The ‘Poltergeist Curse’

“Poltergeist,” has been long rumored to be featured at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 (HHN). Now, that we have the official announcement let’s dive into the urban legend  known as, ” The Poltergeist Curse.”

“The Poltergeist Curse,” is a popular rumor that the film series of the same name was cursed, due to the subject matter of the films. It is as if the evil spirits from the films have found a way to harm the actors who portrayed their victims.  The two most well know examples of this curse are the deaths of: 1) Dominique Dunne and 2) Heather O’Rourke.

The most tragic and down right eerie of these aforementioned deaths, would be that of Heather O’Rourke at the very young age of twelve years old.  The believers of this curse, also think the first film predicted O’Rourke’s demise.  O’Rourke’s character Carol Anne shared a bedroom with her brother Robbie.  During the various scenes of the bedroom in the movie, a poster for Superbowl 22 can be seen above Robbie’s bed.

Now, for the untrained eye this would appear just to be a normal decoration of any American boy’s room. However, “Poltergeist,” was released June 4th 1982 and Superbowl 22 occurred January 31st 1988 in San Diego, California between the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos. Now here is where things get creepy. January 31st 1988, was also the day Heather O’Rourke became ill and could not hold any food down. The next morning O’Rourke’s parents attempted to take Heather to Rady Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, while en route to the hospital Heather went into cardiac arrest and passed away.   For those of you that do not know, Rady Children’s Hospital is located in San Diego, California, the same very city that hosted Superbowl 22.  R.I.P Heather O’Rourke your light shined bright and left this world too soon.

Other events in this supposed curse include:

Dominique Dunne, who played the eldest daughter Dana in the movie, died on November 4, 1982, at age 22 after being beaten and strangled by her former boyfriend John Thomas Sweeney.  He was latter convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison, but was paroled after serving nearly four years.

Oliver Robins (who Robbie) was supposedly attacked on set by a animatronic clown. In the scene where he is struggling with the weird clown, it malfunctioned and literally started to choke him. Because the scene was meant to show a ‘real fight’, many members of the crew thought his reaction was just acting and it wasn’t until he started to pass out that crew members quickly intervened.  Robins survived the attack by the clown and is alive and well today and he doesn’t believe in the ‘curse’.

JoBeth Williams (who plays the mother), appeared in the infamous watery pit scene which was reportedly filled with real human skeletons and although no tragedy occurred to her, she reported felt that the set was haunted and the ghosts may have followed her home!

And there’s tonnes more of weird and creepy events from this supposed ‘curse’, read more HERE.

So is the curse real?  What do you think?  Let us know!


Should we expect another Halloween house in two years?

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

2014: The first appearance of Michael Myers at Universal Orlando


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


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

2016: The Return Of Michael Myers

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So What’s Your Point?

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



They’re Here. Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will bring guests “into the light” as part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights events featuring terrifying new mazes inspired by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ (MGM) iconic supernatural horror film, Poltergeist, beginning September 14.

Directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist garnered critical and consumer success when it first premiered in 1982. Characterized as one of the scariest films of all time, this groundbreaking movie paved the way for a new era of supernatural ghost stories that will come to life for the first time ever at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. This living representation of the film will take guests into some of its most iconic scenes and encounter memorable characters that spawned their first true nightmares.

The mazes will lure guests to the Freeling family house built atop a cemetery where malicious ghosts threaten the lives within. From the underground graveyard to ghostly apparitions, guests will come face to face with infamous scenes from the film including the iconic flickering TV screen, menacing Beast from beyond and pool filled with floating corpses. As guests cross into the ‘light,’ they will find themselves surrounded by a surreal landscape of vanishing walls, floating furniture and a creepy clown with a menacing smile. In a rush against time, guests will be forced to make it back to the world of the living or forever be trapped…

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 in Hollywood and Orlando 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 coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. All tickets and vacation packages are on sale now. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit

New Original House: Seeds of Extinction

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

“A Sound Of Thunder”

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

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

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

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

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

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



Design your own HHN

Each year Universal’s creative team does an incredible job creating an event based off of Intellectual Properties (IPs) and original concepts. However, over the last few years a number of fans have begun to criticize Universal’s creative team.  The main items that these fans have disparaged are: 1) the amount of time it takes to get event announcements, 2) the inability to land certain big name IPs and 3) scare zones that seem like photo opportunities instead of being scary.   So, the purpose of this article is to give those concerned fans a voice and to see how they would design a Halloween Horror Nights (HHN).  The following guidelines will be used for designing your own HHN: 1) unlimited budget, 2) you can use any location, 3) freedom to use any IPs, 4) five scare  zones  or more, 5) at least five haunted houses and 6) two shows or more  to help move traffic. Using these guidelines this is how I would create my very own HHN.

