Rumor: Is this the secret 2nd HHN for 2021?

We reported last week on a rumor that Universal was supposedly considering making a second HHN type event for 2021.  If it happens, it was rumored to be held in the summer months and would be a mixture of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Anime and Gaming.  HHNU affectionately labeled the proposed new event as “Sci-fi Summer Nights.”

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However, working with our buddies at Screamscape who have also received similar rumors, we can confirm that Universal has also trailed a similar event between 2016 to 2019 at Universal Studios Japan, named Universal Cool Japan.

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Event map

The Universal Creatives created a number of temporary mini-attractions for the extra-hard-ticketed event in Japan.  These special attractions included: Godzilla, Sailor Moon (plus many other Anime shows), video game Monster Hunter, Detective Conan, Final Fantasy and Resident Evil.

The Godzilla 4D looked very cool:

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Where the rumors and surveys for Universal Orlando have differed from the Japan offerings is that they have included more horror and sci-fi elements plus many mentions of Nintendo (which Universal is now in partnership with).  Screamscape reported that the full IP list that was contained in the survey was:

Movies: Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, Fantastic Beasts
Series: Westworld, Dr Who, Star Trek, Black Mirror, Game of Thrones, The Witcher
Games: Final Fantasy, Minecraft, Pokemon, Dungeons and Dragons, Fortnite, Legend of Zelda,
Anime: Dragon Ball, Death Note, Spirited Away, Attack on Titan, Naruto,

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So hopefully this will give us a taster of what devilish plans are in store for us soon!

Would you like a 2nd HHN every year that was more focused on science-fiction and video game properties?  Let us know in the comments!

Remember: these are just rumors and nothing is confirmed until Universal says otherwise.

 

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Rumor: Lost Icon to Return?

The very popular speculation map by Horror Night Nightmares has been released this week with a new revision.  The updated version of their map contains a number of properties, including originals and IPs which are all rumored to be at HHN this year.

One of the lesser spotted updates to the house list is a little spoken about original house that we too have heard rumors about.

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The rumor being that this house will possibly use a long forgotten icon that never really saw the light of day – even less so than Jack’s brother Eddie!  That icon is: Nathaniel Crowe.

So who is he? Created in 2008 by Mike Aiello with the purpose of linking backstories of various past icons who were associated with the Carnival of Carnage.  The back story is fascinating, for which you can read more of that here. The idea of this pumpkin headed icon was as a sequel to the wildly popular HHN17 (the year Freddy, Jason and Leatherface took center stage with Jack).  However, for reasons unknown Nathaniel was not used in the following year and instead the designers chose to build HHN18 around another new icon (at the time): Bloody Mary.

But like all good ideas and horror icons, they never really die!  That’s why we have heard rumors that the pumpkin headed monster is to star or even possibly headline this house. All perhaps done as a tribute to Mike Aiello who is now no longer working on HHN but is now working on the plans and designs for Universal’s new theme park, Epic Universe.

If true this would be an excellent addition to the event and a great way to utilize a forgotten icon that never really saw the light of day.  He also sounds hella scary, being a composite of pumpkins, weeds, candles, crow feathers and the size of a large scarecrow (and we all know how terrifying they can be!).

Here’s the opening poem that Mike wrote to accompany the icon:

Forgotten are the ways of old
traditions blood black and cold.
Up through dirt roots grow and burst,
evils’ return, you’ll see what came first.
When ravens and crows made the night black, Pumpkins were carved to keep the evil back.
When the howl of the wind sent shivers down spines, Graves of our dead covered in vines.
When black cats crossed paths and wolves howl,
True witches did more than laugh and scowl.
Your time has come, Nathaniel Crowe,
outside the box you’ll think, you’ll grow.
Terrors traditions in ways you will demand, Halloween’s true self is at hand.

For more information on this forgotten icon go here.

So there you have it, a little rumor to tide us all over to until the big updates start coming!  Would you be interested in seeing this icon finally get his time in the spotlight?  Sound off in the comments!

Remember, all rumors are just rumors until Universal confirms otherwise!

