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  1. 8 points
    I seriously doubt we would see a year with only one original. A&D has hit it BIG with their offerings every time - and last year was a crown jewel. The buzz was all about Scarecrow and Dead Waters. They must have some kind of leverage with that. I have to say, I would've killed for a Scarecrow shirt last year. Anyway, I digress. HHN is about balance. Not everyone likes sci-fi, not everyone likes gore, etc, etc. If you're calling it Halloween Horror Nights - then the horrors must be many, and they must be diversified. While I am very excited about the idea that the overall theme may be an 80's one (since I actually am a child of the 80's), I still want to see what they will come up with that's new and ORIGINAL. I am always the first one to say that A&D absolutely rocks the IPs - and some of those have been my faves over the years. But my heart is with the originals because the scares are unexpected. We have no idea what to anticipate other than the tiny details we get on the house name and a short blurb on the story. After that - well, prepare to have your best scares of the event. I also agree that they need to step it up with the scarezones. TRT was AMAZING last year - but the others just didn't do it for me, and one absolutely SUCKED. That bummed me out a bit because, to me, the scarezones are what keep the continuity of the event going. I love the interactions, and some of my fave actors have been in scarezones. As for an icon and marketing.. let me say how much a HATE that Universal has given HHN to their marketing group instead of letting A&D have their fingers in it. It's the worst decision they ever made. The soul collectors thing last year was not only stupid, but a huge letdown when not a single thing came of it. Their Twitter and FB interactions are lame, and they have no concept of what the fans want. I realize Aiello has moved on to bigger things, but goddam I miss him being the HHN voice on Twitter. He would always find a way to sneak pics to us or to make those lovely cryptic comments that would set this forum off for days. Now we got these nob-heads who use the most generic, over-used responses, and they have no initiative, passion or smarts to toss us those lovely bones as we scramble for information. I just HATE them. That all being said, if it's up to this group (and the assholes who put them in charge), don't hold your breath for the icon you so desperately want because these idiots can't see the forest for the trees.
  2. 7 points
    2 things... just my opinions: 1 - no way does Uni miss using IT two years in a row if its possible. That franchise is a cash cow and HHN isn't afraid to use the same property twice. 2 - no more video games and for the love of god... no pro wrasslin' anything.
  3. 5 points
    I’m going to say that poison refers to AHS Cult. Mainly because of those vans spraying “poison” throughout the season, drinking the kool-aid was derived from cults and covered in the season, and “scene 7” could be a subtle clue to the fact Cult is the 7th season of AHS.
  4. 5 points
    I was connecting the dots from an 80's perspective and it would be pretty dark if they had a happy, colorful, 80's feel to to the marketing and the event as a whole.
  5. 5 points
    Then, grammatically, it would be "scarier houses than ever before." "More scary" is grammatically incorrect. And while Repository was a "house," it was never counted with the houses. More houses than ever would be at least 10. Don't. 98% of survey info amounts to nothing.
  6. 5 points
    With there being rumors of the Classic Monsters returning to the event this year, I put together a maze announcement trailer in hopes it actually happens. Hope you guys like it!
  7. 4 points
    I love the juxtaposition of happy/light with dark/morbid. It's why I chose cute names for the gargoyles and I named my trivia team the Homicidal Unicorns. The idea of the hyper-happy neon 80's coloring mixed with the macabre amuses and appeals to me. One of my favorite parts of the Twilight Zone Movie ('83) is "It's a Good Life". The coloring and cartoons makes the horror in that part.
  8. 4 points
    I want miles of neon and synth music for days And no hurricanes.
  9. 4 points
    All ip year would be really terrible to me. Even though I at least like, if not love every IP rumored, I like not knowing exactly what I'll see. I also feel that it's unsistainable, they will have to start doing much more frequent repeats, or hopefully start really reaching for cool cult things. Like seriously, if every rumor For IPs comes true this year, what's left for next year, and the year after that? If we have to go for more IPs I hope it's more semi original takes on it like in AVP. This current format of exactly mimicking the film, while it works great for classics, it has the downside of meaning if I watch the film to prepare, then none of the imagery or effects will surprise me. Also, I took semi-original to just mean that it's a sequel, possibly interstellar terror 2.
  10. 4 points
    I am no longer anonymous, unfortunately. They know who I am. I've participated enough in the LT and HU ARGs that I'm recognized. Also, I adhere to community standards as best as I can. HNN can get in trouble if confidential info is posted here.
