Rumor: Next two update dates?

There’s been two dates that have emerged as possible dates for the next HHN update, these are:

Thursday April 11th

Sunday April 14th

The latter of which has come to prominence direct from Universal as John and Chris from the Hollywood HHN are hosting a panel at Monster Palooza:

In past years they have used the panel to announce characters or scarezones but nothing too significant. So you never know what they might present! If you want to be there in the audience tickets can be purchased here.

The other date comes from our old pal the Ifrit who tweeted for the first time in a while this morning. The two messages were pretty mysterious and nonsensical as ever BUT if you took the first letter of each line it spelled out ‘Four Eleven’, so April 11?

So there you have it, two possible dates for your diary!

Let us know in the comments if you think these are possible update days!

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Details for Universal Studios Hollywood’s New Jurassic World – The Ride, Opening this Summer!

Universal Studios Hollywood unveils a first look of its eagerly awaited mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” as anticipation grows for its grand opening this summer.

Leaping from the silver screen to the theme park, “Jurassic World—The Ride” will immerse guests into newly themed environments and breathe new life into dimensional animatronic dinosaurs, including some all-new fan favorites featured in the Jurassic World films from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

This ambitious ride is being reimagined under the direction of the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., the brand stewards at Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

The state-of-the-art attraction will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Jurassic World. It will feature additional new dinosaurs from the film, lush scenic design, and ground-breaking technology that has yet to be experienced within a theme park.

The aesthetics of “Jurassic World—The Ride” will be dramatically enhanced, welcoming guests to a reimagined space reflective of the Jurassic World films. A fresh, new entry statement, stonework landscaping and a contemporary redesign of the iconic pillars illuminated with billowing flames will support a prominent “Jurassic World” marquee logo.

Engaging queue-line videos featuring facts and information about the dinosaurs within the ride set the tone for the adventure ahead, as guests learn more about these imposing prehistoric inhabitants that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.

And the daring expedition begins.

Once aboard specially designed rafts, guests will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation, traversing new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering just an arm’s length away from visitors. Encounters with such docile creatures as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will quickly turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning guests from spectators to prey. When the Tyrannosaurus rex begins to battle one of the attraction’s new behemoth dinosaurs, the rafts will spill down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the sole means of escape.

Located adjacent to the ride will be a new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the most beloved and deadly Velociraptor from the Jurassic World franchise, and her beta Raptors will engage guests in daring face-to-face encounters.

In addition, a new interactive “Dino Play” area will incorporate educational components within an inspired space where children of all ages can partake in excavations and investigate giant dinosaur fossils.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun throughout the year for $149 when purchased online. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

The Celebrity Super-fans of HHN

For many years now our beloved event HHN has been a global phenomenon that has attracted millions and millions of people through the gates of Orlando, Hollywood, Spain (yes Spain!), Japan and Singapore to experience this world-class Halloween event.

But normal people fReAkS like you and I aren’t the only ones that have been flocking to these events but also celebrities have been too. From members of Marvel’s Avengers to rock n’ roll royalty have all been delighting in the horrah.

What HHN fans might not realize is that many of these celebs are actually super fans of HHN and are often spotted year after year attending the event. So for today’s article we thought we’d look into which celebs are actual Super Secret HHN fReAkS!!

Penn & Teller

The magical duo have been involved with HHN since the very beginning of event (they appeared in Hollywood’s first year) and they’re also rumored to be HUGE HHN fans of both coasts! But it wasn’t until 2012’s Penn & Teller: New(kd) Las Vegas 3-D that the duo not only designed their own house but starred within it as scareactors for select nights. I have vivid memories of guests walking through that house only to double-triple-quadruple-take that they had just been literally scared by the actual masters of magic. Back in 2016 HHNU broke the news that the duo were spotted in Orlando on business trips and many speculated that they might have been discussing working with Universal, alas nothing has yet come of this news. 🤞

Ariana Grande

This native floridian and mega pop sensation has been visiting our Orlando event since she was a kid, and although she now resides in the City of Angels (where she has been visiting Hollywood’s event in the last couple of years too!), she always takes time out of her busy schedule to visit her home state and enjoy some east coast scares.

And as you can see below, she visits very regularly!

