HHN 2020 is in full pre-production

It’s hard to believe as the terrors of HHN29 are among us right now that somewhere in some dark and secret corner of each US Universal backlot there lurks a small team already currently working away to design the horror for next year.

It was John Murdy from the Hollywood version of HHN who recently tweeted this exciting news, that HHN 2020 is currently being prepared:

Even early meetings are taking place:

This should be no surprise to anyone as often HHN discussions and preparatory meetings are very fluid with some IPs taking years to secure the rights to.  However, we just wanted to give you this little heads up that the horrah truly never sleeps!  But for the time being, let’s enjoy the weeks we have left at the most fantastic year that is HHN29!

 

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Cocktails and Screams is now open!

After months of heightened speculation and waiting, the coffin has finally opened and Orlando’s newest lounge bar is here!

Cocktails and Screams recently commenced taking patrons from places unknown and the ghouls are raving about it!

Starting yesterday October 5th the bar is now fully open at 39 West Palm Street. Containing a whole host of amazing monster movie props, pinball machines, and true horrific Instagramable set pieces, the bar is the new go to space for all the haunt freaks out there!

The menu is like something from Outer Space, imagine Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar but pimped out by Rob Zombie or Vincent Price. You simple have to try it this haunt season!

Are you going? Let us know in the comments!

Photos by Cocktails and Screams

Is there a new Stranger Things attraction coming to HHN29?

A news story recently broke on TPU that a new secret temporary attraction is coming to HHN29.  The article reports that the space between where the old Terminator attraction used to dump guests out and the Monsters gift store will be used for this new attraction.  And if you can remember the space we mean, you will know that the area is not very large!

 

Universal appears to be going all in this year with Stranger Things with the cool 80s vibe, dedicated house to season 2 (plus a bit of season 3), a selfie pop up in Cabana Bay Resort and various re-themed eateries around the park.  That is why it was a surprise to learn of yet another addition to the lineup so far into the event’s current run.

The article alleges that the attraction will be some form of spooky echo chamber where guests will be able to talk and even have conversations with various characters from the Stranger Things world.  Weird right?  Apparently, it works off of a new in-development Microsoft system that is similar to Amazon’s Alexa, where you will be able to hold basic conversations with a select number of characters.  There will also apparently be special effects, fog machines and strobe lighting.

At this time we don’t have much to go but be sure that as soon as we here more things about this new attraction we will report them here!  Hopefully we will know more tonight at HHN!

Have you seen this addition lurking in the Monsters Store?  Let us know in the comments if you have and be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Beetlejuice arrives at HHN Hollywood for special event

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, like totally, time travels to the 1980s with Throwback Thursdays in celebration of the decade’s bad to the bone darker side featured in a host of all-new terrifying mazes.

From classic 1980s movies such as Ghostbusters, Creepshow and Killer Klowns from Outer Space to contemporary shows and films inspired by the decade, including “Stranger Things” and Us, there is something totally gnarly about this era that comes to life during “Halloween Horror Nights.”

            Highlights of Throwback Thursdays include a not-so-friendly welcome from Chucky himself, live tribute band and DJ dance party hosted by Beetlejuice, classic ‘80s music videos and songs played throughout the event as well as themed food that will have guests spazzing and saying, Eat my Shorts!

To help guests capture the spirit of the ‘80s, they are invited to sport their finest decade-worthy attire trends, from leg warmers and high waisted jeans to scrunchie hair ties, fanny packs and shoulder pads.

Throwback Thursdays will take place every Thursday night during “Halloween Horror Nights” and is included as part of admission to the event.  All dates are: September 19-22, 26-29; October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31; and November 1-3, 2019.

Tickets are available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out. 

HHNU’s Hollywood Book Becomes Award Winning

Readers’ Favorite has today recognized “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe” by Christopher Ripley in its annual international book award contest, currently available at https://amzn.to/2ZJrDjy.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Readers’ Favorite receives thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, they can break down the contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. They receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

“When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.” –Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe” by Christopher Ripley won the Finalist Award in the Non-Fiction – Music/Entertainment category.

Christopher Ripley said, “I am so very humbled and grateful for this award.  This book was by far my most favorite to research as the stories contained within linked directly into the construction of the original Universal Backlot.  The rich horror heritage is intertwined into the DNA of the event, and this is clearly evident throughout. The research into the urban legends and an 80-year olf mystery being solved by this book is the true cherry on the top!”

You can learn more about Christopher Ripley and “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe” at https://amzn.to/2ZJrDjy where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly.

PREVIEW: HHN29 Merch Released Online

Universal Orlando has this week released a pre-sale for most of the coming HHN’s merchandise.

The selection is amazing and the design is really captivating!

The full range is yet to be released but right now we have two different hoodies, house themed shirts, three hats and two mugs. The official HHN is also a must have for this year!

If you can’t wait for HHN29 you can preorder your merch here.

Do you love this merch as much as we do? Let us know in the comments!

HHN’s Bloody Mary Becomes Viral Sensation!