  11. 4 points
    Ok, I've been out for over a week, and I'm catching up. What the hell is this HHN 5K? I mean, how would that even.. what? Please more details. As for a kid's event - I agree with others here - don't care if they do it as long it doesn't get anywhere near the adult HHN. I've said for years that if you get too scared or want to drag along small kids.. go to Disney. Uni is ours goddammit.. and it better stay at the PG13 level... minimum.
  12. 4 points
    You want a year? 2009, when they started heavily advertising in England with recognizable IPs.
  13. 4 points
    Yes, they are the official result of popularity contest, decided by the UO that creates and develops the event.
  14. 4 points
    Hi. I'm New. Goodformeyesthankyou The Carpenter Thing is one of my favorite films of all time, so I'm very happy about this. I'm happy there are no Purge/Insidious/Saw rumors right now. Also, I think AHS is going to be a bit weird in this political environment, but I'm guessing the draw of Twisty and the clown cult are too strong to dismiss. With the possibility of those clowns and the probable appearance of Pennywise, might there be a Jack connection? Or would that contribute to brand confusion. Maybe they don't wanna over-clown it. Maybe they are done with icons. I expect them back for 30, but last year there was a weird void that went pointlessly unfilled. Indeed, we got Boned. Thanks and I'll likely mostly shut up and read stuff.
  15. 3 points
    Maybe. Or just marketing being generally shitty. Gotta love a massive countdown to a sweepstakes contest.....still not over that garbage
  16. 3 points
    I'm far from confident NoES is happening. It's sitting at the "Possible" level - not even "Probable" - with Aliens and Halloween.
  17. 3 points
    Since we are still discussing The Thing I'd like to add: The Thing (2011) is not a reboot or remake. It is a prequel. The events of The Thing(2011) occur at the Norwegian base (Thule Station) and happen prior to the events at Outpost 31. The '07 Dreamwalkers is in the same category as Assimilation. Both contained elements of the movie(s), but both had "original" storylines. They both, also, contained iconic scenes from the movies. If NoES occurs, I think it will get the recent TCM and Halloween treatment. It will be a faithful recreation of one of the movies. A scene for scene instead of a hodgepodge mixture. As for why The Thing again: Technological advancements. Puppetry, animatronic, and projection advancements will allow A&D to create a more faithful recreation. Spiderhead, Stomachmouth, Malamute peeling like a banana....you get the idea. Edited dog type. My brain was mixing Resident Evil dogs with The Thing. (They used the same stick style puppets in Assimilation and RE).
  18. 3 points
    Assimilation wasn't The Thing ('82). The storyline was an "original". Outpost 3113 in Florida held the bodies of MacReady and Childs. The cryo units they held the bodies malfunctioned, and the alien/thing/virus was set loose in the outpost. It was a "sequel" to The Thing.
  19. 3 points
    Ah Twilight Zone the movie - EPIC! I haven't thought of that one in years. LOL! Of course, agree, agree, agree. I know we have Ifrit for clues - just got another tweet now which basically says we are getting Trick R Treat. However, I do not believe Ifrit has access to get those wonderful pics inside the soundstages of houses being built. I miss that.
  20. 3 points
    Yes. Specifically, Edgar Sawyer. His original backstory is perfect for an event with so many 80s connections. http://www.horrornightnightmares.com/hhn-icon-eddie/
  21. 3 points
    They can gives us an icon or we will dub our own. Gog and Magog, Eelmouth, Princess Sparkles and Fluffy (you should have named the gargoyles, A&D. Never let me name things for myself), Bone, Rosie, and many others have become unofficial icons/mascots for us fans. If they give us another Bone (honestly his name tells us that creative was giving us a bone), we will call that person an icon/mascot as well. They may not think a face is necessary, but it won't stop us from making one.
  22. 3 points
    An icon can happen, it just has the click all the buttons. Marketing, I've been told, thinks Jack is the only old school icon worth using. A fraction of management, I've similarly been told, thinks icons are unnecessary entirely. Any icon has to push through THAT obstacle course to be used.
  23. 3 points
    I would love a HR Bloodngutz/Classic Monsters mash-up.... he is hosting his tv show and all the classics get their own room in all B&W.
  24. 3 points
    Since being able to solve more obscure clues is so rare nowadays... "original" - this can elude to public domain characters, an IP(s) being used with an original backstory (Assimilation, CitW, AvP), or an original that pay homage to an existing property, but isn't the property (Die-In, The Skoolhouse, Interstellar Terror, Hostile Territory). I'm going to lean toward an original that pays homage. Mash-up of monsters - while a Die-In style house makes sense, I'm going to lean toward a "space zoo". Specifically, 1985's Titan Find (aka Creature). It would be a new and interesting concept, stays with the 80's theme that many of the properties have, and offers a chance to create original monsters.
