Rumor: Bill & Ted Returning?

Speculation is reaching a fever pitch that the bodacious duo of dudes Bill & Ted might return for the 30th anniversary of HHN this September.  As you will recall, Bill & Ted gave their last Excellent Halloween Adventure Show in 2017 with a “farewell tour” bringing classic characters from their lengthly past back for one final show.

“Dudes, you’re history”! was the final cry on the final night, but speculation has been rife that a potential return of the dudes could be on the cards for HHN30, let us explain…

A Movie…

Bill & Ted have a glorious new movie being released in 2020, in fact, it is being released just days before HHN30 on August 21.  Bill & Ted Face the Music, starring the original duo of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will see the pair back for one further “triumphant” instalment of their classic time-travelling franchise.  And what better way is there for the movie to be cross-marketed but with a tie-in with the sure to be a huge year of HHN30.  After all, the pair is perhaps as well known for being at HHN as they are for their movies from 30 years ago, therefore their presence runs deep in the DNA of the HHN event.

Unofficial Fan Meetups…

In 2017 and again in 2018 a group of fans met up to have their own Bill & Ted fest in Orlando.  Missing the show at the event so much, they decided to hold their own gathering to celebrate the news that the old franchise was once again releasing a new movie for 2020.  If anything, this is where the rumors for HHN30 began!  Check out this interesting article by our pal Seth Kubersky on why HHN30 makes sense for a return of the popular show.

Surveys…

On both exit surveys from 2019 (where people with clipboards ask your opinion about the event as you exit the turnstiles) and from a number of select online surveys, Universal has apparently been asking the public about whether they felt Bill & Ted was missed at the event in HHN29.  So why would they potentially be asking this question?

Licensing…

The production company for the new movie have already licensed their image, story, logo etc to a whole swathe of upcoming products.  Announced and/or rumored products for 2020 with the duo include Bill & Ted’s Riff in Time board game, Wyld Stallyns apparel line, special edition Funko Pops, pins, and more!  Universal never formally announced the reason behind the dropping of the duo (though many conspiracy theories abound, though the B&T creators confirmed it was not their decision – see below), but if it was due to licensing it would suggest that with such an increase in openings for B&T licenses, might Universal be able to negotiate a licensed return for HHN30?

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Movements…

Firmly in the rumor portion of this article is that apparently Operations staff have been told to plan around not using the Fear Factor Show Stage for any dancing performances for the Academy of Villains this year and that a rumored temporary stage is to be fitted in the park somewhere.  There’s no confirmation that AoV are even returning, it’s all just rumors that are popping up on a number of fan forums.  So if true, the stage would be free for B&T use or even for something else…

So there you have it.  It’s just speculation at this point.  Some people would love to have B&T back whereas others feel the event has moved on and doesn’t require them anymore. 

But what do you think?  Will they ever return?  Will you welcome that?  Let us know in the comments!

REMEMBER: EVERYTHING IS RUMOR UNTIL UNIVERSAL SAYS OTHERWISE

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Eleven Vacations at Orlando HHN!

Universal Orlando Resort recently hosted Emmy Award-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown, known for her role as Eleven in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” at Halloween Horror Nights – the world’s premier Halloween event. Millie ventured through the wildly-popular “Stranger Things” maze, experiencing the horrors around every turn – including facing the horrifying Mind Flayer in Hopper’s cabin. “It was so cool and just like being on set. It was absolutely terrifying and a must-see,” said Brown after experiencing the totally-frightening maze.

In the “Stranger Things” mazes at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, guests go further into the chilling world of the Upside Down as they experience the most terrifying moments of seasons 2 & 3 of the hit Netflix series, face snarling Demodogs, scream through iconic scenes and more.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film.  Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

“Halloween Horror Nights” runs on select nights through Nov. 2 in Orlando and select nights through Nov. 3 in Hollywood. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

HHN 2020 is in full pre-production

It’s hard to believe as the terrors of HHN29 are among us right now that somewhere in some dark and secret corner of each US Universal backlot there lurks a small team already currently working away to design the horror for next year.

