Entering the Netherworld

Friday, July 24, 2020 will always be a date that Halloween Horror Nights fans remember. On that date, Universal made the difficult decision to cancel that year’s Halloween Horror Nights event. Even though this was sad news, I vowed to let HHN live forever and find a way to keep the Halloween season alive.

Desperate for my yearly dose of scares and fog scent, I began a frantic search of the Interwebz to find anything seasonal hunt that was still happening. To my luck, I discovered that the 13th Floor in Jacksonville was holding their event. Without a second thought, I bought tickets to the event and entered their portal to Bloody Mary’s Realm. If you would like to read my review of this event, then please click https://hhnunofficial.com/2020/09/21/having-a-bloody-good-time-at-the-13th-floor-jacksonville/ .

Still desperate for more jump scares and gore, my research led me to discover that Netherworld would also be holding their event. Even though I had lived in Atlanta in past, I had never attended the Netherworld event. It was always something I had wanted to do, but it even never ranked in urgency, compared to attending Horror Nights or Howl-O-Scream.

Just as I ordered my Netherworld tickets for October 10, 2020, the news broke that Universal Orlando was indeed having some kind of event. This event has come to be called HHN Lite, where they open two haunted houses during daytime park hours. So, since I already had my Netherworld tickets for a holiday weekend, I decided to make it a Halloween Celebration road trip. The plan was to attend Netherworld in Stone Mountain, Georgia on Saturday, October 10th then immediately head to Orlando and see the two HHN houses on Sunday, October 11th.

Obviously, you are an horror nights fan that is why you are on our site, so I will spare you with the HHN Lite details. Besides, I am pretty sure that you have seen or read reviews of the two/three houses by now. So, from this point on this article becomes a review of Netherworld’s 2020 event.

Haunted Houses

  • Halloween Nightmares – This was Netherworld’s mega house and oh boy was it good! Not mention, I got my dose of HHN fog here. The house told the story where a century a ago, two families got into a feud. Trying to win the fight, one of the families started to use evil powers that they stole from monsters beneath the Earth. Unfortunately, these evil powers transformed the family members into savage bat-like creatures and on Halloween night they slaughtered their enemies. This house featured: Weird Shadow Creatures, Pumpkin Patch Peril, The Gauntlet of the Scarecrows, Lair of the Ancient Alchemist, The Cavern of the Bat Beasts, The Spawn of the Zombie Queen, Levitating Vampires, Flesh Ripping Werewolves, The Lords of Autumn, The Temple of the Bat God, The Chamber of the Elder Thing, The Horror in the Walls and The Secret of the Swarm.
  • Cyborg Shock– This was Netherworld’s tent house. The story revolved around an unusual artifact that was stored in a top secret base. Wouldn’t you know it, but the artifact had secret powers and it been seizing control of the base’s advanced robotic section and started creating cybernetic lifeforms. From there, you had to fend your way though narrow halls and try to avoid the army of fused flesh with advanced armory. If you were lucky enough to survive, you mission then became to help humanity stop this machine horde from subjugating the Earth. The house featured: The Med Bot Massacre, Invasion of the Cyber Brains, Hunted by the Laser Droids, The Flesh Eating Chimera, The Iron Armored Hybrid, Vivisected in the Bio Lab, Kill-O-Watts Revenge, Mauled by the Melting Man, Attacked by the Androids and Harvested by the Extra Dimensional Horrors.

Both these houses were very good and could be considered HHN quality. If I had to chose a favorite house, then it would definitely be Halloween Nightmares, because it was the mega house and event’s main focus. Another thing that I liked about Halloween Nightmares, was that a staff member followed me through the maze. The staff member was on a radio set and he would let the scare actors know when I hit a certain mark, so that I was always at the right spot for jump scares. I felt this was a nice touch, and it definitely was a clever solution for the required social distancing issues.

Escape Rooms

Netherworld offers four escape rooms all year round!

  • Escape Nosferatu
  • Escape Sasquatch
  • Escape Tiki Island
  • Beware the Swamp Hag

You can book your escape room tickets by visiting http://www.escapethenetherworld.com


Outside Netherworld’s haunts you will find their Midway, where you can journey through large statue creatures and improve your social media presence with some awesome selfies.

