Is Stranger Things Coming to HHN/USF?

Stranger Things Season 2 recently debuted on Netflix at the end of October.  Fans had been awaiting this release since the hit series premiered over a year ago.  Fans have also speculated that the series would be a perfect fit for HHN but no announcement on this has ever been forth coming.  And as a break with company protocol, Universal released the following weird tweet…

Quickly, the tweet was shared and discussed across internet forums and Facebook groups as to why Universal were promoting this series’ return to Netflix.  As far as we are aware, Universal as a company has no links to Netflix or it’s subsidiaries and Universal has never been one for promoting TV Shows that aren’t apart of it’s NBC wider family.  To make things even stranger (sorry!) Universal receieved scores of comments from expectant fans and a few corporate pals with Universal responding to one with:

So what’s going on?  Is Stranger Things coming to say HHN28 or perhaps as an attraction at USF?  What is compounding matters right now is that our pal the ‘mystical’ Ifrit is doing a weird countdown that ends either today or tomorrow (depending on when zero is) a countdown that started with the number 11 on 31st October – which is also a possible reference again to Stranger Things and their main character Eleven?

Right now the quiet War of Central Florida Theme Parks is raging with Disney finally committing to spending millions updating and adding to DHS and Epcot (plus hotels and infrastructure improvements), while up the I4 Universal has made big announcements (though more to come), has closed attractions and bought lots of acres nearby for future growth.

It was also worth noting that during HHN27, the near whole of KidZone was under used for crowd control as though the whole area was primed and set for an immediate construction closure. Fast and Furious opens next year, Mario is coming down the pipe (sorry again!) and what then other than just new hotels?  Could our beloved Netflix show be the next big franchise that Universal sets it’s sights on?  Maybe just maybe we might find out today/tomorrow…

Let us know in the comments whether you’d love to see a Stranger Things Maze or full-time attraction at Univeral Orlando?  Or are Universal just trolling us all?  Let us know your thoughts!  HHN28 will be here quicker than you think!

HHN Invites Soul Collectors To Official Meetup!

Universal has today invited select Soul Collectors (those that had signed up to the HHN website before the event) to a special meetup, where amongst other things, you will be tested!

During this challenge, Soul Collectors will compete in a series of games where they will solve clues, take part in physical tasks, which might get messy, and consume some unusual cuisine. These include:

  • Throughout this challenge, there will be six (6) different games featured throughout Universal Studios Florida during #HHN27.
  • Each game will eliminate half of the participants.
  • This is a timed experience, therefore, your wit and skill will help you advance.
  • You are encouraged to bring cell phones to solve clues.
  • You must wear comfortable clothing, including shoes, that can get really dirty.
  • Photography and video capturing are allowed.
  • 64 Teams will take part.
  • All entrants will receive free parking and two express passes.

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So if you’re a signed-up Soul Collector – check your inboxes now!

Is this TV show teasing HHN28?

Okay, we know HHN27 hasn’t even started yet and prey this vile hurricane passes without death, damage or delay but in the meantime we wanted to share with you a really interested fan theory that we received today.  Remember, a fan theory is a totally unsubstantiated theory cobbled together from fact and rumor, nothing more.  So here goes: is American Horror Story: Cult referencing (or Easter egging) HHN?  If you haven’t seen the latest episode of everyone’s favorite horror TV show we suggest you do as so far it is proving to be a good one!

We posted many moons ago (and we were the first too!) to say that AHS was to be the new The Walking Dead for HHN, in as much as, AHS is set to return to the event in multiple years like TWD used to.  You can read about that here.  This said, with both HHN26 and HHN27 Universal will have covered every season within a house, apart from the current season of Cult. So it has to be a fair bet that Cult is likely to be a house (or maybe scarezone?) for HHN28.  This portion of the theory is pretty speculative but with some foundation, now onto the theory section – is this new season teasing HHN28?  Here’s the clues we saw from the first episode:

Clowns, clowns, clowns – wait are those two familiar?

