Cast of Netflix’s Stranger Things Comes Face-to-Face with the Demogorgon in Maze at HHN Hollywood

Things turned upside down when cast from Netflix’s “Stranger Things” took a terrifying spin through the “Stranger Things” maze at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights,” coming face to face with the show’s most iconic scenes and life-sized predatory Demogorgon.

Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield) and Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair) visited Universal Studios Hollywood to attend the event’s red carpet premiere, surprise fans and step into the Upside Down to experience the all-new “Stranger Things” maze.

Their reactions were priceless. Collectively the group was in awe, characterizing the maze as an exact replica of the show and referencing their close call with the Demogorgon as “freaking awesome,” “really great” and “so scary.” Video of the cast experiencing the maze can be seen here.

“Halloween Horror Nights” continues on select nights through November 3 in Hollywood and Orlando, and on select nights through October 31 in Singapore.

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights events. Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

For more information and to purchase tickets for “Halloween Horror Nights “at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Singapore, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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Unofficial Artwork Becomes Official

Amazing Halloween Horror Nights fan and artist extraordinaire Shelby Denham has been officially commissioned by Universal to provide art for sale within the Williams of Hollywood Prop Shop store inside the actual event.

Shelby who designed the cover of Christopher Ripley’s HHN guidebook for 2017 and who has been creating HHN fan-art for years said, “I had a great time working with all of you (Universal) on this project! This means the world to me!”

She also promises that every week they will unveil a new print for exclusive sale within this location.  Be sure to get your hands on one before they all sell out!

History 101: The Legions of Horror

Who or what are the Legions of Horror? This faction first appeared At Halloween Horror Nights 22 as a parkwide “street experience.” It was also the first parkwide scarezone at Halloween Horror Nights since Midway of the Bizarre in 2007. These Legions were also part of the Legendary Truth online game “Horror Unearthed.”

Well onto the history of all six legions. First I’ll start with the Morphans; their history starts with Richard III of England (October 2 1452 – August 22 1485) and Edward Teach aka Blackbeard (circa 1680 – November 22 1718) going down the tree with Cindy Caine, Jack Schmidt, and last year’s Icon Chance. Even lesser known Morphans are added to the tree like: H.R. Bloodengutz, Chucky, Rosie the Foxgirl, and The Skoolhouse Students. Morphans are tricksters to their trade and use the art of misdirect but be careful they can turn vengeful. Overall they love a good party and having fun.

Next Legion is the Strengoit, also my Legion: their history starts with Vlad Tepes III aka Vlad the Impaler of Wallachia (1428/31 – December 1476/77) , famous Strengoits are as follows: Lucrezia Borgia and (April 18 1480 – June 24 1519) Countess Elizabeth Bathory (August 7 1560 – August 21 1614). Horror Nights Strengoits are: Paulo Ravinski “The Director”, Lady Luck, and The Cantina Demon. Strengoits’ thirst is unquenchable. Strengoits are often seductive in both genders and are known to transform those that meet their line.

Legion Cerebin: This Legion’s famous history only has one: Attila the Hun (circa 406 – March 453). There are so many famous Horror Nights Cerebin’s: Darkness, Eyegore, The Rat Lady, Nightingales, and The Wolfman. This Legion has extraordinary sensory abilities. Disciplined, dedicated, and loyal, they stealthly stalk the night without detection hunting their prey.

Legion Kerezan: Once again this Legion only has one famous individual: Ramesses II (circa 1303 BC – July or August 1213 BC). Famous Horror Nights: Julian Browning “The Usher”, Charlie MacPherson, and those creepy smiling faces known as the Body Collectors. Pretty much the Kerezan’s appetite is for human flesh, and they’ll stop at nothing to achieve their goal, and that is THE NEED TO FEED!

Legion Maschorian: There are a total of five famous people in this Legion: Marquis De Sade (June 2 1740 – December 2 1814), Lizzie Borden (July 19 1860 – June 1 1927), Ivan The Terrible (August 25 1530 – March 28 1584), Julius Caesar (July 13 100 BC – March 15 44 BC) and lastly Augustus Germanicus aka Caligula (August 31 12 AD – January 24 41 AD). As for Horror Nights: Terra Queen, Elsa Strict “The Storyteller”, Eddie Schmidt, and the Chainsaw Drill Team. You had better run or these chainsaws will kill you, this group is strong, physically superior, and loves state-of-the-art hardware. Keep running Horror Nights fans, they’ll get you!!!!

