Another Halloween Horror Nights 27 Review – Part I

It’s been quiet at HHNU, but fear not, we’re here and we’ve got another take on this year’s excellent haunts. I was finally able to attend the event on Sunday 10/16 with an Express Pass, and I’m happy to say that overall, it looks like the team at Universal Studios Orlando and Halloween Horror Nights outdid themselves with some truly stunning houses and scare zones that rank among some of the best in years. Hats off to the great Mike Aiello (of “Aiello Club” fame!) and his team for putting on a great show for us!

Now, onto the countdown!

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9) The Horrors of Blumhouse – This is the only house at this year’s event that I can honestly say I wasn’t a huge fan of. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the film Sinister, which the first quarter of the house is based on. As a result, the many Bagul scares didn’t really do it for me, especially considering that, like the film, most the scares took place in generic hallways. The next part of the house – The Purge – was unmemorable and lacking in scares, and quite frankly, the material of the film series makes for a MUCH better scare zone than a house. In fact, The Purge was the scare zone I spent the most time in this year. Next up in the Blumhouse haunt was Insidious, which was far and away the best section. The ghostly realm of The Further was recreated with wonderful bluish-green delight and the gold-hued room chamber of the villainous red demon was particularly well realized. The last section of the house felt like a fever dream and I wasn’t particularly sure what was actually going on or what film I was supposed to be experiencing. There was an electrocution room with a great animatronic, then another area that appeared to be some kind of morgue or hospital with a white curtain surrounding the center of the room. I’m not sure if these were locations from the Insidious sequels or from other Blumhouse films, but I can definitely say that I was a bit disoriented, which I guess could be a good thing.

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8) Saw: The Games of Jigsaw – At around 1:30am and after a few cocktails, this was my ninth and final house of the evening, and while I won’t say this one was a blur (I do take notes immediately exiting each haunt), I can say that I was not in the fresh and eager mindset that each of these haunted houses deserves. Some definite standout moments include a great Billy puppet on a tricycle emerging from a dark hallway, a frantic Amanda clawing at you and pleading to help her take off the reverse bear trap she has on her head, and what seemed like a full-scale recreation of the bathroom set from the original Saw film. This Saw house was a definite improvement over the 2009 iteration.

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7) Ash vs. Evil Dead – My group and I had the pleasure of going through this house during a short period of time where no other attendees were in sight. With a huge empty space to both our bow and stern, the experience of going through the Evil Dead universe felt specifically catered only to us. While not nearly the scariest house, I can say that as an Evil Dead fan, I traversed this haunt with a rictus grin from ear to ear the whole way through. From seeing Sam Raimi’s Classic Delta right outside the entrance to having Ash himself welcome us into the cabin (with authentic Bruce Campbell voiceover to boot), characters and demons from the films and the television series, the morgue gag featuring Ash’s head through a corpse’s midsection, and the Ashy Slashy puppet at the end. And just when I thought the house was over, Ash was standing outside in his Hawaiian shirt welcoming us back from our adventure with a spewing keg and a chainsaw salute!

Come back soon for numbers 6 through 4!

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-Freddy

House Reviews, pt. 3

Diving into our last three reviews, we can’t wait to continue visiting Halloween Horror Nights until the bitter end!

The Shining – ★★★★1/2

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Although not incredibly scary, this maze does an astounding job of bringing the Stanley Kubrick film to life. Every scene is there, including the man in the bear suit, and the “Great party isn’t it?” guy. You travel through the overlook hotel, every scene (except the large kitchen and walk in fridge/freezer)

Although you only see him once, look out for Scatman Crothers’ character Dick Halloran in the very beginning of the maze, and also his dead body in the lobby scene on the ground on the left side of the hallway.