It was John Murdy from the Hollywood version of HHN who recently tweeted this exciting news, that HHN 2020 is currently being prepared:

Even early meetings are taking place:

This should be no surprise to anyone as often HHN discussions and preparatory meetings are very fluid with some IPs taking years to secure the rights to.  However, we just wanted to give you this little heads up that the horrah truly never sleeps!  But for the time being, let’s enjoy the weeks we have left at the most fantastic year that is HHN29!

 

Is there a new Stranger Things attraction coming to HHN29?

A news story recently broke on TPU that a new secret temporary attraction is coming to HHN29.  The article reports that the space between where the old Terminator attraction used to dump guests out and the Monsters gift store will be used for this new attraction.  And if you can remember the space we mean, you will know that the area is not very large!

 

Universal appears to be going all in this year with Stranger Things with the cool 80s vibe, dedicated house to season 2 (plus a bit of season 3), a selfie pop up in Cabana Bay Resort and various re-themed eateries around the park.  That is why it was a surprise to learn of yet another addition to the lineup so far into the event’s current run.

The article alleges that the attraction will be some form of spooky echo chamber where guests will be able to talk and even have conversations with various characters from the Stranger Things world.  Weird right?  Apparently, it works off of a new in-development Microsoft system that is similar to Amazon’s Alexa, where you will be able to hold basic conversations with a select number of characters.  There will also apparently be special effects, fog machines and strobe lighting.

At this time we don’t have much to go but be sure that as soon as we here more things about this new attraction we will report them here!  Hopefully we will know more tonight at HHN!

Have you seen this addition lurking in the Monsters Store?  Let us know in the comments if you have and be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

House of a 1000 Corpses Returns to HHN!

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort take guests on a relentless tour through multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie’s twisted “House of 1000 Corpses,” inspired by Lionsgate’s 2003 cult classic horror film, as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event, beginning in September.

The terrifying “House of 1000 Corpses” mazes bring to life the movie’s offbeat roadside tourist attraction, Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, and introduces guests to some of the country’s most infamous serial killers, including Dr. Satan, a demented surgeon who has gone mad.

Without a moment to catch their breath, guests will venture to the chaotic home of the Firefly family, a sadistic clan of psychotic killers, where the psychosis deepens and the depraved thrive. It is a chilling journey into the netherworld of terror that weaves its way through a cavernous network of dark tunnels within the bowels of the house.  Populated by the degenerate victims of Dr. Satan’s debauched operations, legions of tortured creatures shuffle about as Dr. Satan continues his twisted medical practice, eagerly awaiting a new installment of victims.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film.  Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror movies, television shows and original stories come to life season after season. The terror bleeds to the streets of the parks with highly-themed scare zones, littered with menacing scare-actors lunging from every darkened corner to torment, terrify and scare “Halloween Horror Nights” guests.

Fun fact: the original maze for House of a 1000 Corpses was actually a haunted house in Hollywood BEFORE it was a movie! They just used the same sets! Read more about that HERE.

So are you excited for this new house?  Let us know in the comments!

Rumor: Universal’s New Park to Have Classic Monsters Themed Escape Room?

The online news outlets were awash last week when Universal finally announced that it is building a new theme park up near the Orange County Convention Center.  The only problem with the announcement was that Universal gave almost no details on what will be contained within the new “ultra themed and highly detailed” park.

One “world” or land within the park that we have been speculating and discussing for months is the rumored addition of a Classic Monsters section, complete with Dracula’s Castle and a year-round haunted house type experience.

Adding to this rumor this week, Jim Hill on his very popular Disney Dish Podcast released a tidbit of information he had supposedly heard about this very land.  The idea goes that as Universal are forced to build their park up near the Convention Center, that they are going to use this location to its absolute best advantage by ensuring that the busy convention attendees (and their lucrative expense accounts!) have something to do in the evenings when the shows are over each night.

