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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“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.

 

HHN Prep Marathon 2017

It’s a no-brainer to say we’re excited for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, but now that all of the event’s houses and scare zones have finally been revealed, it’s time to let the anticipation build to terrifying levels of – well, terror – with our very own HHN Prep Marathon. This year the team at Halloween Horror Nights is showering us with an embarrassment of riches in terms of original content and IP houses. To prepare for the event, we’ll be looking at the films and television shows that are being directly adapted for this year’s IP houses and scare zones as well as some movies that appear to have inspired the original haunts.

Depending on how much time you’re willing to spare and how much viewing you’d like to do, we’ve divided this marathon into three parts:

  • The Essentials– Obvious picks, but these choices are a must-see before stepping into this year’s event.
  • The Second Tier– Have a few more hours to spare? These are a few more flicks to get you hyped for this year’s HHN.
  • The All-Nighters– Calling in sick on Monday? Well, if you think sleep’s overrated, you can’t go wrong with these picks.

The Essentials

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The Shining (1980) – If you watch only one movie to prepare for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, let it be the Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining. Like last year’s The Exorcist house, this maze has garnered the most buzz even before it was announced back in May. We’re all waiting to see how the talented cast and crew at HHN are going to bring to life some of the most memorable scenes in horror film history: the elevator of blood, Danny’s big wheel rolling through the hallway, the “Here’s Johnny!” scene, the chase through the snow-covered hedges, and too many more to name. Of course, none of these scares will compare to turning a corner and seeing a grown man in a bear costume…

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Insidious (2010) – The first of three series featured in the Blumhouse haunt, Insidious is a film ripe for the Halloween Horror Nights treatment. Featuring memorable monsters, some quality scares, and great locations like the ghostly dimension known as the Further, the only negative to having Insidious at HHN this year is that it has to share the spotlight with two other film franchises.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead (Pilot) – For the sake of time, we’re limiting this selection to just the pilot episode, but in reality, the entire series of Ash vs. Evil Dead is definitely worth a watch. Get ready for scares, gore, gallons and gallons of blood, and a few belly laughs along the way. Because the show is a direct continuation of the Evil Dead trilogy, there’s a good chance that this year’s house could feature some familiar locations from the original three films. Perhaps we’ll also see director Sam Raimi’s Classic Oldsmobile Delta make an appearance.

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014) – Although the Blumhouse maze will be featuring Insidious, The Purge, and Sinister, I really do think the house will focus primarily on the first two, as the films in both the Insidious and Purge franchises offer a greater variety of scenes and locales that would lend themselves to memorable HHN set pieces. Of the Purge films, specifically, I believe we’ll see a focus on the second installment in the series, Anarchy, simply because the team at Halloween Horror Nights may want to avoid some of the more heavy political content of the third movie, Election Day. Arguably, Anarchy also happens to be the best film of the trilogy.

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American Horror Story (Pilots for Season 2, 3, and 6) – As we all expected, American Horror Story is back at Halloween Horror Nights and this year’s house looks to focus on the events of season 2, 3, and 6, subtitled Asylum, Coven, and Roanoke, respectively. As a fan of the show though, I do feel these are the three weakest seasons, with Roanoke being the low-point in the series. Regardless, there is enough creepy imagery across all three seasons to make for a really terrifying maze.

The Second Tier

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Trick ‘r Treat (2007) – Perhaps the best film to utilize the Halloween holiday since John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978), this anthology film weaves multiple tales all set during the same evening on October 31st. The film spawned one of the newest horror icons in Sam, the boy with the big bagged head. Expect to see Sam wandering the streets of Halloween Horror Nights in his scare zone along with witches, wolves, and all manner of ghosts and creatures from the film.

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Saw (2004) – This year’s Saw: The Games of Jigsaw maze is set to be a best of compilation of the most memorable and brutal traps throughout all the films in the Saw franchise including the soon-to-be-released eighth installment, Jigsaw (2017). While Saw 2 (2005) and Saw 3 (2006) are real standouts in the series, there’s no way we could recommend any film other than the one that started it all and created a tradition that ran for seven consecutive years: “If it’s Halloween, it must be Saw”.