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Every true HHN fan knows who Jack and Chance are and their most iconic appearances and outfits, so that’s why we were surprised to see two very familiar faces!  The guy on the left looks like Jack from the Carnival of Carnage in 2007 when we became the ringmaster of his own carnival. The clown on the right has a very striking appearance to Chance with her garb and makeup from last year’s HHN26.  Tenuous or are we are on to something here?  Compare for yourself:

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The Comic Book…

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HHN has it’s own event made brand for any houses that they want to tie together from this fictional comic universe, namely Ultra Violent Comics.  The UVC brand has been seen many times at HHN and is most commonly used as facades for the houses to inform guests that they are now entering a comic book world.  Below is HHN25’s Asylum in Wonderland house:

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A comic was a key plot ‘Macguffin’ in the first episode that brought Twisty the Clown into the episode and like UVC the design of the comic is very similar in those classic 1960/70/80s horror comics aesthetic.  We could really see a similar facade for this show. at HHN28..

A HHN tradition:

One word: school bus.  The school bus has been with HHN for decades.  We’ve walked through it in houses, we’ve run past it while being Purged and seen murderous school kids use it as transportation.  That darn school bus has popped up more times at HHN than all the event icons put together!  (It’s even in the popular HHN podcast ScareZone’s logo!) So that’s why we were pretty surprised to see it, randomly, dumped in a forest where Twisty makes his first kill of the season.

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Our iconic HHN school bus popping up randomly in this first episode or was this planted here?

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So there you have it.  Our first fan theory for HHN28, even before HHN27 has even started!  Do you think Cult will appear at HHN28?  Or are these just coincidences?  Whatever the answer I am sure we will all stay tuned for AHS Cult airing every Tuesday on FX in the US and every Friday on Fox in the UK.  And remember HHN27 is just a week away!!!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Houses Announced by Universal for HHN27

USA Today got the exclusive first look at the original houses for HHN27 at Orlando. There are four original houses, all hyper detailed and sound very much like expansions on old themes.  Combining things from HHN’s past with ultra cool new hyper detailings will sure keep HHN fans and general public very happy!  They are (courtsey of USA Today):

Dead Waters will see guests thrown into the darkest portions of the ole’ bayou as you come across a half sunk river boat, and walk through the swamps. These are the lands of the Voodoo Queen and her hoard of different creatures, from zombie people to zombie animals.

Scarecrow: The Reaping will take guests to an abandoned, drought-ravaged farm haunted by ornery scarecrows. Universal sent out a casting call seeking skinny guys who are well over six feet tall to don the straw-filled costumes.

The vampire-themed The Hive skewers more to the ferocious Nosferatu take on the monster than the classic, more suave Bela Lugosi version. It will be set in the 1980s and feature a period vibe.

The Fallen will take place in an ornate cathedral and pit eternal winged creatures against mortals. Expect lots of stunts with the beasts leaping and flying overhead.

For more info and pics head to USA Today for the scoop!

How excited are you for these original houses?  They all sound absolutely amazing!

An IT House is Coming (But Not at HHN!)

When official news broke that Stephen King’s haunting big screen version of The Shining was coming to HHN27 many fans were speculating that IT, another Stephen King adaptation, must surely follow – but it didn’t.  Fans were particularly hyped about this idea as a remake of the classic 1990s TV movie was being released in 2017, but for whatever reason it never came to pass.  However, we do have some good news…

The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood is coming to the corner of Hollywood Blvd & Vine St. A haunted house experience inspired by Warner Bros’ upcoming release IT which will be in theaters September 8th. And supposedly, the house is so horrific, that all participants must sign a waiver prior to gaining entrance!

The house will be open to the public daily from Monday August 14th to September 10th from 1pm-11pm and admission is free! Those who are 18 and over are welcome (at their own risk) to step inside the two story replica of ‘where IT lives’. Guests will be guided by “Georgie” through the 5,000 sq. foot house and will venture room by room through immersive film inspired scenes complete with authentic set props. “Losers Club” groups of 7 will journey through a 20 minute experience encountering pneumatic surprises, live actors, holograms, animatronic characters, and state of the art lighting, audio, and video.

