Rumor: Something weird in the code…

Our good pal the Web Master has been diving deep into the recently updated code from the current Universal Orlando website.

The code is a huge database of words, numbers and letters that may look utter gibberish to you or I but it is actually really important as it’s the computer to computer language that makes the internet work.

And why do we take sneaky peaks at the code? Well the code often contains ghostly signatures for upcoming updates that might indicate the names of future updates or, as in this case, shows us with a list of words that optimize the website to make it easily findable for Google.

We also search the code as in past years it has actually revealed huge codes on houses that hadn’t been announced. For example, The Shining’s house name was located in the code as ‘Jack’ which we all assumed was Jack the Clown but in fact it was Jack from The Shining that was hiding in plain sight!

Anyway, back to the optimization words and phrases. The huge list contains lots and lots of possible Google search terms that would allow Google to find the HHN website over others, countless entries of “Park Hours for Horror Nights”, “Universal Horror Nights”, “Mazes for Orlando HHN” etc.

Now the exciting latest edition to this list is “Universal Fright Night”. Which is a very weird entry as HHN was, for the very first year only, know as Universal’s Fright NightS. But this entry is not plural, it is “Fright Night”. Which as you will know is also the name of a cult classic 80’s horror movie.

This is also significant as this movie would make an AWESOME source material for a maze and the best part, it’s produced via Columbia/Sony and the recent remake was produced by DreamWorks which is a Universal owned company. Universal also has an existing relationship with Columbia as they lease the rights to use Men in Black in the park and have used the rights for one of their biggest franchises: Ghost Busters for many years!

So there you have it, might be something or might be absolutely nothing. Whatever the truth we thought we’d share with you from this fascinating find, thanks HHNU Web Master!

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

Remember: NOTHING is confirmed until Universal confirms it officially and this is just a speculative rumor!

OPINION: Something interesting in the Stranger Things Update and what it might mean for HHN29 & HHN30!

Yesterday Universal and Netflix sent the whole internet into a frenzy with news that the awesome franchise Stranger Things was set to return to HHN.  It was no big secret within the industry and concept artwork did leak 24 hours prior but the scale of the positive vibes from this announcement was surely mind blowing!

And what with all the traffic and excitement looking at the video and press releases there was a very quiet detail that was slipped in that we wanted to highlight as it’s very interesting!

That detail is that the mazes currently under construction at both Orlando and Hollywood will be based on both seasons 2 and the unreleased season 3 (note: season 3 is to be released on Netflix on July 4th).

This is interesting to us HHN fans as the maze from HHN28 (last year) was just on season 1.  So this means one of both of two possible reasons:

1. Stranger Things has been renewed for a fourth season (dates of which are unknown).  So the news that Universal is working with Netflix to build a maze this year on a season that hasn’t been released yet is very good news.  That means in theory that the partnership between both companies is VERY strong.  Giving an outside company like Universal access to your content before it is released shows that Netflix is really happy with this partnership!

2. It might also be said that if season 4’s shooting schedule doesn’t line up or for some reason Universal doesn’t make a third Stranger Things maze it could be because next year in 2020 is HHN’s 30th year: HHN30.  So could the event be another anniversary type event where old houses are resurrected under one central theme just like we saw at HHN25, HHN20, HHN16 etc?

Regardless of the above you also need to pepper in the fact that Universal has been working with Netflix a lot lately!  We reported last month on two Universal properties that have found a home on Netflix (with others following soon enough).  Plus you also have got to say that these tweets from the official Universal Twitter account are weird, as they don’t normally especially mention other brands or shows that aren’t Universal, take a look for yourself (click through as there’s more like this on their feed):

So when you consider these tweets, the strong partnership with Netflix and the alleged squeezing of using other IPs from the likes of Fox (now Disney) and Warner Bros it would seem that the partnership between Netflix and Universal is to be the most fruitful.

This being said it would indicate to me that The Haunting of Hill House must now surely be on the cards for HHN29 or even HHN30!?  Noting also that one of the production companies behind this series is Steven Spielberg’s Amblin who have been longtime partners with Universal!

So there you have it.  What do you think?  Could we be onto something?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Remember nothing is confirmed until Universal officially confirms it!

STRANGER THINGS RETURNS TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD AND UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT WITH ALL-NEW HHN MAZES

Netflix’s supernatural thriller, “Stranger Things” returns to “Halloween Horror Nights” 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, debuting all-new mazes inspired by seasons 2 and 3 of the critically-acclaimed series.

This year’s chilling mazes pick up where last year’s mazes left off, continuing the suspenseful storyline where a predatory entity terrorizes the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, and delving even further into the parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down.

