Is Universal hiding another secret in their code?

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If you look at the source code for Universal’s HHN Icon teaser you will see that this picture is named 26218. Could 26218 be the number of soul collectors Universal wants before they release the next clue or reward? The total number of Souls Claimed at the time of this article being written is 18,482.

Perhaps 26218 is a direct clue to who the icon is. Googling 26218 returns Upshur County, West Virginia. Could the rumored Nathanial Crow icon be a scarecrow from a West Virginia farm?

Just my thoughts, lemme know in the comments if you think I’m onto something…

Maze Announcement at SDCC?

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

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

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

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

Jigsaw:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BlumHouse Maze Confirmed?

Us here at HHNU have been filtering through tons of rumors and construction photos of both HHN Hollywood and Orlando and we think we might have some exciting news for you lovely people. The long rumored Blumhouse maze is possibly beginning to take shape. Blumhouse Productions has been behind some of the most world renowned horror movies in the last couple years, such as; Insidious, Paranormal Activity, Purge, Sinister, Dark Skies, Oculus, Ouija, The Gallows, The Belko Experiment, Get Out, Split, and so many more!

The photo below was taken from the Universal Hollywood Backlot tour and appears to show a facade which appears to resemble the Blumhouse Logo. (Note the sides of the roof with the angled edges.) I have also attached a photo of the Blumhouse logo below so you can compare and let us know what ya think! (Photo Credit to Juan Vera)

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The House in the Backlot photo doesn’t appear to match any building from any Blumhouse films as far as I can tell but it does appear to match the logo rather well. Perhaps this house will match what the rumors are saying and we will see an ultimate compilation of some of the amazing Blumhouse films which have come out in the last couple years. Blumhouse has been working on merging their cinematic universe in the last couple years and attempting to bring the horrors of Sinister and Insidious together so perhaps this house would allow them to begin that process.

What do you think this facade means for HHN Hollywood and do you think we will see Orlando sharing this property? Let us know in the comments and as always, stayed tuned! We here at HHNU will bring you all the latest rumors and news as it breaks!

Five Favorite Scarezones

One of my favorite aspects of Halloween Horror Nights year after year is the event’s uncanny ability to make me feel as if I’m fully immersed in another world. When at its best, HHN can make me feel scared and make my own experience seem unique and exclusive even when I’m walking through a scarezone surrounded by dozens upon dozens of fellow park goers.

Here at HHNU, we give a lot of time and focus to our favorite houses and the haunts we hope to see in the future, but I’d like to point the spotlight on the horror that happens on the streets of the event each year with some of my personal favorite scarezones in my years attending Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN 17-26).

War of the Living Dead (HHN 19)

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Ever played “Zombies” in Call of Duty and thought, “…I want to go to there”? If so, this scarezone from the 2009 event was as close as you were going to get without an X-Box Live subscription. Uniformed members of the undead littered the streets of a war-torn town, the sounds of artillery fire and a flurry of bullets buzzing through the air, dense gun smoke and fog obscuring your view, and to top it all off – literally – a zombie on a high turret firing shells (blanks, of course) at passersby below. I recall being aimed at directly, being fired upon, playing along and reacting to the gunfire, and then getting a thumbs-up from my attacker up top. Needless to say, I walked through this scarezone a few times throughout the night.

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Zombie Gras (HHN 20)

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While this wasn’t a particularly impressive scarezone in terms of set decoration, this area definitely excelled with its combination of both a festive and fearful atmosphere. This colorful and macabre zone was especially memorable because scareactors would lure guests towards them with Mardi Gras beads, dropping a shiny necklace on the floor and enticing brave guests to pick them up. If you were one of the lucky ones and made a quick dash towards the actor’s feet, you could grab the beads, escape with your life, and with a free souvenir. I’ve still got my beads.

The Purge (HHN 24)

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This is perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had in a scarezone. I won’t say that I was in a completely lucid state-of-mind after a few Dirty Shirleys, but this zone – modeled after The Purge: Anarchy – lived up to it’s name: the streets of New York were nothing but pure anarchy and chaos. Scareactors roamed the streets celebrating the annual Purge, trashed dumpsters and propaganda signs announced the event, and a white truck with a mounted Gatling gun rode by looking for fresh victims. The chaos would only stop when a live demonstration would take place featuring the New Founding Fathers from the film.

All-Nite Die-In – Double Feature (HHN 25)

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It’s always a thrill to meet your favorite celebrities, and my favorites happen to be famous monsters. Like Zombie Gras, this scarezone lacked any real decorations or sets, but I had a blast simply because I was able to see and take some pictures with my favorite Universal Monsters. And before you ask, yes, I did follow the rules for taking pictures of scareactors: ask politely, wait for the actor to agree and pose, and be quick. What made this scarezone special was the two sets of characters roaming the area depending on the time of day. Early in the evening, the San Francisco/Disaster area would be flooded with the aforementioned Universal Monsters – Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride, The Invisible Man, and even a Count Orloc from the original 1922 Nosferatu – all dressed and painted in black and white to reflect their silver screen origins. Later in the evening, they would be replaced by full-color monsters of the modern age like Freddy Krueger and Chucky.