Monster Museum

Netherworld also has it’s only museum to show off it’s creatures from past events. There is usually a separate charge to view this museum. However, when I went the staff member who followed me through Halloween Nightmares let me in for free. Yeah, I had been talking to him about my love for Horror Nights and he to was also an HHN fan. So, goes to show you, be nice to everyone. You never know with it will pay off for you. You can checkout the monster museum at https://fearworld.com/wordpress/house-of-creeps-monster-museum/ .

Laser Tag with Zombies!

During certain time of the year Netherworld converts their Midway to a playing field where you can fend off hordes of zombies with your trusty laser gun. If this sounds like your thing then checkout the details at http://www.netherworldlasertag.com .

Overall Review

So, overall Netherworld was a great experience. It is surely a most do for any horror fan. Plus, the tickets for this event are a lot cheaper then Halloween Horror Nights. If I was comparing this event to Horror Nights, then the event would get an overall rating of A- . I highly recommend the event and think you should give it a try.

You can get your tickets for the event at https://fearworld.com/wordpress/tickets/ or by calling (404) 608-2484 .

So, will you be adding a trip to Netherworld this spooky season? Let us know what you think of our review of Netherworld.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Let the Speculation Begin!

Halloween Horror Nights hype season has begun and now we have to anxiously wait around till the complete line-up is announced. If you are a regular to the event, then you may have noticed a few similarities the last few years when it comes to the dates that houses have been announced. If not, do not worry I’m going to compare and contrast the house announcement dates from the last three years and see if we can come up with a descent list of expected announcement dates.

Previous House Announcement Dates

HHN 29HHN 28HHN 27
Wednesday, March 27, 2019Tuesday, April 3, 2018Thursday, February 23, 2017
Friday, April 12, 2019Thursday, April 26, 2018Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Monday, April 29, 2019Wednesday, May 16, 2018Friday, May 19, 2017
Tuesday, May 21, 2019Thursday, June 7, 2018Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Wednesday, June 26, 2019Thursday, June 21, 2018Friday, June 30, 2017
Wednesday, July 17, 2019Thursday, June 28, 2018Thursday, July 27, 2017
Thursday, July 25, 2019Wednesday, July 25, 2018Monday, August 14, 2017
Wednesday, August 7, 2019Wednesday, August 8, 2018Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Thursday ,August 8, 2019Thursday, August 9, 2018Thursday, August 17, 2017
Monday, August 12, 2019Tuesday, August 14, 2018Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Wednesday, August 14, 2019Monday, August 20, 2018Thursday, August 31, 2017
Thursday, August 15, 2019Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Let’s Look for a pattern

Looking at the previous announcements dates, it becomes apparent that Universal likes to make announcements during the time frame of May 16th – May 21st. Furthermore, this is the next available block of dates we are able to chose from. Another pattern is that Universal has announced multiple houses on June 7th.

What has been announced for HHN 30

HousesAnnouncement Date
Puppet Theater: Captive AudienceFriday, October 23, 2020
BeetlejuiceFriday, March 5, 2021

So, all the announcements this year have been on Fridays. Let’s assume Universal keeps this pattern of announcing on Fridays and we use the previously noticed patterns to predict the announcement schedule.

Let’s Make Some Predictions

Looking at the patterns here are the next Fridays Universal could announce houses.

Friday, May 21st
Friday, June 4th
Friday, June 18th
Friday, June 25th
Friday, July 16th
Friday, July 30th
Friday, August 13th
Friday, August 27th
Well, that is the pattern we noticed with Universal's announcement schedule. How did we do?  What with the new Jurassic World coaster currently soft opening, that sure does free up the publicity to talking Halloween!

Let us know when you think we will get the next announcement.

Having a Bloody Good Time at the 13th Floor Jacksonville

Once Universal Studios officially canceled Halloween Horror Nights in July, I began to look for other haunts that would possibly happen this year. Fortunately, the 13th Floor in Jacksonville was able to keep their doors open this haunt season. So, I did my research by using the 13th floor’s website https://www.13thfloorjacksonville.com/ and after seeing all the positive reviews, I decided to give this haunt a try.

Safety Procedures

Needless to say, the most important thing these days are the safety procedures that businesses use for their day-to-day operations. In this regard, the 13th Floor Jacksonville is top notch and sets the bar for any business trying to operate during these trying times.

The first and the most important measure is that everyone must wear a mask. This measure is even required for the scare actors inside and outside of the haunted house.