The mazes on both coasts will also parallel the hit show as it leaps forward to 1985, taking guests on a terrifying excursion through portions of “Stranger Things 3,” which begins streaming July 4 on Netflix.

As with the previous mazes, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort are partnering with Netflix and the creators and executive producers of “Stranger Things” to create authentic representations of the blockbuster series.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

“Halloween Horror Nights” begins Friday, September 6 in Orlando and on Friday, September 13 in Hollywood. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. Limited time ticket offers and vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com

 

6 Months Free for New Universal Passholders Ends Soon!

Universal has been running a deal for new passholders on the new 2-park, 3-park seasonal annual passes where you get an extra 6 months for free.

The end date for this offer is April 4th!

Getting your hands on this pass opens up a whole new world to the new passholder, including being one of the first to experience new attractions such as Hagrid’s new coaster.

With benefits including Universal Express usage after 4pm, early park admission, free self-parking, invites to exclusive passholder events, a passholder only lounge, resort discounts, UOAP only merchandise, UOAP badges, appreciation days, special events, special discounts on separately ticketed events and even discounted Halloween Horror Nights tickets!

What with other new attractions such as the new nightly show at Hogwarts Castle and The Today Show Cafe coming soon, passholder are sure to be offered sneak peaks first!

Click here to redeem this offer before the end date and get yourself a sweet deal on a passholdership!

Will you be joining? Let us know in the comments!

Details for Universal Studios Hollywood’s New Jurassic World – The Ride, Opening this Summer!

Universal Studios Hollywood unveils a first look of its eagerly awaited mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” as anticipation grows for its grand opening this summer.

Leaping from the silver screen to the theme park, “Jurassic World—The Ride” will immerse guests into newly themed environments and breathe new life into dimensional animatronic dinosaurs, including some all-new fan favorites featured in the Jurassic World films from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

This ambitious ride is being reimagined under the direction of the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., the brand stewards at Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

The state-of-the-art attraction will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Jurassic World. It will feature additional new dinosaurs from the film, lush scenic design, and ground-breaking technology that has yet to be experienced within a theme park.

The aesthetics of “Jurassic World—The Ride” will be dramatically enhanced, welcoming guests to a reimagined space reflective of the Jurassic World films. A fresh, new entry statement, stonework landscaping and a contemporary redesign of the iconic pillars illuminated with billowing flames will support a prominent “Jurassic World” marquee logo.

Engaging queue-line videos featuring facts and information about the dinosaurs within the ride set the tone for the adventure ahead, as guests learn more about these imposing prehistoric inhabitants that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.

And the daring expedition begins.

Once aboard specially designed rafts, guests will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation, traversing new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering just an arm’s length away from visitors. Encounters with such docile creatures as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will quickly turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning guests from spectators to prey. When the Tyrannosaurus rex begins to battle one of the attraction’s new behemoth dinosaurs, the rafts will spill down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the sole means of escape.

Located adjacent to the ride will be a new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the most beloved and deadly Velociraptor from the Jurassic World franchise, and her beta Raptors will engage guests in daring face-to-face encounters.

In addition, a new interactive “Dino Play” area will incorporate educational components within an inspired space where children of all ages can partake in excavations and investigate giant dinosaur fossils.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun throughout the year for $149 when purchased online. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

The Celebrity Super-fans of HHN

For many years now our beloved event HHN has been a global phenomenon that has attracted millions and millions of people through the gates of Orlando, Hollywood, Spain (yes Spain!), Japan and Singapore to experience this world-class Halloween event.

But normal people fReAkS like you and I aren’t the only ones that have been flocking to these events but also celebrities have been too. From members of Marvel’s Avengers to rock n’ roll royalty have all been delighting in the horrah.

What HHN fans might not realize is that many of these celebs are actually super fans of HHN and are often spotted year after year attending the event. So for today’s article we thought we’d look into which celebs are actual Super Secret HHN fReAkS!!

Penn & Teller

The magical duo have been involved with HHN since the very beginning of event (they appeared in Hollywood’s first year) and they’re also rumored to be HUGE HHN fans of both coasts! But it wasn’t until 2012’s Penn & Teller: New(kd) Las Vegas 3-D that the duo not only designed their own house but starred within it as scareactors for select nights. I have vivid memories of guests walking through that house only to double-triple-quadruple-take that they had just been literally scared by the actual masters of magic. Back in 2016 HHNU broke the news that the duo were spotted in Orlando on business trips and many speculated that they might have been discussing working with Universal, alas nothing has yet come of this news. 🤞

Ariana Grande

This native floridian and mega pop sensation has been visiting our Orlando event since she was a kid, and although she now resides in the City of Angels (where she has been visiting Hollywood’s event in the last couple of years too!), she always takes time out of her busy schedule to visit her home state and enjoy some east coast scares.