Fran Summers

The current face regular cover model for Vogue is an internationally renowned model but what many don’t know about her is that she adores Universal Orlando and HHN.

In a recent interview talking about her passions for Vogue she said:

“Flo-ri-dah baby! I think I’m going again this year. First things first, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios – best thing ever. If I could recommend one holiday to go on this is it. Basically, me and my sister went to all the theme parks last October for two weeks and my brother came for one. Universal Horror Nights is this big thing around Halloween – they have like 10 haunted houses. There’s a Stranger Things one, there was a Saw one the year before – very scary actually – and a Michael Myers one. We got express tickets and went five nights in a row, to every house and backstage tour. I went from the Fashion Month where, I think, I did something like 39 shows that season, and literally didn’t have one break. So I went straight to Florida once it finished. Honestly, it was my best decision ever, I just forgot about everything!”

James Franco

The coolest of cool Hollywood actor has done what many HHN fReAkS have aspired to become because he is not only a super fan but he has also been an actual scareactor!

I’m told that he has appeared twice as a scareactor but in researching this article I could only find information on his appearance in Hollywood’s The Shining maze. I seem to remember that he possible appeared in the This is the End maze but does anyone know?

Jason Blum

As with Penn and Teller, Blum holds the title of working with Universal to develop a number of mazes. From my notes I can see how he personally has been attending the Hollywood event for over a decade.

Starting in 2011 he helped bring Insidious to both coasts, plus many others ever since with no less than two houses on both coasts since 2017 featuring his company’s name. HHN’s John Murdy said of Blum in 2011:

“To bring the paranormal world of ‘Insidious’ to life, we’re collaborating with the film’s director James Wan, writer/co-star Leigh Whannell and producer Jason Blum, who all happen to be huge fans of our Halloween event!”

Slash

The man, the myth, the legend, has been visiting HHN in Hollywood for years. He has helped design mazes and last year he helped score a maze! The Universal Monsters Maze was widely haled as one of the best mazes Hollywood has ever built.

Here’s a trailer for this amazing maze:

Photo from Hollywood Life

Justin Bieber

The global pop star has been spotted many times at HHN (mostly in Hollywood) and he normally attends with a large entourage which over the years have included Selena Gomez and Kourtney Kardashian; who themselves are huge respective fans of HHN. Here’s a sneaky picture of him enjoying a rest between mazes in 2013:

Zoe Saldana

Interesting although she’s the only Avenger on this list she isn’t the only Avenger to attend HHN. This Avenger or Guardian of the Galaxy has a special mention as she has visited the event without fail every year for more than a decade. She loves the horrah and apparently she is also super nice should you bump into her during the event.

So there you have it, the biggest HHN Super Fans! Let us know in the comments which celebs you think should be on this list and who you’ve spotted at HHN!

Dates for your Diary

There’s no mistaking that after a very early update from Universal on dates and BOGO tickets for HHN29 we haven’t yet had any house announcements at all. So what we thought we’d do is to provide a list of dates based on last year’s announcements and at least that way we can see when roughly the next updates will be. So here goes:

End of March: Dates and BOGO tickets

First week in April: Stranger Things

Last week in April: Dead Exposure

Second week in May: Trick r Treat

First week in June: Show and zones

End of June: Slaughter Sinema and zones

End of July: Carnival Graveyard

First week in August: Seeds of Extinction

First week in August: Poltergeist

Middle of August: Halloween 4

End of August: Blumhouse and Scary Tales

End of August: Merch update

Start of September: Food update

The earliest house announcement we’ve ever had is in the last week of March (2017) though technically we had a house announcement at the very end of HHN19 but that was a long time ago! Anyways, mark your calendars now and let’s hope we get an official announcement soon!

Let us know when you’ll think the next announcement will be and keep your eyes peeled for more info on #HHN29!

Former HHN Creative Creates Scary Escape Room Experience

Co-Created by former HHN Orlando and Universal Studios Artist Seth Wolfson the experience is expected to blur the lines between haunted house and escape room but taking this new 60 minute team adventure to new heights!

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn Escape Room will see players enter into the infamous cabin in the woods to find the Kandarian Dagger and destroy the Book of the Dead before the evil dead swallow their souls. Currently under construction in Seattle, the experience is set to open later this year.

