Should we expect another Halloween house in two years?

Here at HHNU, we have noticed something interesting about the Halloween movie franchise and HHN, let us explain…..

2014: The first appearance of Michael Myers at Universal Orlando

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HHN24. An incredibly strong year for original concept houses, the first appearance of the Voodoo Queen (who would eventually return herself in Dead Waters, HHN26), and the first time Florida HHN goers could live out the terrors of the classic horror film, Halloween.

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This house was incredibly frightening, and introduced some effects that are still used at Halloween Horror Nights to this day.

2016: The Return Of Michael Myers

HHN26, yet another great year for original houses, as well as the first year Chance got to be center stage as the icon of the event for that year. This time around, two years after the first appearance of Micheal Myers, brought visitors into the movie franchises’ first sequel: Halloween 2. The house was called Halloween: Hell comes to Haddonfield, and it brought back horror’s favorite icon for a second round of frights.

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Keep in mind, this return of the Boogeyman to HHN comes two years after his first appearance….

Present Day, 2018: The Re-Return of Micheal Myers

HHN28. Can’t say how good of a year it is other than the houses that are going to be there, but we know that Halloween 4 is getting its own haunted house treatment for this year’s event.

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Unfortunately, our time machine is under disrepair, so we can’t provide you with photos from the house. But here’s the house’s banner, though!

Now to the interesting bits. According to history, including this year, the Halloween franchise returns to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando every two years, and in chronological order. You might be asking yourself, “Well why did they skip Halloween 3: The Season of The Witch?” and while we may not be able to accurately pinpoint Universal’s own reason why they made this choice, we at HHNU can come up with our own conclusion: Michael Myers isn’t in Halloween 3.

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A scene that we will more than likely see this year at HHN28 starting Sept 14

Michael Myers is the icon of the Halloween franchise, the draw that brings people back to see more. If Universal made a “Halloween” haunted house without Michael Myers inside of it, a lot of people unfamiliar with the franchise would end up rather confused. Granted, there are indeed fans of the third movie, but the general public likely hasn’t seen it. There was actually quite a number of people who had never even seen Halloween 2 when it was announced as a house two years ago.

So What’s Your Point?

Given the historical evidence of Halloween’s presence at Halloween Horror Nights and the amount of movies in the film franchise, we at HHNU speculate that Michael Myers will return once again in the year 2020, which would be HHN30, as Halloween 5. But only time will tell if we’re right or not….

 

New Original House: Seeds of Extinction

Another original houses has been revealed for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, and it tackles the idea of an overgrown, apocalyptic Earth after the extinction of the human race…

“A Sound Of Thunder”

Ray Bradbury’s short story “A Sound of Thunder” would provide a good example of the environment we should expect in this new haunted house for HHN28.

Imagine the human race meeting its end, nature takes back its claim on Mother Earth, and creatures that became extinct thanks to the human race are able to rise again. Even creatures science has never discovered.

This house is going to be chock full of buildings covered in vines and other various overgrown vegetation, including extinct plant species. Amongst the abandoned buildings and shrubbery lie the house’s namesake, nature’s forgotten species of the past. Humans are no more and they are able to reinhabit the earth and take back what was theirs.

But visitors beware, these species of ages past prey on humans.

Keep your eyes open inside this new house, Easter eggs have been placed throughtout this attraction for those HHN diehard fans with keen eyes! Be in the lookout!

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“Jack and Eddie” of course being Jack the Clown and his brother
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This of course is in reference to HHN26’s house “Ghost Town, Lightning Gulch”

 

 

Athazagoraphobia comes to HHN28!

Do abandoned theme parks and carnivals like Six Flags New Orleans scare you? How about the thought of getting lost in a deserted area with no one to help you? If so, get ready for Halloween Horror Night 28’s newly announced house, Carnival Graveyard.

Athazagoraphobia: The fear of abandonment

Many of us have seen photos of various abandoned amusement parks, whether it be from listicles found on Facebook, or some clickbait article that’s something like “19 super creepy photos. You won’t be able to sleep after seeing #7!”

Now imagine taking these environments and turning them into a haunted house that only Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights can devise. Sounds like we have ourselves a fantastic opportunity to see plenty of weathered, squeaky, defunct rides and attractions, covered in rust. However, it doesn’t stop there. Imagine if you will, that the workers and performers that the carnival employed never left the property, and instead stayed there and became psychotic. Welcome to Carnival Graveyard, a deserted attraction from yesteryear that should never be reopened.