Dead Man’s Wharf (HHN 26)

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My love for this scarezone from last year’s event has everything to do with my love of the Bioshock video game series. With blue, green, and purple strobe lights giving the illusion of being underwater and bloated zombified scuba divers right out of the 1930s (not unlike the “Big Daddy” from the Bioshock series), enough can’t be said about the stunning architecture and ambiance of Dead Man’s Wharf. While the San Francisco-set scarezone did suffer from overcrowding, the claustrophobic location coupled with the exceptional attention to detail made the area feel more akin to an outdoor house than an actual scarezone.

As is the case with every house, no two guests have the same experience in a scarezone. Were you bored by The Purge at HHN 25? What’s the best scarezone experience you’ve ever had? Please let us know and share some of your best scare zone photos!

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The Greatest House Never Built…

“…if you touch it, things will change.”

It was the Spring of 2006 and the planning for HHN16 was in full swing.  An anniversary year was being prepared assembling the original icons to honor the coming ‘Sweet Sixteen’.  And whilst the final tweaks were being added to the lineup for that year, Universal was already working on HHN27 as in the following year a whole new deal that would revolutionize the event was being planned.

The contract that was finally signed in 2006 would colloquially be known within the HHN fan community as ‘The NLC Deal’.  The Deal would bring together the franchises of Freddy, Jason and Leatherface from New Line Cinema into one overall themed circus event led by the maniacal, now ringmaster, Jack Schmidt.  The deal would take years to finalize and then agree onsite during construction (for more information about that deal and how things changed, even right up to opening night click here).

The deal would see three major horror franchises come together in an event that would see the gates numbers rapidly increase.  Whereas Universal had a long history of working with outside IP holders such as Dr. Seuss’ widow, Marvel or Warner Bros for the Twister attraction (then later with Potter), Universal had never really worked to actively bring the biggest and brightest third-party properties to their Halloween event.  This success would be the catalyst that made the HHN we knew then very different to the HHN we know now.

After the initial successes of 2007 Universal started to look around at what other properties they could bring to the event from outside sources.  One such idea would be to bring John Carpenter’s The Fog to the Amity area of the park.  The New England nautical theme would be a perfect match for the moody seaside town infested with murderous seamen ghost zombies.

“As the centennial of the small town of Antonio Bay, California approaches, paranormal activity begins to occur at midnight. 100 years ago, the wealthy leper Blake bought the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane and sailed with his people to form a leper colony. However, while sailing through a thick fog, they were deliberately misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the ship toward the light and crashing it against the rocks. While the town’s residents prepare to celebrate, the victims of this heinous crime that the town’s founders committed rise from the sea to claim retribution. Under cover of the ominous glowing fog, they carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightly theirs.”

Plot details courtesy of imdb.com

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Artist rendition of the house

The Jaws queue building would be re-purposed (as it had been many times for HHN) as the house for this movie with the abutting streets of Amity being the foggy streets of Antonio Bay.  A number of scareactors would be deployed as the revenge ridden zombie ghosts of the Elizabeth Dane stalking HHN guests in the thick fog that would be pumped into the area using a combination of industrial grade fog-machines.  The house was planned and a proposal put together.

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So why was it never built?

We don’t know for sure, however we do know the house was planned with the blueprints of which probably gathering dust in the legendary HHN warehouse.  Some say that the house was not actioned as the remake, also from Carpenter, had only been released just 2 years before and we all know with Scream that IP holders like to be on message with their newer properties rather than their classic ones.  The more likely answer that we’ve heard is that the property was never submitted to Carpenter.  Despite 2007 being a record year for HHN, 2008 was the beginning of the worldwide economic troubles, and perhaps higher up the decision was made not to pursue the movie.

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A mock up of how the house’s entrance could have looked

The only saving grace of the whole idea was that some nine years later for HHN26 we received Dead Man’s Wharf the biggest homage to this property that Universal could possibly get away with.  And although Amity is now long gone (Potter!), the scarezone utilized the land between where Amity was and San Francisco which created a fantastic scarezone.  It was so popular with guests and park management a like that the zone received the coveted ‘Scarezone of the year’ award.

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What with Halloween and it’s sequel now being very successful houses at HHN we wonder how long before the idea is circled back on and HHN finally see’s The Fog (pun intended!).

