Blumhouse Confirmed for HHN

Jason Blum, one of today’s most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in the uniquely distinctive “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 15.

Based on The Purge, Sinister and Insidious franchises, as well as the upcoming thriller Happy Death Day, Blumhouse Productions (Split, Get Out, Whiplash), is teaming with the creative minds behind the nation’s most intense and immersive Halloween event to unleash three twisted Blumhouse films in one bone-chilling experience at each Halloween destination.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, legions of terrified guests will come face-to-face with the most iconic and unnerving moments from the blockbuster The Purge franchise, Sinister movies and soon-to-be released Happy Death Day. In The Purge, guests will attempt to survive the night as they are immersed in the film’s depraved world, where all crime is declared legal as part of the government’s annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge. In what can be described as a living trailer for Happy Death Day, guests will experience a deja-vu scenario as they are forced to relive the last day of their lives over and over again in an attempt to escape a masked killer. The final nightmare will unmask itself in Sinister, where guests will encounter an ancient pagan deity who is determined to trap them in the sordid shadow world of the dead…for all eternity.

“It’s a privilege to collaborate with Jason Blum and his team at Blumhouse Productions to create ‘The Horrors of Blumhouse,’” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “The decisive, inventive way in which he interprets underlying issues plaguing today’s society into his films provides us with a plethora of content to create truly captivating, one-of-a-kind modern horror experiences for our guests.”

Upon entering “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at Universal Orlando Resort, guests will attempt to survive three of the most menacing anthologies in the Blumhouse assemblage. First, guests will face the horror of becoming stars in the next home murder movie of the menacing demon Bughuul, from the infamous Sinister franchise. Then, they’ll run for their lives to escape the gang of bloodthirsty home invaders from the first installment of The Purge saga. Finally, guests will be thrust into the Further from the Insidious legend, where they’ll come face-to-face with the paralyzing Lipstick-Face Demon from Chapter 1 and witness Dr. Elise Rainier’s own personal hauntings from her nightmarish childhood in a first-look at Insidious: Chapter 4 – in theaters January 5, 2018.

“We’re thrilled to bring the terrifying vision of Jason Blum and the Blumhouse Productions team to life on an even grander scale at Halloween Horror Nights 2017,” said Charles Gray, Show Director for Creative Development, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort. “He is the modern voice of horror, whose films run the gamut of intense, in-your-face terror – and this year, we’re taking our guests deeper into the horrific world of Blumhouse than ever before.”

“We are so excited to expand our collaboration with the terrific creative team at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ this year,” commented Blum. “With ‘The Horrors of Blumhouse’ maze, people will be able to fully immerse themselves into the cinematic worlds of our most terrifying films – with bone-chilling results.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Scarezones & Show Announced for HHN27

Universal have today announced the scarezones and one additional show for HHN27, they said:

There is one aspect of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights no one can escape… the SCARE ZONES. They’re the first and last things you’ll experience, and it’s our chance to make sure there is no way to hide from the scares.

This Halloween Horror Nights, we’re inviting you to join the celebration of blood and bone at what can only be called The Festival of the Deadliest – an ancient tradition from the depths of where nightmares are born.

A gathering of the most unearthly, hellish terrors has emerged from the darkest corners of despair. It calls to those who long for the thrill of the scare and wish to have their fears made real. You’ll be drawn like moths to a flame, and once you join this hallowed celebration, your nightmares will never end.

You’ll find the heart of the Festival on the streets of Hollywood in Universal Studios Florida, but its claws have spread throughout Horror Nights. Here’s what awaits you every night…

Trick ‘r Treat
First up, it’s time to make sure everyone understands the rules of our haunted holiday. Get a proper Halloween education in our Central Park scare zone inspired by the film Trick ‘r Treat. We’re excited to have Sam visit and make sure we follow the rules of Halloween.

As a longtime fan of classic horror anthology films, Trick ‘r Treat is a favorite of mine that pays perfect homage to that genre. In this zone, you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with several characters from the film, and learn for yourself what happens when you don’t follow the rules.

The Purge
Next up, we have a returning story to our New York streets with The Purge. This time, our approach was to create a zone that showed how we think the events of a Purge night might play out in our streets.

There are some fan favorites returning such as our auction and a very polite gentleman. We also have some new surprises in store. For example, how do you clean up all the mayhem on the streets during a Purge night? Visit the clean-crew up crew with their trusty wood chipper to find out. Just don’t get too close…

Altars of Horror
Near the front gate, on Avenue of the Stars, we have our Altars of Horror. For me, this zone is very exciting because we’re bringing something to the streets for our horror fans that we have never done before.

