Stranger Things for HHN28?

Halloween Horror Nights is around the corner. Every year, HHN dazzles the fans with great houses full of horror themes and movies from all around the world. This makes the Halloween experience exceptional and this year’s HHN is almost here, and fans from around the world are set to have a good time. This year, however, rumors are everywhere that Stranger Things is about to make the list of houses at HHN. This alone has drawn so much attention, and everyone is hoping the rumors are true. Anticipation is in the air, this year promises to be one of the best as the fans are loving it, so what could a Stranger Things house look like?

Currently, Stranger Things only has two seasons, and the house would likely feature scenes from both seasons. The house of the main character, Will Byer, would make a great entrance (facade) into the world of the upside down filled with caves and outstanding creatures. Taking a journey through the upside-down world is an experience to look forward to. Walking through the various laboratories and the giant pathway created by the psychokinetic Eleven will surely feel exhilarating. Apart from that, the suspense of what will happen next where the danger may be coming from is something that all the fans hope to experience. Nothing beats watching a horror movie more than starring in a real one with a rush of adrenaline to boot!

Should Universal Studios Add Stranger Things?

The scareactors in the house will most probably be the Demogorgon and there should be various roles for Will, Eleven and the other characters in the show.

Universal Studios is known to give the fans what they want, and the fans want Stranger Things. This will present a gold mine if they take advantage of it. Apart from the profit, they will make from it; Universal Studios would have succeeded in, once again, exhibiting customer loyalty but also showing they listen.  But of course, the Universal creatives love the show as much as the fans so I am sure they can’t wait to create the heavily detailed environs too. So why should Stranger Things be featured in HHN this year?

1) It’s The Fans Favorite

As earlier mentioned, the fans love the show, and because they love it, they would like to experience it. So, this alone is enough reason why Universal Studios should add it this year. The show is literally the biggest property right now on Netflix, a real hit out of the park that nobody saw coming.

2) It Brings In A Different Theme

Most HHN houses revolve around strictly horror movies. The themes of all the houses are usually death and fear. But Stranger Things brings in a new concept. It looks at horror from a Sci-Fi view. It’s not just about killing. It combines stuff like psychokinesis and various abstract add-ons that place it in a league of its own. This will be a new perspective to the HHN.

3) Universal teasing us?

I sat down with HHNU Grand Poobah, Christopher Ripley, who said back in November Stranger Things was likely and he said that it can surely be “a matter of time before Stranger Things hits HHN”.  He also pointed to these clues laid out by Universal’s marketing team over the last few months…

There’s this one back in October:

And these from a few months ago, where the Stranger Things cast were all spotted at Universal Orlando…

And maybe even this… with “THINGS”….?

Maybe the last one is a bit tenuous but it does seem like someTHING is happening at Universal Orlando…

In conclusion, HHN28 is around the corner and it will be here before we know it. We are all anticipating its arrival. But in the midst of the anticipation we have to hope that Universal Studios will give its fans what they want. Everyone is hoping that Stranger Things will be added to one of the houses of HHN. Adding Stranger Things to the mix will make this year’s HHN a great hit. People don’t just want to watch movies, they want to experience them!

So there you have it, is Stranger Things coming to HHN28?  Would you like to get lost in the Underworld?  Will we get a cameo of Barb?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

Get Your HHN Fix With “Robbiween”

group of theme park designers and other creative types are coming together to help one of their own. Saturday’s three-panel forum and a silent auction will benefit Robbi Lepre,

A group of theme park designers, including our pals from Universal’s HHN design team are working together to create “Robbiween”.  The event has been drawn up to benefit Robbi Lepre.  Robbie literally created Howl-O-Scream from the ground up and has worked for a number of years at Busch Gardens Tampa.  The reasoning behind the benefit is that Robbi has been quite ill and has very large medical expenses.  She has been such a supporter of theme park design but also haunt design that many in the industry feel it simply wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for her work.

Initially, the idea was to use the annual fan favorite of the Entertainment Designer’s Forum to help fund raise for Robbi but instead a whole new event dedicated to the woman and haunt design impartially will be held.  Kim Gromoll who works in scenic design for Universal Creative and Tom Geraghty, director of innovation for Universal Creative will invite a vast number of different theme park designers and creatives to either contribute or attend the event.

Two panels each respectively covering the gritty design details of Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream will be held at the event.  A third panel will cover “The Design and Installation of Iron Rides” and will cover the history of use of these popular attractions. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on over 100 different items from the archives of theme park history.  Items include: A Jack the Clown standee, rare HHN pins and coins, HHN masks and artwork.

Robbiween is set for this Saturday Feb. 3rd from noon until 6pm at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Admission is $40 for all the three panels and access to the silent action. Tickets are available at the door. All profits from the event will go to help cover medical costs for Robbi Lepre.

For more information, go to facebook.com/robbiween.

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!