House Reviews, pt. 3

Diving into our last three reviews, we can’t wait to continue visiting Halloween Horror Nights until the bitter end!

The Shining – ★★★★1/2

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Although not incredibly scary, this maze does an astounding job of bringing the Stanley Kubrick film to life. Every scene is there, including the man in the bear suit, and the “Great party isn’t it?” guy. You travel through the overlook hotel, every scene (except the large kitchen and walk in fridge/freezer)

Although you only see him once, look out for Scatman Crothers’ character Dick Halloran in the very beginning of the maze, and also his dead body in the lobby scene on the ground on the left side of the hallway.

The Hive – ★★★1/2☆

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A residential house has been completely taken over by vampires, and they turned the house into a breeding ground. The entire haunted attraction smells like dirt, and it’s everywhere, too. The vampires within this house are more in the vein of Nosferatu, with mishapen ears, crooked teeth, glowing eyes and bald heads. You walk through the entire house, from living room to basement and back to the attic, all the while encountering the beasts within. There’s a great stilt walker scene in here that can’t be missed. We didn’t score this house too high because it gets a bit redundant near the end. Dark scene, mound of dirt, vampire pop out, repeat. That didn’t stop us, though, from visiting multiple times and having lots of fun. Try looking at the actors’ eyes (if you keep yours open) because some of their eyes glow and it’s pretty cool.

Scarecrow: The Reaping ★★★★★

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Our coveted, hard to get 5 star rating this year goes to Scarecrow: The Reaping. In our opinion, this is definitely the scariest house at HHN27, so get ready for this one. This is the haunted house we crave to visit year after year.

It’s got everything: tight, closed quarters, scareactors absolutely everywhere, a pitch black corridor you have to feel your way through, a strobed mirror maze, and constant scares.  Fun fact, no scareactor in this house is less than 6 foot 2 inches tall! This house also introduces a fun new effect; bird poop! Yes, that’s correct. You will get pooped on by crows.

House Reviews, pt. 2

Continuing our house reviews, we have two IPs and one original..

Saw: the Games of Jigsaw – ★★★★1/2

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Being huge fans of the Saw movie franchise, we were ecstatic to find out it was coming back for this year’s event. With more movies that came out since the last haunted house featured at horror nights, there was plenty more material to work with. This house promised stuff from every movie in the franchise, and boy does it deliver! Including a trap from the newest movie that has yet to be released, this house have every memorable moment from the Saw legacy. It’s a literal hodge podge of different traps and death scenes throughout the series, and we love it! The highlight scene is what we will call, “many pigs, which are real?” that contains a whole group of the infamous pig-with-long-hair character, some of them are mannequins, and some of them are scareactors standing still. Throw in a strobe light and the terror ensues! This house is definitely worth a second visit!

Keep your eye out inside this house for what is known as “Guest activated triggers,” which are basically buttons that you can press to make different things happen.

American Horror Story – ★★★★☆

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First time we went through this one, I was getting scared at every corner. This one is a doozy for sure! From the amount of scenes you walk through (17!) to the amount of time it takes to get through (up to 8 minutes!) this house is a beast! They packed this thing to the brim with references to the show, from entire scenes to tiny details, everything is here! The guy who plays Evan Peters’ role in Roanoake is an uncanny look-a-like to boot. This house definitely deserves a second and even third visit, as well, as there’s so much to see. Prepare yourself for this one!

Dead Waters – ★★★★☆

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Another extremely aesthetically pleasing haunted house offered this year at Horror Nights. Dead Waters starts in a huge, moss ridden, French style river boat. The boat is sinking to one side, and so is the floor you’re walking on! Although not too high on scare factor, this house has tons of fantastic color and theming to really please the horror nights aficionato.

Be on the lookout in the haunted attraction for the Voodoo Queen herself, and well as some chickens!

 

House Reviews, pt. 1

Opening weekend of Halloween Horror Nights 27 was tons of fun. The crowds weren’t too huge, the lines were rather short, and the houses were fantastic. Let’s start our reviews with three of the haunted attractions…..

The Fallen – ★★★★☆

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With awe inspiring decor throughout, this house is definitely one of the more aesthetic offerings this year. Think the house “Gothic” from Horror Nights 22. Guests encounter winged creatures, seemingly straight from hell. Walking through this vast, and very tall cathedral, guests travel through dark hallways and come face to face with these eternally damned souls.