Have you seen this movie?  Would it make a good HHN house?  Should Universal have built it back in 2008?  Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Why I think we WILL have an icon…

Across social media in the last few days people have been sharing a tweet from the official Halloween Horror Nights twitter account suggesting that we won’t be getting an icon this year at HHN27.  Here’s the tweet:

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People have been bummed out saying that this proves that we won’t be having an icon this year and we’re bummed too.  That’s why we wanted to look at this and see if that is the actual answer to the question that everyone has been asking… so here goes, this is why we think we WILL have an icon:

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George Edwards above tweets:

“It means no icon. Or is that what they want you to think?….”

The HHN handle answers to confirm his statement.  His statement however, is not just confirming the no icon but asking a question; he’s asking “that’s what people want you to think?“.  It’s this second part that the HHN handle confirms by the “ding, ding.

This theory is only compounded when the trickster HHN above says “23, 24 & 27” which is in reference to the years that HHN in Orlando did not have an icon.

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2. History, history

The HHN years 22, 23 and 24 did not have an icon.  There’s a couple of reasons for this but primarily the event was run differently in those years with more of a focus on mirroring the Hollywood event was implemented in Orlando.  A contract was signed to make The Walking Dead the main focus of the event and a backstage a reorganization saw the Universal Creative Team whom are usually tasked with building the attractions taking a more active role in HHN, whereas it had always previous been just the Art and Design Department.

Many of these new implementations were scaled back for 25 and 26 with more icon focused events.  Indeed, ironically Chance herself was also scaled back in 26.  But, the organization has moved on from 22, 23 and 24 where the theming was nil (lots of black and roots n’ stuff we now have color, skulls, and bags of theme) and the Creative department now being very busy with Nintendo’s, Fast and Furious’ and Fourth gates to be focusing on HHN.  That’s why we think we will have an icon, as A&D have always loved an icon…

If you wanna read more about HHN History, click here.

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3. Rumors, rumors

We reported here in April that the icon was likely to be scarecrow, this was based on some intelligence we received, this later morphed into the rumor that one of the houses would actually be scarecrow based.  Then comes along our friend the Ifrit…

Ifrit says the house featuring the Scarecrows could be more than just a maze, so could our icon theory from way back be right?  Combine this with the rumors on Lady Death, Nathaniel Crowe, Voodoo Queen, Caretaker and Cindy it would be a bit of let down to not have an icon as there has been so many rumors about one!  The only let down to this theory is that by this time last year, we already knew our icon, Chance.  If all else fails maybe we’ll get a mascot instead…

So there you have it, our theories and ideas behind the icon this year – but what says you?  Let us know in the comments!  Icon or not?

 

ScareZone Episode 35 – Erin Cline AKA Chance!

We had the amazing opportunity to sit down with the Clown Princess her self – Erin Cline, also known as CHANCE! She tells us about her start at Universal, doing Bill & Ted, her multiple appearances as Chance and more. Universal also tried to pull the ScareZone Curse on us while recording…. during the session they made that announcement of the new SOUL COLLECTOR program.

Listen now below or download to iTunes HERE.

Date of the Full HHN Reveal?

So after a very long time of waiting… It finally happened. The Icon (Kinda Icons) for HHN27 were Revealed!

“Your Soul Is Requested”

That is the tagline for HHN27. They demand your sacrifice at HHN27! So no Caretaker, Cindy, Voodoo Queen (Well her Maze is still Rumored), or Lady Death.

In order to make your sacrifice… Sign up with your email and you could receive many prizes like…

“SOUL COLLECTOR REWARDS…

  • You will be issued an item identifying you as a member of the Elite Legion.
  • You will have an opportunity to be a part of the Soul Collector Social Media Meet-Up.
  • Your soul will be weighed and evaluated in consideration for additional rewards leading up to and throughout the event.
  • Receive information and details about the event”

Not only that but they want YOU to do it before the time runs out on the Official Website!

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Which in 34 Days it will be Thursday August 3rd which could be the date for the Full Reveal! Including Original Houses, Scare Zones, and Shows!

So what did you think of the reveal? Are you excited for HHN27? What do you think will be revealed on August 3rd? Let us know in the Comments!

Your Soul Is Requested For HHN27…

Universal have updated their website today to bring you a whole new interactive experience that is totally free…. you just need to pay with your soul!

Time is already running out to commit your soul to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. And when the time is up, you won’t want to be left out.

The damned at this year’s premiere halloween event want what you can’t live without… your soul. They demand a sacrifice to fuel the darkness of the event that awaits you this fall.

Those who sacrifice their soul before the clock hits zero will join the Elite Soul Collectors. Their boldness will be repaid in rewards.

For your sacrifice:

SOUL COLLECTOR REWARDS…

  • You will be issued an item identifying you as a member of the Elite Legion.
  • You will have an opportunity to be a part of the Soul Collector Social Media Meet-Up.
  • Your soul will be weighed and evaluated in consideration for additional rewards leading up to and throughout the event.
  • Receive information and details about the event

They will also demand more souls. Inform your loved ones about sacrificing their soul for #HHN27 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Now the time has come… Your soul is requested.