HORROR CLASSICS – CHUCKY AND KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE – COME TO LIFE HHN28

Two horror icons originating in the 1980s – Chucky and Killer Klowns from Outer Space – will come to life as terrifying scare zones at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

In the Revenge of Chucky scare zone, one of the most frightening icons in horror history, Chucky from Universal 1440 Entertainment’s film series, is back to create chaos in the streets of Universal Studios. Guests will enter a toy fair turned lethal, filled with diabolical twists on childhood toys from the past. They will be stalked by possessed toys – such as murderous monkeys, a board game turned deadly and more. And, guests will come face-to-face with the world’s deadliest doll.

In the Killer Klowns from Outer Space scare zone, an interstellar circus tent filled with the otherworldly klowns from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ hit horror sci-fi film has landed in the streets of Universal Studios. The sweet smell of cotton candy will invite guests inside – but they will soon realize that the treats are spun from unsuspecting victims, and they’re next on the list. Guests will try to escape the killer klowns or face the wrath of their ray guns, which will turn them into grotesque cotton candy snacks.

Revenge of Chucky and Killer Klowns from Outer Space complete the scare zone line up for this year’s event. Three other original stories will haunt the streets – including Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve, Twisted Tradition and The Harvest.

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

Survey Hints at Possible REPEAT Houses & Numbers for HHN28

A survey was released today from Universal Orlando on the topic of HHN28. The survey primarily asked users about which years that they had attended HHN in the past and what expectations they had over the number of IP houses (external well known properties) or original concept houses.

This was all very interesting as the survey made reference to 10 houses and 2 shows through the different topics, which therefore suggests that Universal is likely planning on these numbers for HHN28. As of yet, Universal has not confirmed the number of houses, scarezones or shows but has hinted at a number similar to last year.

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The other tidbit of information was the below list of houses from past years that hint as to whether you’d be happy about them returning to the event, essentially being repeats. Whereas Orlando hardly ever repeats houses, it is common in the wider haunt industry to repeat various houses from previous years. The list is interesting as it contains two houses, which are highly rumored for this year, namely Halloween and Asylum in Wonderland. Which begs the question as to why Universal would want to know whether you’d be pleased to see these houses return?

 

Anyhow, this is just a quick update from us as it is very likely other official updates from Universal Orlando must surely be around the corner! Are you excited if any of these houses would return? Let us know in the comments!

Trick r’ Treat Returns for HHN28

Beginning September 14, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will bring Legendary Pictures’ cult Halloween classic Trick ‘r Treat to life in all-new Halloween Horror Nights mazes that dare guests to live by the rules or suffer the consequences.

Based on the critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite movie, directed by Michael Dougherty, the “Trick ‘r Treat” maze will transport guests to Warren Valley, Ohio on Halloween night to celebrate the holiday’s dark traditions. Recreating some of the anthology’s most iconic scenes, the disturbing new maze invites brave thrill-seekers to become entwined within the secrets of this sleepy suburban town.

Guests will experience some of the film’s most grisly scenes and encounter hauntingly familiar characters. They will meander through Mr. Kreeg’s infamous house, watch as college students viciously transform into bloodthirsty werewolves and dismember the town, as well as come face-to-face with Sam – the spirit of Halloween – who readies to punish those who break the holiday’s tradition.

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” in Hollywood and Orlando 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 coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. Select tickets and vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Stranger Things Comes to HHN!

The Duffer Brother’s weird world of Hawkins, Indiana is set to come to life in the real world at Halloween Horror Nights at both Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore.  The Netflix series which has become a huge hit with audiences around the world will see guests of HHN28 venture forth into the twisted town, venture into the Upside Down and do battle with Demogorgons!

Set in the 1980s, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy named Will amid supernatural events occurring around the town, including the appearance of a girl named Eleven with psychokinetic abilities who helps the missing boy’s friends in their own search.

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The Duffer Brothers developed the series as a mix of investigative drama alongside supernatural elements with childlike sensibilities, establishing its time frame in the 1980s and creating a homage to pop culture of that decade. Several themes and directorial aspects were inspired and aesthetically informed by the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King, among others, including several films, anime and video games.  It will be interesting to see how Universal incorporates these factors into their maze design for the house.

Expect the unexpected and set foot into the Upside Down as this house is set to be a HHN game changer…

HHN28 Packages & Early Bird Ticket Offer

Starting today, guests can purchase select tickets and vacation packages for the world’s premier Halloween event – Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. And for the first time ever, guests can get double the scares with the purchase of a limited time ticket where they can buy a night and get a second night free.

See below for more details on the Halloween Horror Nights offers that are available now.

On select nights from September 14 to November 3, guests will face an era of evil as Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is unleashed at Universal Studios Florida. This year’s event will be the most intense yet, bringing some of the most terrifying names in horror – both from the past and the present – to life in nine all-new haunted houses and five sinister scare zones throughout the park. Guests brave enough to enter the event will encounter everything from iconic horror films to cult classics to terrifying hit TV shows to disturbing-original stories that only the twisted minds of Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team could imagine. And when they need a break from the screams, guests can enjoy Universal Studios’ exciting rides and attractions.

Offer Details:

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To book the US Packages and tickets CLICK HERE.

To book the UK tickets CLICK HERE.

Full event dates:

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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!