The Hive – ★★★1/2☆

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A residential house has been completely taken over by vampires, and they turned the house into a breeding ground. The entire haunted attraction smells like dirt, and it’s everywhere, too. The vampires within this house are more in the vein of Nosferatu, with mishapen ears, crooked teeth, glowing eyes and bald heads. You walk through the entire house, from living room to basement and back to the attic, all the while encountering the beasts within. There’s a great stilt walker scene in here that can’t be missed. We didn’t score this house too high because it gets a bit redundant near the end. Dark scene, mound of dirt, vampire pop out, repeat. That didn’t stop us, though, from visiting multiple times and having lots of fun. Try looking at the actors’ eyes (if you keep yours open) because some of their eyes glow and it’s pretty cool.

Scarecrow: The Reaping ★★★★★

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Our coveted, hard to get 5 star rating this year goes to Scarecrow: The Reaping. In our opinion, this is definitely the scariest house at HHN27, so get ready for this one. This is the haunted house we crave to visit year after year.

It’s got everything: tight, closed quarters, scareactors absolutely everywhere, a pitch black corridor you have to feel your way through, a strobed mirror maze, and constant scares.  Fun fact, no scareactor in this house is less than 6 foot 2 inches tall! This house also introduces a fun new effect; bird poop! Yes, that’s correct. You will get pooped on by crows.

HHN Drinking Game Goes Bad

Editor’s comment:

HHNU posted a link to an Orlando Sentinel article yesterday, where The Sentinel had devised a drinking game for patrons of HHN to undertake while they enjoy the event.  The article can be read here.

HHNU has for the last 3 years brought the best news and rumors for HHN fans, constantly looking for sources and information to pass onto the diehard fans of this event.  We told you about The Shining and Scarecrows loooong before any other news outlet.  However that said, we have also tried to be the mouth-piece of the scareactors who work tirelessly every year to make this event the success we know it to be.

That’s why we were shocked to hear last night that patrons who had read this Sentinel article and were trying the game were becoming a nuisance to the scareactors.  Reports came to us last night of actors being grabbed, pushed, shouted at and otherwise verbally and physically abused.

This is not acceptable by any definition.

Yes, drinking is an ingrained activity at this event and is actively encouraged by Universal with all the different concoctions of drinks that they sell but bad behaviour is not.

If you get so drunk as to actively hurt, endanger or just touch a scareactor, then that is not okay.  No one says here that drinking should be banned but bad behaviour towards these actors cannot be tolerated.  They should be respected at all times.

HHNU apologies for sharing this article and our small part in this debacle. However, Orlando Sentinel wrote this article and it is still being read by their millions of readers right now – so in respect of safety to the scareactors, I ask we all petition The Sentinel to remove the article post-haste.

House Reviews, pt. 2

Continuing our house reviews, we have two IPs and one original..

Saw: the Games of Jigsaw – ★★★★1/2

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Being huge fans of the Saw movie franchise, we were ecstatic to find out it was coming back for this year’s event. With more movies that came out since the last haunted house featured at horror nights, there was plenty more material to work with. This house promised stuff from every movie in the franchise, and boy does it deliver! Including a trap from the newest movie that has yet to be released, this house have every memorable moment from the Saw legacy. It’s a literal hodge podge of different traps and death scenes throughout the series, and we love it! The highlight scene is what we will call, “many pigs, which are real?” that contains a whole group of the infamous pig-with-long-hair character, some of them are mannequins, and some of them are scareactors standing still. Throw in a strobe light and the terror ensues! This house is definitely worth a second visit!

Keep your eye out inside this house for what is known as “Guest activated triggers,” which are basically buttons that you can press to make different things happen.

American Horror Story – ★★★★☆

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First time we went through this one, I was getting scared at every corner. This one is a doozy for sure! From the amount of scenes you walk through (17!) to the amount of time it takes to get through (up to 8 minutes!) this house is a beast! They packed this thing to the brim with references to the show, from entire scenes to tiny details, everything is here! The guy who plays Evan Peters’ role in Roanoake is an uncanny look-a-like to boot. This house definitely deserves a second and even third visit, as well, as there’s so much to see. Prepare yourself for this one!