Second, the only way to get tickets for the event is by buying them online at https://www.13thfloorjacksonville.com/hours_pre.html . This allows the 13th Floor staff to run the event at an limited capacity, by having the group members to buy a ticket that is set up to view the house at a certain time slot. In fact, you are not even allowed to get in line until thirty minutes for your allotted time.

The final measure is that the staff uses the allotted time slots to pulse the house. This means your group will get to walk the haunted houses by yourselves and guarantee that social distancing is upheld.


The theme of this year’s event is called, “Deadly Reflections,” and revolves around the story of Blood Mary. As the story on 13th floor’s website goes, Mary was a early 20th century nomad with a vain and greedy heart. Her whole point in life was searching far and wide for the legendary Mirror of Viitor. This mirror was said to grant the power of knowledge, wealth and riches to those who peer into it. Once Mary finally finds the mirror, she takes one gaze. There she finds out that the mirror only rewards those with kind spirits and instead gets trapped inside. Now trapped inside, Bloody Mary’s rage was too intense to contain and to this day, her unrested spirit manifests itself throughout the mirrors with a deadly reflection ready to consume your soul.


Overall, I thought the 13th Floor Jacksonville was a great time. I really loved the pulsing of the house and the fact that me group had the whole venue to ourselves. This was an incredibly huge house that took over twelve minutes to walk through. So, you definitely get your moneys worth. I also like that the house had a few creaky floors, slanted rooms and multiple mirrors that make the house can to navigate and make you feel uneasy. Another nice touch is that the actors here actually interact with you and help tell the story. For example, early on you meet a doctor outside the main house and he helps you enter Bloody Mary’s realm.

The only bad thing about the house was due to social distancing there was only about three scare actors in the house, so most of the scares come from puppets and air triggers. Also, the overall theming of the house was pretty generic and I do not really think this the house changes much year to year. So, the props are more likely reused each year. For example, there was a scene with Pennywise the clown and what does that have to do with Blood Mary? In fact, this haunted house about Bloody Marry only had a total of five mirrors, so overall the house does not present a cohesive theme.

If I had to give the event a grade I would give it a B+. Overall, the event is enjoyable and I am trying to not deduct points, because the event had to more then likely slim down the numbers for scare actors to maintain social distancing guidelines. I will definitely checkout the event in the future, because I really want to know what the experience is like with a full staff of scare actors.


  • Ten dollar ticket upcharge to be ahead of the line. This option is called FAST Pass
  • Twenty dollar ticket upcharge to skip the line completely. This option is called Skip the Line
  • When you enter the haunted house the staff will take your parties picture besides a prop. The price to purchase the picture is fifteen dollars.
  • Axe Throwing Class for five dollars you get five axes to throw at targets
  • Bar 13 Bar is an outdoor bar where our 21+ patrons can enjoy spooky libations before or after experiencing the haunted house. All concessions are provided by Foremost Liquors and Wines
  • Mini Escape Games are a fully interactive and immersive experience unlike anything you have ever done before! Race the clock: Your group enters a room and has only five minutes to use clues and riddles hidden throughout the room that provide the tools necessary to meet the objective. As the clock ticks down and the pressure mounts…can you stay calm, can you escape? Price is five dollars per game and must be purchased online.

If you would like to hear audio from my visit to the 13th Floor Jacksonville, then please listen to my podcast at https://pod.fo/e/9cb2d

Rumor: Have we found a pattern to the HHN Announcements?

While waiting for the next Universal Orlando house announcement I may have stumbled on to a pattern….

“Stranger Things,” season 2 was announced on March 27th, 2019. The second announcement of “Nightingales: Blood Pit,” was announced sixteen days later on April 12th, 2019.  Seventeen days later, “Universal Monsters,” was announced as the third house. So, could the fourth house be announced eighteen days after the last? If this pattern holds then the next announcement will be this Friday May 17th, 2019.

If this pattern is accurate then here where the remaining announcements should come:

-Announcement 5 would be on Wednesday June 5th, 2019 exactly 19 days later (Same day buy one ticket get a ticket deal ends)
-Announcement 6 would be on Tuesday June 25, 2019 exactly 20 days later
-Announcement 7 would be on Tuesday July 16, 2019 exactly 21 days later
-Announcement 8 would be on Wednesday August, 7th 2019 exactly 22 days later
-Announcement 9 (final announcement) would be on Friday August 30th, 2019 exactly 23 days later

Finally,  August 30th is exactly one week before Halloween Horror Nights 2019 is set to begin in Universal Orlando. The event starts Friday September 6th, so this would give the marketing team one last change to hype up the event before it begins.