Tickets for HHN30 are on sale

When purchasing tickets for this year’s HHN we highly recommend buying directly.  Hollywood’s event is yet to put their tickets on sale, though Orlando’s are available right now.  The two types currently for sale are (click on the title to book now):

General/US Tickets:

Buy an Event Night, Get a 2nd Event Night Free – Limited Time Offer – Purchase by June 3rd
Get your tickets early and you can enjoy two nights of terror for the price of one. Purchase your Halloween Horror Nights ticket now through June 3rd and you can come back a second night for even more frights. Online only. Select nights, blockout dates and restrictions apply. $84.99 plus tax

Halloween Horror Nights Flex Promotional Ticket
Choose a night to experience The World’s Premier Halloween Event, now in its 30th terrifying year. Purchase by Jun. 3 and come one select event night from Sep. 10–Nov. 1, 2020. Online only. Select nights, blockout dates and restrictions apply. $84.99 plus tax

HHN Hotel & Tickets Package
Scream all day. Scream all night. Then rest in peace. Convenient packages offer the best way to experience all three Universal Orlando Resort theme parks and the World’s Premier Halloween Event.

Package includes:

  • 4-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park Promotional Ticket 1 to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay (Book now–8/13/20)
  • 2020 Halloween Horror Nights Flex Plus 1 Night Free Promotional Ticket8 (Book by Jun. 3, 2020 and use any 2 nights Sept. 10– Nov. 1, 2020. Blockout dates apply)
  • Early Park Admission2 to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando one hour before the parks open (valid theme park admission required; select attractions)
  • Access to select live entertainment venues1 at Universal CityWalk

Special add-ons:

  • HHN Express Pass:Skip the regular lines one time at each haunted house and participating attractions. (Separate event admission required; pricing varies by date, subject to availability. Restrictions apply.)
  • RIP Tour: Be one of the first to book this killer tour when you purchase a Halloween Horror Nights Hotel & Ticket package. Join other fans and get a guided V.I.P. walking tour of the event. See more with front-of-the-line entry to haunted houses. (Separate event admission is required; pricing varies by date, subject to availability. Restrictions apply.)

Starting prices at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels are based on Sunday–Thursday travel Sept. 10–Sept. 24, 2020.  Prices start at $135 per person plus taxes.

UK only tickets:

Halloween Horror Nights 1-Night Ticket

  • One night admission to Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 2020 on any Sunday to Friday event date
  • This year, time twists and turns on itself—ripping cinematic greats, cult classics and even original nightmares from decades past into a new era of fear with more terrifying houses than ever, sinister scare zones and outrageous entertainment!
  • From £72 including VAT.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Plus Pass

  • Admission to Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 2020
  • Opportunity to live the horror again and again on select event nights from 10 September to 1 November 2020
  • Experience More Houses Than Ever!
  • From £85 including VAT.

Halloween Horror Nights Buy a Night, Get a 2nd Night Free

  • Admission to Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 2020
  • Opportunity to live TWO nights of horror on any Sunday to Friday event dates from 10 September to 1 November 2020
  • From £72 including VAT.

Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Episode #11 of The Halloween Half Hour – John Kassir the Voice of the Cryptkeeper

Join us for more spooky fun as we welcome John Kassir to the podcast to discuss his life and career.  John tells us some amazing stories of how he became the Cryptkeeper, working on Halloween Horror Nights, doing stand-up with Robin Williams and how he saved Jack Nicholson’s life!  Be careful what you axe-for as you won’t wanna miss this kiddies!

Plus we have our usual spooky news, we talk a few HHN rumors and discuss what you creeps at home are watching during this lock-down!

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy.

Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is a part of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com

This show is available on Apple, all good podcast apps or listen below NOW!

 

Walking Dead Actor alleges staff were assaulted at theme park

A scareactor from the now closed Walking Dead attraction in Universal Hollywood is alleging physical and sexual assault whilst working the former attraction.  The report by a number of sites states that the scareactors allege they were groped and physically threatened whilst working the now defunct attraction, with the theme park reportedly nothing doing anything (or very little) to stop it.

Kurt Logan filed a lawsuit against the company this past week with the Los Angeles Superior Court saying that he was personally punched by guests and saw a number of female scareactors be groped and sexually assaulted in the horror maze. “Universal actually incites its guests to fight the employees,” the lawsuit states.

A Universal Studios Hollywood spokesperson declined to respond to the specific allegations, they were reported as saying : “We don’t comment on pending litigation, however, the safety and security of our employees and guests is always our top priority,”

The attraction is now closed, with some online whispers being that this pending court case was the ‘nail in the coffin’ for the attraction.  An attraction that was reportedly set to return for their HHN this fall; though that is now surely in doubt.

The case notes that the majority of badly behaved guests were those that were possibly drunk.  Logan alleges he was punched in the face in July 2019 and then again by different persons in the August of the same year.  In January another drunken guest supposedly punched him in the stomach, for which he reported it to his supervisor and was reportedly told to take a break and then just go back to work.

The case reports that a number of female scareactors had their breasts and buttocks groped.  Scareactor Lisa Molenda who was working within a cage inside the attraction had a guest grab her breast.  She reportedly told her manager about the incident but was supposedly told that she “could have done to better protect herself.