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Hatchet (2006) – One of 2017’s original houses, Dead Waters, features a Louisiana swamp, voodoo, and a decaying haunted village. Adam Green’s 2006 film Hatchet features much of the same plus a hatchet-wielding mutant named Victor Crowley. Sure, there are probably better horror films set in New Orleans, but none are as purely joyous and visceral as Hatchet.

The All-Nighters

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Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987) – Frankly, the entire Evil Dead trilogy is worth watching repeatedly, but if you’ve only got the time to watch one, let it be Evil Dead 2. Essentially a remake of the original film, this Sam Raimi-directed sequel ups the gore, the gags, the goofs, and the comedy. Best of all, with most of the movie’s characters trapped and unable to cross a broken bridge, the bulk of the film rests on the very capable shoulders of the great Bruce Campbell. Hail to the king, baby!

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Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) – When Invasion! was revealed as one of this year’s scare zones, my mind’s eye immediately shifted to black and white and I couldn’t help but think of the classic sci-fi horror films of the 1950s. Movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), It Came From Outer Space (1953), and Howard Hawk’s The Thing from Another World (1951). If I had to pick one film from the decade though, I’d go with Ed Wood’s hilarious but totally earnest foray into extraterrestrial terror Plan 9 From Outer Space. For those unfamiliar, Plan 9 is one of the great original “so bad it’s good” movies. The film’s production and director were so bizarre that the story was later told in 1994 in the film Ed Wood, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

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Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – It’s only appropriate to honor the dearly departing staple of Halloween Horror Nights that is Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure by watching the movie that started it all. For many HHN fans, the Bill and Ted show has been an integral part of their yearly Halloween Horror Nights experience and while we’re sad to see it go, we’ll always have the memories and we’ll always have the movie to remind us that while it’s perfectly fine to be bogus, we must never forget to stay excellent to ourselves and to each other.

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What do you think of our list? Any other suggestions we might’ve missed? Please let us know!

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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!

Maze Announcement at SDCC?

Every single year there is always a Special type of Announcement they like to save for a Event or last. It’s usually quite big and the last few years it has been Silent Hill (2012), Evil Dead (2013), The Walking Dead (2014), and Crimson Peak (2015)For those unaware of SDCC let me explain…

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SDCC stands for San Diego Comic Con. Which is Comic Con that takes place in San Diego. It’s a place for Movies, TV Shows, Announcements, Reveals, Signings, and of course! Comics.

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It has also been a Host for HHN Maze Announcements such as Silent Hill in 2012, Evil Dead in 2013, Promoting The Walking Dead for HHN in 2014, and announcing Crimson Peak exclusively for HHN Hollywood in 2015.

Now there have been rumors circling around One Property that will be at San Diego Comic Con and today I wanted to talk about that property and see if it could be announced at San Diego Comic Con… Let’s go!

Jigsaw:

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Now I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that the Saw Franchise is extremely popular and has been at HHN before in 2009 for Orlando and at Hollywood in 2009 and 2010.

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The Maze faced Mixed Receptions over at Orlando in 2009 but at Hollywood it was loved both years it was at the event. It was based on all 7 Films from the Franchise.

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It should be no surprise that there will be a New Film coming out October 27th titled Jigsaw. The Plot is…

“Bodies are turning up all around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.”

There will be a Reveal Panel for the Film on Friday July 21st at 5pm-6pm Pst time.

So as the rumors having been circling around the return of Jigsaw at HHN as a Maze it begs the question…

“Will Jigsaw be announced for HHN at San Diego Comic Con?”

Also this was hinted at by The Ifrit so there is a good chance it will be a Maze.

The Maze also had appeared on the Leaked Lineup back in Late March for Hollywood as well. Also Murdy recently tweeted out that he would be back in LA by July 18th.

Could he be returning so that he can attend the Panel on July 21st and announce it? Guess we will find out… But here’s to the return of Jigsaw!

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What do you think? Do you think Jigsaw will be announced as a Maze on July 21st at SDCC? Did you experience the Saw Maze in 2009 at Orlando or at Hollywood in 2009 or 2010? If so what did you think of it? What do you think of Saw returning to the event? Let us know in the Comments!