The Scares

Okay let’s say you’re not scared of abandoned buildings and attractions, you’re probably asking yourself “so how are they going to frighten me?”

That’s where the former employees come in. You see, they decided to begin scrapping the rides of the former park for spare parts, and turn those parts into weapons. Any urban explorer (in this case, you) who dares decide to enter the old park for say perhaps their YouTube vlog will meet a gruesome demise by the hands of the disgruntled workers.

If one manages to evade the deranged unemployed psychos, then you’ll have to manage to escape the many guard dogs on the premises. Just when you think you’re no longer surrounded by crazy carnies, more pissed off shepards will find you in the shadows, ready to maul you to a pulp.

Personally, I think this sounds really awesome and it gives Universal’s creative team and set team plenty of opportunities to construct some really interesting scenes. From a worn down tilt-a-whirl to a Ferris wheel that’s leaning on its side, about to fall down at any moment, the possibilities are endless here and we at HHNU can’t wait to see it in person on Sept 14.

Three Scarezones Announced!

Although scarezone announcements aren’t as exciting as House announcements, they’re a huge part of the event and make the experience that much greater. Today we learned about three scarezones we’ll see this coming HHN28

The Harvest

Last year’s House of the Year award winner “Scarecrow: The Reaping” is making it’s comeback for HHN28, and this time it’s in the form of a scarezone! That’s right, the frightening characters of last year’s scariest haunted house attraction are coming back, and this time outside of the confines of a haunted house! The scarezone will be themed as a large farmhouse, decorated with trinkets from each haunted house featured this year at HHN28

Vamp ‘85

As another callback to a previous Horror Nights event, Vamp ‘85 is a sequel to the HHN26 scarezone, Vamp ‘55. Whereas two years ago the scarezone was a high school pep-rally and parade being over-run by vampires, this scarezone takes us 30 years into this fictitious timeline. This time, though, it’s not a high school football hype party; it’s a New Year’s Eve party! Expect lots of confetti!

Twisted Tradition

Remember how Central Park was decorated with over 200 jack-o-lanterns in the Trick R Treat scarezone? This year the pumpkins are back, but this time they’re a bit rotten. The description of this scarezone is rather vague so far, but our understanding tells us to expect rotting pumpkin-people and other decaying creatures.

As always, check back with us here at HHNU for the lastest updates on HHN28!

 

Scareactor Stories: Nicholas Cappelletti

 

Hey there HHNU readers, my name is Nicholas Cappelletti. For the past 2 years I’ve been fortunate enough to be a scareactor at Halloween Horror Nights. HHNU reached out to me to share some tales from my time as a Scareactor….

Halloween Horror Nights 26 was my first ever year attending HHN or any haunted attraction in my life, however, it wasn’t intentional that it took me to the 26th year of HHN to attend as a guest, or even perform. I had the opportunity back in 2008 to check out  Halloween Horror Nights 18 with my family, but I saw a guest at Disney walking around with a Bloody Mary themed shirt, and as a young child I was so spooked by what I saw on that shirt. I unfortunately decided to keep to kid friendly activities. Pretty dumb in hindsight, especially considering the fact that the majority of the HHN community believes HHN18 was one of the event’s greatest years.

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“Scareacting is an addiction.”

The rush one feels when they put the fear of potential death in someone is exhilarating. For my first year scareacting at HHN26, I made sure to listen to the returning veterans, as their advice really helped me find out which scare technique would be best for different people. Sometimes people would just look at me when I emerged from my “boo hole,” but most of the time I would either have people freaked out running to the next room, or my favorite when someone gets so scared they drop to the floor. I can remember cast members and I would tell each other how many bodies we dropped after each set was over.

I met so many wonderful and amazing people in my first cast. The chemistry we had when we first met can only be described as “lightning in a bottle.” Besides the wonderful friends I made in my first year, the moment that really took the cake was when we won House of the Year.

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If the above picture didn’t give it away, I was part of the incredible cast of American Horror Story, playing Larry Harvey aka “Burned Man”.

As the season kicked off, the cast as a whole could tell that we were doing something special, and breaking the all time house attendance record TWICE was something that really gave the cast a purpose to create even more horrific nightmares for the guests. Us  scareactors in the Season 1 area knew we had to set the tone for the rest of the guest’s experience throughout the rest of the house (season 4 and 5) and I feel we hit that goal every single night.

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When auditions for HHN27 arrived I knew if I was selected, this would be my final year scareacting. Although I had hopeful plans, and dreams of going on until HHN30, those dreams were unfortunately squashed. We’ll get to that part later…….