Another scareactor, Josiah Steele, was reportedly hospitalized after a guest punched him so hard that he was knocked to the ground.  He supposedly took the matter further with Universal but they informed him that “most performers don’t press charges.”  The case also states that complaints by team members about their safety with guests inside this attraction go back 2 years.

Team Members and guest safety should be paramount during any experience such as this.  We must all play our part to report, ban and prosecute any persons who assault any team members or guests.  

 

 

Rumor: Two HHN Type Events Every Year?

We have heard rumors going back for over a year now that indicated that Universal was possibly looking to do something with Nintendo in the shorter term before the new Epic Universe opens up.  The rumors appeared to be pointing at a brand new seasonal event that would be the same format as HHN but with a Sci-fi theme and at a different time of year.

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Simpson’s Disney Already Did It

This “second HHN” is interesting as Disney started doing the exact same thing last year.  Since the 90s they have run their family-friendly-extra-ticket-event “Mickey’s Not So Scary” through the months of September, October and November (sometimes starting as early as August!).  However, starting last year they debuted Disney Villains After Hours at the Magic Kingdom Park which ran from February to July on select nights, and whilst this was a “diet coke” or slimed down version of their MNSSHP it would enable Disney to have spooky offerings from February through to November – a whopping 10 months of hard-ticket spooky type events!

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Already Testing the Water…

So using Disney as a business case, Universal must have thought that they could do a similar action and provide a more horror sided type event outside of their popular HHN; which is exactly what they have tested (read our thoughts here)!  Starting this year at the popular Mardi Gras events, they started to test the waters with a little more voodoo than before: more street performers were added, a tribute store (which was arguable creepier than HHN29’s version!) complete with a Voodoo King mannequin and faux bayou shack, revised voodoo art and far more food offerings; sound familiar?  It was all well received and I am sure next year’s event will be even spookier.
The Evidence

We wrote an article back in February where we obtained an information request from the BBC as to whether Universal had approached them to use Doctor Who in any of their parks, you can read that lengthy investigation piece here.  We were then intrigued to see Doctor Who and a whole host of other sci-fi properties pop-up in a questionnaire that was send out yesterday to select participants.  The questionnaire supposedly made references to the following franchises:

·     Star Trek
·     Doctor Who
·     Back to the Future
·     Lord of the rings
·     The Witcher
·     Black Mirror
·     Zelda
·     Pokémon

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Additionally, there was another earlier questionnaire sent out in January which referenced a similar event that would be solely based around Pokémon with the following features:

·     Hard ticket event to be run in the evenings
·     Special tasks
·     New Pokestops
·     Obtain special event only Pokémon for the app
·     Themed lounges
·     Special dining opportunities
·     Special merchandise
·     Beta testing new generation of Pokémon
·     And much more!

Provisionally named within the questionnaire as “Universal’s Pokémon GO Fest” it would feature a whole plethora of Pokémon challenges, quests and experience for the fans of the popular video game and movie franchise.  One of the questions related to whether it should be a duel event and not just feature Pokémon, so as this might have been a popular option it would appear that Universal are now possibly looking to see what properties could be folded into this event to make its appear more reaching and to a variety of demographics.


When could it be released?

Right now, it is all possibly just blue sky thinking with the survey questions leading the design process.  We all know about the widely publicized deal Universal has with Nintendo, so it would be easy to think that any of their properties from Wario to Zelda could easily find their way to any such event.  Likewise, The Witcher which is produced by Netflix is a possible as Universal has very good links to that organization.  Back to the Future is a Universal property, Doctor Who we have discussed and Star Trek has been loooong rumoured to be appearing in the future at Universal.

Likewise, the calendar does provide some clues as right now on the Marquee Events landing page it only lists Mardi Gras (Spring), HHN (Sept to Nov), Christmas (Nov to Dec) and New Year’s Eve; no other events are listed (though this might be due to Covid-19).

Total possible events include:

·     Jan: Rock the Universe
·     Feb: Running Universal
·     Feb to April: Mardi Gras
·     May to June: Summer Concert Series
·     July: Fourth of July Celebration Nights
·     Sept to Nov: HHN
·     Nov to Dec: Holiday Celebrations

Looking at the above, the schedule does seem pretty full, however, Universal wasn’t planning to run the Summer Concert Series (it’s had an on and off history and this is as far as we know), therefore a new sci-fi themed event would be perfect for this window!

So there you have it, a speculative article with some evidence of blue sky thinking.  Let’s hope it pulls off and it amounts to something.  Would you like to see a “Sci-Fi Summer Nights” event at Universal?  Let us know in the comments!

