Universal’s Code Pointing to No Icon and One More IP

It is common knowledge that Universal announced Ash vs. Evil Dead last Thursday, but what you might not have realized is that they commented out the code pointing to the soul collector picture. This may unfortunately mean that rumors are true and HHN 27 will not have an icon, which is a real bummer.

Upon further probing of Universal’s code I was able to find the script they are using to call video clips. That code is provided below:

var vid;

//for autoplay, default is TO AUTO PLAY
ap = typeof ap !== ‘undefined’ ? ap : 1;

switch(v){
case 1:
vid = “JO3bMivablE”; // AHS
break;
case 2:
vid = “e3s6hfAVrYE”; // TS
break;
case 3:
vid = “yiXQszZlg-U”; // SC
break;
case 4:
vid = “6xVMENghE-U”; // AvED
break;
case 5:
vid = “JO3bMivablE”; // TBD
break;
default:
vid = “JO3bMivablE”; // AHS
}

$(‘.dialog-video-home’).html(“”);
$(‘.dialog-video-home’).dialog(‘open’);

For those you that do not know how to read source code the // represents a segment of code where the programmer is leaving a comment for future reference. The // makes the text after it on that line rendered as a comment and will not be seen on the visual display of the website that the user sees. Since, the commented lines of code will not be seen by the users programmers tend to use this on old lines of code that are no longer needed, which is referred to as commenting out a line of code. An example of commenting out code was given previous in this article referring to the soul collector picture. Just for complete clarification there are three ways to comment out lines of code: 1)) \\ This comments out one line of code, 2) this allows the programmer to comment out multiple lines and 3)/* */ which also knocks out multiple lines.

Now that everyone understands how to program a comment on a website lets break down what Universal’s code is saying. First, there is case 1 with it’s comment of AHS which stands for American Horror Story. Next, we see TS for The Shining. Then we see case 3 with the comment of SC, which stands for Soul Collector. Case 4 has a comment of AvED, so this clearly means Ash vs. Evil Dead. Finally, case 5 has TBD, which stands for To Be Determined. This means that Universal have one more IP that remains unnamed. This final IP could be either Saw or Blumhouse, both of which have been rumored to be at the event. Hopefully, Universal will answer this final question on August 3rd at 10:00 A.M. when their counter hits zero.

So what do you think, no icon and one more IP?  How do you feel about this?  Let us know!

Another Easter Egg in Universal’s Code

If you look into the source code of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights website you can see another hidden gem. Whoever is coding the site has commented out the following text image.

When you paste the text into word or notepad you can read the phrase, “Sacrifice your soul.” Well played Universal. This could have been placed in the website’s code as a joke or it could represent a site update to come.

Maybe they know we’re reading their coding!  Of course they do…

Horror Nights Fan from the Moment I Entered the Gates.

Growing up in Georgia I was always aware of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, but never had an opportunity to attend the event until HHN 25.  My experience at that year’s event was so incredible that I instantly became a fan determined to attend every HHN to follow.

Once I entered Universal’s gates I was encompassed in everything that was the Carnival of Carnage. For being chased around by chainsaw wielding maniacs and steampunk versions of Disney characters to hearing the constant background noises of Jack’s maniacal laughter.

The first house I entered was Jack Presents 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem. It is almost impossible to explain in words the sheer bliss I experienced in this house.  This house was an incredible hodgepodge of classic horror films.  Each film’s scene was replicated to the minute detail. It was literally like I was in the movies.

Next, I moved on the house that brought me to the event Freddy vs. Jason.  Growing up in the 1980’s Freddy and Jason were two of the three major horror icons.  Walking from room to room, I revived  movie memories from my childhood.  This house showed how truly heart-stopping it would be to have Jason Voorhees hunt you down.  The scare actors dressed as Jason were unbelievably massive and needless to say menacing.  Now for the main man Krueger, the originator of my nightmares. The Freddy actors were so realistic with their movements and strikes that you thought that they were going to abduct people to the boiler room.

Finally, the house that stole the show for me was Insidious. I have to admit the films did not scary me to say the least, so I had low expectations going into this house. However, Universal did such a great job with this house that it seemed as you were truly wandering through the further. The dark atmosphere and creepy background music surrounded you making it feel as everyone in the house was a prisoner in this spirit world with no hope of escape.