  25. 3 points
    I can confirm one of the originals. And actually, it's not technically "original."
  26. 3 points
    Homosexuality is kid friendly Except Bioshock right?
  27. 3 points
    Japan has their own version of a Sadako/The Ring “house,” which basically goes through T2 until the cursed tape overrides the system and she wrecks havoc among the audience. Would’ve loved to see that here before T2 closed
  28. 3 points
    Rarely have I felt envious of those who completed a survey.
  29. 3 points
    The article regarding 9 houses was written on 2/1/18. Many things can change within a month. While 9 houses seems to be the "safe bet", there was, also, a survey* that mentioned at least 8 houses. That survey appeared mid-February. There are rumors that the KZ demo/revamp has been postponed. That change in plan could very well up the number of houses to 10 or could explain why "at least 8 houses" was used in a survey instead of 9 houses. Theoretically, there is room for another tent near F&F. This could allow another tent house. If demo for FF has been postponed as well, then the MIB tent should be able to remain (it may not even be threatened by FF demo, but safety regs are weird sometimes). Without B&T, the park will be lopsided. Adding a house near F&F make logistical sense. All of this is spec, of course. *I didn't take that survey, so I am not bound by a confidentiality clause.
  30. 3 points
    Biggest difference is, in Hellgate, there was a section where scareactors taunted guests with vulgar, offensive language, threats of violence (including rape), and phrases that played on homophobia. These weren't trained barkers. They were random scareactors, given free reign to say what they wanted because, in story, they were prisoners who had taken over. It was "acceptable" then, and set a tone since the scene opened the house, but it was able to happen because HHN was still a pretty local event then. That sort of improvisational freedom isn't allowed for the rank-and-file anymore. The event is too successful. Street performers can be threatening but not offensive (which is the right thing). House performers, unless specifically allowed as part of the scare, rely on their e-prom for all verbal engagement.
  31. 3 points
    Yes, please just Old Freddy stuff. That is something I would absolutely get on board with. For the love of God please not the remake. Jackie Earl Haley was laughable as Freddy.
  32. 3 points
    As a huge fan of AHS, I'd be so relieved to not have to experience Cult. Season was junk and any promising aspects just fizzled. I was excited to see what the green smoke was... Nothing. Water vapor to scare people. 0 supernatural elements too.
  33. 3 points
    I’m still not buying it. Doesn’t The Thing get rumoured every year? And what evidence is there other than heresay and the Facebook page liking it? I’d say take it with a pinch of salt until something more concrete is available to support it.
  34. 3 points
    Well that's quite the opposite for me. AHS Asylum is perhaps the most popular and well received Season by the Fans of AHS so it will attract the AHS Fans. Last year in Orlando Trick r Treat was a Scare Zone and proved that a Property doesn't have to be popular to be well received, it just has to be fun and good. And that was the highest rated scare zone of last year. So it will attract HHN Fans who have been waiting for it for awhile and Horror Fans who like the property. The Thing has been rumored for a long time and is extremely liked and popular amongst many people. Just like Shining people are gonna flop to the Event to see The Thing come to life. IT And Stranger Things are marketing gifts and most likely will be the marketing pull. Classic Monsters is very popular amongst horror fans. And Halloween has a new film and Michael will also most likely be a marketing pull. I mean look at Metro Sets nearly every maze in that venue has been a lesser known property than everything else (Crimson Peak, Krampus, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and now Trick r Treat). There's absolutely no reason why any of this properties will be replaced or pulled unless a Conjuring/Scream Esc Situation happens.
  35. 2 points
    In two posts Legacy makes me more excited then HHN27s entire marketing campaign.
  36. 2 points
    For everyone wondering how spec worked pre2012: it was usually something like this. One word or image on the website that sparked imagination, and endless possibilities. I want this one to be an original. Two original possibilities sprung into my head from those two words. Poisonous Plantimals - plant/animal hybrids reeking havoc. Splatter is, of course, the scene with plantimals that can spit poison. H.R. Bloodengutz Presents: Killer Plants from Outer Space - several "80's Horror/SciFi B movies" presented by everyone's favorite horror host. There's sooo many possible homages and Easter eggs. Audrey II, The Triffids, Swamp Thing, Body Snatchers, Killer Tomatos, etc... These two potential original ideas, created solely upon two words, has turned me into Veruca Salt. Its most likely The Thing, though. Poison fits it rather nicely as does Splatter. But a girl can dream, right?
