So…. unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few days, you might have noticed that HHN just announced their first house, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. We at HHNU love this news, so-much-so that we thought we share with you the top 10 reasons why this house will be AWESOME!
1. TCM has been done many times before, including HHN Orlando (2007) and at HHN Hollywood on three separate occasions (2007, 2008 & 2012), as well as other venues. And to be fair, all of these were pretty solid houses. The 2007 Orlando house for example was fantastic. Sadly, it was located in the former Earthquake queue, with that semi open-aired feel it made the for a really authentic experience, a joy we will receive no more.
2. 2007 was a mighty 9 years ago. To a 30 something year-old that may not seem so long ago, but to an 18 year-old that’s half their life. The younger fans probably won’t remember this house. And the youngest fans amongst us probably never saw it. So for 2016 everyone will finally get to face Leatherface!
3. This house is not the same TCM as 2007. Thomas Hewitt and Bubba Sawyer may both be Leatherface, but they are still different in many ways. Plus the more modern films just aren’t as good as the original!
4. Leatherface is not an overused character at HHN in Orlando. He’s only been 4 times in 25 years. A scene in a house in 1995, a cameo in 1998, a scene in 2003 and the house in 2007. Many characters have been used more than him who are not usually thought of as overused. The Caretaker for example has been 7 times, 8 if you count the figure in Cabin in the Woods. Leatherface has been used exactly the same number of times as the Cryptkeeper. The actual last time that any serious attempt was taken to make this movie into a house was at Fright Dome Las Vegas in 2014. Every major character from 2007 has been used since then already except Leatherface. Even Mary Shaw showed up in a scarezone in 2010. It’s time for old Leatherface to return!
5. The movie has A LOT of heritage. For those of you that don’t know, the movie is inspired by the horrific real-life crimes of Ed Gein. Ed was found to have dug up a number of graves and even murdered a number of women. He then used their bones and skin to make a number of keepsakes (masks, chairs, lamps etc). He also had a mother fixation, a fixation that was with his dead mother. Any of this sound familiar? Well it inspired countless books and movies including: Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, House of 1000 Corpses and, of course, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. What could be creepier than a house based-off of a movie, based-off of a real-life crime?
6. And this is the big one, the reason that there MUST be TCM at HHN 26. On November 7, 2015 Gunnar Hansen died. It is only right and proper that he be honored at the very next HHN held since we lost him.
7. The news of the first house release made HHN trend worldwide on both Facebook and Twitter, therefore this house is ensuring our little Halloween event is now turning heads on a worldwide basis. Now that’s impressive!
8. HHN Orlando confirmed that the house will be in one of the Sprung Tents. In the past, some amazing houses have been located in the Sprungs. Last year for example, it had
Scream The Purge and Insidious, the latter of which made the event for many fans. The Sprungs are obviously the place to be!
9. Chainsaws, chainsaws, chainsaws, chainsaws! Come on, who doesn’t
are freakin’ terrified of LOVE chainsaws?
10. It’s a movie with basically one protagonist and one antagonist which lends itself perfectly to any sort of haunted attraction because really the only thing a haunted attraction needs is a terrifying antagonist – and what could be more terrifying than Leatherface!?
So there you have it, our top 10 reasons why we think TCM will rock this year at #HHN26 – but what do you think? Let us know!
Our thanks at HHNU go to our dear friend Dr Jimmy for his gracious help with this article and for our own in-house writer Scott who did much of the legwork.
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