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!

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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:

hnuhuh

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!

 

The HHH Show Episode 10: Leigh Whannell and The Invisible Man (2020)

Join us for more spooky fun as we go all out on the latest Universal blockbuster ‘The Invisible Man’ with legendary film director Leigh Whannell who we chat to about his creations Saw, Insidious and Dead Silence. Plus he tells us about an hilarious incident he caused at Halloween Horror Nights! We also have Amanda’s trip report to Comic-Con, our non-spoiler review of ‘The Invisible Man’ and a Spooky Story!

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy. Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is apart of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com — This episode is sponsored by Anchor.

Listen now on Apple or on all other podcast outlets!

BOGO US Tickets on SALE NOW

The BOGOs are back! Guests can now make plans to get a double dose of horror with a special “Buy an Event Night, Get a Second Night Free” offer for the highly-anticipated 30th anniversary year of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, running select nights September 10 through November 1.

Plus, guests who book a vacation package that includes this incredible offer can be among the first to book event upgrades that will take their Halloween Horror Nights experience to the next level, like RIP Tours and Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror tours, before they go on sale to the general public.

Available for purchase online only through June 3, the “Buy an Event Night, Get a Second Night Free” offer gives guests the utmost flexibility as they’re able to choose two nights from 36 set dates, including select Saturdays, to attend the world’s premier Halloween event. And the chosen dates don’t have to be consecutive – so guests can face the event’s horrifying haunted houses, scare zones and shows on one night, then take a few days or weeks to recuperate before facing their worst nightmares for a second time.

Guests can also stay in the heart of the screams with a vacation package that includes Halloween Horror Nights admission with this special ticket offer, Universal Orlando hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s three world-class theme parks and more. They also have first dibs on booking an RIP tour – a guided tour experience that gives guests front-of-line access to all haunted houses and more – and a Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror tour – a daytime, lights-on tour of the haunted houses that gives guests a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life.

Here’s the terms:

Get your tickets today directly with Universal at halloweenhorrornights.com

Do you go BOGO or do you prefer FFP? Let us know in the comments! (FFPs are not on sale yet!)

Blumhouse wants to make HHN into a movie!

It was confirmed to Collider this week that Blumhouse have had discussions with Universal and the key stakeholders of HHN, to turn our beloved Halloween event into a movie. Jason Blum was asked about the rumor and had this to say:

“Yes! Definitely! We’ve actually talked about it. We haven’t quite figured it out, but there’s definitely a movie in Halloween Horror Nights somewhere.”

So one day we might just see HHN at the movies! Which leaves just one question, does that mean we’ll get a maze based on a HHN movie at HHN?? Now that’s meta!

Would you go see a movie set at HHN? Let us know in the comments!!

Rumor: Are Bill & Ted coming back for HHN30?

We’ve been hearing a number of rumors in the last few weeks that Universal might be considering bringing back the bodacious duo for one, final, final goodbye at HHN.  From these speculative rumors we thought we’d look at why this might be the case with 3 reasons to bring them back…

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1. New Movie

In case you’re the only person in the world to not know, Bill & Ted are returning to our screens this August with the third long-awaited instalment of their franchise.  Bill & Ted Face the Music will be seeing the duo face the challenges of growing up whilst also a visitor from the future tells them that one of their songs can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe.  As the franchise will once again be popular and will require lots of marketing, where better to market it then the Halloween event that has kept it going all these long years!

2. Weird Instagram Post

Yesterday on the official Orlando HHN Insta account they posted the following image:

Which is a weird photo to post, not least because Universal no longer has the rights to use the Bill & Ted image as the contract to use them was confirmed by the IP owner as being ended?  So if they’re now using the images of them again, does this mean they have brokered permission to use Bill & Ted once more?  Say perhaps for one last show in this big year….

3. Anniversary Year

HHN30, like HHN16, HHN20 and HHN25 is a big anniversary year for the event and 29 years since the duo were last on the big screen!  It would be a sad anniversary if the time-travelling duo were not present for one final outing at the world’s greatest Halloween event.

Honorable Mention:

The actors who played the duo and the supporting cast of characters nearly all still work for Universal, and as this clip shows, they would all be superb and fitting for a return!

So there you have it, our top 3 reasons why this rumor could be happening!  Would you love to see the duo back or are you happy to leave them in the past?
Let us know in the comments!

Remember: these are just speculative rumors and nothing is confirmed until Universal Orlando confirms otherwise!

More details added for epic HHN panel at Peacock Live

We recently reported on the new Universal fan event to rival D23. The new event is named Peacock Live and you can read all about that here.

We also informed you all of the great experiences coming to this new event. The panels and experiences will be presented on the famous Universal backlot one Hollywood and will give guests an unforgettable day of thrills and surprises!

That’s why we had to tell you all about a once-in-a-lifetime HHN panel will be presented on March 28 with HHN designers from the four corners of the globe from Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore!

The panel will include such HHN luminaries as Charles Gray from Orlando, Dan Perez from Japan, Gemma Lafraucheur from Singapore and the ghoulish John Murdy from HHN in Hollywood. It will also mark the first time that creatives from all 4 Universal theme parks that do HHN will be together on one stage at the same time! And just to be extra awesome, former HHN creative director Mike Aiello will also be moderating the HHN goodness!

If you’d like to attend you can get your tickets here!

Let us know in the comments if you will be attending!

The HHH: Episode 9 – Alfred Hitchcock WORLD EXCLUSIVE Interview Footage plus interview with Hitchcock Interviewer & Expert Sandra Shevey

Join us for more spooky fun as we go all Hitchcockian with some exclusive audio footage never heard before of Alfred Hitchcock, plus we interview Sandra Shevey a renown expert on the good man and possibly the last person to interview him 1-2-1. She also discusses her time with John Lennon and her amazing London tours which can be booked here: sandra_shevey@yahoo.com or visit http://www.alfredhitchcockwalk.wordpress.com

She also is on YouTube where you can hear clips of her other interviews at sandrasheveyinterviews, please visit, like and subscribe!

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy. Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is apart of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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