So, what do you think? Are we onto something? This is sure deep!!

My Updated I.P. Wish-list

Last year’s Halloween Horror Nights 28 was a incredible event and I was fortunate enough to get two of my wish-list intellectual properties (IPs) included in that event.  Those two IPs were “Poltergeist” and “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” Furthermore,  if the rumors this year are true then “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” will be returning to the event.

Since, Warner Bros is now hosting their own Halloween themed event, Universal has had a hard time securing some big name IPs.  This got me thinking about what IPs could Universal easily use for one of their HHNs.  While compiling my new wish-list, I took three factors into account: 1) Universal must have distribution rights to the movie, 2) the film or series should be 80’s based to fit into the possible continued theme from last years event and 3) the source material could come from Stephen King, since he does not like to license out this properties. Please keep in mind that this is just a wish-list. If any of these houses are actually apart of this year’s lineup, then it was just pure luck on my behalf.

Phantasm II

Honestly, I would love to have the original film as an Horror Nights house, but Universal only released the high budget 1987 sequel.  Lucky for everyone the film series uses the continuous theme of the evil undertaker, referred to as the Tall Man going town to town and killing off the population. This film series is know for its special effects involving flying killer spheres.  The Tall Man character is incredibly intimidating and could be used for some great scares.  Not to mention, the haunting soundtrack and creepy visuals that director Don Coscarelli created would make for a legendary haunted house. It would go without saying, but a, “Phantasm” house would have a lot of balls!

Psycho Film Series/Bates Motel TV Series

Of all the great stories Mr. Alfred Hitchcock put on film, nothing is more suspenseful then that of one Norman Bates.  Halloween Horror Nights would be able to give us a great maze no matter if they choose to use the murderous version of Norman in, “Psycho,”  or the younger version of the character that is struggling with mental illness in, “Bates Motel.”

Either choice gives Universal plenty of material to make the maze memorable. If Universal chooses the adult version of Bates then they can simply recreate all famous scenes for the movie, like Norman attacking with a knife from behind the shower curtain or the discovery of Ms. Bates’s decaying body in the basement.  However, if Universal chooses the younger version of Norman then they may be able to do something more creative with the maze. I for one can see a maze that is designed around young Norman’s troubled mind. The further you go into this maze, the further you lose the ability to tell what is real and what is a construct of the mind. Thus, showing you the horrors of the victims and the killer himself. As for the possible continued theme, “Psycho II” and “Psycho III” were both based in the late 80’s.

The Serpent and the Rainbow

In 1988, horror maestro Wes Craven gave the world “The Serpent and the Rainbow.” This film centers around Haiti’s voodoo culture and how zombies are created. The film features black magic, zombies, people being buried alive and brutal torture, all of which could be used to make one memorable HHN house.

There are two particular scenes in this film that could be used to make you scream for your life.  The first would be the scene where the main character meets the skeleton bride and a huge boa constrictor jumps out of her mouth. The final scene would involve the incredibly brutal torture scene where the main character is strapped to chair and a nail is hammered into his private parts.

The Thing

It goes without saying, but this is a haunted house that all HHN fans have been asking for over the years.  The films features many memorable gory scenes that could be used to make any year’s HHN more edgy, something that old school HHN fans have been asking for the last two years.  Please Universal gives us this house!


This house would have everyone shouting “Long Live the New Flesh” and they are transported to the digital mind control realm of “Videodrome.”   The film is about a secret government organization using pirate video broadcasts to brainwash viewer into becoming assassins.  Like many other David Cronenberg films this too uses outrageously grotesque imagery of body mutations. This IP could be used to make a house full of scenes that you would not be able to forget.


First, lets discuss the film’s distribution. Although most believe it is a property of 20th Century Fox, the movie was actually distributed in the United States by Universal Pictures. So, this give me ability to add this film to the list.

After seeing HHN 28’s visually stunning house “Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After” I would love to see what Universal’s creative team could do with “Legend.”  I feel that Universal would be to hit a home run with the visuals provided in this film by director Ripley Scott. Not to mention, what an incredibly awesome and intimidating lead villain that Darkness is in this film.  If you have not seen this film, please do. Tim Curry’s performance as Darkness is one of his best and rates up their next to Pennywise in “IT.” You could go as far as to say that  Mr. Curry puts the Tim in intimidation with his outstanding performance.