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“I couldn’t believe it!”

When I found out I would help in representing one of the greatest horror movies in history I honestly got quite nervous. When I found out my role before I showed up to costume fitting, I nearly fainted. I held the outfit of the great Jack Torrance in my hands, and I was literally shaking. Not only was I excited, but I also wanted to make sure to do the best job possible representing this character and the actor who portrayed him.

My new role in my second year was to be what I had looked for last year; a mentor. I helped any first years whenever possible, and even learned new scaring techniques myself along the way. If there is anything I took from scareactors who have been scaring for more than 10 years, it’s that you are constantly learning, improving, and enjoying this event in many different ways. Jack Torrance had the best scare out of both my years as a scareactor, in my opinion, because it was so well hidden. I could pop out with an axe, have a guest drop to the floor, and immediately vanish back into the hedges.

Probably the greatest experience out of both years came during HHN27. I was in a spot in the hedgemaze where I was the middle Jack in a series of three. Our timing had to be perfectly precise, since the Jack who popped out before me had 2 spots he could come out of, and 2 Jack characters could never be seen at the same time. Our Performance Coordinators were walking into the maze with guests in front of them as well as behind them. The first Jack popped out of his first hole and scared the guests surrounding the Coordinators; they freaked out and he quickly vanished. I emerged immediately, lifting my axe above my head swiping at the guests in front of me. After I quickly vanished back into the hedges, the guest in front of the Coordinators got so scared that they backed up and refused to continue moving. The guests behind them kept trying to push their way forward, screaming that they don’t know where Jack is coming from. Suddenly the Jack before me popped out of his 2nd boo-hole and had everyone fly against the side of the maze wall, and I took the opportunity to scare those same guests again as they ran back towards me. This back and forth scare continued for a solid minute, freezing the line in between our Coordinators because the guests surrounding them were too scared to continue on. That to me takes the cake as the best moment of HHN27 because my Performance Coordinators were there to witness our great timing, execution, and creativity as 2 Jacks who were downright terrifying. As scareactors, we pride ourselves for our great scares, but unfortunately no one really sees them besides the guests surrounding you and a few people behind them.

“So…do you think you could become a scareactor?”

If you’re a method actor like myself, this type of work can be quite fun. When I got hired for HHN26, I had never watched American Horror Story besides the pilot, but I went back and finished the entire season and fell in love with the whole series. When I was told my role, I practiced at home on how my character walks, talks, thinks, and feels. I even burned myself on my kitchen stove so I knew how it feels to be burnt alive, and how my body would react, which was a huge factor in my scare.

In my first day in the makeup chair, I talked to myself about my character’s wife, and how awful she was and how sorry I am for my daughters. Just about every day before we began while the que lines were starting to form, I had tea time with my kids; I miss those kids.

I had the same mental preparations for HHN27 for every set, and I would get into Jack Torrance’s head. Because of this, though, I became very depressed up until the half way mark of the event. At home, I would have fits of rage and instability. I had to eventually find myself again and try to hold back the crazy Jack.

I believe anyone can be a scareactor, I’ve seen it from my day job, to people on the street scaring their family when their family turns a corner. The part you as an individual will have to focus on is body language and movement. Try practicing without using your voice; you may not have an opportunity to speak in your role. Everything will come from what your body movement says, and over time you’ll find what works best for you, whether it’s a quick movement or a slow powerful movement (especially with a weapon). Personally, I would recommend scareacting, as you can put your heart and soul into any part you are assigned to.

“There is never a bad role”

So why am I not returning? Some of you may be thinking that 2 years as a scareactor really isn’t much, and I agree with that statement. I wish I could continue but there are a few factors that went into my decision to not return.

If you are in a relationship with someone, they more than likely will not understand exactly what work goes into scareacting. It mainly came down to the hours, though; the hours I worked vs. the hours my significant other worked. Being a scareactor can tear relationships apart and cause major rifts between couples. I saw it happen in both of my years performing. It doesn’t matter if their significant other was a scareactor at the event or not, this event can be a relationship killer. My best advice is to try to have some sort of support group before you jump into this line of work, and if your significant other can’t accept what you’re doing then you’ll need to really work out a gameplan with that person.

The second reason isn’t in the public eye all too much, but being physically assaulted, or worse, does happen at this event. This was honestly the main thing holding me back from returning for any further seasons. What I personally experienced this past year (2017) the final nail into the coffin for me. Although this does happen to many a scareactor, how they individually decide to deal with it is up to them. Just keep in mind that Universal Studios is an amazing company to work for, and they will treat you like family. They will be there for you for whatever comes your way as they want you to succeed in all aspects of your life.