This slipped under my radar recently, but it was revealed to me that the actress who famously played HHN’s Bloody Mary character in the 2008 event year has gone on to become a viral sensation.

More than one actress played the character: there was one actress who played the character in the commercials and in the press photos, another who did the voice for the website, another who did the Opening Scareamonies Media Event and then dozens who played the character in the popular maze (which incidentally was weirdly located in the old Jaws building!).

The actress we are concerned with here is Laura Clery who fabously portrayed the demonic doctor-come-spirit in the commercials and press photos.  Her rise to fame as an internet personality began when she started making videos on the former Vine service where she portrayed a character called Help Helen Smash.  The character was created by using a Snapchat AR lens that distorts her face and neck giving her a thick-neck and the ability to pull some strange faces.  She then hopelessly pursues a man named Stephen, who is later revealed to be Clery’s actual husband Stephen Hilton, who himself is a Hollywood music composer.

Her characters have evolved over time, and now she focuses most of her content on releasing funny videos based around her real life and in particular her new life as a mom to her newborn son.  Her most successful video to date, for which I am sure you have all seen, is her English Vs American sayings video as below:

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Now an internet personality, we in the HHN fan community will always remember her as the actress behind the greatest icon that has never (sadly) ever returned…

Here are some rare behind the scenes photos of her:

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And here’s the iconic HHN18 commercial:

So there you have it, Mary might never return but least now when you see your next Laura Clery video you’ll know her part in the history of HHN! 

Who loved this year 2008?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Brand New Original Maze Announced for Hollywood HHN

Temptation is unleashed in “The Curse of Pandora’s Box,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-original “Halloween Horror Nights” maze that spills the evils of humanity across this twisted ancient Greek mythology-inspired experience, beginning Friday, September 13.

            Greed is the underlying theme of this all-new maze, resurrected from Universal Studios Hollywood’s vault of masterful storytelling that transports guests from the land of the living into the nightmarish netherworld of Hades. The scene begins with “Pandora’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” a dilapidated storefront set in modern times that is, nonetheless, eerily reminiscent of a structure that belongs in the dark and dangerous back alleys of Victorian London.

            Amid every occultist artefacts and forbidden relics known to man, the bizarre shop houses an all-consuming collection of evil trapped behind glass-encased cabinets, including a giant, ornate box inlaid with human bones and adorned with the silhouette of a mysterious woman clasping her body with skeletal arms.

As guests pass through the shop they will hear a faint, yet seductive voice echoing the words, “anything can be acquired, anything our hearts desire,” beckoning maze-goers to tempt fate, just as a cataclysmic earthquake erupts, shaking the shop and swinging open the ornate box to awaken a demonic voice whispering in a foreign tongue to “come inside.”

Once Pandora’s Box has been opened and evil unleashed, it can never be closed again.

Are you going to Hollywood HHN this year? Are you excited for this Maze? Let us know in the comments!

Marathon of Mayhem Lagoon Shows Debuts at HHN29

The screams featured at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights will come to life in a whole new way with the debut of the nighttime lagoon show, “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem.” Guests will watch as terrifying moments inspired by some of the Halloween classics taking over the event come to life right before their eyes in the Universal Studios Florida lagoon. 

Giant water screens highlighting iconic horror scenes, accented with more than 100 fountains, awesome special effects, pounding electro music, lasers and more will bring this all-new experience to life – creating a larger-than-life mix tape that guests won’t want to miss. Guests will witness a twisted new take on Netflix’s Stranger Things, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters and Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space as they invade the Universal Studios lagoon for “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem,” running on event nights at the world’s premier Halloween event.

Are you excited for this new lagoon show? Let us know in the comments!

House of a 1000 Corpses Returns to HHN!

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort take guests on a relentless tour through multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie’s twisted “House of 1000 Corpses,” inspired by Lionsgate’s 2003 cult classic horror film, as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event, beginning in September.

The terrifying “House of 1000 Corpses” mazes bring to life the movie’s offbeat roadside tourist attraction, Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, and introduces guests to some of the country’s most infamous serial killers, including Dr. Satan, a demented surgeon who has gone mad.

Without a moment to catch their breath, guests will venture to the chaotic home of the Firefly family, a sadistic clan of psychotic killers, where the psychosis deepens and the depraved thrive. It is a chilling journey into the netherworld of terror that weaves its way through a cavernous network of dark tunnels within the bowels of the house.  Populated by the degenerate victims of Dr. Satan’s debauched operations, legions of tortured creatures shuffle about as Dr. Satan continues his twisted medical practice, eagerly awaiting a new installment of victims.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film.  Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror movies, television shows and original stories come to life season after season. The terror bleeds to the streets of the parks with highly-themed scare zones, littered with menacing scare-actors lunging from every darkened corner to torment, terrify and scare “Halloween Horror Nights” guests.

Fun fact: the original maze for House of a 1000 Corpses was actually a haunted house in Hollywood BEFORE it was a movie! They just used the same sets! Read more about that HERE.

So are you excited for this new house?  Let us know in the comments!