And as you can see below, she visits very regularly!

Fran Summers

The current face regular cover model for Vogue is an internationally renowned model but what many don’t know about her is that she adores Universal Orlando and HHN.

In a recent interview talking about her passions for Vogue she said:

“Flo-ri-dah baby! I think I’m going again this year. First things first, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios – best thing ever. If I could recommend one holiday to go on this is it. Basically, me and my sister went to all the theme parks last October for two weeks and my brother came for one. Universal Horror Nights is this big thing around Halloween – they have like 10 haunted houses. There’s a Stranger Things one, there was a Saw one the year before – very scary actually – and a Michael Myers one. We got express tickets and went five nights in a row, to every house and backstage tour. I went from the Fashion Month where, I think, I did something like 39 shows that season, and literally didn’t have one break. So I went straight to Florida once it finished. Honestly, it was my best decision ever, I just forgot about everything!”

James Franco

The coolest of cool Hollywood actor has done what many HHN fReAkS have aspired to become because he is not only a super fan but he has also been an actual scareactor!

I’m told that he has appeared twice as a scareactor but in researching this article I could only find information on his appearance in Hollywood’s The Shining maze. I seem to remember that he possible appeared in the This is the End maze but does anyone know?

Jason Blum

As with Penn and Teller, Blum holds the title of working with Universal to develop a number of mazes. From my notes I can see how he personally has been attending the Hollywood event for over a decade.

Starting in 2011 he helped bring Insidious to both coasts, plus many others ever since with no less than two houses on both coasts since 2017 featuring his company’s name. HHN’s John Murdy said of Blum in 2011:

“To bring the paranormal world of ‘Insidious’ to life, we’re collaborating with the film’s director James Wan, writer/co-star Leigh Whannell and producer Jason Blum, who all happen to be huge fans of our Halloween event!”

Slash

The man, the myth, the legend, has been visiting HHN in Hollywood for years. He has helped design mazes and last year he helped score a maze! The Universal Monsters Maze was widely haled as one of the best mazes Hollywood has ever built.

Here’s a trailer for this amazing maze:

Photo from Hollywood Life

Justin Bieber

The global pop star has been spotted many times at HHN (mostly in Hollywood) and he normally attends with a large entourage which over the years have included Selena Gomez and Kourtney Kardashian; who themselves are huge respective fans of HHN. Here’s a sneaky picture of him enjoying a rest between mazes in 2013:

Zoe Saldana

Interesting although she’s the only Avenger on this list she isn’t the only Avenger to attend HHN. This Avenger or Guardian of the Galaxy has a special mention as she has visited the event without fail every year for more than a decade. She loves the horrah and apparently she is also super nice should you bump into her during the event.

So there you have it, the biggest HHN Super Fans! Let us know in the comments which celebs you think should be on this list and who you’ve spotted at HHN!

My Updated I.P. Wish-list

Last year’s Halloween Horror Nights 28 was a incredible event and I was fortunate enough to get two of my wish-list intellectual properties (IPs) included in that event.  Those two IPs were “Poltergeist” and “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” Furthermore,  if the rumors this year are true then “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” will be returning to the event.

Since, Warner Bros is now hosting their own Halloween themed event, Universal has had a hard time securing some big name IPs.  This got me thinking about what IPs could Universal easily use for one of their HHNs.  While compiling my new wish-list, I took three factors into account: 1) Universal must have distribution rights to the movie, 2) the film or series should be 80’s based to fit into the possible continued theme from last years event and 3) the source material could come from Stephen King, since he does not like to license out this properties. Please keep in mind that this is just a wish-list. If any of these houses are actually apart of this year’s lineup, then it was just pure luck on my behalf.

Phantasm II

Honestly, I would love to have the original film as an Horror Nights house, but Universal only released the high budget 1987 sequel.  Lucky for everyone the film series uses the continuous theme of the evil undertaker, referred to as the Tall Man going town to town and killing off the population. This film series is know for its special effects involving flying killer spheres.  The Tall Man character is incredibly intimidating and could be used for some great scares.  Not to mention, the haunting soundtrack and creepy visuals that director Don Coscarelli created would make for a legendary haunted house. It would go without saying, but a, “Phantasm” house would have a lot of balls!