The Funhouse

“The Funhouse” makes my list due to two things. First, it is directed by Tobe Hooper, a horror legend. Secondly, the movie takes place at a carnival, a setting that Universal’s creative team loves to use. Just last year we got “Carnival Graveyard” so, this IP could be used as sequel to that house. Also, everyone’s favorite icon Jack’s origin story revolves around a traveling killer carnival.  This one just seems like a no brainier for Universal to use if they are in need of an IP.

Four IPs that just missed making my list

While compiling this wish-list, I tried my best to create a set of IPs that would please anyone. That being said there were four intellectual properties that barely missed making the final list. These four IPs missed by such a close margin, I felt that I had to let everyone know their names. Those four IPs are as follows: 1)They Live, 2) Ghost Story, 3) Cat People and 4) Prince of Darkness.

So, what do you think of this wish-list? What Universal owned IPs would you use on your list?

Opinion: Things I have added to my HHN wish list…

This weekend I attended Halloween Horror Nights 2018 and had an incredible time.  And I loved every moment of it!  Seeing the astonishing attendance numbers, I thought of a few things to add to the events that might help for the future…

Two shows

There needs to be a second show to cut down on the number of people in those lines. The Academy of Villains is an impressive show, but I do not see any reason to see it a second time.  I may just be getting to old, but I do not really care that someone got served.

I feel that the Chucky stage show this year proves Universal needs to invest in a second improvisation comedy show. This show needs to be comedy based to allow the audience to unwind from everything they have seen in the houses.  It would also help if the show had actors with improvisation skills, so that the audience could have a different experience every time.  Therefore, the audience has a reason to keep watching the show, and the lines are less crowded.

Critters House?

Not giving any spoilers away, but after seeing a certain scene in a house about B-Horror movies I now want a house based on the Intellectual Property (IP) known as, “Critters.”  While walking through the scene, I noticed that the animatronics looked just creatures from the movie. Universal has already created these props, so it would not cost them anything to reuse them. Come on and please make this happen Universal!  Afterall, they were made by the same team as the Killer Klowns movie…

Reverse the way Universal thinks about Icons

Unfortunately,  Universal is under the mindset that they no longer need icons and can loosely theme events around IPs.  After seeing the incredibly strong original houses Universal Orlando created this year, I would like to ask Universal to change their thinking about icons.   Universal’s creative team is so talented that they could make all houses original ideas and have a icon from an IP. This year they could have easily made Chucky the icon, since he already has a scarezone and semi-show. Another example, would have been to use Jigsaw as the icon at HHN 27.  This just makes perfect sense to me, after all the IPs are what the marketing team use for all the advertisements, so  gives us an IP based icon and everyone wins.

HHN28 is an excellent year for sure, but these are just my ideas that Universal could build on for HHN29 – but what do you think?  Let us know!

The ‘Poltergeist Curse’

“Poltergeist,” has been long rumored to be featured at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 (HHN). Now, that we have the official announcement let’s dive into the urban legend  known as, ” The Poltergeist Curse.”

“The Poltergeist Curse,” is a popular rumor that the film series of the same name was cursed, due to the subject matter of the films. It is as if the evil spirits from the films have found a way to harm the actors who portrayed their victims.  The two most well know examples of this curse are the deaths of: 1) Dominique Dunne and 2) Heather O’Rourke.

The most tragic and down right eerie of these aforementioned deaths, would be that of Heather O’Rourke at the very young age of twelve years old.  The believers of this curse, also think the first film predicted O’Rourke’s demise.  O’Rourke’s character Carol Anne shared a bedroom with her brother Robbie.  During the various scenes of the bedroom in the movie, a poster for Superbowl 22 can be seen above Robbie’s bed.

Now, for the untrained eye this would appear just to be a normal decoration of any American boy’s room. However, “Poltergeist,” was released June 4th 1982 and Superbowl 22 occurred January 31st 1988 in San Diego, California between the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos. Now here is where things get creepy. January 31st 1988, was also the day Heather O’Rourke became ill and could not hold any food down. The next morning O’Rourke’s parents attempted to take Heather to Rady Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, while en route to the hospital Heather went into cardiac arrest and passed away.   For those of you that do not know, Rady Children’s Hospital is located in San Diego, California, the same very city that hosted Superbowl 22.  R.I.P Heather O’Rourke your light shined bright and left this world too soon.