Although not very high on the scare factor, this house is definitely jaw dropping if anything. From the great effects, to the flying bungee cord stunts, this haunted house is definitely one not to miss. And yes, you read that correctly, there are indeed multiple actors fastened to bungee cords located within. They fly right towards you, and it’s a sight to behold.

Ash vs. Evil Dead – ★★★★☆

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A fan’s delight! If you have seen this show and enjoyed it as much as we did, you are in for a treat with this one. With tons of scenes taken directly from the TV show, this house is definitely the comedy house of the year. Between each scary scene, Ash comes to your rescue with a witty line everytime. All the actors are the closest look-a-likes Universal could find, which really help to bring the guest right into the show. Those of you who are afraid of chainsaws may still be frightened by Ash’s main weapon of choice (besides his boomstick,) but fear not, for he is the good guy who has come to rid the world of the evil deadites that now roam the Earth. Even though it’s his own fault.

Be on the lookout throughout this house for appearances of the infamous Necronomicon, the cabin that started it all, and “Ashy Slashy” the puppet version of Ash.

The Horrors of Blumhouse – ★★1/2☆☆

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We wanted to like this house. We really did. We watched all of the movies to prepare, but unfortunately it’s just lacking in actual scenes from each respective movie. The house begins with Sinister. The movie offers quite a few death scenes that could have been included in the house, but instead we simply walk through the attic, then two hallways, each with Mr. Boogey popping out in various corners. There’s no beach chairs getting pulled into a pool, there’s no tree with people hanging from it. Murder scenes are just painfully missing. After one scene and two hallways of Sinister, we move onto the Purge. Again, nothing here from the movies specifically. Think the Purge haunted house of HHN25; an indescript home invasion. Two scenes of the Purge, and you make your way into Insidious. Now this section is considerably longer than the first two movies presented, including actual scenes and deaths from the movies, mainly the newest installment, Chapter 4, which is still slated to release in 2018.

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After walking through the Insidious section, you’re then thrust into a long, storbe lighted hallway where all of the characters from all of the movies are mixed together to startle you all over again. Now don’t get me wrong here, this house wasn’t dreadfully terrible. It was just underwhelming. There were a few fake out scares that managed to frighten us, but overall it left a bit to be desired.

Keep following our page for more house reviews coming soon!

 

Media Event Q&A

We had the privilege of attending this year’s opening night media party, and we had a great time. For those hardcore HHN fans, we have transcribed the Q&A session here for your reading pleasure. Grab some popcorn and get ready to get some great information on this year’s event.

Q: Besides the Academy of Villains [show], was there anything else affected by the hurricane, anything else that needs fixing up?

A: You know, we have minor cosmetic damage across the property. I think what’s wonderful about it is that storms pass and we [still] get the opportunity to give the guests the great event that we have. I think that honestly we, you know, all of our thoughts and prayers are definitely with everybody, but it’s also an opportunity to provide an escape for them, even if it’s only for a couple of minutes in a soundstage. So they can have A/C. (all laugh) If you want to see something uplifting, it’s amazing to see how all of the team members here at Universal came to help each other out personally with whatever they were effected by the storm, and then come together and get this event up and running, so [it’s an] amazing family to be a part of.

Q: If guests could choose only half of the houses, which ones would you suggest for them to go to?

A: The closest ones to them. (all laugh)

Counter Q: It’s like picking your favorite child, do each of you have your favorite house?

A: Yes, they are my children and I love them all equally. That’s the political answer, too, but I usually do have a favorite house, but it doesn’t occur until the end of the event, you know. I have favorite scenes, favorite houses, favorite moments as we go through, but I don’t have one yet for this year, cause I haven’t really seen everything yet, you know. I have to go through night after night and then really meet my kids and get to know them better. What’s also good about the event is that your favorite house is gonna be different than your favorite house is gonna be different than your favorite house.

We have got such a great slate of properties and original storytelling this year that everybody is gonna get something out of the event.