Dead Waters – ★★★★☆

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Another extremely aesthetically pleasing haunted house offered this year at Horror Nights. Dead Waters starts in a huge, moss ridden, French style river boat. The boat is sinking to one side, and so is the floor you’re walking on! Although not too high on scare factor, this house has tons of fantastic color and theming to really please the horror nights aficionato.

Be on the lookout in the haunted attraction for the Voodoo Queen herself, and well as some chickens!

 

House Reviews, pt. 1

Opening weekend of Halloween Horror Nights 27 was tons of fun. The crowds weren’t too huge, the lines were rather short, and the houses were fantastic. Let’s start our reviews with three of the haunted attractions…..

The Fallen – ★★★★☆

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With awe inspiring decor throughout, this house is definitely one of the more aesthetic offerings this year. Think the house “Gothic” from Horror Nights 22. Guests encounter winged creatures, seemingly straight from hell. Walking through this vast, and very tall cathedral, guests travel through dark hallways and come face to face with these eternally damned souls.

Although not very high on the scare factor, this house is definitely jaw dropping if anything. From the great effects, to the flying bungee cord stunts, this haunted house is definitely one not to miss. And yes, you read that correctly, there are indeed multiple actors fastened to bungee cords located within. They fly right towards you, and it’s a sight to behold.

Ash vs. Evil Dead – ★★★★☆

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A fan’s delight! If you have seen this show and enjoyed it as much as we did, you are in for a treat with this one. With tons of scenes taken directly from the TV show, this house is definitely the comedy house of the year. Between each scary scene, Ash comes to your rescue with a witty line everytime. All the actors are the closest look-a-likes Universal could find, which really help to bring the guest right into the show. Those of you who are afraid of chainsaws may still be frightened by Ash’s main weapon of choice (besides his boomstick,) but fear not, for he is the good guy who has come to rid the world of the evil deadites that now roam the Earth. Even though it’s his own fault.

Be on the lookout throughout this house for appearances of the infamous Necronomicon, the cabin that started it all, and “Ashy Slashy” the puppet version of Ash.

The Horrors of Blumhouse – ★★1/2☆☆

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We wanted to like this house. We really did. We watched all of the movies to prepare, but unfortunately it’s just lacking in actual scenes from each respective movie. The house begins with Sinister. The movie offers quite a few death scenes that could have been included in the house, but instead we simply walk through the attic, then two hallways, each with Mr. Boogey popping out in various corners. There’s no beach chairs getting pulled into a pool, there’s no tree with people hanging from it. Murder scenes are just painfully missing. After one scene and two hallways of Sinister, we move onto the Purge. Again, nothing here from the movies specifically. Think the Purge haunted house of HHN25; an indescript home invasion. Two scenes of the Purge, and you make your way into Insidious. Now this section is considerably longer than the first two movies presented, including actual scenes and deaths from the movies, mainly the newest installment, Chapter 4, which is still slated to release in 2018.

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After walking through the Insidious section, you’re then thrust into a long, storbe lighted hallway where all of the characters from all of the movies are mixed together to startle you all over again. Now don’t get me wrong here, this house wasn’t dreadfully terrible. It was just underwhelming. There were a few fake out scares that managed to frighten us, but overall it left a bit to be desired.

Keep following our page for more house reviews coming soon!

 

Media Event Q&A

We had the privilege of attending this year’s opening night media party, and we had a great time. For those hardcore HHN fans, we have transcribed the Q&A session here for your reading pleasure. Grab some popcorn and get ready to get some great information on this year’s event.

Q: Besides the Academy of Villains [show], was there anything else affected by the hurricane, anything else that needs fixing up?

A: You know, we have minor cosmetic damage across the property. I think what’s wonderful about it is that storms pass and we [still] get the opportunity to give the guests the great event that we have. I think that honestly we, you know, all of our thoughts and prayers are definitely with everybody, but it’s also an opportunity to provide an escape for them, even if it’s only for a couple of minutes in a soundstage. So they can have A/C. (all laugh) If you want to see something uplifting, it’s amazing to see how all of the team members here at Universal came to help each other out personally with whatever they were effected by the storm, and then come together and get this event up and running, so [it’s an] amazing family to be a part of.