The idea that he heard was that Universal is playing with the intention of installing an upcharge experience within the Universal Monsters section of the park where guests could pay extra for a highly themed, one-of-a-kind Escape Room experience.  Such experiences have been prevalent as of late with over a dozen opening up in the wider Orlando area, and one was even rumored as far back as November last year to be opening in City Walk!  Here’s the trademarked name:

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So there you have two exciting Escape Rooms are rumored to be coming!  Do you like these attractions?  Would you pay extra for them?  Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Top 5 Must Watch List for HHN29

HHN29 is right around the corner!  It won’t be long before we are running from demented klowns and be chased by chainsaw handling wackos. So in the spirit (get it) of getting ready for the horrah, we thought we’d put together a list of everything you need to get prepared for HHN29!  So here goes fReAkS… (click the descriptions for links to the items)

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The Klowns are back! And this time they are in a house, so stream their movie now to see what candy floss delights you are in for now!

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Everybody on the planet has watched Stranger Things and they should as it is absolutely awesome! But do you know the backstories or how the show came to be? Find out the why’s and how’s in their official behind-the-scenes stories, right here.

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We all know the origins of the Universal Monsters right? Wrong! The monsters aren’t just torturing ghouls from a movie backlot, they have rich lores steeped in history and tradition. Christopher Ripley travelled the world to uncover their history, a copy of which can keep you in good stead and ensure you see the monster for the trees!

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Exactly, how Universal is going to pull off this smash blockbuster hit is unknown. But be sure to stream this iconic movie now so you can catch up on all the fantastic effects before seeing them in person for real!

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Creepshow is only appearing at HHN Hollywood, however grabbing yourself a copy of the original text is highly recommended for anyone heading out West! That is, assuming you have seen the movie!

So there you have it, our best list of items you need to survive HHN29!  Let us know in the comments wat preparations you are undertaking to ensure you get the most out of this exciting event!

HHN Singapore FULL REVEAL!

Halloween Horror Nights 9 at Singapore has had its full reveal!  A mixture of wholly new and original houses and attractions for their lineup this year!  Read below for more info…

Houses:

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One moment you’re a tourist on the colourful streets of Bangkok. The next, you’re being lured into the jungles of Thailand and find yourself stumbling into a lost village that is under the spell of the Naga, a snake spirit. Beware the charms of the Serpentine Spirit or you may just be led astray and forced to bear the Curse of the Naga. Come explore this original haunted house from the directors of blockbuster Thai horror films, Shutter and 4bia. This marks the first time Universal Studios Singapore has collaborated with these regional masters of horror to deliver a truly terrifying Asian horror experience.

 

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Step into this abandoned carnival ground and receive a welcome to the Twisted Clown University. Here, remorseless clowns train the next generation of red nosed killers to wreak havoc on an already coulrophobic world. From being forced into death-defying acts to a lesson on manipulating bodies through puppetry, your laughs will quickly dissolve into screams of terror.

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Frightful rumours of a langsuir sighting. Hushed whispers of a hantu raya. Layers of police tape with no explanation. Whatever happened to the five teenagers who mysteriously disappeared from their chalet, and why does everyone seem so hell bent on covering it up? It’s time to return to where it all started, and uncover the dark secrets and vengeful ghosts that continue to haunt these cursed grounds. The truth behind The Chalet Hauntings will shock you, but will you live to tell the tale?

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Dark, dirty and damp. This prison doesn’t rehabilitate, it ravages. Every night, prisoners in Hell Block 9 scream in agony and fear as merciless wardens torture them and leave them for dead, guilty or otherwise. Ravaged by death, disease and devastation, this is the very image of hell on Earth. Can you survive long enough to finish your sentence?

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Legend has it that one night, an entire village was slaughtered by an evil doll that housed a vengeful spirit, only to have their spirits trapped in the life-sized, hand-stitched dolls left behind in the village. Now a macabre tourist attraction, pick up your courage and head into the abandoned village to see the Spirit Dolls for yourself. But why are their eyes following you around? A word of advice: don’t look away.

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The number one comedy show in the Underworld is filming live. Be a part of the studio audience and watch as hosts Skin & Bones bring their offbeat entertainment to the stage, along with some very special guests. It’s going to be hell-arious!

Show:

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On peak nights, join a morbid metal procession around the park with specially designed floats and electrifying acts, culminating in a hardcore music festival bursting with visually stunning pyrotechnics.

Carnival/Dance Party:

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Watch as this ordinary fun fair by day transforms into the Haunted Carnival come nightfall. Play macabre games to win prizes but beware – creepy clowns are lurking just behind the stalls.