Whether something truly terrifying or really entertaining, it’s gonna happen, and I think that that’s one of the great hallmarks. Up to a point at the end of the event, yeah, we’re gonna have favorites, but as of right now, level playing field. Everything is game.

Q: Earlier you said the event itself is the icon essentially this year. Fans love their icons. Can you elaborate on that statement?

A: I think that Halloween Horror Nights is the festival itself. It gives us an opportunity to place an umbrella over the IPs and over the original content, the scarezones, the shows. It shows that Halloween Horror Nights in and of itself is bigger than anything we would bring or put into the park. Halloween Horror Nights is an institution. We are on our 27th year and it’s only going to grow from here. And so I think that it is iconic of us to be able to take on that mantle. You know, years ago we had festival of the dead that ran as a parade through the park, and I think that calling upon that as kind of an homage is also part of what makes this year iconic in nature. It also gives the opportunity, here in the scarezones, is to create apex predators in each zone. Instead of having this one icon, we have got Sam hanging out in Trick R Treat, we got alien scientists out in Invasion, we have got our bone reaper that hangs out in festival of the deadliest so, it opens up the ability to get these main predators in each area.

Q: What kind of steps did it take for you to secure the rights to have The Shining be part of the Halloween Horror Nights family?

A: Most of it had to do with begging, pleading, crying, chanting, and some phone calls. It was a long process. Much like other mazes that we brought in the past, whether it be American Werewolf in London, Exorcist, Halloween; those are things that as fans, we have been seeking for years, and things just happened to work out this year that we were able to work with our partners and were able to secure that. It’s actually a very fortunate thing and we are all very excited for you guys to go and do that [house].

Q: The Shining is very psychological, so what was your biggest challenge in trying to convert that into a house that we could experience?

A: That is an awesome question, and that’s what we asked ourselves on day 1. Stanley Kubrick takes this huge Overlook Hotel, but he is doing it from a claustrophobic view when you watch it, and I think that’s what we decided to tackle first; the idea of expanse, but also feeling claustrophobic. So we checked the boxes, moments that you want to see, which I think are very important, but also our design team did an amazing job of giving you tight corridors while at the same time giving height. Sometimes height can imply more of a massive structure, so there’s alot of implication that really sells in the house. Kudos to our design team who did an amazing job with that. Thematically when you walk through the maze, you are observing as that individual who is going through the process of having The Shining and being attacked by the Overlook, which is something that Kubrick does such an amazing job of, that you go along Jack’s path.

Jack’s course that he has throughout the film, you are going through that entire process as you travel from the beginning to the end of the maze.

Q: So you got the Blumhouse, and you’re showing a sneak peek of the upcoming Insidious. You’ve got Jigsaw. Has it gotten easier working with other studios that have active upcoming properties as far as this is what we are going to do, this is how we are going to have your upcoming project without spoiling anything. Like working with Walking dead previously, you have been working with Horror Story throughout the seasons, has it been easier to work with these studios in bringing these things to life?

A: I think there is a level of trust that has been harbored. I can easily say that there is a hard earned trust. There is an established trust now that they know where to take care of their kids, you know what I mean?

We take alot of care in trying to represent the best we can their properties and I think there is a growing trust between us and those studios.

Plus it’s really fun, cause sometimes we see scripts before everybody else, and we see screenings before anybody else, and it’s really really fun.

Q: As a first timer from Atlanta, have you ever been told you went a little bit too far, and what do you have to say about that?

A: Everything is subjective, right? You’d be surprised. Sometimes something would go on like “oh I hope this isn’t going overboard” but everybody ends up loving it. You never know, life and art is subjective, so you never know what’s gonna come your way. There’s also the opportunity for us if there’s something we want to have work, it might be physically impossible because we might not know how to do it yet, but we will figure it out.

If we care enough we will go down that path and we will figure it out.

I think between us we put everything on the table. We absolutely have conversations and then we edit from there, but we always put everything on the table. So I think if we say “that’s too far” then that’s WAY too far (all laugh)

Q: With all of the work that goes into the detail and stuff on the scarezones and the houses, are there any easter eggs that you would want us, the fans, to keep an eye out for?