Q: If guests could choose only half of the houses, which ones would you suggest for them to go to?

A: The closest ones to them. (all laugh)

Counter Q: It’s like picking your favorite child, do each of you have your favorite house?

A: Yes, they are my children and I love them all equally. That’s the political answer, too, but I usually do have a favorite house, but it doesn’t occur until the end of the event, you know. I have favorite scenes, favorite houses, favorite moments as we go through, but I don’t have one yet for this year, cause I haven’t really seen everything yet, you know. I have to go through night after night and then really meet my kids and get to know them better. What’s also good about the event is that your favorite house is gonna be different than your favorite house is gonna be different than your favorite house.

We have got such a great slate of properties and original storytelling this year that everybody is gonna get something out of the event.

Whether something truly terrifying or really entertaining, it’s gonna happen, and I think that that’s one of the great hallmarks. Up to a point at the end of the event, yeah, we’re gonna have favorites, but as of right now, level playing field. Everything is game.

Q: Earlier you said the event itself is the icon essentially this year. Fans love their icons. Can you elaborate on that statement?

A: I think that Halloween Horror Nights is the festival itself. It gives us an opportunity to place an umbrella over the IPs and over the original content, the scarezones, the shows. It shows that Halloween Horror Nights in and of itself is bigger than anything we would bring or put into the park. Halloween Horror Nights is an institution. We are on our 27th year and it’s only going to grow from here. And so I think that it is iconic of us to be able to take on that mantle. You know, years ago we had festival of the dead that ran as a parade through the park, and I think that calling upon that as kind of an homage is also part of what makes this year iconic in nature. It also gives the opportunity, here in the scarezones, is to create apex predators in each zone. Instead of having this one icon, we have got Sam hanging out in Trick R Treat, we got alien scientists out in Invasion, we have got our bone reaper that hangs out in festival of the deadliest so, it opens up the ability to get these main predators in each area.

Q: What kind of steps did it take for you to secure the rights to have The Shining be part of the Halloween Horror Nights family?

A: Most of it had to do with begging, pleading, crying, chanting, and some phone calls. It was a long process. Much like other mazes that we brought in the past, whether it be American Werewolf in London, Exorcist, Halloween; those are things that as fans, we have been seeking for years, and things just happened to work out this year that we were able to work with our partners and were able to secure that. It’s actually a very fortunate thing and we are all very excited for you guys to go and do that [house].

Q: The Shining is very psychological, so what was your biggest challenge in trying to convert that into a house that we could experience?

A: That is an awesome question, and that’s what we asked ourselves on day 1. Stanley Kubrick takes this huge Overlook Hotel, but he is doing it from a claustrophobic view when you watch it, and I think that’s what we decided to tackle first; the idea of expanse, but also feeling claustrophobic. So we checked the boxes, moments that you want to see, which I think are very important, but also our design team did an amazing job of giving you tight corridors while at the same time giving height. Sometimes height can imply more of a massive structure, so there’s alot of implication that really sells in the house. Kudos to our design team who did an amazing job with that. Thematically when you walk through the maze, you are observing as that individual who is going through the process of having The Shining and being attacked by the Overlook, which is something that Kubrick does such an amazing job of, that you go along Jack’s path.

Jack’s course that he has throughout the film, you are going through that entire process as you travel from the beginning to the end of the maze.

Q: So you got the Blumhouse, and you’re showing a sneak peek of the upcoming Insidious. You’ve got Jigsaw. Has it gotten easier working with other studios that have active upcoming properties as far as this is what we are going to do, this is how we are going to have your upcoming project without spoiling anything. Like working with Walking dead previously, you have been working with Horror Story throughout the seasons, has it been easier to work with these studios in bringing these things to life?