In this zone, we’re taking some of the larger than life characters featured in this year’s houses, and letting them have their own scare zone. A lot of work goes into bringing these iconic film characters to life in our houses. Now you’ll have the opportunity to get an even better look at them.

Invasion!
Set in a time decades ago, our docks in San Francisco find themselves the victim of an INVASION! Visitors from far beyond have crashed their vessel, and are now wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.

They aren’t just here to destroy; these invaders are also on a mission to learn everything they can about us humans. Careful, or you may find yourself on the experiment table at the mercy of an alien scientist.

Roaming Hordes
Lastly, no Halloween Horror Nights would be complete without roaming hordes. This time, it’s the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the chainsaw. Unhappy with how popular culture has made clowns scary, this grotesque gang of gigglers has risen from the grave, determined to show the world that if you want scary clowns, they’re going to make sure you get your worst nightmare.

ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE
But wait! There’s more. The question is, “can you handle more?” I’m happy to share ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE will be returning to put on an all-new killer performance. This group of powerhouse artists will make you bear witness to what happens after we leave this life. They’re going to give you one mind-blowing and shocking dance performance that will escort you from this world to the great beyond.

As you can see, the streets will be alive with plenty of horror, mayhem, and celebration. The opportunity to bring favorite horror films to life and tell our own unique horror stories makes every day a thrill. My favorite part of the event is walking the streets each night as our scare actors make these terror-filled tales a reality. Every scream I hear puts a huge smile on my face.

Pick up your tickets today—I’ll see you out on the streets!

Are you excited for these scarezones?  Let us know in the comments!

Universal Cancels Bill & Ted Show After HHN27

It was confirmed today that this year’s Bill and Ted Show will be HHN’s last.  After 25 (26 including this year) the show is to be axed with one final ‘Farewell Tour’.

Jason Horne of Universal wrote:

After 26 years of Excellent Halloween Adventures, these pop-culture icons are bringing their Farewell Tour to Halloween Horror Nights. Party on as the phone booth lands one more time at Universal Orlando.

Over the years, this show has morphed and shifted to fit with the changing tides of pop-culture. But at its heart, it has remained true to its nature. The Wyld Stallyns, from San Dimas—and their time-travelling phone booth—find themselves in the middle of pop-culture-parody chaos and must somehow save the world yet again.

But now the time has come for these most outstanding dudes to find adventure in other places and other times.

On a personal note, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of writing for and directing Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure for the past 7 years. It goes without saying that this show means a lot to me. Working on Bill and Ted’s has become one of the most enjoyable parts of my year—and they have meant a lot to so many people.

Since 1992, hundreds of talented individuals have worked on its production and numerous performers have graced its stage. It also means a lot to the fans. Wyld Stallyn fans are loyal, supportive and the central reason the boys have had so many adventures.

The “Farewell Tour” gives us the perfect opportunity to give Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan a proper sendoff. This year’s show is everything you’d expect from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. It’s relevant. It’s ridiculous. It’s irreverent. It’s edgy. And at the end of the day… it’s just a good time.

Whether the new digital age of instant content sharing, Nintendo Land expansion or the rumored remake of Bill and Ted in the works is to blame is anyone’s guess.  For now, we should look forward to 2017’s final run of shows – which this author can confirm are set to be the best yet with some fabulous surprises ahead!

Thanks for the memories dudes – party on.

Are you sad for B&T leaving HHN?  Let us know in the comments!

 

SOLVED: The Mystery of the Missing HHN27 Date

Take a careful look at the below calendar, notice anything odd…

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The 28th September is the answer – why is it missing?  The Thursday before and the Thursday after are all official HHN event nights but not the 28th.  HHN fans have speculated for months why the date was missing from the calendar and why all us Frequent Fearers are effectively losing one night (though admitting gaining others!).  So here’s why… Bill Gates, no really.

Microsoft has just announced that they are taking over the Universal Orlando Resort for their new Microsoft Ignite Attendee Celebration at Universal Orlando Resort.  Here’s the details:

Get ready for one of the biggest parties Microsoft has ever thrown—we’ve reserved both Universal Orlando Resort™ theme parks for Microsoft Ignite attendees only. From 7:30pm to 12:00am on Thursday, 9/28, you’ll have unlimited access to immersive, award-winning rides and attractions.