Scare Zones

1. An American Werewolf in London (Location=King’s Cross)

That is right I would put a scare zone in a Harry Potter area. Why you ask? The answer is quite simple. King’s Cross was designed to look like London’s Underground. So, this is why the area would tie into the story of ,“An American Werewolf in London,” perfectly. Spoilers for anyone who has not seen the film, but one of the best scenes is a chase in the London Underground.

2. Ghostbusters (Location=New York)

What a perfect fit this would be in the New York section of the park. Both ,”Ghostbusters,” movies are loving tribute to one of the greatest cities in the work New York City. Not to mention, they could have the ghostbusters perform a nightly show in front of the New York public library facade, which was made famous in the beginning of the first movie.

3. Evil Dead (Location=Central Park)

The reason for this scare zone is the area’s placement of trees. So, this area would allow the creative team to recreate some of the film’s more memorable scenes in the woods.

4. Tree House of Horror (Location=Springfield)

This scare zone should be labeled as two things: 1) no brainier and 2) why haven’t they done this already.  All you have to do is populate the Springfield section of park with characters from the various episodes of , “Tree House of Horror.”

5. The Fog (Location=San Francisco)

Thanks to 2016’s scare zone, “Deadman’s Wharf,” we already know this will work. In fact, you could use the same costumes and special effects and the fans would be non the wiser.

Haunted Houses

1. Return of the Living Dead

Return of the Living Dead is by far my favorite horror movie of time. This one of the few horror films where the characters make logical decisions, but still seem to get themselves in dire situations. The film is non-stop action, great special effects and still has moments of comedy allowing the viewer to catch their breath.

This movie would make an incredible Halloween Horror Nights maze. First, you have an unlimited of zombies to jump at you from every corner. This film has several memorable scenes that Universal’s creative team could knock out of the park. Such as the scenes where the goo-zombie is attacking in the basement, or when Ernie is dissecting a body in the morgue. Not to mention if Universal made this one of their smaller mazes the action would be non-stop and give the users a scare around every corner.

2. Psycho/Bates Motel

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.

3. Fright Night

First of all I want to make it know that we  are only talking about the original 1985 version of this film.  This movie is not only great story, but it was also one of the first horror films to present a lead character who is film savvy and knows how to follow the paint by numbers approach in order to survive.  This character approach would later give us another horror classic in, “Scream.”

The real reason I only see the 1985 version of the movie as a maze, is that you could do some really cheesy Peter Vincent, “Fright Night,” TV show monologues cue videos just like Universal did for the now classic maze, “HR Bloodengutz.”  This would get the crowd pumped up and excited for the maze. Finally, Universal should have plenty of vampire supplies left over from 2017’s “The Hive,” to recreate some of the film’s more famous scenes.

4. Suspiria 3-D

Suspiria is an incredible viewing experience, that challenges all of your senses.  First, the scenery is all vibrant red and violet colors that gives the viewer a sense of being in an desolate dream. Next, you have the incredibly bloodcurdling soundtrack by the band Goblin.

Taking in account of all the visual and audio aspects of this movie I fill this would make an incredible 3-D. All the vibrant colors of the movie could be recreated using the glow-in-the dark neon colors that Universal loves to use in 3-D houses. As for music, just blast the Suspiria theme song and let the mindf@### begin!

5. The Howling/Dog Soldiers

Either one of these houses would be easy to create. Just give us incredibly intimidating tall werewolves in very confined spaces. Give us a claustrophobic feeling of no where to run or hide. Makes feel that we are being hunted down one by one and the screams are certain to happen.