So there you have it!  A full reveal from both Asian parks now!  When will we be getting the full reveal at the US parks?  Only time will tell!  Let us know in the comments if you are going to Singapore this year as we would love to know!

HHN Japan: FULL REVEAL!

HHN in Japan has just revealed its full reveal, featuring a whole assortment of weird and wonderful attractions.  Read on for all the details!

Houses/attractions:

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Fear of unexperienced attacks and infiltrate the mutant species feeding area!  Stepping into the hidden area “Area 51” you witness a horrible conspiracy hidden here. An unexpected assault from a horrific unidentified object, a completely new, shocking horror maze, to ban on unknown fears that occur in different dimensions.

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Survival Horror Maze comes down to experience the ultimate fear of the popular series latest work “Resident Evil RE: 2” in real life.  If you are left behind in Raccoon City full of infected people, you step into the R.P.D. police station ….  Can we safely survive from the two routes “Leon” and “Clare” where different threats await!?  Feel the ultimate sense of tension and exhilaration with zombies and creatures attacking, tactical experiences that will even get you going forward, and your own triggers to shoot!

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The extreme thrill of pure darkness!  Unpredictable fear strikes, with the Halloween Limited Dark Coaster  In the dark space, I will fall without a skill …!  In the unforeseeable fear that can not be seen a little further, hopelessness like goose bumps will eventually turn into an ultimate thrill!  Scream into the different dimensional sensations that are sucked into the black hole with a quick turn and spin.

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Set in the hospital, that brutal murderer revives!  That horrific horror drama opens its doors again. In addition, a cruel and ferocious man attacks, cuts, and disassembles patients! Feel a sense of urgency, get caught up in a real and unpleasant world.

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Draw the fear of cursing creeping with the only Japanese horror attraction!  The usual attraction is reversed this day. Malfunctions and strange phenomena that occur one after another with the curse of a lion. You will also experience the curse of dumplings (Editor’s note: I have no idea what this means??).

Scarezones:

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Scream in the area where new zombies and monsters nest! Step on hell’s street!  When you step into a creepy other world, there is a hell street where all sorts of fears await.  In addition to famous zombies with fats, Pirates, and reckless appearances, monsters of the transcendental impact that have never been seen also enter the first battle!
As you step forward, you will come across one after another, in a variety of power UPs of the feared demon caves, weep!

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The enthusiastic dance that is covered in zombies & monsters.  Scale up to an unprecedented number in the production of surprise UP!  “The zombie festival of hell” descends in the production which reverses the past largest scale & common sense, and controls the whole park! Also this year, monsters to be encountered for the first time have also appeared …! ?  Let’s jump into an acrobatic performance, a bloody fleshy zombie & monster dance that dances to the dancing sky in Kirekkire!

Horror Hotel Attraction:

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To the residents of the beautiful horror.  Dressing up into an artistic and distorted world, that special experience gets deeper, deeper.  Last year’s completely immersive horror experience was sold out, and in addition to “Hotel Albert 2”, the “Adult Halloween Area” immersed in an unbalanced world and the “Horror Restaurant” which tastes gastronomy in a mysterious high-quality space for the first time appear.  Now, let’s dive into the dark horror labyrinth for adults, who is intoxicated with disturbing beauty.

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Beautiful and scary, to the residence of vampires.  The vampires of legend have existed, wandering for human blood. Witnessing at Vampire dwellings is a horrible fact of the world … The fear of the magnificent beauty goes up to your neck.

Will you be going to HHN Japan?  Have you ever been? Let us know in the comments!

“Leaked Set” Photos Are Not What They Seem…

There’s be a buzz around the internet of late that one of the most iconic movies from the 1980s is possibly due a treatment for HHN.  Such news has been met with great fan chatter about the potential move.  Chatter that was added to this past week when supposed “leaked set” photos were appearing around the interwebs.

However we can reveal that these photos have NOTHING to do with Halloween Horror Nights and are just a delicious coincidence.

Here’s the video to show the mix-up:

So there you have it, they might not be for HHN but keep your eyes peeled here for more news and rumors as we get them!