HHNU’s Virtual Pub Quiz

Welcome to the first ever HHNU Virtual Pub Quiz!

As many of us are on lockdown and have time to fill on our hands, we thought it would be great to get those grey-cells working and devise a devilish Pub Quiz for you all to take part in!

Rules for the Pub Quiz:

  • It is free to enter, you just need to email us your answers.
  • The top prize is a goodie bag which will contain a number of items but will also include a signed HHN book by Christopher Ripley (which you can personalize).
  • All answers are marked by the HHNU Team with Chris being the final judge on all answers.
  • If more than one person or team get 100% of the questions correct, they will be emailed a secret tie break question!
  • No purchase is necessary as this is a free event, you can live wherever you like and if you’re under 18 you must have your parents or guardians permission to enter.
  •  You can work in teams or individually, though you cannot submit your questions more than once!
  • A bonus point will be issued for the team with the best HHN inspired name!
  • You can use the internet or any resource appropriate (such as Chris’ books), but no heating as this is just for fun!
  • Quiz closes 24 hours from this post, all answers after this date will be voided.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • No cheating!
  • If more than 10 teams/individuals score 100% then the winner will be the team with the best name!
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • You need to email your answers and team name to:

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You have 24 hours from this post, your time starts now….

The Questions:
1.    Who was technically the first icon of HHN to appear in the marketing of HHN?
2.    At HHN14, how many hurricanes would thump Central Florida before Field of Screams was destroyed?
3.    Which movie that spawned a horror franchise was made from an idea at HHN?
4.    Which social media star portrayed Bloody Mary in the commercials of HHN18?
5.    Which kid’s TV show had a promotion tie-in to HHN for one year, but never featured a house at the event?  It would in-fact have a temporary attraction at Disney World a year later…
6.    What was the name of the ‘extreme house’ that was designed but never built?  It included being locked in a coffin!
7.    What is the name of the travelling carnival that Jack the Clown originally appeared with?
8.    Which HHN year did the little remembered Alfred Hitchcock lagoon mini-show debut?
9.    Which male character would often appear alongside ‘The Rat Lady’ with his own body covered in a different type of crawling critters?
10.  How many HHN events are held around the world? Including locations that no longer present them.  You must list the locations.
11.  Which icon was planned for the 2001 event but was replaced at the last minute?
12.  How many years was HHN held between both the Studios and the Islands parks?
13.  Which house was rumored to have actual props from the Jurassic Park franchise contained within it?

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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HHN30 is on!

News came this week that HHN30 is still in production and is still being planned for this fall.  The only change currently is that production members are now remotely working from home and producing the horrah from their own homes!  Everything else is full steam ahead!


HHN’s own Patrick Braillard confirmed to fans this week that they are still planning on hosting HHN30 and that no higher-up at Universal has said otherwise.

A few social media trolls had been spreading fake whispers that Universal had cancelled HHN30 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that is sweeping the world currently, though these reports have now been confirmed as garbage.

So for now, we can confirm that the event is planned to proceed and should you require tickets or want to take advantage of special HHN packages you should click here.

Afterall, if 9/11 and past economic recessions/crashes can’t stop HHN – nothing will!

So there you have it, the horrah will continue this fall!  Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Let us know in the comments!

 

The HHH Show Episode 10: Leigh Whannell and The Invisible Man (2020)

Join us for more spooky fun as we go all out on the latest Universal blockbuster ‘The Invisible Man’ with legendary film director Leigh Whannell who we chat to about his creations Saw, Insidious and Dead Silence. Plus he tells us about an hilarious incident he caused at Halloween Horror Nights! We also have Amanda’s trip report to Comic-Con, our non-spoiler review of ‘The Invisible Man’ and a Spooky Story!

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy. Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is apart of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com — This episode is sponsored by Anchor.

Listen now on Apple or on all other podcast outlets!

BOGO US Tickets on SALE NOW

The BOGOs are back! Guests can now make plans to get a double dose of horror with a special “Buy an Event Night, Get a Second Night Free” offer for the highly-anticipated 30th anniversary year of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, running select nights September 10 through November 1.

Plus, guests who book a vacation package that includes this incredible offer can be among the first to book event upgrades that will take their Halloween Horror Nights experience to the next level, like RIP Tours and Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror tours, before they go on sale to the general public.

Available for purchase online only through June 3, the “Buy an Event Night, Get a Second Night Free” offer gives guests the utmost flexibility as they’re able to choose two nights from 36 set dates, including select Saturdays, to attend the world’s premier Halloween event. And the chosen dates don’t have to be consecutive – so guests can face the event’s horrifying haunted houses, scare zones and shows on one night, then take a few days or weeks to recuperate before facing their worst nightmares for a second time.