Psycho Film Series/Bates Motel TV Series

Of all the great stories Mr. Alfred Hitchcock put on film, nothing is more suspenseful then that of one Norman Bates.  Halloween Horror Nights would be able to give us a great maze no matter if they choose to use the murderous version of Norman in, “Psycho,”  or the younger version of the character that is struggling with mental illness in, “Bates Motel.”

Either choice gives Universal plenty of material to make the maze memorable. If Universal chooses the adult version of Bates then they can simply recreate all famous scenes for the movie, like Norman attacking with a knife from behind the shower curtain or the discovery of Ms. Bates’s decaying body in the basement.  However, if Universal chooses the younger version of Norman then they may be able to do something more creative with the maze. I for one can see a maze that is designed around young Norman’s troubled mind. The further you go into this maze, the further you lose the ability to tell what is real and what is a construct of the mind. Thus, showing you the horrors of the victims and the killer himself. As for the possible continued theme, “Psycho II” and “Psycho III” were both based in the late 80’s.

The Serpent and the Rainbow

In 1988, horror maestro Wes Craven gave the world “The Serpent and the Rainbow.” This film centers around Haiti’s voodoo culture and how zombies are created. The film features black magic, zombies, people being buried alive and brutal torture, all of which could be used to make one memorable HHN house.

There are two particular scenes in this film that could be used to make you scream for your life.  The first would be the scene where the main character meets the skeleton bride and a huge boa constrictor jumps out of her mouth. The final scene would involve the incredibly brutal torture scene where the main character is strapped to chair and a nail is hammered into his private parts.

The Thing

It goes without saying, but this is a haunted house that all HHN fans have been asking for over the years.  The films features many memorable gory scenes that could be used to make any year’s HHN more edgy, something that old school HHN fans have been asking for the last two years.  Please Universal gives us this house!

Videodrome

This house would have everyone shouting “Long Live the New Flesh” and they are transported to the digital mind control realm of “Videodrome.”   The film is about a secret government organization using pirate video broadcasts to brainwash viewer into becoming assassins.  Like many other David Cronenberg films this too uses outrageously grotesque imagery of body mutations. This IP could be used to make a house full of scenes that you would not be able to forget.

Legend

First, lets discuss the film’s distribution. Although most believe it is a property of 20th Century Fox, the movie was actually distributed in the United States by Universal Pictures. So, this give me ability to add this film to the list.

After seeing HHN 28’s visually stunning house “Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After” I would love to see what Universal’s creative team could do with “Legend.”  I feel that Universal would be to hit a home run with the visuals provided in this film by director Ripley Scott. Not to mention, what an incredibly awesome and intimidating lead villain that Darkness is in this film.  If you have not seen this film, please do. Tim Curry’s performance as Darkness is one of his best and rates up their next to Pennywise in “IT.” You could go as far as to say that  Mr. Curry puts the Tim in intimidation with his outstanding performance.

The Funhouse

“The Funhouse” makes my list due to two things. First, it is directed by Tobe Hooper, a horror legend. Secondly, the movie takes place at a carnival, a setting that Universal’s creative team loves to use. Just last year we got “Carnival Graveyard” so, this IP could be used as sequel to that house. Also, everyone’s favorite icon Jack’s origin story revolves around a traveling killer carnival.  This one just seems like a no brainier for Universal to use if they are in need of an IP.

Four IPs that just missed making my list

While compiling this wish-list, I tried my best to create a set of IPs that would please anyone. That being said there were four intellectual properties that barely missed making the final list. These four IPs missed by such a close margin, I felt that I had to let everyone know their names. Those four IPs are as follows: 1)They Live, 2) Ghost Story, 3) Cat People and 4) Prince of Darkness.

So, what do you think of this wish-list? What Universal owned IPs would you use on your list?

Dates for your Diary

There’s no mistaking that after a very early update from Universal on dates and BOGO tickets for HHN29 we haven’t yet had any house announcements at all. So what we thought we’d do is to provide a list of dates based on last year’s announcements and at least that way we can see when roughly the next updates will be. So here goes:

End of March: Dates and BOGO tickets

First week in April: Stranger Things

Last week in April: Dead Exposure

Second week in May: Trick r Treat

First week in June: Show and zones

End of June: Slaughter Sinema and zones

End of July: Carnival Graveyard

First week in August: Seeds of Extinction

First week in August: Poltergeist

Middle of August: Halloween 4

End of August: Blumhouse and Scary Tales

End of August: Merch update

Start of September: Food update

The earliest house announcement we’ve ever had is in the last week of March (2017) though technically we had a house announcement at the very end of HHN19 but that was a long time ago! Anyways, mark your calendars now and let’s hope we get an official announcement soon!