Enjoy your night in Universal Studios Florida™, the world’s premier movie and TV based theme park. You can climb aboard Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ roller coaster and plunge into darkness on Revenge of the Mummy™. Then head next door to Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ for more cutting-edge rides and attractions like Skull Island: Reign of Kong™.

It’s a great way to blow off steam and connect with your peers as you take in an entire universe of action and excitement. It’s all yours for one night only.

More info can be found here.  So there you have it.  No cover-up, rock star concert or movie shoot (all hearty speculations received by HHNU) it is in fact a resort takeover for a tech convention hosted by Microsoft.

So move over Disney hashtag #ThanksShanghai – we have a new hashtag in town!  #ThanksBill

Will you miss the 28th or are you attending this convention?  Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Why I think we WILL have an icon…

Across social media in the last few days people have been sharing a tweet from the official Halloween Horror Nights twitter account suggesting that we won’t be getting an icon this year at HHN27.  Here’s the tweet:

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People have been bummed out saying that this proves that we won’t be having an icon this year and we’re bummed too.  That’s why we wanted to look at this and see if that is the actual answer to the question that everyone has been asking… so here goes, this is why we think we WILL have an icon:

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George Edwards above tweets:

“It means no icon. Or is that what they want you to think?….”

The HHN handle answers to confirm his statement.  His statement however, is not just confirming the no icon but asking a question; he’s asking “that’s what people want you to think?“.  It’s this second part that the HHN handle confirms by the “ding, ding.

This theory is only compounded when the trickster HHN above says “23, 24 & 27” which is in reference to the years that HHN in Orlando did not have an icon.

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2. History, history

The HHN years 22, 23 and 24 did not have an icon.  There’s a couple of reasons for this but primarily the event was run differently in those years with more of a focus on mirroring the Hollywood event was implemented in Orlando.  A contract was signed to make The Walking Dead the main focus of the event and a backstage a reorganization saw the Universal Creative Team whom are usually tasked with building the attractions taking a more active role in HHN, whereas it had always previous been just the Art and Design Department.

Many of these new implementations were scaled back for 25 and 26 with more icon focused events.  Indeed, ironically Chance herself was also scaled back in 26.  But, the organization has moved on from 22, 23 and 24 where the theming was nil (lots of black and roots n’ stuff we now have color, skulls, and bags of theme) and the Creative department now being very busy with Nintendo’s, Fast and Furious’ and Fourth gates to be focusing on HHN.  That’s why we think we will have an icon, as A&D have always loved an icon…

If you wanna read more about HHN History, click here.

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3. Rumors, rumors

We reported here in April that the icon was likely to be scarecrow, this was based on some intelligence we received, this later morphed into the rumor that one of the houses would actually be scarecrow based.  Then comes along our friend the Ifrit…

Ifrit says the house featuring the Scarecrows could be more than just a maze, so could our icon theory from way back be right?  Combine this with the rumors on Lady Death, Nathaniel Crowe, Voodoo Queen, Caretaker and Cindy it would be a bit of let down to not have an icon as there has been so many rumors about one!  The only let down to this theory is that by this time last year, we already knew our icon, Chance.  If all else fails maybe we’ll get a mascot instead…

So there you have it, our theories and ideas behind the icon this year – but what says you?  Let us know in the comments!  Icon or not?

 

ScareZone Episode 35 – Erin Cline AKA Chance!

We had the amazing opportunity to sit down with the Clown Princess her self – Erin Cline, also known as CHANCE! She tells us about her start at Universal, doing Bill & Ted, her multiple appearances as Chance and more. Universal also tried to pull the ScareZone Curse on us while recording…. during the session they made that announcement of the new SOUL COLLECTOR program.

Listen now below or download to iTunes HERE.

The date of the next HHN update will be…

We think that we MAY have cracked the answer to everyone’s question.  We get people message us daily on this question.  It is an important question.  And one that Universal only knows for sure, however, we think we have an answer to it.  That question being:

“When will the next HHN update be?”

This tip comes from our pal known only as ‘The Web Master‘ who is also a website code extraordinaire.  So here goes…

“I been trying to see if Orlando was using any patterns when it came to releasing their announcements. The big thing I see is that they have been announcing on Wednesdays. March 29th, May 17th and June 7th. Looking deep in the code, before each entry we had an update the week before of data, that update happened this week as planned.  So, hopefully we get another HHN update this coming Wednesday June 28th.”