Other events in this supposed curse include:

Dominique Dunne, who played the eldest daughter Dana in the movie, died on November 4, 1982, at age 22 after being beaten and strangled by her former boyfriend John Thomas Sweeney.  He was latter convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison, but was paroled after serving nearly four years.

Oliver Robins (who Robbie) was supposedly attacked on set by a animatronic clown. In the scene where he is struggling with the weird clown, it malfunctioned and literally started to choke him. Because the scene was meant to show a ‘real fight’, many members of the crew thought his reaction was just acting and it wasn’t until he started to pass out that crew members quickly intervened.  Robins survived the attack by the clown and is alive and well today and he doesn’t believe in the ‘curse’.

JoBeth Williams (who plays the mother), appeared in the infamous watery pit scene which was reportedly filled with real human skeletons and although no tragedy occurred to her, she reported felt that the set was haunted and the ghosts may have followed her home!

And there’s tonnes more of weird and creepy events from this supposed ‘curse’, read more HERE.

So is the curse real?  What do you think?  Let us know!


Design your own HHN

Each year Universal’s creative team does an incredible job creating an event based off of Intellectual Properties (IPs) and original concepts. However, over the last few years a number of fans have begun to criticize Universal’s creative team.  The main items that these fans have disparaged are: 1) the amount of time it takes to get event announcements, 2) the inability to land certain big name IPs and 3) scare zones that seem like photo opportunities instead of being scary.   So, the purpose of this article is to give those concerned fans a voice and to see how they would design a Halloween Horror Nights (HHN).  The following guidelines will be used for designing your own HHN: 1) unlimited budget, 2) you can use any location, 3) freedom to use any IPs, 4) five scare  zones  or more, 5) at least five haunted houses and 6) two shows or more  to help move traffic. Using these guidelines this is how I would create my very own HHN.

Scare Zones

1. An American Werewolf in London (Location=King’s Cross)

That is right I would put a scare zone in a Harry Potter area. Why you ask? The answer is quite simple. King’s Cross was designed to look like London’s Underground. So, this is why the area would tie into the story of ,“An American Werewolf in London,” perfectly. Spoilers for anyone who has not seen the film, but one of the best scenes is a chase in the London Underground.

2. Ghostbusters (Location=New York)

What a perfect fit this would be in the New York section of the park. Both ,”Ghostbusters,” movies are loving tribute to one of the greatest cities in the work New York City. Not to mention, they could have the ghostbusters perform a nightly show in front of the New York public library facade, which was made famous in the beginning of the first movie.

3. Evil Dead (Location=Central Park)

The reason for this scare zone is the area’s placement of trees. So, this area would allow the creative team to recreate some of the film’s more memorable scenes in the woods.

4. Tree House of Horror (Location=Springfield)

This scare zone should be labeled as two things: 1) no brainier and 2) why haven’t they done this already.  All you have to do is populate the Springfield section of park with characters from the various episodes of , “Tree House of Horror.”

5. The Fog (Location=San Francisco)

Thanks to 2016’s scare zone, “Deadman’s Wharf,” we already know this will work. In fact, you could use the same costumes and special effects and the fans would be non the wiser.

Haunted Houses

1. Return of the Living Dead

Return of the Living Dead is by far my favorite horror movie of time. This one of the few horror films where the characters make logical decisions, but still seem to get themselves in dire situations. The film is non-stop action, great special effects and still has moments of comedy allowing the viewer to catch their breath.

This movie would make an incredible Halloween Horror Nights maze. First, you have an unlimited of zombies to jump at you from every corner. This film has several memorable scenes that Universal’s creative team could knock out of the park. Such as the scenes where the goo-zombie is attacking in the basement, or when Ernie is dissecting a body in the morgue. Not to mention if Universal made this one of their smaller mazes the action would be non-stop and give the users a scare around every corner.

2. Psycho/Bates Motel

Of all the great stories Mr. Alfred Hitchcock put on film, nothing is more suspenseful then that of one Norman Bates.  Halloween Horror Nights would be able to give us a great maze no matter if they choose to use the murderous version of Norman in, “Psycho,”  or the younger version of the character that is struggling with mental illness in, “Bates Motel.”