Remember these are just speculative rumors and nothing is confirmed until Universal says otherwise.

Speculation: How Might HHN30 Change This Year?

We’ve seen a number of reports coming unofficially from Universal that everything for HHN is business as usual and that the event is still being constructed and planned for September this year.  Builders are apparently still building, organizers are organizing and designers are designing the scares.  Here’s a few:

On that basis, we thought we’d look at how the event might be affected this year:

Please note that these are just our thoughts on this virus issue with Universal saying nothing more than the event will definitely be running this year.

Reduced Peril and No Virus Houses:

It goes without saying that houses or zones featuring any form of virus or zombie type connotation will be altered (if indeed they were ever planned as zombies have featured heavily in the last decade); for example, a house like Dead Exposure won’t be seen at HHN for a long time.  After the events of 9/11 all gore, blood and any dust was removed from all houses (the event’s icon was also famously changed) and travel was severely reduced.

Likely Lower Attendance:

As the travel industry has been hit hard during this time and many people who have either lost their jobs or been furloughed has rapidly increased, it is likely that many out-of-state and international guests will probably not be able to attend HHN.  During the 2001 HHN it was said that for the first time since the early 90s the event was virtually attended by just the locals of Central Florida.  It is likely that many of them will still attend the event they love, however, if the virus is still present it might limit the number of times people visit and possible put the older generation of fans off completely.

Possible PPE & Social Distancing:

As it is unlikely that a vaccine can be ready by September, we can therefore only hope that the virus is diminished enough by social distancing that it won’t be prevalent during the fall.  If it is still with us by this time it is possible that the event organizers may insist on all guests wearing masks and washing their hands regularly.  Lines might be physically longer with more pulsing and less “conga” lines of people running through the houses, with people less corralled with a 4ft to 8ft rule of space between parties, which might also lead to less scareactors in the houses with more special-effect types scares deployed.  It is hard to say exactly what will be required as we just don’t know how prevalent the virus will be in 6 months’ time.

HHN30 – Part 2 The Revenge in 2021:

Some events around the world which have either been rapidly reduced due to the virus or have been cancelled with for rescheduling for the following year.  We know HHN returns every year, so it is possible as HHN30 is an anniversary year that any special festivities or experiences that get cancelled due to the virus will likely be re-run in the following year.  Therefore, don’t think that this year’s event will be “one and done” because they missed the calendar anniversary, this is Universal and they live by their own rules – they will happily extend what we love if there is guest demand.  Look at Disney when they celebrate anniversaries, this Disney World 50th anniversary will probably go on and on and finish with a special cupcake in 2023!

Conclusion:

Nobody knows for sure what will happen 6 months from now.  All we can hope is that social distancing and frequent washing will purge this nasty virus enough that it goes away quickly.  If so, there might little to no change in regards to the coming HHN and it will be another record-breaking year for the world’s greatest Halloween festival.

All we can do is follow our respective state, federal and government guidelines and wait this out.  Wherever you are in the world we hope you stay safe and healthy.

Do you think the virus will be gone in 6 months and it’ll be business as usual or do you believe it will have a lasting impact that might not go way to until after HHN?  Let us know in the comments!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Nicholas G who was the only team/person from our 31 entries to correctly get all 13 questions right!  Well done Nicholas, we will be in touch over your prize pack!

The scores were:

13
Nicholas G
12
K Chang
12
Palace Theatre Patrons
12
Schitties Kidz
11
E Moore
11
Alex A
11
The Carey Ohio Blood ‘N’ Guts Sponsored by Meetz Meats.
11
Twisted Taters Suicide
11
The Town of Carey Gang
10
M Led
8
E Thaler
6
Addison C
6
Anthony P
5
Pizza Fries 4 Life
5
Jack’s Freaks
5
M White
5
J Smith
5
M Franks
5
Sara M
5
Ren P
5
D Baker
5
Michael W
4
Haunters Squad
4
A Austin
4
fREAKERS
4
Passholders Anoymous
3
S Reins
3
The Mummy’s Mommy
3
L Rodrique
3
Pete J
1
Paula P

 

The answers were:

1.     Who was technically the first icon of HHN to appear in the marketing of HHN?

The Cryptkeeper

2.     At HHN14, how many hurricanes would thump Central Florida before Field of Screams was destroyed?

Four

3.     Which movie that spawned a horror franchise was made from an idea at HHN?

House of 1000 Corpses

4.     Which social media star portrayed Bloody Mary in the commercials of HHN18?

Laura Clery – check her out she is hilarious!

