could make it great fodder for a potential HHN.

TCCoCM is described by imdb as, “Part cooking show, part sitcom in the vein of the Addams Family and the Muppet Show set inside the enchanted home of Christine McConnell, who has attracted hundreds of thousands of social media followers with her creepy edible creations.”  HHN has actually had a horror cookery show before, but it was at HHN Hollywood and no one remembers it (read more about that and the other forgotten shows here), so having a show with comedy and a hint of horror would be an excellent second best to Bill and Ted (RIP 😢) or to replace Academy of Villains who likely won’t be at HHN forever.

2. Ownership and tie-ins

Following extensive public record checking I found that both properties are made by smaller-subsidiaries of NBC Universal and both are distributed by Netflix.  And we know HHN has the attention of Netflix following the HUGELY successful appearance of their property Stranger Things at HHN28.  Could these NBC Universal/Netflix produced properties also make easy gains for HHN following other studios being less likely to allow their properties at HHN?  And we know Universal loves a good marketing-synergy-crossover tie-in with their recent releases for HHN.  But it gets even better….

3. Trademarks

We all know the supposed saga of Universal’s naming of their new theme park, but diving into the US Government’s Patent and Trademark Office’s records we can see that while Universal have been trademarking names for their new park they have also been recently trademarking names, logos and merchandise for both of these shows (literally at the exact same time!).  Included in the documents are 100s of items but some of the most interesting include the following:

T-shirts
Sweatshirts/hoodies
Shotglasses (mentioned in the first line!)
Caps
Keychains
Wallets
Toys and dolls
Bubble making wands?
Costume masks
Playing cards
Halloween costumes
Temporary tattoo transfers
Posters
Bottle openers

Now not only are many of these very common forms of theme park merch but they are also very, very common types of HHN merch.  It could be possible that these items are just due diligence for some wider national marketing tie-in’s, should the shows be popular with audiences, but mentioning these specific items is very fishy isn’t it?  And we don’t see them doing this for their other shows in a rush, so why these shows and why now?

It’s very interesting!  So case closed?  Maybe we should do more digging around…

So there you have it, what do you think?  Do you think our detective work is onto something?  Let us know in the comments and keep your eyes peeled!

And remember, nothing is confirmed or fact until Universal confirms it, just RUMORS and in this case, speculation!

HHN Ruins TV Show Shooting Schedule

NBC Universal’s new sitcom, about a woman who runs a bar in her backyard, will likely garner comparisons to another famous drinking sitcom (Cheers) but due to the filming location being on the backlot at Universal Studios Hollywood it would appear filmmakers were not too pleased with the nightly goings on around the lot.

Abby’s which was being shot around the Hollywood lot this past October and supposedly had to reschedule it’s production due to the screams from the nearby mazes.

One of the USP’s of the new sitcom is the fact it is set outside in the titular characters backyard, “which isn’t a great idea to be shooting at night outdoors on Universal’s backlot in October” one insider told us, he continued, “they were trying to make a fun and upbeat sitcom but with the screams from HHN combined with sirens and traffic noise it must have given them some production challenges!”

The show’s star Natalie Morales told rottentomatoes about the production change up, “But a fun fact is we shot this on Tuesday nights, as opposed to many multi-cams who shoot on a Friday night, because we shot on the Universal Lot, and Halloween Horror Nights was going on, and you would have heard the screaming. So we avoided that, which was nice.

The Show is being co-produced by the team behind Parks and Rec and premieres on NBC on March 28.

Bill & Ted Returning for 2019 (in cinemas)

Breaking news from Hollywood today sees that Bill and Ted’s long awaited production is looking for a Christmas 2019 release.

The long awaited sequel which has been hit with production delays for decades is looking to speed up their production process in order to reach a release date in the holiday season.

Filming is planned for this Spring with a number of key locations already booked in with organisers.  If no delays hit the current production we could see the release this year.  Bill and Ted producer Steven Soderberg told movieweb that it would be their “christmas present to fans everywhere” if the impossible can be done.  However he did warn that it would be very tight and a possible early 2010 release date is more likely.

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are both set to return for the sequel that has been billed by many Hollywood insiders as “a hilarious script” and a “fitting return for the dudes“.

According to some sources it will feature the dudes as middle-aged men with jobs and families who go back in time to re-write history so the future is a bright as the one they were promised in the first two movies.  Now there’s some potential for some current satire!

If successful we’d love them to return to HHN!  Do you miss Bill and Ted and are you excited for this movie?  Let us know in the comments!