Either choice gives Universal plenty of material to make the maze memorable. If Universal chooses the adult version of Bates then they can simply recreate all famous scenes for the movie, like Norman attacking with a knife from behind the shower curtain or the discovery of Ms. Bates’s decaying body in the basement.  However, if Universal chooses the younger version of Norman then they may be able to do something more creative with the maze. I for one can see a maze that is designed around young Norman’s troubled mind. The further you go into this maze, the further you lose the ability to tell what is real and what is a construct of the mind. Thus, showing you the horrors of the victims and the killer himself.

3. Fright Night

First of all I want to make it know that we  are only talking about the original 1985 version of this film.  This movie is not only great story, but it was also one of the first horror films to present a lead character who is film savvy and knows how to follow the paint by numbers approach in order to survive.  This character approach would later give us another horror classic in, “Scream.”

The real reason I only see the 1985 version of the movie as a maze, is that you could do some really cheesy Peter Vincent, “Fright Night,” TV show monologues cue videos just like Universal did for the now classic maze, “HR Bloodengutz.”  This would get the crowd pumped up and excited for the maze. Finally, Universal should have plenty of vampire supplies left over from 2017’s “The Hive,” to recreate some of the film’s more famous scenes.

4. Suspiria 3-D

Suspiria is an incredible viewing experience, that challenges all of your senses.  First, the scenery is all vibrant red and violet colors that gives the viewer a sense of being in an desolate dream. Next, you have the incredibly bloodcurdling soundtrack by the band Goblin.

Taking in account of all the visual and audio aspects of this movie I fill this would make an incredible 3-D. All the vibrant colors of the movie could be recreated using the glow-in-the dark neon colors that Universal loves to use in 3-D houses. As for music, just blast the Suspiria theme song and let the mindf@### begin!

5. The Howling/Dog Soldiers

Either one of these houses would be easy to create. Just give us incredibly intimidating tall werewolves in very confined spaces. Give us a claustrophobic feeling of no where to run or hide. Makes feel that we are being hunted down one by one and the screams are certain to happen.

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

Where to begin on such a classic film that saved a movie franchise. Freddy is a horror icon, so you can never go wrong including him at a Halloween Horror Nights.  I would be happy if Universal just recreated all the classic kills from the films. If anything, Universal would have to give us the Freddy worm trying to swallow Kirsten and the, “Welcome to Prime Time,” TV scenes to make this maze legit. It would allow be incredible to see Universal recreate the winding stairs to Hell, right before you face off against Kruger in the boiler room.

7. Hellraiser

Count this one on the why hasn’t this already been a maze at Halloween Horror Nights list.  There are so many creepy scenes that the creative team could recreate for this maze.  I could even see Universal making the maze be the puzzle box itself.  You solve the riddle to the box, and begin to travel those the various chambers until you face off against Pinhead.

8. Five Nights at Freddy’s (VR Experience)

Five Nights at Freddy’s has been a pretty popular property the last four years, and the HHN fans have been asking for it.  If we ever do see this one at Horror Nights, I hope Universal does something really creative with it like making it a virtual reality experience.

For those of you that experienced 2016’s ,”The Repository,” remember wearing the VR headset and carrying the optic wand. I can see this working with the whole FNAF game play. The VR headset could be used like the mask in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and the optic wand would be your virtual flashlight.  As you walk around the dark maze you would hear footsteps or breathing at that point you pull down you VR headset then flash your flashlight to make sure you are save.

9. Eraserhead

Anything one who has seen this sci-fi classic knows how dark and creepy the visuals are. Give me a house with the creepy visuals and ambient sounds coming at you from nowhere and this one could be the cause of many a nightmare.


1. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Return

Universal please bring back Halloween Horror Night’s dynamic duo. This show has been a fan favorite since HHN 2. Yes, the last few years shows have not been great, but at least they draw in audiences and make the lines bearable.

2. Icon Show (See below to find out  events icon or icons)


The Director and the Usher

Since, the event I would design is very IP centric I would use both the Director and the Usher as icons. The theme of the event would have the Director and the Usher base an event on incredibly popular IPs, so that they could make a killing.

So, do you like the HHN we designed? What would your HHN include?