Original House Rumor… #2

A while back we point out in our “Delicious Rumors” Blog Post and (Kind of) in our “Could this be the Icon for HHN27?” Blog Post we pointed out that there is a possibility for a Scarecrow Maze coming to HHN27. So let’s dive into where these clues came from and how these rumors are being spread to see whether this gives us any indication on one of the unnamed original houses…

(Note: Whenever “The Ifrit” likes a Tweet about his speculation it usually means that person is right)

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Not only that but a while back we were sent this Photo…

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Which actually looks very Scarecrow-ish.

As well as that there is this photo that was used on a Blog Post titled “All Ticket and Vacation Packages On Sale Now For Halloween Horror Nights 2017”  on the Universal Orlando Official Blog Posts Website.

Not only that but on the Regular HHN Orlando Website there is this Photo for the Event Tickets link!

Which all of these Photos are hinting at the Possibility of a Scarecrow Maze which begs the question…

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“What is the Scarecrow Maze?”

What our Sources are telling us is that this is a Maze based off a ScareZone from HHN14 titled… Field of Screams.

The ScareZone’s Plot was…

Stay off the path that is twisted and worn. Where stalks all grow tattered and torn. For all those who do, stay lost and forlorn. Singing forever the Rhyme of the Corn.”

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In real life, the maze was grown from scratch using real corn but a freak accident caused the whole maze to be destroyed!  You can read more behind the scenes stories about that here.

Which whenever a Maze or ScareZone comes back as a Maze they like to put a twist on it. In which as stated above the Maze is rumored to be taking place during…

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The Dust Bowl

Which was a time during the 1930s where it was period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the agriculture and was a very bad drought. It prevented farmers from planting their crops to farm which sounds absolutely perfect for this Maze to take place in!

Here’s the scoop:

The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion (the Aeolian processes) caused the phenomenon. The drought came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939–1940, but some regions of the high plains experienced drought conditions for as many as eight years. With insufficient understanding of the ecology of the plains, farmers had conducted extensive deep plowing of the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains during the previous decade; this had displaced the native, deep-rooted grasses that normally trapped soil and moisture even during periods of drought and high winds.

And here is an older video of the Scare Zone from HHN14

But here’s to a Reimagination of the ScareZone known as the Field of Screams! 

What do you think of a Field of Screams Maze? Do you think it will come to HHN27? Did you attend the Scare Zone in 14 and if so what did you think of it? Tell us in the Comments! Let us know your thoughts…

 

 

Rumor: No 3D House for HHN27?

Oh… 3D Mazes. Over the past few years we have been receiving 3D Mazes right and left. They’re honestly kinda a standard like The Walking Dead (Even though it’s rumored to not come back this year) to expect a 3D Maze every year but as for this year…. There are rumors that we may follow the walkers and not return for HHN27.

“The Ifrit” has been one of the biggest people this year to pass around Rumors and this is his latest one that there will not be a 3D Maze at HHN27.

Now I can easily just end it off right there but I wanted to go into the History of 3D Mazes and how this could very well be true and why. So buckle up and take a Trip down Memory Lane!

Jack’s Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision (Carnival of Carnage, 2007):

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One of the first proper 3D Mazes to ever be at Halloween Horror Nights was Jack’s Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision! It was where you entered Jack’s Funhouse and encounter all of his Maniacs! There’s not a lot of Reviews out due to it being in 2007 which from what I heard it did receive Positive Reviews and was said to be “More funny than scary”. It was the first 3D House ever though and Orlando wouldn’t receive another one until 2011…

The In-Between (No One Beats the House, 2011):

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The Maze’s Plot was that Louis and Bubba both College Students open a Portal to a 3D Dimension where two worlds collide and you are surrounded by Creatures as you enter this Phantasm of Horror.

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This Maze was tied for House of the Year with The Forsaken and met extremely positive reviews. It is held as one of the Best 3D Houses if not the best! The Next Year Orlando took a turn and wanted to do something different with their 3D maze.