Guests can also stay in the heart of the screams with a vacation package that includes Halloween Horror Nights admission with this special ticket offer, Universal Orlando hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s three world-class theme parks and more. They also have first dibs on booking an RIP tour – a guided tour experience that gives guests front-of-line access to all haunted houses and more – and a Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror tour – a daytime, lights-on tour of the haunted houses that gives guests a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life.

Here’s the terms:

Get your tickets today directly with Universal at halloweenhorrornights.com

Do you go BOGO or do you prefer FFP? Let us know in the comments! (FFPs are not on sale yet!)

Blumhouse wants to make HHN into a movie!

It was confirmed to Collider this week that Blumhouse have had discussions with Universal and the key stakeholders of HHN, to turn our beloved Halloween event into a movie. Jason Blum was asked about the rumor and had this to say:

“Yes! Definitely! We’ve actually talked about it. We haven’t quite figured it out, but there’s definitely a movie in Halloween Horror Nights somewhere.”

So one day we might just see HHN at the movies! Which leaves just one question, does that mean we’ll get a maze based on a HHN movie at HHN?? Now that’s meta!

Would you go see a movie set at HHN? Let us know in the comments!!

Rumor: Are Bill & Ted coming back for HHN30?

We’ve been hearing a number of rumors in the last few weeks that Universal might be considering bringing back the bodacious duo for one, final, final goodbye at HHN.  From these speculative rumors we thought we’d look at why this might be the case with 3 reasons to bring them back…

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1. New Movie

In case you’re the only person in the world to not know, Bill & Ted are returning to our screens this August with the third long-awaited instalment of their franchise.  Bill & Ted Face the Music will be seeing the duo face the challenges of growing up whilst also a visitor from the future tells them that one of their songs can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe.  As the franchise will once again be popular and will require lots of marketing, where better to market it then the Halloween event that has kept it going all these long years!

2. Weird Instagram Post

Yesterday on the official Orlando HHN Insta account they posted the following image:

Which is a weird photo to post, not least because Universal no longer has the rights to use the Bill & Ted image as the contract to use them was confirmed by the IP owner as being ended?  So if they’re now using the images of them again, does this mean they have brokered permission to use Bill & Ted once more?  Say perhaps for one last show in this big year….

3. Anniversary Year

HHN30, like HHN16, HHN20 and HHN25 is a big anniversary year for the event and 29 years since the duo were last on the big screen!  It would be a sad anniversary if the time-travelling duo were not present for one final outing at the world’s greatest Halloween event.

Honorable Mention:

The actors who played the duo and the supporting cast of characters nearly all still work for Universal, and as this clip shows, they would all be superb and fitting for a return!

So there you have it, our top 3 reasons why this rumor could be happening!  Would you love to see the duo back or are you happy to leave them in the past?
Let us know in the comments!

Remember: these are just speculative rumors and nothing is confirmed until Universal Orlando confirms otherwise!

More details added for epic HHN panel at Peacock Live

We recently reported on the new Universal fan event to rival D23. The new event is named Peacock Live and you can read all about that here.

We also informed you all of the great experiences coming to this new event. The panels and experiences will be presented on the famous Universal backlot one Hollywood and will give guests an unforgettable day of thrills and surprises!

That’s why we had to tell you all about a once-in-a-lifetime HHN panel will be presented on March 28 with HHN designers from the four corners of the globe from Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore!

The panel will include such HHN luminaries as Charles Gray from Orlando, Dan Perez from Japan, Gemma Lafraucheur from Singapore and the ghoulish John Murdy from HHN in Hollywood. It will also mark the first time that creatives from all 4 Universal theme parks that do HHN will be together on one stage at the same time! And just to be extra awesome, former HHN creative director Mike Aiello will also be moderating the HHN goodness!

If you’d like to attend you can get your tickets here!

Let us know in the comments if you will be attending!

The HHH: Episode 9 – Alfred Hitchcock WORLD EXCLUSIVE Interview Footage plus interview with Hitchcock Interviewer & Expert Sandra Shevey

Join us for more spooky fun as we go all Hitchcockian with some exclusive audio footage never heard before of Alfred Hitchcock, plus we interview Sandra Shevey a renown expert on the good man and possibly the last person to interview him 1-2-1. She also discusses her time with John Lennon and her amazing London tours which can be booked here: sandra_shevey@yahoo.com or visit http://www.alfredhitchcockwalk.wordpress.com

She also is on YouTube where you can hear clips of her other interviews at sandrasheveyinterviews, please visit, like and subscribe!