Fans of the cult horror classic can expect to be encountered by Deadites, deadly chainsaws, a very strange deer head, a chained-up cellar door (chained up for good reason!), and plenty of weird and gruesome surprises.

Wolfson has promised that everything he learnt while honing his skills at HHN will be deployed to new levels with expert level attention to detail to the original movie, scareactors, animatronics (his speciality) and every scare tactic in the book! He said:

“Every part of the design phase we stop and ask if this fits into the Evil Dead 2 universe. We want this to be a great Evil Dead 2 experience and a well-respected escape room on its own merit… It’s an honor to be the first team ever entrusted with creating an escape room out of my all-time favorite horror film. It’s a dream come true.”

Unfortunately, the attraction is located in Seattle and no news has been received that the attraction will tour, but Wolfson isn’t deterred as apparently people are already promising to attend the experience from all over the world.

Doesn’t this sound awesome! Will you be travelling up to experience it? Let us know in the comments!

For more information click here.

Seeds of Extinction is REAL!

We all remember last year’s smash hit house Seeds of Extinction. Located in a new location, in the Second Parade Warehouse, the house was immense! It was described as, “Humanity is extinct, wiped out by a cataclysmic meteor. In its wake something monstrous has taken root. You’ll be unnerved by familiar sights that have been overtaken by invasive vegetation. But soon your horror will ripen as you realize these plants are predatory, and you’re easy pickings. From strangling vines, to deadly beautiful blooms, to phosphorescent plants that glow with evil, fear is fertile in this gruesome garden.”

It was mostly set within the fictional Desert Valley Mall where it has been overrun with murderous plants. But did you know… there are actual malls like this!

Dead Malls have sprung up around the world where shopping outlets that have fallen on hard times and closed fall into disrepair as it’s cheaper to leave the malls to rot and be taken over by nature than it is to have them demolished.

And that’s why this one in Bangkok really got our attention as it looks just the HHN house! Check the photos out below and know that, if you wanted to, you could visit this house for REAL!

It truly was an amazing house! Let us know in the comments if you agree!

Photos by Dax Ward

Orlando to Open Year-round Halloween Themed Bar

There’s many themed bars in Orlando. Indiana Jones, magic, Christmas, arcades, tikis and many more, but new to this lineup is a year-round Halloween themed drinking establishment called Cocktails and Screams.

With drinks that would make a vampire blush the lineup is set to satisfy all custom handcrafted beverage lovers with ‘The Ripper’ and ‘Night Shade’.

No opening date has been announced just yet but it will open soon in downtown Orlando at 39 W. Pine Street.

For the over 21 year old Halloween fan this must be a place to be and to haunt! Let us know if you will be checking this place out!

Blumhouse are taking control of the Universal Monsters

Breaking news today from Hollywood is that horror mainstays Blumhouse are officially taking control of a number of Universal licensed monster movies featuring their classic creations.

The first picture to be worked on will be SAW director Leigh Whannell’s Invisible Man. Wishing to completely side step Universal’s abortive foray into the Dark Universe, Blumhouse are being given creative reign to redesign the characters and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, they no longer have to all exist in the same universe.

What with the Invisible Man being the star of the show at last year’s HHN in Hollywood we are excited to see what’s coming up in this ultimate horror franchise! Could Hollywood’s maze have inspired the move? Whannell did attend last year! So who knows, next time I interview him I will ask!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Microsoft Convention Starts After HHN29

Good news! Bill Gates likely won’t be stealing any nights of HHN this year!

No clue what we’re talking about?

You see, for the last few years Microsoft have held a company convention in Orlando in October. Included in this convention, called Microsoft Ignite, was an itinerary item where they were renting the whole of Universal Studios for just one night for just attendees and employees of Microsoft. And as this was always held in October it meant that one of the HHN nights had to be sacrificed, usually a non-peak night that took away from the holders of the Frequent Fear passes. But it appears not any longer!

According to the event’s site it will be held yet again in Orlando but on November 4-8 when HHN29 is over. Phew!

Will you be buying Frequent Fear passes? Let’s us know in the comments how often you will be going to HHN this year!