A: I think there is a level of trust that has been harbored. I can easily say that there is a hard earned trust. There is an established trust now that they know where to take care of their kids, you know what I mean?

We take alot of care in trying to represent the best we can their properties and I think there is a growing trust between us and those studios.

Plus it’s really fun, cause sometimes we see scripts before everybody else, and we see screenings before anybody else, and it’s really really fun.

Q: As a first timer from Atlanta, have you ever been told you went a little bit too far, and what do you have to say about that?

A: Everything is subjective, right? You’d be surprised. Sometimes something would go on like “oh I hope this isn’t going overboard” but everybody ends up loving it. You never know, life and art is subjective, so you never know what’s gonna come your way. There’s also the opportunity for us if there’s something we want to have work, it might be physically impossible because we might not know how to do it yet, but we will figure it out.

If we care enough we will go down that path and we will figure it out.

I think between us we put everything on the table. We absolutely have conversations and then we edit from there, but we always put everything on the table. So I think if we say “that’s too far” then that’s WAY too far (all laugh)

Q: With all of the work that goes into the detail and stuff on the scarezones and the houses, are there any easter eggs that you would want us, the fans, to keep an eye out for?

A: For the scarezones, Trick R Treat in Central Park, when you pass through and first look, it may appear that is sort of the party at the beginning of the film and the neighborhood where the trick or treating is happening, but if you really pay attention to all of the detail, the little easter eggs that are dropped in, you will see this fever dream of the story of Trick R Treat. It is all laid out for you, all of the pieces of the story is there. I’ll bring up Dead Waters because it’s based off the scarezone from that street, if you saw the shack in the street scarezone, you would have noticed alot of the decor, we have taken very specific care in selecting different pieces from that. So if you have photos from that year, you may be able to find some of those pieces existing in the house also. I have mentioned this morning, one of my favorite authors is an easter egg represented in the house as a zombie.

Q: How many people do you expect to come through this year? We like to give information to our followers and subscribers about how to make an experience better, so are there specific days or dates that we can share with them that might be a little less crowded? Any tidbits that you would have for people as they are walking the park as far as making the most of their experience or how they should spend their time?

A: Okay, number 1) Alot (all laugh) Number 2) We are doing more nights than ever before, so there’s alot of different choices. And number 3) Don’t pass up the opportunity to go to the bathroom. And wear comfortable shoes. Alot of times we walk through and there is somebody dressed gorgeous and they got their toes sticking out of their expensive shoes.

I’m like “Man, come and sweat in tennis shoes,” you know? Just be comfortable. Just come to hike around, have a good time, and party.

When I was asked tips on how to avoid the scares, you can’t. There’s nowhere that’s safe except bathrooms. We are not legally allowed……yet.

Q: Eli Roth directed one of the commercials for this year and I was wondering, can we expect him to have more involvement in the future in terms of IPs?

A: What I can say is that Halloween Horror Nights is an ever changing event. There is always going to be changes in attractions, whether people want them or not. Because of that, we are never gonna stop looking for people to work with, or groups of people to work with, or companies to work with, licensed piece of art or installments to be able to partner with in order to create to greatest event that we can possibly can for our guests, year in and year out. You dropped his name as far as the commercial is concerned. Wasn’t that a great commercial? And did you see the director’s cut, too? That was awesome. It was fantastic, and I think what that also does is it also points out the fact that Horror Nights 2017 is a party. It is a festival. You have no choice but to enjoy yourselves as somebody who, when people gets scared around you, everybody laughs. That is the first thing that happens when anybody gets scared, they scream and either they laugh or somebody else laughs. It’s a wonderful thing, it’s a positive thing. I also think that, with Eli Roth if you watch the director’s cut version, from all of us, my favorite thing to see, like we were talking earlier about Halloween Horror Nights itself being so iconic, is to have Eli Roth say, you know, here is a master of horror films who is a fan of Horror Nights himself. Whoooo, that was amazing. I was so happy when I saw that.