So if you’re on the west coast in the next few weeks, all primed for HHN at Hollywood – then this is the place to visit!

Will you be visiting?  Let us know in the comments!

More info and to book tickets here.

SAW Accidentally Confirmed By HHN?

Was a house based on the popular movies from the SAW franchise just accidentally confirmed by HHN?  Take a look from HHN Hollywood’s Official Twitter feed and judge for yourself…

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Now look closer…

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They could always be recycling props…

What do do you think?  Let us know in the comments!

Ash vs Evil Dead, Starz’s Comedy Horror Series, Makes Its Gruesomely Groovy Debut at HHN27

For the first time ever, the critically-acclaimed television series “Ash vs Evil Dead” from Starz, a Lionsgate company, will summon Deadites to a new haunted maze at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, beginning September 15.

The “Ash vs Evil Dead” maze will transport guests into the town of Elk Grove, Mich., where they will encounter Deadites – people or objects possessed by evil demons – that have been unwittingly unleashed by Ash Williams – again. Throughout the maze, guests will come face-to-face with disturbing characters and iconic comedic and gory scenes from seasons 1 and 2 as they desperately try to escape all things evil…before it’s too late.

The STARZ Original Series “Ash vs Evil Dead” is a follow-up to the original The Evil Dead movie, which has long been regarded as a cult classic since its debut in 1981. Starring Bruce Campbell, who reprises his role as “Ash Williams,” the series has amassed a huge fan base and was renewed for a third season by STARZ.

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

See Four SAW?

Have you seen SAW?  Of course you have, everyone has seen a least one of the movies in the horror franchise akin to Fast and the Furious with its seemingly never ending spate of sequels; but did you know that this year to celebrate the release of the latest edition to the popular franchise you’ll probably be able to see a SAW maze in 4 different locations around the world?  Let’s run down where and when…

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1: UK

The UK has a year round house called SAW ALIVE which is actually inside a boat (long story) that is moored at Thorpe Park in the UK.  Along with the year round maze there is niffy roller coaster that makes you feel like you’re in some kind of elaborate Jig Saw death trap. HHNU Grand Poobah Chris was invited to TP last year to see the maze and reported that it wasn’t anything to get too excited about though…

2 & 3: Halloween Horror Nights

Still in the rumored category as it is not confirmed, we are being told that SAW mazes will feature both at HHN Orlando and Hollywood with a joint announcement expected to drop anytime soon.  If true this will see Jig Saw and his pig masked followers return to the event after successfully scaring us a few years ago.

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4: Vegas baby!

A tip from HHNU reader Fransisco, writes in to let us know that SAW is also rumored to be a maze at the popular Freight Dome in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Though not confirmed yet, they published the above photo on their social media a few days ago.

So there you have it, if you LOVE SAW then you can SEE SAW (see what I did there?) in four different places this fall!

Are you excited for SAW?  Let us know in the comments! And let us know if you’re going to see SAW in Vegas!

Your Soul Is Requested For HHN27…

Universal have updated their website today to bring you a whole new interactive experience that is totally free…. you just need to pay with your soul!

Time is already running out to commit your soul to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. And when the time is up, you won’t want to be left out.

The damned at this year’s premiere halloween event want what you can’t live without… your soul. They demand a sacrifice to fuel the darkness of the event that awaits you this fall.

Those who sacrifice their soul before the clock hits zero will join the Elite Soul Collectors. Their boldness will be repaid in rewards.

For your sacrifice:

SOUL COLLECTOR REWARDS…

  • You will be issued an item identifying you as a member of the Elite Legion.
  • You will have an opportunity to be a part of the Soul Collector Social Media Meet-Up.
  • Your soul will be weighed and evaluated in consideration for additional rewards leading up to and throughout the event.
  • Receive information and details about the event

They will also demand more souls. Inform your loved ones about sacrificing their soul for #HHN27 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Now the time has come… Your soul is requested.