The last Legion Baccanoid: Edgar Allan Poe (January 19 1809 – October 7 1849), Jack the Ripper (birth and death date unknown), Empress Jia Nanfeng (257 AD – 300 AD), Confucius (September 28 551 BC – 479 BC). Horror Nights: Albert Caine “The Caretaker”, Dr. Mary Agana, Boris Shuster, and Dr. Richard M. Steerington. Also a little shoutout to my friend, Doctor Jimmy who is also a Baccanoid. Baccanoid’s love puzzles and are extremely competitive. They also like to change their appearance, so be careful.

I’m wondering if maybe we’ll see the Legions again this year or in a future year, you really never know.

Who or what are the Legions of Horror? This faction first appeared At Halloween Horror Nights 22 as a parkwide “street experience.” It was also the first parkwide scarezone at Halloween Horror Nights since Midway of the Bizarre in 2007. These Legions were also part of the Legendary Truth online game “Horror Unearthed.”

Well onto the history of all six legions. First I’ll start with the Morphans; their history starts with Richard III of England (October 2 1452 – August 22 1485) and Edward Teach aka Blackbeard (circa 1680 – November 22 1718) going down the tree with Cindy Caine, Jack Schmidt, and last year’s Icon Chance. Even lesser known Morphans are added to the tree like: H.R. Bloodengutz, Chucky, Rosie the Foxgirl, and The Skoolhouse Students. Morphans are tricksters to their trade and use the art of misdirect but be careful they can turn vengeful. Overall they love a good party and having fun.

Next Legion is the Strengoit, also my Legion: their history starts with Vlad Tepes III aka Vlad the Impaler of Wallachia (1428/31 – December 1476/77) , famous Strengoits are as follows: Lucrezia Borgia and (April 18 1480 – June 24 1519) Countess Elizabeth Bathory (August 7 1560 – August 21 1614). Horror Nights Strengoits are: Paulo Ravinski “The Director”, Lady Luck, and The Cantina Demon. Strengoits’ thirst is unquenchable. Strengoits are often seductive in both genders and are known to transform those that meet their line.

Legion Cerebin: This Legion’s famous history only has one: Attila the Hun (circa 406 – March 453). There are so many famous Horror Nights Cerebin’s: Darkness, Eyegore, The Rat Lady, Nightingales, and The Wolfman. This Legion has extraordinary sensory abilities. Disciplined, dedicated, and loyal, they stealthly stalk the night without detection hunting their prey.

Legion Kerezan: Once again this Legion only has one famous individual: Ramesses II (circa 1303 BC – July or August 1213 BC). Famous Horror Nights: Julian Browning “The Usher”, Charlie MacPherson, and those creepy smiling faces known as the Body Collectors. Pretty much the Kerezan’s appetite is for human flesh, and they’ll stop at nothing to achieve their goal, and that is THE NEED TO FEED!

Legion Maschorian: There are a total of five famous people in this Legion: Marquis De Sade (June 2 1740 – December 2 1814), Lizzie Borden (July 19 1860 – June 1 1927), Ivan The Terrible (August 25 1530 – March 28 1584), Julius Caesar (July 13 100 BC – March 15 44 BC) and lastly Augustus Germanicus aka Caligula (August 31 12 AD – January 24 41 AD). As for Horror Nights: Terra Queen, Elsa Strict “The Storyteller”, Eddie Schmidt, and the Chainsaw Drill Team. You had better run or these chainsaws will kill you, this group is strong, physically superior, and loves state-of-the-art hardware. Keep running Horror Nights fans, they’ll get you!!!!

The last Legion Baccanoid: Edgar Allan Poe (January 19 1809 – October 7 1849), Jack the Ripper (birth and death date unknown), Empress Jia Nanfeng (257 AD – 300 AD), Confucius (September 28 551 BC – 479 BC). Horror Nights: Albert Caine “The Caretaker”, Dr. Mary Agana, Boris Shuster, and Dr. Richard M. Steerington. Also a little shoutout to my friend, Doctor Jimmy who is also a Baccanoid. Baccanoid’s love puzzles and are extremely competitive. They also like to change their appearance, so be careful.