I want to thank the readers of HHNU for their time, and their support to the scareacting community and Halloween Horror Nights. Your support means more than you know! We do see you, and we do love it when you return over and over again to the event. I also want to thank HHNU for approaching me to write this piece, and I look forward to seeing you all at Halloween Horror Nights 28!

What is Dead Exposure anyway?

A new haunted house has been announced for HHN28 today, and it’s actually a sequel of another house we HHN fanatics saw 10 whole years ago. So what was the first house like? What can guests expect if they never visited the first Dead Exposure haunted house? Let’s talk about that….

We Remember It Like It Was Yesterday

A few months over ten years ago now, we were getting ready to enter the house called “Dead Exposure” during the “Reflections of Fear” year  of Halloween Horror Nights, the year of Bloody Mary. We weren’t quite prepared for what was in store for us and how scary it was going to be. Imagine you’re a photographer, and you’re thrust into a pitch black environment completely populated by the undead, and your only source of light was your camera flash.

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That was Dead Exposure so many years ago. The pitch blackness was immeasurable, and we couldn’t see our own hands in front of our faces. The camera flashes were the only source of light throughout the entire house experience, and scareactors would scare the hell out of you in those brief moments of bright flash. Of course, once the light was out again, it was even harder to see because our eyes couldn’t adjust to the extreme change from light to dark. It was indeed a uniquely terrifying experience, and it just so happens that it’s coming back to catch us off guard again, ten years later.

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Watch a black and white, night vision walkthrough of the original 2008 house here:

Okay, So What About This New Sequel?

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The concept is the same, but the storyline is a bit different. I know I’ve been calling this house a sequel this whole time, but let me just confuse you here for a second. It’s really a prequel. This new house for 2018 will take us to Paris in 1982, right as the zombie outbreak is beginning. There’s a quarantine in effect for all those unaffected by the infection, and military personnel are administering a vaccination in an attempt to prevent the disease from spreading. This vaccination does have one side effect however; blindness.

You, Halloween Horror Nights guests, take the role of a vaccinated, blind survivor, and must make your way through the devastated city without the ability to see. You won’t be able to see a thing, but trust me when I say, they will be able to see you. Make your way through the pitch black darkness that is Dead Exposure: Patient Zero and see if you can survive.

Are your ready to brave your fear of the dark and enter the realm of Dead Exposure? Let us know in the comments!

Where’s the dates?!

One year ago today, the dates for HHN27 were announced. Here we are on the same day and we’re still unsure what date HHN28 will begin, though we have ideas….

Last Year’s Timeline

Before uncovering the most educated guess on the event dates for this year’s Horror Nights, let’s take a look at the timeline for last year’s announcements.

  • February 23: Dates officially announced. 34 nights of terror at Universal Studios Florida
  • March 29: First house announcement; American Horror Story
  • May 19: The Shining house announced
  • June 7: Tickets officially available for purchase
  • July 27: Ash vs. Evil Dead house announced
  • August 15: Bill and Ted announced to be the last year of the long running show
  • August 16: The Games of Jigsaw house announced
  • August 17: Scare zones and shows revealed
  • August 24: Commercial directed by Eli Roth released
  • August 29: Horrors of Blumhouse announced
  • August 31: All original concept houses announced

As you can see, they really held back last year until August, with a whopping 6 house reveals. This made a lot of die hard fans very anxious as well as generated lots of hype and speculation. Going by this timeline, that would mean that the dates could be announced quite soon.

Going back a ways though, we see a trend of the event dates being announced later and later. The 24th year of the event, we saw an unmatched, next day date announcement that came in the form of a thank you to guests and media for the immense success of HHN24. The end of the video was interrupted by jack the clown and ended with the dates of the 2015 event. It effectively teased Jack the Clown as well as announced the dates. Although the video was publically released on HHN’s official Facebook and other avenues on November 1st, the same night as the final night of the event, the video was sent to certain media companies (ex. Inside the Magic and Theme Park Review) on a flash drive EVEN EARLIER on Halloween 2014.

Ever since Horror Nights 25, event dates have been announced later and later. Will this trend continue and we won’t learn of this year’s dates for perhaps another month or so? This, unfortunately, is in UO’s hands.