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy. Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is apart of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Available on Apple iTunes, all good podcast apps or below:

Is Universal Trying to Bring Doctor Who to HHN or the Wider Resort?

It’s a bold question but is Universal trying to bring Doctor Who to HHN?  We thought we would investigate to see if we can dig an answer up…

It’s all about licensing these days.  Whether you’re a Funko pop provider or a lunch box maker, licensing other peoples IPs for your product is a very lengthy and complex process, often taking years, even decades to complete.

Both The Exorcist and The Shining for their part in years’ past HHN both took many years of negotiation, sign-off, approval and design before the owners of these properties allowed their characters, sets and stories to be used for HHN.  Pepper into the mix the duration it took for Harry Potter to come to IOA or even how long Avatar took before it *finally* opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

But why Doctor Who?

The British TV series has been airing in the UK and around since 1963 with well over a dozen different actors taking on the eponymous character.  It has a following in the US and UK, though I would speculate that it is not in the same leagues as other big sci-fi fandoms such as Trek or Wars; however, it is a known brand and is well-liked, if not well followed.

We also know that many of the higher-ups at Universal love this property.  Former Head Honcho of HHN Mike Aiello expressed his love for the show on the ScareZone Podcast back in 2016, you can listen here.  When asked which show would be very, very hard to bring to HHN but one you would love to see, he answered: Doctor Who.

We do also know that the BBC, who own the rights to the time-travelling show, are not so easy to obtain permission from.  We recently reached out to the BBC and they told us:

The producer shall be in control of licensing the rights in their content which are primarily and directly designed to generate secondary commercial revenues, subject to:

a) a period of exclusivity in favour of the BBC which is sufficient for the BBC to deliver its audience promise;

AKA, the BBC would want to test the water first with the use of their characters and shows in their own uses first.  Which would suggest that they would want to see their own theme parks and experiences developed first before they ever reach out and license these to other companies.  To my knowledge, there aren’t any current running theme park productions out there but that doesn’t mean they’re not being worked on.  The rumored “Disneyland of Kent” is rumored to contain BBC properties but its construction has been long delayed.

b) certain provisions to protect the value of the BBC’s licence, reputation, and the investment it has made into the content and the content’s brand; and

Typical with all licensing agreements as they would want to protect their brand and ensure it is not exploited in an inappropriate manner.  This is settled by very long design meetings to ensure that every last detail is ironed out before it is released.

c) an appropriate share of revenue payable to the BBC.

Finances to be agreed etc.

d) the BBC recognises that other stakeholders (for example the producer itself and any commercial distributors) may have invested in the content.

Fairly standard wording for any contract, to ensure “open-book” and collaborative working is inspired.

When we reached out to the BBC they neither confirmed nor denied whether any attempts from Universal, NBC, or Comcast have been made to obtain the rights to the show.  However, in the UK, if you are not satisfied with the response, you can launch a “Freedom of Information Request” and should you provide the information needed to obtain such a request, you can obtain information from any organization that is publically run, such as the BBC.

We did this, waited a number of weeks and this was the response:

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As you can see, they said such matters are handled with the number of profit-making subsidiaries as listed above.  The one that would handle such negotiations (should they exist) would be BBC Studios Ltd, and as they are a private company they are not subject to this informational releasing law.  That being said, it gives us no confirmation as to whether any discussions have ever been held but it does show us that such programs are routinely being explored for future use at prestigious outlets such as Universal.  The company accounts for the period show that:

“various BBC owned properties are being discussed for licensing of experiential events and attractions.”

Could the good Doctor be one of them?

Only time will tell whether we will ever see the Timelord make an appearance at HHN or even Universal Orlando Resort.  What with Comcast’s dedication to using their own properties, it might be that such IPs are never realized in the future of Universal Orlando but should any discussions be found or even leaked we will be sure to let you know first!

We’re always on the case, though for this fan speculation we will mark it into the very, very, very unlikely category!

Would you like to see this BBC property or any other BBC property at Univeral Orlando?  Let us know in the comments!

Remember: all speculations (such as this) and rumor are just that and nothing is confirmed until Universal says officially.

Universal accidentally announces first house for 2020

Universal Studios in Hollywood have accidentally-on-purpose announced their first maze/house for 2020.

In a press release for the upcoming closure of their full-time The Walking Dead attraction they announced that the TV show would return this fall as a maze for HHN Hollywood. Here’s the sentence buried in the text:

“We look forward to the return of ‘The Walking Dead’ as a focal point in our slate of Halloween Horror Nights mazes this fall.”

This has to be the first time this has happened? And as hilarious as it may sound, it does give fans of the show something to look forward to even though the full-time attraction is going away!

Going to HHN Hollywood this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

The original story can be read here.