Penn and Teller: New(kd) Las Vegas 3D (2012):

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The Maze’s Plot was

” During an attempt at an enhanced version of one of their tricks, world-renowned magicians Penn & Teller accidentally nuke the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. But don’t worry, it’s nothing a fresh coat of new paint and a few truckloads of BS can’t fix. Come on down to New Vegas, where all that glitters isn’t gold, and in fact probably has fatal levels of radioactivity.”

Following that you enter the Maze and go through Las Vegas and see what the Magic trick has done to people. It was based on the Very popular Magicians Penn and Teller and during certain nights of the Event they would appear in the House or near.

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The Maze had a very popular control room where People can press buttons and mess with other people walking through the Maze which was very unique. Reviews say that the Maze was Great and was very creative!

Afterlife: Death’s Vengeance (What Evil Has Taken Root?, 2013):

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The Maze’s Plot was…

Serial killer, Bobby “The Blade” Galletta, is about to meet Ole’ Sparky. 2000 volts are going to send him into a horrific realm of pain and suffering. His victims are bound to turn Bobby’s afterlife into an unimaginable and infernal torment.”

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This Maze was very mixed as some people really liked it and some people actually didn’t like it very much or they disliked it. After this for Halloween Horror Nights 24 in 2014 there was No 3D Maze we didn’t go back to 3D Mazes until 2015.

Asylum in Wonderland 3D (2015)

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The Maze’s Plot was…

“Follow the white rabbit through the looking glass and into a murderous 3D Wonderland. Is this world all in Alice’s mind or are the images we see real enough to kill us?”

It was the first Maze to be held in the Shrek Theater. The Maze also was based off a Scare Zone from HHN 2008 called also Asylum in Wonderland. The Maze and Scare Zone were both a twisted version of Alice In Wonderland. 

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The Maze made what is considered to be the most trippy Vortex Tunnel (as seen above) and is considered to be one of the most trippy houses at Orlando. It was met with mostly positive reviews and is considerable what I consider to be the Best Example of a 3D Maze.

Lunatic’s Playground 3D: You Won’t Stand a Chance (2016)

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The Maze’s Plot was…

“While Jack’s away, Chance has unleashed the horrors of her imagination. Her twisted delusions and reality are continuously blurred in a 3D playground of carnage. When the music box plays, the world shifts to her sinister theatre of the mind. But when the alarm starts ringing, Chance is thrown back into the brutal reality of her incarceration.”

The Maze was the first house to be located in the MIB Tent. The Story followed after the Show from HHN 25 aka The Carnage Returns. 

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The Maze was considered to be the worst of the year and was the most poorly received Maze of 2016. People said it reused props from other 3D Mazes and just wasn’t all that great. Though our buddy Logan seemed to love it…

Wait doesn’t that remind you of a Certain Maze from Hollywood…

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This was the Maze in 2015 that was also poorly received from Hollywood that ultimately people also said had reused props and walls from previous 3D Mazes like Black Sabbath: 3D and Clowns 3D: Music By Slash. 

Ever since that Maze happened in Hollywood we haven’t seen a 3D Maze in 2016 and Murdy stated in a Q&A that we wouldn’t receive one this year.

A 3D Maze needs two things to be Weird and Trippy. If it doesn’t have those things then it fails to be a 3D Maze. Which is why Asylum in Wonderland 3D is a perfect example of a 3D Maze.

Now Lunatics Playground 3D: You Won’t Stand a Chance was also very poorly received as well. In 2013 Afterlife: Death’s Vegeance happened and it met very mixed reviews. Then in 2014 there was No 3D Maze. So it begs the Question.

 

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What do you think? Do you think we will receive a 3D Maze this year? Do you think we won’t get one because of the Negative Reception of Lunatics Playground? Tell us in the Comments! We want to know your thoughts!

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!

Delicious rumors…

Every year since 2015 we have been seeing a trend where a lineup is leaked with all of the Mazes, Scare Zones, and Shows. Speculation… Ladies and Gentlemen has died. Here at HHNU we always look for new rumors and New things to talk about and this week is no different. We are talking about the Rumored HHN27 Maze List. But first I want to start with the Already Confirmed HHN27 Mazes (Keep in mind we will not be including Locations).

