News came last night that Universal have apparently just locked in their first IP property for the 2019 edition of HHN.
Obviously, we’re not told yet what it is yet but it was teased via Universal’s John Murdy on the official Hollywood HHN handle on Twitter:
Happy Friday Boils and Ghouls. We locked in one of the mazes for HHN 2019 today! Can’t tell you what it is obviously but it’s a property I’m a big fan of. It’s going to be fun to design…stay tuned.
— Horror Nights (@HorrorNights) November 16, 2018
A nice and early property in the bag is great as now the idea can be worked on and developed in time for HHN29 / HHN2019.
But what could this property be? Rumors are swirling at the moment and many are speculating that after last year’s absence of Warner Bros and Fox properties at HHN that this trend could continue.
Why are these properties supposedly not in contention? Well it’s only speculation but last year Warner Bros held their own event, Horror Made Here in Burbank, California. Many commentators said at the time that perhaps they wanted to hold onto their own properties for exclusive use to really kick their new event off in style, plus HHN Hollywood is only a short car ride away. And as for Fox, well who knows what’s happening there, Disney are buying Fox and I’m sure they’d love their Central Florida competitors using their newly acquired properties…
So if we assume Warner Bros and Fox are off-the-table, what properties could be coming to HHN? There is one property that’s been speculated about for years and we know HHN takes years to secure the best properties! We also know that the gentleman behind this franchise has a long association with HHN (read more here and here) and he
That property is rumored to be Hellraiser. HHNU first broke the rumors back in 2017 when a number of factors pointed to possible meetings being held to discuss the potential use of the franchise at HHN. To read our original article from Chris Ripley click HERE.
One of these clues we’ll share with you now…
— Michael Aiello (@Michael_Aiello) November 4, 2018
Look closely at this recently posted photo by HHN’s Mike Aiello. Those DVDs are all in alphabetical order, except the ones at the end where we can assume are all ones that have been recently watched or maybe newly acquired (the tweet refers to this)… there sure are a few Hellraiser ones there! But surely this is just a coincidence right? Remember, everything is just a speculative rumor until Universal confirms the line-up next year!
But if you want to know the true identity of the property that’s just been secured you then need to watch this video!! 😆 😆 😆
@Michael_Aiello posted this video on the UOTM Life Instagram page to thank all the the team members and fans for an epic @HorrorNightsORL 2018 season. There may be a little something at the end about #HHN29! pic.twitter.com/f0yahAmJKo
— Freaks Of Halloween Horror Nights (@Freaks_HHN) November 10, 2018
So there you have it, a nice bit of early speculation to kick-off the beginning of the HHN rumor season. Are we right though? Let’s us know your thoughts and let us know which properties you’d love to see at HHN29!