The Top Five Houses I Would Love To See At An HHN

1. The Return of the Living Dead

This is one of my favorite horror films and it has so much material that could be used for a house. The movie is an incredible mixture of horror, fast paced action and humor. All they would have to do to make me happy with this one is give us the scene with goo zombie in the basement.

2. Fright Night

For this house I only want the 1984 classic, because the remake was a hot mess. I like my vampires to be gentlemen with sense of style and suave personality. The only that sparkles on these vampires is the diamond in their pinky ring.

3. Suspiria in 3D

This house screams to be 3D experience. I want all the beautiful colors and amazing visuals from the film. Not to mention how trippy it would be to walk through the house’s halls hearing the theme song by Goblin playing overhead.

4. The Howling or Dog Soldiers

I’m a huge werewolf movie fan, so either one of these films as a house would make me happy. It’s easy to make this one a winner. Just gives us seven foot petrifying werewolves attacking us in the tight confines of a house or cottage.

5. 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.

Which of these houses would you like to see at HHN?  And which houses would you love to see!  Let us know in the comments!

Another look at the 26218 clue

Yesterday, I mentioned that Universal could possibly be hiding another clue in the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando’s website code with the fact that they named the HHN teaser picture 26218. Another possible solution to this cryptic clue could be solved by simply adding the numbers together. So, 2+6+2+1+8=19. Could July 19th be the date that Universal will reveal their second soul collector reward? July 19th is on a Wednesday, and as we have seen in a previous post Universal has been making a trend of releasing information on Wednesdays. Universal’s announcement pattern can be read here.

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

My RIP Tour Experience

Last year I decided to look like a big shot and got RIP Tour tickets for my family. All I have to say is this experience is worth every dollar!

The first thing you do is pick-up your tickets at the VIP Lounge in front of Universal Studios. We waited about fifteen minutes inline to get your tickets and were then told to meet at Cafe La Bamba at a certain time. The fifteen minutes we waited for our tickets were the longest we had to wait for anything that night.

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Inside Cafe Labamba we were walked to a table with all our tour members. They usually have you enter the cafe thirty minutes before you tour,so that you can enjoy the all you can eat buffet. The buffet included meal,dessert and non-alcoholic drinks. They do have a cash bar across from the tables, so you can drink alcohol. Here is a tip I discovered last year Universal will allow you bring in soda bottles with their tops on in the haunted houses, so grab another one of the free sodas before leaving the cafe.

While you are eating at the tables and meeting your tour members scare actors walk around and allow you to take photo with them. This was a nice touch. After twenty minutes or so your tour guide approaches the table and introduces themselves. The tour guide does a head count and lets you know where to meet up outside Cafe Labamba.

Once, all the tour members meet up outside your guide gives you an overview of the event and it’s houses. Next, the guide shows you their light-up wand to show you the group color and reminds you of your groups code name. This comes in handy after you have had a few to drink.

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From there the guide walks you to the head of every house’s line. They check in with an Universal employee who checks how the house is flowing people in and out of it. Next, the tour guide gives an overview of the house you are about to enter. This can be entertaining if your tour guide is an want to be actor. This usually only takes about five minutes and boom you are in the house. This process then repeats throughout the night.

The final bonuses of the tour is that you get VIP seating for The Bill and Ted Show. The tour also makes two stops at cash bars, so you can relax and be social with your tour members. Finally, the tour gives you a jump to the head of the line on one the open rides. This ride is chosen by your tour guide, but don’t worry if the tour guide select a ride that is not your favorite one. Once, the tour ends your tickets then count as Express Passes for all open rides at Universal Studios.

To book your RIP Tour right now – click here.

Will you be booking a RIP tour?  Let us know in the comments!

Is Universal hiding another secret in their code?

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If you look at the source code for Universal’s HHN Icon teaser you will see that this picture is named 26218. Could 26218 be the number of soul collectors Universal wants before they release the next clue or reward? The total number of Souls Claimed at the time of this article being written is 18,482.

Perhaps 26218 is a direct clue to who the icon is. Googling 26218 returns Upshur County, West Virginia. Could the rumored Nathanial Crow icon be a scarecrow from a West Virginia farm?

Just my thoughts, lemme know in the comments if you think I’m onto something…