Q: How often do you guys monitor, randomly walk through and just kind of make sure that your vision is still being undertaken?

A: All night long. Every night. Every house, every street zone, we are constantly roaming. We also have performance coordinators with us assisting us so we are constantly walking through the entire event. And we practice what we preach, we all go by and wear our comfy shoes right when the event starts that we wear out by the end.

Q: Since this is the last year for Bill and Ted, what are you doing to send it off in style? I’m also curious to hear why is this the last year for Bill and Ted and for next year, will there be anything else replacing it?

A: Okay, I’m gonna work backwards here. C) Can’t talk about it. C) Are we doing anything special? Yes. You’re gonna have to go see the show. And then A) Why is it the last year for Bill and Ted? I think that to my answer earlier is that we are an ever changing event and it is subjective for sure.

People are gonna have a different opinion and it’s going to become a debate topic over whether or not Bill and Ted should stay with 28 and 29 and 30, but I think that if we are doing, I think we give our guests a huge disservice if we don’t constantly evolve and elevate this event and change it year in, year out.

I think that’s what you’re seeing; different parts come and go. I think it’s a great opportunity for guests to experience a different, new, and revitalized event.

HHNU’s First Media Event!

That’s right, we made it! After two years of dedication to Halloween Horror Nights coverage, we finally made it to the prestigious HHN media party, and that’s all thanks to you guys, our readers. Your support feeds our obsession and commitment to getting the information that we do, as quickly as possible. Thank you so much!

So What IS The Media Party?

Opening Night Media Party, as it’s called, is a closed, invitation only event that takes place in sound-stage 33. It boasts tons of free food and beverages, and offers the opportunity to mingle with HHN big wigs, fellow HHN loving media publishers, and scareactors before the main presentation begins, with a Q&A afterwards.

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The food was astounding. From a myriad of hot hors d’oeuvres like miniature beef wellington, jalapeno poppers, and buffalo chicken eggrolls, to name a few. There were also multiple meat carving stations offering beef, pork, and lamb. Additional dishes included nachos with all kinds of dips to choose from, delicious shells and cheese (with or without shrimp), fish tacos, and tons of different deserts.

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The nacho station. The cheese was nice and spicy!
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Coffee and desert station

Scareactors were roaming the venue during the “welcome reception” portion of the party. They were from all parts of the event (houses and scarezones,) and it was a really neat way of getting our first look into the various characters and themes of this year’s event. There were aliens, clowns, vampires, and everything in between. Check out our livestream here for a full look at the food and scareactors that were present.

The Main Presentation

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Upon the main stage area, the media presentation took place. It included cameos from Bill and Ted themselves, and characters from each house and scarezone to represent their respected property. Patrick Braillard hosted the main event, where he described each house and scarezone in detail, and we learned a ton of cool things about each of them. Each haunted house and scarezone had it’s own little stage with decorations, props, and actors that could be found within. Watch our livestream here on our Facebook page to see the entire presentation.

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“You know, I think that every single year we put on Halloween Horror Nights, it’s not only a challenge, but it’s a labor of love. We start months in advanced, this year it was 14 months. We have already started [20]18. Yeah! We are already well underway with 18. It goes from a very small group of people, and it suddenly blooms into hundreds and then thousands of people that all work in unison to try to put on the event. And I can say that was all surety, there is no team member at Universal Orlando Resort that does not in some way become impacted by the work that goes into bringing this event on a yearly basis. Every single person, in some way shape or form, works to provide this for all of the guests, and that’s kind of an amazing undertaking.”

Q&A Session

The portion of the presentation with the most media inclusion, the Q&A session gave us all the opportunity to finally get our pressing questions answered, and make light of things we’re all curious about. This portion took about 17 minutes, and anyone who had a question could ask (so long as the question could be answered without giving out confidential information.) Please check out our Q&A transcription for all of the questions asked along with the answers given here. Plenty of fantastic information was given out.

