Speculation and rumors are going around about Cindy possibly being the ICON at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights 27, we take a look at just Who is.. Cindy Caine?
We’ll start on the rumors, and what leads us here. Recently a mysterious Twitter account from The Ifrit popped up with riddles, clues, and hints about what we may see at HHN 27. Some lead to sayings that could point to Cindy being associated with the event. Let’s take a look from oldest to newest.
A look at history is urged
A Scream can easily be Purged
— The Ifrit (@fireoftheifrit) March 29, 2017
It is time to consider
More than cinematic dreams
Revisiting a sister
Is a potential, it seems
— The Ifrit (@fireoftheifrit) May 12, 2017
Two times we have seen her
Two times we've walked her streets
Listening to rumor
This is where she meets
— The Ifrit (@fireoftheifrit) May 12, 2017
Stoked by the past, I cannot deny
But flames burn brightest when tinder's dry
— The Ifrit (@fireoftheifrit) May 15, 2017
This may be a little wordy
It may get a little dirty
Fallow fields that have gone to rust
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
— The Ifrit (@fireoftheifrit) May 20, 2017
Can you take any of that and link it to Cindy? Sure, will it happen and is that what all this means? Time will tell, so let’s take a look at Cindy’s past.
In 2002 Cindy was set to take the reigns of Halloweeen Horror Nights 12 at Isalnds of Adventure. Storylines, promos, and advertising were all created and ready to go! However just like in 2001, real life events that included a sting of child abductions changed the path Halloween Horror Nights would take. What should have been?
“Omens of evil spread with each gust, the past is no more. Ashes to ashes, we all fall to dust!”.
Cindy Bearer was a very disturbed young lady. Her Parents Paul and Kara ran a Funeral home, and Cindy lacked the social interaction with other children that school would bring. Her only friend was a large porcelain doll, which Cindy considered her twin sister. Her life was filled with darkness and loneness, and many a night, Cindy would befriend the corpses awaiting preparation and fulfill her imagination. Cindy was also witness to many grisly atrocities.
Her parents were also deeply disturbed. Many times, the workload of the funeral home became too much for the older Father and Mother, and they would hide the remains of loved ones instead of cremating them. Increasing the need for income, the Father acquired a panel van and began a side-business called “Unique meats”. From this van, the Father would sell his “special” brand of cured meats. The madness began to become mundane as the Bearers also began creating an extended family using the corpses. Ghastly moonlight dinner parties were held in the adjoining graveyard, where the Bearers would socialize with the long dead corpses and eat a variety of prepared dishes.
This grisly display was witnessed one night as two teens decided to take a spooky stroll through the graveyard. They heard loud music playing from the funeral home and peeked inside the dirty windows. What they saw chilled them to the bone. There in the main room of the home was the Bearer family dancing with the decayed remains of corpses. Word spread quickly as police began an investigation.
An angry Mob of family members, outraged at what had potentially became of their loved ones, took matters into their own hands destroying the funeral parlor. They set the place on fire, which engulfed the home and the Bearer family in flames.
Cindy escaped into the graveyard, her face a trail of burning flesh.
The next morning, Police and Fire officials found only the remains of Cindy’s doll, it’s porcelain face missing.
After weeks of investigation it was found that the Bearer family had desecrated more than a thousand graves. After exploring the grounds, the investigating officers found an intricate series of tunnels that ran underground and were seemingly endless. The police closed the case and sealed the gates of the cemetery.
Like a wounded animal, the evil essence of Cindy became more dangerous.
Cindy’s dreams have now become her reality. Her evil tormentors have become her playthings, controlled manifestations of malice. Each plaything represents a piece of her twisted mind.
Originally, Cindy weaved her way into each island, each story, and each house. The entire event was going to be her thoughts – the twisted ideas that went through her disturbed head. Each island was to be warped into dark corner of her mind. They were to be called… the Islands of Horror. The details below are the very details that the islands were originally going to be molded into. Some of the ideas listed below are similar to what made it, while others drastically different.
Here is a look at some of what was created if Cindy were to host the event back in 2002.
Universal changed the story, creating The Caretaker, Dr. Albert Caine (from Paul Bearer), thus making Cindy’s last name become Caine instead of Bearer as well. Her father, The Caretaker went on to host Halloween Horror Nights 12: Islands of Fear.
Since 2002, we’ve seen Cindy in person more than once, first in 2009 at Halloween Horror Nights 19. She was in a special Scare Zone created for the last week of HHN 19 as a preview of what was to come at Halloween Horror Nights 20.
As we all know Halloween Horror Nights 20 was centered around FEAR, his lantern, and the past ICONS! Cindy would make an appearance, this time in her own House and on the Streets.
The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes
Location: JAWS Queue
Ashes to ashes, forever now dust. For years she has existed in the shadows, never getting her due. Misunderstood by all around her, she has had enough of her playthings at the Good Harvest Orphanage-now is the time for vengeance. This burned out shell contains the souls of the forgotten and the lost who all scream one name: Cindy.
HHN: 20 Years of Fear
Location: Hollywood Boulevard
Step into the shadows of the last Twenty Years of Fear…Move towards the lantern, and encounter the most frightening characters of Halloween Horror Nights past!
During HHN 20 the Art & Design team held weekly VIP events and one was centered around the past ICONS. At the end of the night T.j. Mannarino gave us a cookie! Take a look.. We wish they would of went with this!
We would’t see Cindy return for another 5 years at Halloween Horror Nights 25. She was in Jack’s House and once again in the ICON Scare Zone.
Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem
Location: Sound Stage 21
Relive the most terrifying moments of the past 25 years as Jack releases our catalogue of creatures in one maze. You’ll be attacked by Universal classic monsters, meat-grinding maniacs and the fiends of Horror Nights past.
ICONS – HHN
The eeriest icons and most cadaverous characters of the last 25 years of Halloween Horror Nights® have returned. The Caretaker, The Storyteller, The Director, The Usher and more are back to relive every monstrous memory.
Now that you know her past, what are my thoughts on all this? I really wish Universal would of done Cindy in 2003 or 2004 when The Caretaker was still fresh in our minds and could of fit in with a continuing story line. I also would loved to see the Cindy version of HHN 20 and what they could of did with that, it looked like a much better event/story that what we got with FEAR.
The question is, would now be the time to let Cindy have full control of the event? Would the Caretaker play a part to help her along like Jack did with Chance?
IMO, I don’t think Universal should make her the child version of Cindy as we all know, but age her like they did with Jack and Chance at HHN 25/26. After all it’s been 15 years since she was a “child”. Give her a older, updated look but with the same insane background.. it could work!
Will all this play out? We’ll see.. if not, Cindy will just go the path of Eddie and just be a great un-official ICON that was never to be!