HHN28’s Likeliest Dates

Going to a calendar, we can see that Friday, September 14th is the most likely opening date for Horror Nights 28. The going trend of the event is a mid September opening; 27 began on Sept. 15, 26 began on Sept. 16, 25 on Sept. 18, etc.

 Our predictions for the 2018 HHN event dates

 

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Our predictions call for 34 possible nights of the event, with the first Wednesday being October 3rd. There could be more than 34 nights during the run of HHN28, however, because there are some dates in question. We are unsure of the possibility of any of the following dates being event nights as well; October 29, 30, and November 1st and 4th.

Last year’s Halloween fell on a Tuesday, and the Monday before it saw Horror Nights open. This year, Halloween lands on a Wednesday, leaving Monday and Tuesday possible haunt nights for Universal Orlando. November 1st and 4th are question marks as well, being that the last weekend is always a bit off. For the past two years, the last weekend did not contain a Thursday or a Sunday, but we have seen events get extended in the past to meet demands or weather closures.

We are keeping our fingers crossed and our eyes open for the official unveiling of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event dates, and we’ll get them to your own eyeballs the second they’re out!

Haunts around the US: Jacksonville, FL

During our travels we were able to swing by a local haunt in Jacksonville called “Warehouse 31 Unleashed” for their special Valentine’s Day themed haunt, and boy were we glad we did…

Welcome to Warehouse 31

Continuing on our “Haunts Around the US” series, we find ourselves on Beach Boulevard, in a seemingly innocent shopping plaza. Here lies Warehouse 31 Unleashed, “North Florida’s largest haunted house.” We happened to be in the area doing other things this particular Saturday night and read about this haunt so we just had to check it out. This turned out to be one of our greatest decisions thus far in 2018.

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The entire property spanned a large warehouse in a shopping plaza as well as an entire row of the parking lot, which had the ticketing booth, two food trucks, and three decorative vehicles, including a bloody ice cream truck.

Just driving into this place got us excited when we saw all the decorations, the huge amount of fog looming over the entire area, and great looking scareactors roaming about the parking lot.

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Aforementioned bloody ice cream truck

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4 Haunted Houses For The Price of One!

Before moving on, I must explain: This haunted attraction is actually 4 haunted houses that are connected together into what is effectively one long maze with 4 queue areas. Each house exits into the next house’s queue. Groups are sent into each house IMG_5204individually, which in our case it was just us two in there. Staff allow one group inside at a time, and allow the next group in many minutes later (luckily for us there was only one group ahead of us and one group behind us, so there was no waiting). Our entire walkthrough experience took 40 minutes, though we could have been in there longer if we walked slower than we already were, which was definitely slower than your typical HHN haunted house. Anyhow, after purchasing our tickets, we entered the harmless looking shopping plaza. We were greeted by a clown in a kissing booth and a somewhat large queue area. The entire area was quite dark and filled with fog, in fact it was a bit tough to see. This was the entrance to the first haunted house, which had a circus theme and was full of clowns.

 

Something that really made this haunt stand out is it’s incredibly numerous actors in it’s cast, and all very talented. In fact, I was told there were 65 actors inside on the night we went, and between 7 and 8 “roaming” actors in the queues, outdoor areas, and photo op section. Many of the actors will speak to you, tell you where to go, and even give you tasks to complete to continue. They can get quite face to face with you, and even block your path and not allow you to proceed. These interactions were all highlights of the overall experience. Let’s not forget, though, that on top of this huge cast, there are a number of animatronics, all very well placed and effective.

The second house of the walkthrough was called “Voodoo” and contained New Orleans swamp lands and black magic themes, the third house was a butchery and meat packing plant called “Mr. Tasty’s”, and the fourth was called “Fear Lab,” a sort of asylum where experiments are conducted on humans.

 

 

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Fear Lab

Besides the great acting and overall tone throughout the whole walkthrough, another thing to note on this haunt is the impressive make up. The masks all fit well, all prosthetics were quite convincing, and all the actors with just make up on looked great to boot.

Warehouse 31 Unleashed is receiving our stamp of approval, and along with that an incredibly strong recommendation for our readers to go and visit. Smiling from ear-to-ear throughout our entire experience, I can definitely say we haven’t had this much fun and scares at a local haunt since Mysterious Mansion in Tennessee (see our review here)We will definitely be returning for any future special events throughout the year as well as during the Halloween season.

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VISIT NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS BLOODY VALENTINE BEFORE ITS GONE

There are still two more nights to check this out. Tonight, Sunday February 11, and Valentine’s Day itself, Wednesday Feb. 14. This is a really fun and scary attraction that, if possible, haunt fans should come check out. You can visit Warehouse 31’s website here.