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

Where to begin on such a classic film that saved a movie franchise. Freddy is a horror icon, so you can never go wrong including him at a Halloween Horror Nights.  I would be happy if Universal just recreated all the classic kills from the films. If anything, Universal would have to give us the Freddy worm trying to swallow Kirsten and the, “Welcome to Prime Time,” TV scenes to make this maze legit. It would allow be incredible to see Universal recreate the winding stairs to Hell, right before you face off against Kruger in the boiler room.

7. Hellraiser

Count this one on the why hasn’t this already been a maze at Halloween Horror Nights list.  There are so many creepy scenes that the creative team could recreate for this maze.  I could even see Universal making the maze be the puzzle box itself.  You solve the riddle to the box, and begin to travel those the various chambers until you face off against Pinhead.

8. Five Nights at Freddy’s (VR Experience)

Five Nights at Freddy’s has been a pretty popular property the last four years, and the HHN fans have been asking for it.  If we ever do see this one at Horror Nights, I hope Universal does something really creative with it like making it a virtual reality experience.

For those of you that experienced 2016’s ,”The Repository,” remember wearing the VR headset and carrying the optic wand. I can see this working with the whole FNAF game play. The VR headset could be used like the mask in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and the optic wand would be your virtual flashlight.  As you walk around the dark maze you would hear footsteps or breathing at that point you pull down you VR headset then flash your flashlight to make sure you are save.

9. Eraserhead

Anything one who has seen this sci-fi classic knows how dark and creepy the visuals are. Give me a house with the creepy visuals and ambient sounds coming at you from nowhere and this one could be the cause of many a nightmare.


1. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Return

Universal please bring back Halloween Horror Night’s dynamic duo. This show has been a fan favorite since HHN 2. Yes, the last few years shows have not been great, but at least they draw in audiences and make the lines bearable.

2. Icon Show (See below to find out  events icon or icons)


The Director and the Usher

Since, the event I would design is very IP centric I would use both the Director and the Usher as icons. The theme of the event would have the Director and the Usher base an event on incredibly popular IPs, so that they could make a killing.

So, do you like the HHN we designed? What would your HHN include?

Did Universal just accidentally announced two houses for HHN28 today?

Over the weekend we all saw the furore that was caused by a certain local Orlando hotel chain accidentally releasing images containing, so far, unannounced houses for HHN28.  But did Universal just also accidentally announce these two houses by themselves?

Well possible, take the below screen-capture taken from the official website today.  Literally, no one ever reads the site’s T’s and C’s, but we should!  Take a look…


Orion, copyrighted for 1988; Orion was purchased by MGM but it did not release Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, but this movie was released in that same year.

Likewise, Poltergeist a 1982 film was made by MGM.  And there’s Legendary for 2018, could this be for Trick ‘r Treat or something else unknown?


Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Thank you to our webmaster for the heads up!

The Perfect Icon for HHN 2018

This year Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 will be featuring an 80’s based theme and I feel that one character would be perfect for the event. That person would be none other then Elvira: Mistress of the dark.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with Elvira, she hosted a TV show in the  80’s entitled, “Elvira’s Movie Macabre.” “Movie Macabre,” was an American comedy television show that aired B-grade horror movies and was occasionally interrupted by the hostess making jokes about the awfulness of the featured film. Elvira laid the groundwork for future shows like: “USA Up All Night,” “TNT’s MonsterVision,” and “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

Universal Orlando has already announced the house, “Slaughter Sinema,” which was described as a mash-up of B movies.  So, this house ties into Elvira’s backstory perfectly and could be used as her icon house.

Elvira, is also know as the Queen of Halloween and has performed at such seasonal events as Knott’s Scary Farm. Since, Elvira has now retired from performing at Knott’s Scary Farm she would be available for HHN 2018 and this would give the event a much needed second show to help breakup audience bottlenecks.

To kick this can further and continue this rumor Cassandra Peterson a.k.a Elvira will be attending, “Midsummer Scream,” to celebrate the third year mark of her film, “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.”  Also, attending will be Universal Orlando’s Mike Aiello.  So, this would give the Universal creative team the perfect opportunity to announce Elvira as this year’s icon.