A: For the scarezones, Trick R Treat in Central Park, when you pass through and first look, it may appear that is sort of the party at the beginning of the film and the neighborhood where the trick or treating is happening, but if you really pay attention to all of the detail, the little easter eggs that are dropped in, you will see this fever dream of the story of Trick R Treat. It is all laid out for you, all of the pieces of the story is there. I’ll bring up Dead Waters because it’s based off the scarezone from that street, if you saw the shack in the street scarezone, you would have noticed alot of the decor, we have taken very specific care in selecting different pieces from that. So if you have photos from that year, you may be able to find some of those pieces existing in the house also. I have mentioned this morning, one of my favorite authors is an easter egg represented in the house as a zombie.

Q: How many people do you expect to come through this year? We like to give information to our followers and subscribers about how to make an experience better, so are there specific days or dates that we can share with them that might be a little less crowded? Any tidbits that you would have for people as they are walking the park as far as making the most of their experience or how they should spend their time?

A: Okay, number 1) Alot (all laugh) Number 2) We are doing more nights than ever before, so there’s alot of different choices. And number 3) Don’t pass up the opportunity to go to the bathroom. And wear comfortable shoes. Alot of times we walk through and there is somebody dressed gorgeous and they got their toes sticking out of their expensive shoes.

I’m like “Man, come and sweat in tennis shoes,” you know? Just be comfortable. Just come to hike around, have a good time, and party.

When I was asked tips on how to avoid the scares, you can’t. There’s nowhere that’s safe except bathrooms. We are not legally allowed……yet.

Q: Eli Roth directed one of the commercials for this year and I was wondering, can we expect him to have more involvement in the future in terms of IPs?

A: What I can say is that Halloween Horror Nights is an ever changing event. There is always going to be changes in attractions, whether people want them or not. Because of that, we are never gonna stop looking for people to work with, or groups of people to work with, or companies to work with, licensed piece of art or installments to be able to partner with in order to create to greatest event that we can possibly can for our guests, year in and year out. You dropped his name as far as the commercial is concerned. Wasn’t that a great commercial? And did you see the director’s cut, too? That was awesome. It was fantastic, and I think what that also does is it also points out the fact that Horror Nights 2017 is a party. It is a festival. You have no choice but to enjoy yourselves as somebody who, when people gets scared around you, everybody laughs. That is the first thing that happens when anybody gets scared, they scream and either they laugh or somebody else laughs. It’s a wonderful thing, it’s a positive thing. I also think that, with Eli Roth if you watch the director’s cut version, from all of us, my favorite thing to see, like we were talking earlier about Halloween Horror Nights itself being so iconic, is to have Eli Roth say, you know, here is a master of horror films who is a fan of Horror Nights himself. Whoooo, that was amazing. I was so happy when I saw that.

Q: How often do you guys monitor, randomly walk through and just kind of make sure that your vision is still being undertaken?

A: All night long. Every night. Every house, every street zone, we are constantly roaming. We also have performance coordinators with us assisting us so we are constantly walking through the entire event. And we practice what we preach, we all go by and wear our comfy shoes right when the event starts that we wear out by the end.

Q: Since this is the last year for Bill and Ted, what are you doing to send it off in style? I’m also curious to hear why is this the last year for Bill and Ted and for next year, will there be anything else replacing it?

A: Okay, I’m gonna work backwards here. C) Can’t talk about it. C) Are we doing anything special? Yes. You’re gonna have to go see the show. And then A) Why is it the last year for Bill and Ted? I think that to my answer earlier is that we are an ever changing event and it is subjective for sure.

People are gonna have a different opinion and it’s going to become a debate topic over whether or not Bill and Ted should stay with 28 and 29 and 30, but I think that if we are doing, I think we give our guests a huge disservice if we don’t constantly evolve and elevate this event and change it year in, year out.

I think that’s what you’re seeing; different parts come and go. I think it’s a great opportunity for guests to experience a different, new, and revitalized event.

HHNU’s First Media Event!

That’s right, we made it! After two years of dedication to Halloween Horror Nights coverage, we finally made it to the prestigious HHN media party, and that’s all thanks to you guys, our readers. Your support feeds our obsession and commitment to getting the information that we do, as quickly as possible. Thank you so much!

So What IS The Media Party?

