Did Universal Just Secretly Announce A House for #HHN27!?
Okay we admit, it is SUPER early to be talking HHN27 – especially as this year’s event hasn’t even finished yet! But we have good reason, promise. It seems Universal’s A&D department might have been playing a game with us HHN fans, a game that seems to be going back a long way! Allow us to explain…
Halloween Horror Nights back when it started in the early 90s was an event that took a few months to organize. Often, the crews who planned the event would look to start forming their ideas and designs around the late summer. Into the late 90s as the event grew in size it started to need far longer to plan, so 6 months was taken to get everything done. Into the early 2000s and the event was planned from around 9 months ahead and in recent years the planning is anywhere from 12 months to 2 years – depending on the IP or technical ability to pull off the scares.
Some IPs, such as The Exorcist for example, have been in negotiation and development for far longer (though the norm is 12 to 24 months). This being said, A&D probably have 3 or 4 houses that are locked in and in development already for #HHN27. Yes, these guys are the true undead as they never
So knowing how the event is planned – could A&D be teasing us with clues for the coming year inside the houses of this year? If true, this could add a whole new level of excitement to the current slate of houses…
We have it from a variety of sources that Universal has an actual track record of hiding clues to the coming year’s houses inside the current year’s houses. Clues have been hidden, where they can, in select houses pointing to the houses that would be coming for the following year. So here’s a few of the past clues that we knew about (we’re sure there are many more):
- In 2013’s Urban Legends: La Llorona there was a copy of the original Dracula novel placed on a shelf in the church scene, then in the following year of 2014 Universal presented Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood.
- In 2014’s AVP: Alien vs. Predator located on one of the shelves in the scene with the first alien was a very Jason-esque looking hockey mask. Skip forward to 2015 and Universal presented Freddy vs. Jason for the first time.
- In 2015’s The Walking Dead house during the early scene within the house at the prison, there was a Sheriff’s hat placed at high level which for many, they expected this hat to belong to Rick Grimes (it was reasonably prominent within the scene). However, on closer inspection the badge on the front was inscribed ‘Lightning Gulch’. Skip forward to this year and Lightening Gulch returned for Ghost Town. [CONFIRMED FACT AS THIS IS CURRENTLY MENTIONED ON MOST BEHIND THE SCREAMS TOURS]
So these are just the clues that we have noted in previous years, we’re sure there are many more! So this brings us onto this year… Every year Universal places tonnes of Easter Eggs or cameos into the houses, it’s near impossible to find them all and indeed most of them are random or based on props at hand like Indiana Jones’ temple idol which has been in every house in the last 5 years or the bunny slippers in The Walking Dead that have been present for last 4 years – there’s scores of Easter Eggs!
So the ones we must be concerned about are the ones that are displayed within a reasonable location to see for the diehard fan and the ones that do not reference past or current houses (or any that reference non-horror related franchises, we’re looking at you Dr. Who’s Tardis!) We also need to discount the amount of recycling of props and sets that Universal needs to do. But right now there’s only one Easter Egg that stands out from the crowd…
In the Krampus house towards the end of the house there’s a variety of model houses that are displayed within a number of snow globes. This references the movie where the homes he has visited are displayed within a snow globe in his lair. They houses are all made by the highly creative Ray Keim who is currently a consultant with Universal’s Art and Design Team. Ray has worked on HHN for years and in his many years he has made a number of designs for house facades that you can download and make for yourself. Click here to go to his site. Literally most of the buildings inside these snow globes can be yours to make at home right now (including a few Disney ones too!). Seriously, go check out his site, it’s awesome.
So which buildings are located in the snow globes? They are:
- Freddy’s house from Nightmare on Elm Street (seen in 2007 and 2015).
- Halloween house (seen in 2014 and 2016)
- Shadybrook Asylum (used a number of times)
- The Skool House (2008)
- Legendary Truth house (2010)
- Caretaker’s house (2002 and 2003)
- Boris Shuster’s Office (2008)
- Psycho house (1993, 1994, 1999 and 2006)
There’s one more and this one has never been seen at Halloween Horror Nights before and that final building within one of the snow globes is…. The Amityville Horror. Could this franchise be coming to HHN27? It surely stands out from the others placed within this room!
Here’s a few reasons why this could be the case:
The franchise has a new sequel coming out in 2017 entitled Amityville: The Awakening which is being produced by Jason Blum who is the same guy that Universal worked with to create the past number of Purge and Insidious houses and scarezones on both coasts from last year and before. He has also just worked with Universal on their latest horror offering Ouija: Origin of Evil which is currently being cross-promoted at HHN in Hollywood. The snow globe can be seen below (photo taken on the tour before the photography ban was issued in week 2).
And above all else, as Universal Orlando steamrolls into using more and more IPs at their event, they have never used this franchise for a single house, ever. And for a franchise that has been going since 1979 and has 18 movies worth of materials to mine, it could be a safe bet that the franchise would sooner or later cross paths at HHN.
Whatever the answer, this sure brings a whole new dynamic to the event for the remaining nights!
So what do you think? A cool fan theory or maybe something for #HHN27? Have you ever seen any past clues for future houses too? We’d love to know on both! So let us know in the comments…