Confirmed Mazes:

American Horror Story:

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On March 29th 2017, at around 11am in the morning, we had received the Surpise Maze Announcement of American Horror Story. It will include the Infamous Season 2 Asylum where you will face the patients of Briarcliff Asylum and face the Infamous killer Bloody Face, Season 3 known as Coven where you will be surrounded in New Orleans where Salem Witches has thirst for power, and finally Season 6 Roanoke where you relieve the story of the Millers and face the ghosts of the Blood Moon.

The Shining:

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On May 19th, 2017, at around 12pm, we had again! Received a Maze Announcement of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. It’s where you have the Shining and the Overlook Hotel is the aggressor where you will see things that you will question as if you were Danny. You will face murderous ghostly entities around every corner and be trying to escape the sharp edge of a Axe.

Pretty exciting! But there hasn’t been a lot of other things said about HHN27 other than this two Mazes. So we are tackling the rest of the lineup with the Heavily Rumored Mazes starting with the Properties IP Based.

Rumored Mazes:

IP-Based:

The Walking Dead:

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I know that a lot of you don’t want The Walking Dead to return for HHN27 but it’s unfortunately a Staple. It’s Rumored to be Based of Season 7 with all of the Action and Horror but the real reason it’s returning is because of possible problems with…

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The Conjuring was heavily rumored to be coming to this year’s event however due to the Lawsuit that Warner Bros. is facing with $900 million dollars over the Series that Orlando pulled it out and is replacing it with The Walking Dead.  Not as bad as Scream but…

Insidious:

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I’m sure a lot of you would want to see this return but it’s rumored that Insidous will return for HHN27. In 2015 the Maze appeared with Chapter 1 through 3 and the House was extremely popular and very positively received. Chapter 4 was originally rumored to be released on October 20th, 2017 but was moved to January 5th, 2017. The Maze is rumored to use Scenes from Chapter 3 and promote Chapter 4 (Similar to how Wolfman was done in 2009). It’s possible it could be removed but here’s to Insidous returning.

Evil Dead:

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But Rumored for quite a while but this year Evil Dead will be returning to the Event. It is rumored to be named Ash Vs Evil Dead (But won’t use any Scenes from the Show) for Promotional Purposes and will use Scenes from The Evil Dead (Original) and Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (Mostly). The Maze in 2013 was based off the Remake and was also well received. So exciting!

Saw:

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Yes! Another very popular Horror Series could be returning to HHN and that is Saw. It is rumored to use Scenes from Saw 1-7 and the upcoming Saw: Legacy that will be coming out October 27th, 2017 which is perfect for Promotion! Also the Codename Checkmate could be this Maze as in Chess, Checkmate is when the King is cornered and is about to deleted. Which could be a Fancy Way of saying Game Over. Either way it’s very exciting to see this Series being rumored to return to HHN!

So that’s for the Rumored IP-Based Mazes and now let’s move on to the Rumored Original Mazes!

Original Mazes:

Gothic and Catacombs Crossover:

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Been rumored for quite some time now but there are rumors suggesting a Catacombs and Gothic Crossover. For those unaware the Plot for Catacombs from 2010 was:

“During a plague of Paris and Marseilles in 1534, thousands died due to an undisclosed viral outbreak. A group of doctors took it upon themselves to quarantine the most infected citizens of the city. They had no way of knowing that the townspeople would betray them, sealing them into their doom. They have been unable to escape for almost five hundred years. Now that the dead inside have found a way out, they are rising to take their centuries old vengeance on any living being that dares to enter the Catacombs.”

And the Plot for Gothic from 2012 was…

“The Catedral de Caementum Animus is, by day, undergoing a building-wide architectural refurbishment. By night, the many stone gargoyles that keep watchful eye over the sanctuary come to life with the mission of protecting this sacred place against intrusion.”

But it would be following the idea from 2015 of a Crossover (Body Collectors and Psychoscareapy). Not only that but the Cathedral from Gothic could be the Facade for Sprung Tent 2…

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Not only that but our friend “The Ifrit” has also been hinting at it…

And one of the posts he was referring to was from “Dan89” on HorrorNightNightmares

“Just had a thought…in the tweet from May 13 they mention “bones” and “stones.” There have been two houses set in Carae: Catacombs and Gothic. Both of these houses were very well-received in there respective years. Could a crossover of these two properties be possible?”