Opening Night Media Party, as it’s called, is a closed, invitation only event that takes place in sound-stage 33. It boasts tons of free food and beverages, and offers the opportunity to mingle with HHN big wigs, fellow HHN loving media publishers, and scareactors before the main presentation begins, with a Q&A afterwards.

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The food was astounding. From a myriad of hot hors d’oeuvres like miniature beef wellington, jalapeno poppers, and buffalo chicken eggrolls, to name a few. There were also multiple meat carving stations offering beef, pork, and lamb. Additional dishes included nachos with all kinds of dips to choose from, delicious shells and cheese (with or without shrimp), fish tacos, and tons of different deserts.

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The nacho station. The cheese was nice and spicy!
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Coffee and desert station

Scareactors were roaming the venue during the “welcome reception” portion of the party. They were from all parts of the event (houses and scarezones,) and it was a really neat way of getting our first look into the various characters and themes of this year’s event. There were aliens, clowns, vampires, and everything in between. Check out our livestream here for a full look at the food and scareactors that were present.

The Main Presentation

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Upon the main stage area, the media presentation took place. It included cameos from Bill and Ted themselves, and characters from each house and scarezone to represent their respected property. Patrick Braillard hosted the main event, where he described each house and scarezone in detail, and we learned a ton of cool things about each of them. Each haunted house and scarezone had it’s own little stage with decorations, props, and actors that could be found within. Watch our livestream here on our Facebook page to see the entire presentation.

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Scarezone Displays

 

“You know, I think that every single year we put on Halloween Horror Nights, it’s not only a challenge, but it’s a labor of love. We start months in advanced, this year it was 14 months. We have already started [20]18. Yeah! We are already well underway with 18. It goes from a very small group of people, and it suddenly blooms into hundreds and then thousands of people that all work in unison to try to put on the event. And I can say that was all surety, there is no team member at Universal Orlando Resort that does not in some way become impacted by the work that goes into bringing this event on a yearly basis. Every single person, in some way shape or form, works to provide this for all of the guests, and that’s kind of an amazing undertaking.”

Q&A Session

The portion of the presentation with the most media inclusion, the Q&A session gave us all the opportunity to finally get our pressing questions answered, and make light of things we’re all curious about. This portion took about 17 minutes, and anyone who had a question could ask (so long as the question could be answered without giving out confidential information.) Please check out our Q&A transcription for all of the questions asked along with the answers given here. Plenty of fantastic information was given out.

R.I.P Tours

Last but not least, our entire party was split into multiple R.I.P tours, which is a guided tour through all of the haunted houses, rides, and shows with front of line access throughout the night. Along the way, tour guides give fun facts and interesting tidbits of information about the houses, scarezones, and other aspects that go into making the event what it is. R.I.P tour is a very exclusive experience available to all guests willing to pay the extra money for this incredibly special way of seeing this amazing event.

 

What is Ash vs. Evil Dead?

The Halloween Horror Nights fan community has been trembling in their boots awaiting another house announcement. The wait is finally over…..at least for now

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Bruce Campbell, cult classic comedy-horror star, is at last making his mark on Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Ash vs. Evil Dead is a TV series that ran on the Starz television network, and currently boasts 2 seasons with a total of 20 episodes. Bruce Campbell reprises his role of Ash from the ever popular Evil Dead franchise, as well as Army of Darkness, and wields his infamous chainsaw hand.

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After returning from 1300AD at the end of Army of Darkness, Ash now works at a convenience store and….yadda yadda yadda the Evil Dead are back to seek their revenge on him and finish him off once and for all. It’s up to Ash and his friends Pablo and Kelly to fend off the dead and save the world!

The House: What to Expect

Amongst other things, the obvious thing to expect here is lots of blood, gore, and white eyed demonically possessed zombies and menacing creatures. Universal creative can also use this house as an opportunity to take us into the previous movie incarnations of the franchise that the television series is based off. There will likely be some humorous elements placed here and there throughout the house due to the show’s dark comedic nature.

 

Those Halloween Horror Nights fans that have yet to see this television series ought to fire up those streaming devices and get to binging, because this haunted house has a lot of material to play with!

 

The Shining: Look-a-Likes or Masks?