Also, the UK tickets went on sale on 3rd May which was a Wednesday, all tickets went on sale on the 7th June – a Wednesday AND the first code name (Checkmate) was leaked on Twitter by Mike Aiello on 25th January on, yes you guessed it, a Wednesday!

This can only lead us to one conclusion:

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The icon must be Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family…..not.  BUT this is also not as far fetched as you may think…

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Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Garcia via FB’s ‎Halloween Horror Nights Group

A family of icons?  A family of icons with a young girl at their center?  Say like The Caretaker and his daughter Cindy…. who was kinda based on Wednesday Addams!  Perhaps we’ll find our this Wednesday!!!

So what do you think?  Are we on to something with all these Wednesdays?  Or just a coincidence?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Restricted Photography

Unmasking the Horror Tours caused a lot of rucus last year when it was revealed that Guests were at first allowed to take photos at anything they wanted, then nothing, later on the restriction being only in ‘select’ houses.  This caused a lot of debate in the HHN fan community and a little confusion from guests who wanted that illusive snap of them with Krampus!

This year however, Universal are advising guests on the popular behind-the-scenes tours that photography is going to be “restricted”.  We have heard that the tours will now only allow guests to use their cameras in houses that are deemed as ‘original’ and not containing any intellectual properties – just how this affects one house that’s supposed is a cancelled IP house – we’re not sure!

Despite this setback for us HHN purists, the following information has been released for these tours:

GET A DAYTIME GLIMPSE BEHIND THE SCENES Daytime guests can shine a light on the darkness of Halloween Horror Nights™ with a Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour™. On select days, get a chilling look into how Universal Orlando’s Art & Design team transforms the biggest names in horror into haunted houses on a lights-on VIP tour for up to 15 guests. Choose from the 2-2½ hour Morning Tour, or a 4-5 hour combination morning and afternoon tour. Enjoy exclusive VIP entrance to Universal Studios Florida™ with a guided walking tour of up to three houses per tour (six for the combination tour), a commemorative Halloween Horror Nights lanyard and the chance to photograph select houses. Reservations are required.

Due to the intensely graphic nature and lights-on viewing within the haunted houses, Unmasking the Horror Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Morning Tours Starting From $79.99 per person + tax
Morning and Afternoon Combination Tours Starting From $129.99 per person + tax
Dates available:
Sept 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Oct 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Nov 3, 4
We have also heard that the tours aren’t currently loaded on the system, if true, we will update HHNU readers when we hear more.
More info and to book head to HHN’s official site here.
Will you be booking a tour?  Let us know!

Weird Theories Within The Shining

The 1980 film “The Shining” was an iconic horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson. Who doesn’t remember the baseball scene? Or the famous ad-libbed line “Here’s Johnny”? That’s the line that has been played over and over and is a part of pop-culture. That is all thanks to the craftsmanship of Kubrick and the over-the-top delivery of Nicholson. Together, they created a film that would hold its own down through the years of horror-centered films. Now—30 years later— it is known as one of the top films of its genre of all times.

Something interesting happens though with iconic things, films included: there are conspiracy theories abounding. One by one people come out of the woodwork with their own ideas of what the “real” story was with the movie. “The Shining” was definitely one of those films that created a number of its own conspiracies within the story line. Here are some of the most horrific, and memorable that we hope come to HHN27!

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HOTEL HELL?

Some conspiracy theorists come right out with the big guns and call the hotel setting of “The Shining” – hell. They believe that when Jack signs his contract there, he is literally signing his soul away to the devil. It all starts with setting. Stephen King wanted a place to inspire him when he was writing the novel. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was perfect. The real-life hotel was built in 1909 by the Stanleys. Though they are long gone, their spirits seem to have remained with the building. Mr. Stanley has been seen hovering over the reception desk through the years and Mrs. Stanley is reported to play her piano in the music room. When King and his wife stayed there, they were the only guests and that gave them full run of the location. Having stayed in room 217, they knew that there were plenty of activities to throw a scare into a guest. What better conspiracy than to think of the hotel as hell itself?

What makes this theory so believable is the main character, Jack Torrence’s descent into madness. He starts off as a loving father and husband who is just trying to find some work. He signs the contract, which theorists believe is the beginning of the end for him. What makes it so intriguing and possibly valid a conspiracy is that Jack slowly starts to lose his mind…just like one who made a deal with the devil would. Sure they have a long-term gig, but the cost is to go crazy and terrorize the very ones you originally signed the deal for.