Let us know when you’ll think the next announcement will be and keep your eyes peeled for more info on #HHN29!

Former HHN Creative Creates Scary Escape Room Experience

Co-Created by former HHN Orlando and Universal Studios Artist Seth Wolfson the experience is expected to blur the lines between haunted house and escape room but taking this new 60 minute team adventure to new heights!

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn Escape Room will see players enter into the infamous cabin in the woods to find the Kandarian Dagger and destroy the Book of the Dead before the evil dead swallow their souls. Currently under construction in Seattle, the experience is set to open later this year.

Fans of the cult horror classic can expect to be encountered by Deadites, deadly chainsaws, a very strange deer head, a chained-up cellar door (chained up for good reason!), and plenty of weird and gruesome surprises.

Wolfson has promised that everything he learnt while honing his skills at HHN will be deployed to new levels with expert level attention to detail to the original movie, scareactors, animatronics (his speciality) and every scare tactic in the book! He said:

“Every part of the design phase we stop and ask if this fits into the Evil Dead 2 universe. We want this to be a great Evil Dead 2 experience and a well-respected escape room on its own merit… It’s an honor to be the first team ever entrusted with creating an escape room out of my all-time favorite horror film. It’s a dream come true.”

Unfortunately, the attraction is located in Seattle and no news has been received that the attraction will tour, but Wolfson isn’t deterred as apparently people are already promising to attend the experience from all over the world.

Doesn’t this sound awesome! Will you be travelling up to experience it? Let us know in the comments!

For more information click here.

Disney Fox Deal WILL Affect HHN

It’s with sad news we can confirm the rumors of whether the new Disney deal with Fox will in fact affect HHN from a tweet that was sent a few days ago by HHN Hollywood’s Creative Lead John Murdy.

For those that don’t know, and there can’t surely be many of you, the deal we’re mentioning is the agreement of where many of the Twentieth Century Fox assets are to be purchased by Disney and assimilated into their ever growing current business. The deal includes nearly all broadcasting rights, contracts and deals for television and film with mostly news outlets and newspapers being excluded.

It’s not known exactly when the deal with finalize but it is expected to complete this year giving Disney the controlling powers over virtually all of Fox’s former properties.

The tweet was during one of HHN Hollywood’s regular fan Q&A’s:

As “ahs” or American Horror Story was a perennial favorite at HHN it will be sad to see this property not return. Which got us thinking, what other properties do Fox own that now will likely never see the light of day at HHN? Here’s some ideas:

Aliens / Predator

We’ve never had a house where either of these properties has been allowed to explore their own respective franchises and the best we ever came was a “vs” house back in 2014.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

A rad choice from the 90s and it featured at a previous edition of HHN but strictly in Hollywood (it was also an awesome house read the walkthrough here). With a reboot of the franchise expected soon this could be annoying and what about the Body Collectors (or Gentlemen)!? No more Body Collectors???

A Cure For Wellness

This was recently rumored in 2018 but never saw the light of day.

The Exorcist

It’s been done recently and the sequels aren’t a great loss…

The Fly

Both the original and the beloved 80s version with Jeff Goldblum could sadly be off the table.

Jeepers Creepers

This property has apparently nearly been made a few times, it’s a shame we might never see it realized.

Hammer Horror

Some of the 70s British horror movies were released under the Fox banner. Most of them featured Christopher Lee as Dracula being pursued by Peter Cushing in various guises.

Hellraiser

This long rumored property has apparently got a very complicated legal ownership where Fox has some say over various parts of the franchise.

Lake Placid

The guy that keeps banging the JAWS drum is gonna be pissed…

The Legend of Hill House

Not to be confused with the Haunting of Hill House...

The Omen

Damian won’t likely be rising anytime soon.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Orlando has done a show based on this a few times and it’s sad it might never come back. We just need to take a step to the left and then a step to the riiiiiiiight.

Paranormal Activity

HHN has done similar houses to this with original content.

Poltergeist

Lucky they did it already!

The Simpsons

Forget any chances of a Treehouse of Horror house now.

28 Days Later

We’ve surely had enough zombies houses for this millennium!

Wrong Turn

We’ve had similar houses over the years which were likely better anyway.

The X-Files

It’s been unofficially at the event with The Spawning in 2009 and at various Bill and Ted shows.

But it’s not all bad news:

 

So there you have it. A number of IPs that may or may not ever come to HHN but if the Murdy tweet is to be believed it would appear these properties aren’t likely to come to HHN anytime soon. Thanks Mickey!

So there you have it, let us know your thoughts in the comments! And remember, nothing is confirmed until Universal confirms it!