The Shining. Talk about an icon movie. Everybody knows what Jack Torrance looks like. Without Jack Torrance there is no film, or even book for that matter. Seeing as he’s such a recognizable horror character, it begs the question: Will Universal Studios cast Jack Nicholson look-a-likes, or have their scareactors don hyper-realistic masks? The Orlando event is specifically in question here, as Hollywood for the most part always uses masks for highly recognizable characters (last year, Hollywood used masks for both Regan and the priests in the Exorcist, as well as Twisty The Clown. They admittedly weren’t too great, either! Check them out below)

Orlando used actor’s actual faces for these same characters, making for a much more realistic and immersive experience, not to mention the Hollywood masks were laughable if we’re being honest.
The Modern World of Mask Fabrication

Mask making has made huge advances in recent years. So much so that the average joe can buy hyper-realistic masks online, so long as they have the monetary means, such as Immortal Masks.

And who can forget those amazing masks of Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump that trended on the internet after their appearance at a convention?!

Hyper-realistic masks of Jack Torrance have already been made previously, certainly Universal Studios can contact the manufacturer and get their hands on a decent sized lot of them.

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Why Does This Matter?

There’s some picky people out there, and little things can seriously irk them, even downright piss them off if it bothers them enough. The Shining being such an iconic horror film with many calling it a classic, a little slip up like dudes who look nothing like Jack Nicholson could really put a dent in the experience and immersion of the haunted attraction. Universal does indeed have a track record for finding and casting great celebrity look a likes in the past, but there’s a possibility to have to cast up to 15 Jack Torrance actors per coast. That’s quite a few, definitely room for error. Granted, with strategic lighting you can make someone look like someone else, but one will notice The Shining is a pretty brightly lit movie throughout. Of course, we can’t do much but wait until opening night to find out what they’re going to do.

Would you rather see look-a-like actors or super realistic masks in The Shining haunted house? Let us know in the comments!

Further Icon Speculation

A few days ago, we brought forth speculation into this year’s icon. HHNU writer Scott thinks that’s all fine and dandy, but he has a different idea, and the evidence to back it up….

Who is Lady Death?

Last year, HHN 6 in Singapore brought a new, original icon to the HHN scene. Her name was Lady Death, and her and her minions so to speak were decorated in the Mexican “Dia de Los Muertos” aesthetics. Their faces were painted like sugar skulls, and Lady Death herself had a headdress with red roses and a single human skull. Lady Death was basically a character who was essentially a bringer of death to those whose time has come. She could also bring the dead back to life, and those she did bring back to life would follow her loyally. It was very much inspired by the traditional Mexican “day of the dead” celebration where the dead would come back to life and parade the streets with music and dance, they even had a parade! I for one am really excited if this turns out to be true, because then we can finally get a parade again!!

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Look at the website, slogan, and imagery.

Yes, when the Caretaker was first introduced, the slogan was very similar to what it is this year. But consider this, “Your time has come” also refers to death itself when your time is up. Considering Lady Death would come to those whose time is up, this could very well be referring to her.

Let’s also compare the imagery on the website, official Facebook page, and this year’s logo details.

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It’s pretty hard to ignore the fact that Lady Death’s headdress looks a lot like the GIF floating around on the official website and Facebook page (pun intended), depicting a skull and roses floating on the surface of water.

The Details in the Logo

The top of this year’s logo has a skull. Taking a closer look at this skull, you will notice that it has some fine detail that looks very similar to what you would see on a sugar skull, which is classic imagery from Dia De Los Muertos, as well as what the actors wore on their face in Singapore.

Bonus Clues

Consider this: Last year, Jack went to Singapore, and left Chance in charge of the Orlando event.

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This was also during Lady Death’s reign over Singapore, where Jack had his own stage show: Jack’s Nightmare Circus. If Orlando can bring Singapore an icon, certainly Singapore can bring one to Orlando!

Could Jack bring Lady Death back with him? Jack could have seen her and enjoyed what she brought to Singapore’s event, and liked it so much that he could invite her to take over HHN27, just as Chance took over HHN26!

As much as we would like to see the Caretaker come back, we would like to see something new even more so, especially if it involves a parade!

Do you think Lady Death is coming for us? Would you like to see the return of nightly parades? Let us know in the comments!

TICKETS AND FEAR PASSES NOW ON SALE! BUY BUY BUY!!