5.     Which kid’s TV show had a promotion tie-in to HHN for one year, but never featured a house at the event?  It would in-fact have a temporary attraction at Disney World a year later…

Goosebumps

6.     What was the name of the ‘extreme house’ that was designed but never built?  It included being locked in a coffin!

Severe Fear

7.     What is the name of the travelling carnival that Jack the Clown originally appeared with?

Dr. Oddfellow’s Carnival of Thrills.

8.     Which HHN year did the little remembered Alfred Hitchcock lagoon mini-show debut?

HHN22

9.     Which male character would often appear alongside ‘The Rat Lady’ with his own body covered in a different type of crawling critters?

The Roach Wrangler or Roach Man

10.  How many HHN events are held around the world?  Including locations that no longer present them.  You must list the locations.

Five: Orlando, Hollywood, Singapore, Japan and Spain

11.  Which icon was planned for the 2001 event but was replaced at the last minute?

Eddie

12.  How many years was HHN held between both the Studios and the Islands parks?

Three

13.  Which house was rumored to have actual props from the Jurassic Park franchise contained within it?

Project Evilution

 

Congratulations to Nicholas and thank you all for playing!  We hope this has provided some little relief during these awful times.  We may do this again as a few people have asked to do another one.  Please let us know in the comments if you’d like to take part in another Quiz!  For now, thank you for playing and stay safe.

 

HHNU’s Virtual Pub Quiz

Welcome to the first ever HHNU Virtual Pub Quiz!

As many of us are on lockdown and have time to fill on our hands, we thought it would be great to get those grey-cells working and devise a devilish Pub Quiz for you all to take part in!

Rules for the Pub Quiz:

  • It is free to enter, you just need to email us your answers.
  • The top prize is a goodie bag which will contain a number of items but will also include a signed HHN book by Christopher Ripley (which you can personalize).
  • All answers are marked by the HHNU Team with Chris being the final judge on all answers.
  • If more than one person or team get 100% of the questions correct, they will be emailed a secret tie break question!
  • No purchase is necessary as this is a free event, you can live wherever you like and if you’re under 18 you must have your parents or guardians permission to enter.
  •  You can work in teams or individually, though you cannot submit your questions more than once!
  • A bonus point will be issued for the team with the best HHN inspired name!
  • You can use the internet or any resource appropriate (such as Chris’ books), but no heating as this is just for fun!
  • Quiz closes 24 hours from this post, all answers after this date will be voided.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • No cheating!
  • If more than 10 teams/individuals score 100% then the winner will be the team with the best name!
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • You need to email your answers and team name to:

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You have 24 hours from this post, your time starts now….

The Questions:
1.    Who was technically the first icon of HHN to appear in the marketing of HHN?
2.    At HHN14, how many hurricanes would thump Central Florida before Field of Screams was destroyed?
3.    Which movie that spawned a horror franchise was made from an idea at HHN?
4.    Which social media star portrayed Bloody Mary in the commercials of HHN18?
5.    Which kid’s TV show had a promotion tie-in to HHN for one year, but never featured a house at the event?  It would in-fact have a temporary attraction at Disney World a year later…
6.    What was the name of the ‘extreme house’ that was designed but never built?  It included being locked in a coffin!
7.    What is the name of the travelling carnival that Jack the Clown originally appeared with?
8.    Which HHN year did the little remembered Alfred Hitchcock lagoon mini-show debut?
9.    Which male character would often appear alongside ‘The Rat Lady’ with his own body covered in a different type of crawling critters?
10.  How many HHN events are held around the world? Including locations that no longer present them.  You must list the locations.
11.  Which icon was planned for the 2001 event but was replaced at the last minute?
12.  How many years was HHN held between both the Studios and the Islands parks?
13.  Which house was rumored to have actual props from the Jurassic Park franchise contained within it?

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

HHN30 is on!

News came this week that HHN30 is still in production and is still being planned for this fall.  The only change currently is that production members are now remotely working from home and producing the horrah from their own homes!  Everything else is full steam ahead!


HHN’s own Patrick Braillard confirmed to fans this week that they are still planning on hosting HHN30 and that no higher-up at Universal has said otherwise.

A few social media trolls had been spreading fake whispers that Universal had cancelled HHN30 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that is sweeping the world currently, though these reports have now been confirmed as garbage.

So for now, we can confirm that the event is planned to proceed and should you require tickets or want to take advantage of special HHN packages you should click here.

Afterall, if 9/11 and past economic recessions/crashes can’t stop HHN – nothing will!

So there you have it, the horrah will continue this fall!  Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Let us know in the comments!