The Chances are very high and it would be exciting to see a Crossover of this two Properties.

Dark Fortunes:

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Rumors suggest the next icon could well be…

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Yep. We had mentioned her last week in  “Female Icon for HHN27?” and the hint was from one of the HHN Creative Team’s Social Media in their bio saying

“Bringing out the designs to scare you during HHN… then it hush hush dont say a word HHN27 killed the mocking bird.”

Which is similar to a quote by the Caretaker…

“Hush little baby, don’t say a word/ Daddy’s going to buy you a mockingbird/ And if that mockingbird don’t fly/ Daddy says it’s time to DIE!”

For those unaware Cindy is the daughter of the Caretaker and the tweets by “The Ifrit” hinting at her were…

At one point she was to be named SINdy and the whole flames burn brightest when tinder’s dry is a reference to her Maze in 2010 called “The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes” the setting of the maze is a burned down orphanage.

And the part where it every thing gets confusing is that the rumor is that she grows up and eventually becomes a Fortune Teller. Which is why the Maze is called Dark Fortunes. 

This was a huge rumor to dissect but Cindy is rumored to be the Icon for HHN27 (Also the name Dark Fortunes was not custom made but was given by a Source). But Fortune Teller Cindy Icon for HHN27. Pretty exciting!

Scarecrow Maze:

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So one of the Mazes this year was actually kinda reported on in our “Could this be the icon for HHN27?” which was that Nathaniel Crowe was shot down by “The Ifrit” recently which adds more flame to the idea of a Cindy Icon.

But also to add on the other hints towards this Maze by “The Irfit” are…

Where he then shot down the Possibility of a “The Path of the Wicked 3D” (Or “The Wizard of Oz”) Maze…

Which can equal to one thing… It happen in the 1930s where there was rust everywhere, fields were destroyed, Okie (Or People) moved, there was a lack of rain, and dust was everywhere. That event was known as…

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Which means that “The Ifrit” (And our Sources) are hinting at a All New Original Scarecrow Maze taking place during the Dust Bowl. It’s a pretty wild and unique idea but we are still pretty sure that the Codename BRAINS is this Maze. As we all know that Scarecrows don’t have any BRAINS.

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It also adds on the image we were sent by a Unknown Source being a Scarecrow Maze.

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Either way I personally think it’s a great lineup (If True) and will make for a Great Year at HHN.

So what do you think? Do you think the Lineup is True or False? Are you attending HHN27?

Let us know in the Comments! 

Is This Show Coming To HHN27?

Last year’s HHN26 was quite fantastic. It brought new Properties like The Exorcist, Krampus, and American Horror Story along with Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Walking Dead. It also brought 3 Originals to the Table being the Return of Ghost Town, a New Original called Tombs of the Ancient, and a Icon Maze around Chance called Lunatics Playground. Making all together 9 Mazes. It also brought 5 hyper detailed Scarezones and our first upcharge maze making 10 Mazes being The Repository VR Experience. Finally it brought 2 Shows being the usual Bill and Ted and a Brand New Show called Academy of Villains. The Show similar to Hollywood’s Jabbawockeez (But not really) focuses on a group of dancers performing in a high energy 30 Minute Show.

The Show from what I have seen received incredible reviews as people ate it up. It was unbelievable. Recently Phoenix the Director and Choreographer for Academy of Villains tweeted this out…

This is actually pretty exciting news for Orlando! I’m a Hollywood Person but just viewing it on Youtube looked incredible. Hopefully they do a different theme! But is Academy of Villains coming back? Well probably. There was a lot of positive feedback from last year’s show and it just ate up crowds.

We also know that the vastly popular ScareZone Podcast also reached out to AOV but did not get a response, other than that they would appear on the show but would not comment on possible up coming appearances. So there you have it, here’s to Academy of Villains possibly returning!

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What did you think of Academy of Villains last year? Do you think or want Academy of Villains to return this year? Tell us in the Comments!