It also is interesting to know that when Jack signs the contract, he starts seeing visions straight out of hell. The blood flooding through the hotel, the visions of ghosts, the fears he goes through—all are signs that he is no longer dealing with just an “earthly world” but has tapped into something far more sinister. The fact is many unexplained happenings go on throughout the movie and interestingly enough, in the actual hotel where it was filmed. Could it be that “The Shining” really was the story of a man’s deal with the devil?

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Another conspiracy theory within “The Shining” was that the film was actually reminding the audience about the Holocaust. This theory isn’t overt, but rather it has numerous small details that “add up”. Mainly, it is the setting that focuses on the Third Reich. They were famous for their list-making and details. That is exactly what Jack is doing on his typewriter—lists and outlandish details. Over and over he is hunched over his typewriter that has the symbol “Adler” on it. Adler translates into “eagle”, which was the emblem used by Nazis. Viewers can also see the eagle logo on Danny’s shirt and on the rental car license plate of Halloran. The repetition is indisputable. It was purposely repeated for a reason so conspiracy theorists hold that their view of the film being about the Holocaust is highly likely.

In addition to eagles and list making, there are some other details that support this conspiracy. Room number 237 is a focus. Multiplying 2 times 3 times 7, gives you “42”. There are known to be 42 cars parked in the hotel’s parking lot. Young Danny has a shirt with the number “42” on it in the film. Finally, Wendy and Danny pull up to the television to watch “The Summer of ‘42” midway through the film. So, what IS up with the number 42 and why is it supportive of this theory? 1942 is the year when the Nazis officially moved their inhumane “solutions” into motion.

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MIND-CONTROL?

Another conspiracy within “The Shining” is that the film is a tale about mind control and what the CIA can, and will continue to, do. A big part of this theory is based on Jack’s descent into madness. He comes in “normal” and slowly loses grip on reality. Not only does it affect him as he loses his mind, but it also affects his actions. It first starts with outbursts sparingly; then, it increases in intensity to the point of being dangerous to his family. What could cause a man to descend that quickly? Can it happen without some outside influence?

Mind-control theorists conclude that there was an external force plaguing Jack. That force was the CIA. This all started due to the word “Monarch” being clearly posted on a poster in the hallway. It appears when the eerie twins are seen. There is a poster, which is oddly positioned due to this being a reputable hotel. The poster is of a ski scene and the word is clearly written on it. The word though is code name for a “behavioral engineering” program that the CIA held, or possibly still holds to. The program reportedly looks to “break down” the human mind with experiments involving LSD, sleep deprivation and shock therapy. The conspiracy theory includes the hotel as being the CIA and the things that happen to Jack as being their experimentation into mind control. They rest their theory on the fact that a gradual degradation of mental ability and sanity is exactly what the main character goes through. Slowly, but surely he can be seen losing his mental stability. The fact that it is gradual, plays to their theory. Mind control and breaking down of the mind is always a long-term process that takes varying degrees of intensity. Jack suffers at the hands of the “hotel”, or CIA, and the viewer watches his mind break down over time.

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JUST A DREAM

When it comes to “The Shining” there are many conspiracy theories within the story. There is always the tried and true one of the whole story being a dream. Some people believe that the setting of the hotel is perfect for a dream-induced setting. The long hallways, the empty hotel, the doors that lead nowhere… all are perfect fodder for a hotel that was made up in someone’s overly-excited dream. This theory comes mostly from the hotel and its haphazard layout. What is more confusing than this hotel?

The fact is that dreams don’t make sense. They can have the most bizarre layouts and riddle-like settings. Conspiracy theorists believe that “The Shining” was really just Jack’s bad night of dreaming. There are enough ghosts and visions to make this a viable theory. What writer with writer’s block, in a hotel that creepy wouldn’t suffer some kind of dream that was out of the ordinary? Add to that the main character’s penchant for alcohol and you have the exact recipe for a night of outlandish dreaming. Conspiracy theorists hold to this one, stating that no way could this really happen without some combination of alcohol, mental instability and having a really bad night.

CONCLUSION

So which theory is the most viable? That depends. Each one has its own validity so which one the reader chooses to pick is up to them. All that is known is that “The Shining” was an iconic film that lasted throughout the decades for a reason. That’s why we believe this could be THE greatest HHN house ever!

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Scared and confused?  You will be! HHN27 is less than 100 days away! So who’s excited?  Let us know in the comments!

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