The Perfect Icon for HHN 2018

This year Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 will be featuring an 80’s based theme and I feel that one character would be perfect for the event. That person would be none other then Elvira: Mistress of the dark.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with Elvira, she hosted a TV show in the  80’s entitled, “Elvira’s Movie Macabre.” “Movie Macabre,” was an American comedy television show that aired B-grade horror movies and was occasionally interrupted by the hostess making jokes about the awfulness of the featured film. Elvira laid the groundwork for future shows like: “USA Up All Night,” “TNT’s MonsterVision,” and “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

Universal Orlando has already announced the house, “Slaughter Sinema,” which was described as a mash-up of B movies.  So, this house ties into Elvira’s backstory perfectly and could be used as her icon house.

Elvira, is also know as the Queen of Halloween and has performed at such seasonal events as Knott’s Scary Farm. Since, Elvira has now retired from performing at Knott’s Scary Farm she would be available for HHN 2018 and this would give the event a much needed second show to help breakup audience bottlenecks.

To kick this can further and continue this rumor Cassandra Peterson a.k.a Elvira will be attending, “Midsummer Scream,” to celebrate the third year mark of her film, “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.”  Also, attending will be Universal Orlando’s Mike Aiello.  So, this would give the Universal creative team the perfect opportunity to announce Elvira as this year’s icon.

So, what do you think? Would Elvira make a great HHN Icon? Who would you like the Icon to be?

The Joys of Being a Halloween Horror Nights Fan


Each year Universal brings in more scary movie fans with their annual Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) event. This event provides the fans with an opportunity to live out scenes from their favorite horror films. Being able to live out these scenes provides an adrenaline rush and makes you want to comeback for some more. Once, you attend a Halloween Horror Nights event you are definitely hooked and will be back for years to come.  Here are a few things that true HHN fans do each year to prepare for the upcoming event.

Look for Universal’s Site to go live

All good things must come to an end and this unfortunately applies to Halloween Horror Nights as well. Once, the final lights go out and the costumes are returned to wardrobe Universal’s creative team turns the event’s website static and only shows pictures from previous years.  Around last March is when the fun begins for everyone, because this is when Universal goes live with the event’s site. This is usually a minor theme change, but it is at least a nod to the fans letting them know things are coming.  This is the point where seasoned fans begin to surf the Internet for rumors on which houses will be at this year’s event. I personally like to go to HHN: Unoffical, the best source for accurate Halloween Horror Nights rumors.

Wait for the first announcement

Once, you have seen the rumored list of houses for that year’s event it is then time to wait to see if they are true or not. Usually, around last April is when Universal announces the dates for the event and at least one Intellectual Properties (IP) house. This announcement is designed to stir up excitement for the event and let people know you better get ready to plan when you are coming.

Wait for various tickets types to be announced

Now that you know when the event is happening and have some idea what you will experience the next step is to wait for all the ticket type to be released. Once, the tickets are released you then can plan how to attack this year’s event. I usually attend the event during it’s first three weeks and go all out with the R.I.P Tour. This way I can experience everything at the event in just one night, and also save a lot of money thanks to the time frame.

Book your trip

Once, you know what nights the event happens and how you want to experience the event then it is time to make it official and lock down tickets. Those of us that have been to the event multiple years usually start booking our tickets around Mid-June. This is a very popular event and tickets sell out fast!

Wait for the full event reveal

After you have your tickets the next step is to sit back and watch all the announcements pour in. Universal usually have all the houses, shows, and scarezones announced in Mid-August.  This gives you a month to prepare for the event.

Pregame the event

How do you prepare for the event? It is quite simple just watch all the movies that will be at that year’s event. Universal’s creative time does any incredible job when it comes to designing haunted houses and scarezones. The creative team does such a great job that you actually feel like being apart of the movie yourself.  Another reason to watch the movies beforehand is that the creative team is known for leaving Easter eggs that a novice eye would miss.

Have your HHN experience

You have your tickets, seen all the movies and even listened to the commentary track now there is one thing left and that is brave the event itself. Now get to the park and have a blast! HHN offers an experience that is hard to describe. You will scream, laugh and even get a rush of adrenaline.  I believe the unique combination of emotions that this event provides is why we all become addicted.


Congratulations you have survived a Halloween Horror Nights and now know what it is like to be in your favorite scary movie. Admit it you are hooked and can not wait to attend next year. Now there is only one thing to do, and that is start this cycle once again.

How do you rate your experience as a HHN fan?  Let us know!