We at HHNU delve into the history and rumors of the IP houses all too often and we never seem to put too much thought into the original houses that Orlando’s HHN event does so well. So for our article today we thought that we’d look at the 4 best legends never seen at HHN that would make great houses!
1. The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp
“I looked back and saw something running across the field towards me. It was about 25 yards away and I saw red eyes glowing. I ran into the car and as I locked it, the thing grabbed the door handle. I could see him from the neck down – the three big fingers, long black nails and green rough skin. It was strong and angry. I looked in my mirror and saw a blur of green running. I could see his toes and then he jumped on the roof of my car. I thought I heard a grunt and then I could see his fingers through the front windshield, where they curled around on the roof. I sped up and swerved to shake the creature off.”
The above is an actual police witness account that a one Christopher Davis made in 1988 about his encounter with the legendary Lizard Man of a Scape Ore Swamp. Since then scores of sightings, property damage, vehicular damage and blurry footage has surfaced of this alleged bipedal lizard humanoid living in the swamps of South Carolina.
The contemporary setting, the swamps at night and the description of 7ft tall lizard men running around is just prime HHN material waiting to be used!
2. Jack the Ripper
Okay, so technically this idea has kinda been done with 2008’s Body Collectors: Collections of the Past where Bodycollectors are the real culprits for the famous Victorian murders and not some deranged psychopath, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t revisit this theme and present an actual Jack the Ripper house!
“One day men will look back and say I gave birth to the twentieth century…”
A direct quote from one of the infamous ‘Dear Boss’ letters that were sent to Old Scotland Yard and others during the height of the Ripper murders all signed off with ‘Jack the Ripper’. So maybe Jack was right, he spawned the century that gave us Freddy, Jason, Michael, Bruce, Pin Head etc, so if that makes the Ripper the King of horror then perhaps he is due his own house? And how cool would it be that like the original murders, guests have to figure out who the actual murderer was? Even to this very day people are obsessed with these murders and creating a life-like Victorian street complete with ladies of the night, beggars, crooks and a maniac running rampant would be great fodder for HHN!
3. The Mothman
In West Virginia folklore, the Mothman is a legendary creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of the state from around November 12, 1966, to December 15, 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated November 16, 1966, titled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something”. The national press soon picked up the reports and helped spread the story across the country with numerous sightings since and even a Hollywood blockbuster being released in 2002.
Richard Gere movie aside, the monster could make for a great HHN house due to the use of cables. In many past houses and scarezones, Universal have used scareactors on various rigs to scare guests from above. How cool would it be to have a house where the monster is literally flying around the house from one scene to the other, whilst jump scares from below catch us off guard too? It would be awesome!
Many houses have come close but no houses to date have ever featured Bigfoot. Which is kinda weird when you think about it, but hey a few have suggested him or replaced him with aliens such as in 2008’s Creatures! We know Universal can build hyper detailed forest environments (or maybe turf out E.T.’s queue every night?) and have a 9ft tall beast lunging at guests in the thick dense forests could be epic. Tales of this enormous beast go right back to the earlier pioneer days with sightings occurring to this very day which make this monster very relevant and prime material for a HHN house.
This blog post was written in connection with the Thinking Sideways Podcast, the greatest non-solving mystery podcast of them all. All four of these legends have been featured on their show, heck they even had a Kubrick’s Shining episode (which is a must listen!). So if you want to hear more about these mysteries we strongly recommend you look up their show here.
So what legends would you love to see at HHN? Let us know in the comments!