 

Robbiween in photos

We recently checked out Robbiween and told you what it’s all about here, but now it’s time to show you all the photos we were able to take of the cool stuff up for auction!

The Silent Auction

The participants of the Robbiween panels from Busch Gardens, Sea World, and Universal Studios donated many of their own personal possessions for the silent auction to help the cause of raising money. There was a plethora of really awesome, even rare and autographed memorabilia from HHN past and the like. Noteable items included coffee with some of the theme park higher ups, and James Keaton autographed prints.

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Yes, that is a fortune teller in the background, and he was available for readings.

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From left to right; Paper model of The Haunted Mansion (Disney Attraction), limited edition Jack the Clown and The Caretaker LEGO minifigures, a female bust with crown of thorns, and a Howl-O-Scream icon model.

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The actual mask used by Glenn Strange!

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The item on the left is a prop used in Jaws

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Many of you may recognize these, also for sale at the Prop Shop on Universal property

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Paper model of the facade of the HHN house “Gothic”

The Panels

The three different discussion panels that took place were Halloween Horror Nights, rides and attractions at Sea World and Busch Gardens, and finally Howl-O-Scream. Each panel had a host that would break the ice and begin discussion, and then open the floor for questions. We learned a lot about the ins and outs of their respective positions, how they go about achieving certain goals, and heard some pretty humourous anecdotes. You can check out the first two minutes of the HHN panel on our Facebook page here.

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We would definitely recommend anyone who is a huge fan of haunted attractions or even just haunts in general to attend Robbiween to really get the insights they were always looking for, or purchase an exclusive collectors item.

Haunts Around the US: Kissimmee, FL

The dark months of HHNU’s particular subject matter are upon us, but that’s okay because there’s plenty of things we still have to talk about, take for example another year round haunt review, and this time much closer to home!

Mortem Manor in Old Town

Going back in time just a little bit to Septmeber first of this year before Horror Nights 27 finally began, the wife and I decided to kick off our haunt season with a visit to Mortem Manor. We’ve been considering going to this haunt for a while, just never really got around to it. But now that we’ve finally come around to checking it out, we can say without a doubt that it’s…………okay.

Now don’t get me wrong here, it wasn’t terrible or anything, but it wasn’t incredibly knock your socks off terrifying either. I would rate this level of haunt at about a “don’t hesitate to take your scaredy cat friends that don’t do a lot of this type of thing.” The wife and I didn’t get scared or startled, and found ourselves smiling once or twice.

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Standing outside waiting for the attraction to open. Nice spooky music playing at the exterior facade.

The Pros

  • Use of smells
  • Layout isn’t too straight or boring, we liked the inclusion of a staircase
  • Linear progression (from foyer, to living room, to church, to morgue, etc.)
  • Although weak, there is some kind of storyline here.
  • Very affordable price points. If this was Roller Coaster Tycoon,  my guest reaction would definitely be “Mortem Manor 1 is a really good value!”

The Cons

  • Lacking on human actors. I believe we only saw about 3 throughout our walkthrough, and they didn’t follow us or anything, just stuck to their respective scenes.
  • Heavy reliance on animatronics. Animatronics are fine and good when used well and sparsely, but when you use them to this extent, it makes the attraction feel like a cheap carnival/state fair ghost train ride.
  • Not scary. Okay, maybe we’re spoiled. Perhaps we’ve seen too many scarier attractions and our expectations are too high. Nonetheless, this haunt felt very tame and tolerable, suitable for a much less experienced audience.

So what’s the take away here?

Fun can be had at Mortem Manor. Our final review is a fair 3 out of 5 stars. It’s not scare your pants off frightening, but it’s fun. Experienced, die hard haunt fans take note: you won’t be shaking. Bring your friends that you can’t normally take to scary movies, Halloween Horror Nights, or other haunted attractions and events, and lower your scare factor expectations. Follow these steps and you’re in for a jolly good time at the least. Also, for the extra five dollars, we recommend the Buried Alive experience. They lock you in a coffin equipped with interior cameras so guests can watch as you become more and more claustrophobic inside the coffin. Inside, you can smell roses and soil, and hear the dirt hitting the coffin’s surface as your funeral proceedings take place and you’re buried into the Earth. They’ll let you out when you start kicking and screaming. $5 is a great price, even if you just want to watch your friend suffer.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you guys out there! -Scott