A quick update for you all, as a lot of you have been asking us in eager anticipation……the wait is over!

What’s up with this year?!

Everything seems to be going slower this year for HHN announcements and ticket sales. By this point last year we already knew three houses and tickets had been on sale for weeks! This year we only know one house, and tickets JUST NOW went up for grabs? Taking this slow moving season of announcements, we take it Universal may have some HIGE things in store we may not even thought of! Only time will tell!

THE INFORMATION YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!

Tickets, including Frequent Fear Passes, are finally on sale on HHN’s official website here.

The ticket prices and descriptions are as follows:

  • Monday/Wednesday event night $59.99
  • Sunday/Thursday event night $59.99
  • Friday event nights $63.99*
  • Saturday event nights $69.99*
  • Rush of Fear pass (first three weekends, 10 nights of admission) $91.99*
  • Rush of Fear +Express (express passes for haunted attractions with one time use per house per night) $299.99
  • Frequent Fear Pass (21 nights of admission, no Friday or Saturday admission with execption of opening weekend and the last Friday of the event) $102.99*
  • Frequent Fear +Express $319.99*
  • Frequent Fear Plus (28 nights of admission, includes all Friday event nights and the last night of the event that lands on a Saturday) $118.99*
  • Frequent Fear Plus +Express $399.99
  • Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass (all 34 event nights) $199.99*
  • Ultimate Frequent Fear +Express $599.99*
*advanced online price

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!

At: www.universalorlando.com

The Mummy, The Dark Universe, and You!

Being a Universal Studios annual passholder has its merits, including exclusive screenings of new movies before they’re released in theaters everywhere. HHNU team members Scott and Christine got the privilege of seeing the new Mummy movie last night, and it was a doozy!

The idea here with this piece today isn’t exactly to review the movie or spoil it in any way, but more over, to tell you what it means for the future of Universal movies and their possible involvement at Halloween Horror Nights.

As we have told you a bit back, Universal Studios announced it’s new film franchise “The Dark Universe,” and The Mummy is the first in the line up. The movie industry in its current state is constantly throwing out drab, predictable, formulaic cash cows with the likes of numerous Marvel and D.C. universe movies that mainly provide 90 minutes of explosions and nothing to write home about. The Dark Universe, however, sets out to cut through this bland trend sweeping the nation by revamping its classic monsters with new, original and incredibly fresh takes on them.

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Without saying much regarding plot, “The Mummy” was an exciting, funny, and scary new take on the classic tale that breathed new life into Universal’s original creature feature that started it all. The film is packed with stunning horror visuals, action that’s never too over the top, surprising wit, and a plot that holds up and keeps you entertained and involved. In a landscape full of one note films that go together in a “universe,” this first installment of the Dark Universe series gives us incredible hope for the next, and we can’t wait to see it. Within the film itself lies a couple Easter eggs of other classic Universal monsters, cluing us into the movies to come; The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Dracula, and Frankenstein, to name a few. But blink and you’ll miss them. The film even paid homage to the original Mummy series starring Brendan Fraser, which by the way, this new movie has nothing to do with (I did say it was fresh, didn’t I?)

But I know what our readers want to know; will we see any of the Dark Universe series at HHN? The short answer; likely. Though it’s hard to tell with The Mummy, as it doesn’t rely solely on scares and horror, but the tone and atmosphere of this movie tells us that the other movies could very well be scarier and considered members of the horror genre. Although The Mummy didn’t scream “house material” to us, upcoming Dark Universe monster flicks such as Dracula or Creature From The Black Lagoon could very well provide the scares and scenes that would lend themselves into haunted house attractions. We all know HHN has hosted the classic Universal monsters before, so we can’t rule out the possibility of bringing to life their new takes on the films that made them what they are today.

In summary, reader, we urge you to go see The Mummy (in IMAX 3D if possible), in theaters June 9th, even if you have doubts about it. It was a surprisingly fantastic thrill, and an astounding start to the series of movies to come. Just so you know, though, unfortunately nothing happens after the credits to clue us into what monster is coming next, so we will just have to wait for a teaser in the coming year.

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Do you plan on seeing The Mummy? Which Universal classic monster do you want to see brought to life at horror nights? Let us know in the comments!