So, what do you think? Would Elvira make a great HHN Icon? Who would you like the Icon to be?

Official Artwork for Stranger Things Maze Released

Things are about to get turned upside down at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights’ with the first look reveal of the “Stranger Things” maze key art designed exclusively by Kyle Lambert, the official illustrator of the mega-hit Netflix original series.

Featuring the series’ cast standing adjacent to the predatory Demogorgon, the ominous image depicts a nearly palpable account of what guests can expect to experience when the “Stranger Things” maze debuts as part of “Halloween Horror Nights” this fall.

The “Stranger Thing” maze, inspired by season one of the Netflix series, will come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning, Friday, September 14, and at Universal Studios Singapore, beginning Thursday, September 27, 2018.

The parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down, that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.

Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the mazes will be authentic representations of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, the chilling new mazes will offer surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.

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, while the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones with menacing scare-actors lunging from every darkened corner.

For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” visit

Athazagoraphobia comes to HHN28!

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

Athazagoraphobia: The fear of abandonment

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

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

The Scares

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

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

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

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

The Joys of Being a Halloween Horror Nights Fan


Each year Universal brings in more scary movie fans with their annual Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) event. This event provides the fans with an opportunity to live out scenes from their favorite horror films. Being able to live out these scenes provides an adrenaline rush and makes you want to comeback for some more. Once, you attend a Halloween Horror Nights event you are definitely hooked and will be back for years to come.  Here are a few things that true HHN fans do each year to prepare for the upcoming event.

Look for Universal’s Site to go live

All good things must come to an end and this unfortunately applies to Halloween Horror Nights as well. Once, the final lights go out and the costumes are returned to wardrobe Universal’s creative team turns the event’s website static and only shows pictures from previous years.  Around last March is when the fun begins for everyone, because this is when Universal goes live with the event’s site. This is usually a minor theme change, but it is at least a nod to the fans letting them know things are coming.  This is the point where seasoned fans begin to surf the Internet for rumors on which houses will be at this year’s event. I personally like to go to HHN: Unoffical, the best source for accurate Halloween Horror Nights rumors.

Wait for the first announcement

Once, you have seen the rumored list of houses for that year’s event it is then time to wait to see if they are true or not. Usually, around last April is when Universal announces the dates for the event and at least one Intellectual Properties (IP) house. This announcement is designed to stir up excitement for the event and let people know you better get ready to plan when you are coming.

Wait for various tickets types to be announced

Now that you know when the event is happening and have some idea what you will experience the next step is to wait for all the ticket type to be released. Once, the tickets are released you then can plan how to attack this year’s event. I usually attend the event during it’s first three weeks and go all out with the R.I.P Tour. This way I can experience everything at the event in just one night, and also save a lot of money thanks to the time frame.

Book your trip

Once, you know what nights the event happens and how you want to experience the event then it is time to make it official and lock down tickets. Those of us that have been to the event multiple years usually start booking our tickets around Mid-June. This is a very popular event and tickets sell out fast!

Wait for the full event reveal

After you have your tickets the next step is to sit back and watch all the announcements pour in. Universal usually have all the houses, shows, and scarezones announced in Mid-August.  This gives you a month to prepare for the event.

Pregame the event

How do you prepare for the event? It is quite simple just watch all the movies that will be at that year’s event. Universal’s creative time does any incredible job when it comes to designing haunted houses and scarezones. The creative team does such a great job that you actually feel like being apart of the movie yourself.  Another reason to watch the movies beforehand is that the creative team is known for leaving Easter eggs that a novice eye would miss.

Have your HHN experience

You have your tickets, seen all the movies and even listened to the commentary track now there is one thing left and that is brave the event itself. Now get to the park and have a blast! HHN offers an experience that is hard to describe. You will scream, laugh and even get a rush of adrenaline.  I believe the unique combination of emotions that this event provides is why we all become addicted.


Congratulations you have survived a Halloween Horror Nights and now know what it is like to be in your favorite scary movie. Admit it you are hooked and can not wait to attend next year. Now there is only one thing to do, and that is start this cycle once again.

How do you rate your experience as a HHN fan?  Let us know!