I’m wondering if maybe we’ll see the Legions again this year or in a future year, you really never know.

Would you be excited to see them return?  Let us know!dark-legions.jpg

My Favorite: American Gothic

Lizzie Borden took an axe

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

 

We all know the story of Lizzie Andrew Borden, she was born July 19th, 1860 in Fall River, Massachusetts to Andrew Jackson Borden and Sarah Anthony Borden.  We also know how Lizzie lost her marbles and killed her Father and Step-Mother.  But wouldn’t be great to see a scarezone based on this real life horror?  She has cameoed at the event many times, including in 2008’s American Gothic.

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After Lizzie’s trial, she and her sister, Emma moved in a very spacious house, in the more quaint neighborhood titled “The Hill” Lizzie changed her name to Lizbeth A. Borden and even gave her home a name “Maplecroft.”

Bloody Mary gave us a glimpse into this woman’s life through the mirror, albeit the more twisted insane version of Lizzie, who didn’t want to stop killing.  There have been various pop culture references to Lizzie in the form of TV and movies to name an example.  There is also a name tied to American Gothic, her name was, Eileen Harrell, her occupation was an illustrator and co-owner of an ad agency.  Eileen’s phobia was Mythophobia, meaning she completely freaked at images related to myth stories an example of this was The Headless Horseman.  Dr. Mary Agana tried to cure her of her affliction by showing her a severed head, well the results were severe catatonia along with hospitalization and medication.

Lizzie also starred at HHN at the very start of the event, being in a number of roaming scarezones back in the mid 1990s.

Would you like to see Lizzie return to HHN?  Let us know!

My Favorite Year At Halloween Horror Nights

My favorite year at Halloween Horror Nights would have to be Twenty Years of Fear, because it was my first ever event that I attended. I remember the event like it was yesterday, my Mother went with me since I had no one else to go with. The first night I experienced the Esqueleto Muerte scarezone, everything was all neon and I felt like I wanted to party. Whilst walking to the next scarezone The Coven I felt like I was transported in time to the Salem Witch Trials, off topic I did my Senior Class Project on that.

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My next task was to experience a house for the first time, so I got in the queue for Catacombs: Black Death Rising. I was in front of this couple and all I could hear was sounds of people dying and coughing, the highlight of the house was this scareactor who was on the top of the house and he reached down and pretended to grab me. I jumped, screamed, then proceeded to laugh, cause I love being scared. The next house I went into was Horror Nights: The Hallow’d Past while standing in the queue for that one, saw a cast change for the first time. Finally entered the house and there were relics of Horror Nights’ past all around me. As I went through each scene some were houses of former events, the one that stood out the most were these creepy smiles that reminded me of the episode “Hush” on “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.” Found out years later they’re called “The Body Collectors,” and they are creepy.

My next venture was to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure sat down and watched the show as they made fun of pop culture of that year, I recommend the show to anyone, very funny. I wanted to go through all the houses but due to time constraints that night it was really difficult.

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The next night my one friend and I went through all the scarezones, my favorite one was Fear Revealed and the reason why is because I got to see all the past icons, got to even sit in a chair on the Director’s set. My friend and I went over to the “Men in Black” ride and low and behold in front of me was this photo op area with Jack, he was wearing the vintage clown suit from 2000. I got in the queue and while waiting, Jack proceeded to scare people that approached the area, I smiled with glee as he did that. My turn was next and went up to Jack a little nervous, smiled for four photos and was very happy afterwards. As the night was coming to an end, before leaving went through the “Fear Revealed” scarezone once more, and saw Ringmaster Jack, asked him if I can please get a photo with him, he obliged then scared me out of the Fortune Tellers tent.
I enjoyed the event and went back in 2013 for a second time, I will be returning in 2020 for Halloween Horror Nights 30, gotta say I’m proud to be obsessed with this event.

What was your favorite year?  Let us know in the comments!