R.I.P Tours

Last but not least, our entire party was split into multiple R.I.P tours, which is a guided tour through all of the haunted houses, rides, and shows with front of line access throughout the night. Along the way, tour guides give fun facts and interesting tidbits of information about the houses, scarezones, and other aspects that go into making the event what it is. R.I.P tour is a very exclusive experience available to all guests willing to pay the extra money for this incredibly special way of seeing this amazing event.

 

ScareZone Super Show: HHN’s Patrick Braillard and WWE Superstars Cody & Brandi Rhodes

This is the show to take with you on the flight down. First up is 30 Minutes with Patrick Braillard – Show Director for Creative Development and we talk all about HHN27
THEN 40 MINUTES with HHN Superfans, The American Nightmare & Mrs. Nightmare CODY & BRANDI RHODES. They know their stuff and we had a blast talking to them!

Follow Patrick: @hhnmeanone
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PICK UP ALL OUR MERCH AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED AT SCAREZONE.COM and join us on the PODCRUISE.

 

Is this TV show teasing HHN28?

Okay, we know HHN27 hasn’t even started yet and prey this vile hurricane passes without death, damage or delay but in the meantime we wanted to share with you a really interested fan theory that we received today.  Remember, a fan theory is a totally unsubstantiated theory cobbled together from fact and rumor, nothing more.  So here goes: is American Horror Story: Cult referencing (or Easter egging) HHN?  If you haven’t seen the latest episode of everyone’s favorite horror TV show we suggest you do as so far it is proving to be a good one!

We posted many moons ago (and we were the first too!) to say that AHS was to be the new The Walking Dead for HHN, in as much as, AHS is set to return to the event in multiple years like TWD used to.  You can read about that here.  This said, with both HHN26 and HHN27 Universal will have covered every season within a house, apart from the current season of Cult. So it has to be a fair bet that Cult is likely to be a house (or maybe scarezone?) for HHN28.  This portion of the theory is pretty speculative but with some foundation, now onto the theory section – is this new season teasing HHN28?  Here’s the clues we saw from the first episode:

Clowns, clowns, clowns – wait are those two familiar?

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Every true HHN fan knows who Jack and Chance are and their most iconic appearances and outfits, so that’s why we were surprised to see two very familiar faces!  The guy on the left looks like Jack from the Carnival of Carnage in 2007 when we became the ringmaster of his own carnival. The clown on the right has a very striking appearance to Chance with her garb and makeup from last year’s HHN26.  Tenuous or are we are on to something here?  Compare for yourself:

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The Comic Book…

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HHN has it’s own event made brand for any houses that they want to tie together from this fictional comic universe, namely Ultra Violent Comics.  The UVC brand has been seen many times at HHN and is most commonly used as facades for the houses to inform guests that they are now entering a comic book world.  Below is HHN25’s Asylum in Wonderland house:

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A comic was a key plot ‘Macguffin’ in the first episode that brought Twisty the Clown into the episode and like UVC the design of the comic is very similar in those classic 1960/70/80s horror comics aesthetic.  We could really see a similar facade for this show. at HHN28..

A HHN tradition:

One word: school bus.  The school bus has been with HHN for decades.  We’ve walked through it in houses, we’ve run past it while being Purged and seen murderous school kids use it as transportation.  That darn school bus has popped up more times at HHN than all the event icons put together!  (It’s even in the popular HHN podcast ScareZone’s logo!) So that’s why we were pretty surprised to see it, randomly, dumped in a forest where Twisty makes his first kill of the season.

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Our iconic HHN school bus popping up randomly in this first episode or was this planted here?

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So there you have it.  Our first fan theory for HHN28, even before HHN27 has even started!  Do you think Cult will appear at HHN28?  Or are these just coincidences?  Whatever the answer I am sure we will all stay tuned for AHS Cult airing every Tuesday on FX in the US and every Friday on Fox in the UK.  And remember HHN27 is just a week away!!!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!