  37. 2 points
    Well ahs was announced at the end of the month last year but one of the big complaints last year was the long space of time with no announcements. I feel like they SHOULD make an early announcement and space them out equally while keeping the actual announcement days secret. I just hope marketing does better than last year.
  38. 2 points
    With such an IP heavy year, do you think they might bring The Usher back as the Icon? He is the only Icon (so far) that makes since to have with IP's. Really missed having an Icon last year to tie everything together marketing wise. Also, what are we thinking show wise with Bill and Ted gone? AoV is pretty much a sure bet and hopefully they will work on taking down more of the stage if another hurricane hits so they can put on the show they want to and not a rushed replacement. They were still incredible last year and always seem to draw a crowd. With still nothing being done to Fear Factor I'm starting to wonder if we didn't lose Bill and Ted because of the theater being removed but because of the new Bill and Ted movie. Putting AoV there is not a good idea but I wouldn't mind seeing a show like Bill and Ted just without them. The humor and energy of that show was always a nice break from the horror. Finally, the Scarezones better be a LOT better than last year! All but 1 zone where just not good compared to years past. I want zones where the actors can interact and talk with guests. Actor interactions can turn an bad zone around simply by what they say to you.
  39. 2 points
    okay woah woah woah, so the rumored "monster mash-up" is also coming to orlando? or just hollywood? I mean It'd be cool I guess and I imagine is more likely as it already was a hollywood exclusive, but I'm really looking forward to an OG NoES house and if we don't get Johnny Depp blending into endless blood I'm going beserk T2, and it's rumored by Jason Bourne
  40. 2 points
    If Universal was concerned about backlash from "potentially" having Stranger Things, because of these verbal allegations, IT would never be in the conversation. IT was co-produced by RatPac Entertainment. Brett Ratner's company. Who is accused of doing far, far, far, far, far, far worse.
  41. 2 points
    All this talk of possible house locations has got me thinking. We still don't have a confirmed replacement for T2:3D yet it closed during HHN27. Universal has a pretty good track record of closing something and announcing at least a tiny bit of info on what is going to replace it before or right after. Lots of things are getting tossed around but no solid info yet. What if they are working on a big, permanent house for this location like TWD at Hollywood. The theater, pre-show, queue and backstage areas took up a lot of space. It even had a small outdoor queue which I never knew about until I went to the very last showing ever and was stuck waiting outside. A massive AHS house could be a big hit here. It could include big scenes from all previous seasons along with a "teaser" of the new season that always premiers during the event. They could easily set aside enough empty space in the building to continue adding on to the house each year. Shut it down August 1st and get to work adding in a few new rooms at the end of the house. They already have a lot of props made and a good idea of what scenes worked from the past two houses. With AHS having the biggest line almost ever night for two years in a row, this is something they have to be considering. All the merch at the end of the maze themed to all the different seasons is just another driving force. With a simi-confimred 9 houses this year, a new permanent house would let them boost that number up to 10. Open it on Sept 14th and then when HHN is over, take out a handful of actors just like USH does. Put up warning signs just like USH to let parents know this is not something for young kids.
  42. 2 points
    Full disclosure... I only know about Bioshock bc of this place. I am also 41 and have never played videos much in my life.
  43. 2 points
    Look, I am IN LOVE with the Bioshock series. Probably my favorite FPS franchise ever. But it's all about budget and relevance. AWiL was re-used because it was expensive as hell, and TWD was brought back so many times because it was insanely relevant. HHN isn't just the creative team throwing their wildest dreams at the board anymore, it's a business. No one in GP knows Bioshock, and while it wouldn't be the most expensive house ever, it wouldn't be the cheapest either, especially if Big Daddies were prominent.
  44. 2 points
    Well hmm ive never thought of that. It would certainly be a twist. I feel like the most fun part would be the music. My own original wish: A zoo of animal human hybrids. A science experiment gone wrong.
  45. 2 points
    David S. Pumpkins is rumored
  46. 2 points
    I'd like to see two houses of IT. One house would be a little too jam packed with all the content they could use. The new IT film alone has enough material they could make two houses. They're going to make a lot more money if they have Part 1 this year and Part 2 next year.
  47. 2 points
    We haven’t talked IT in a while... would y’all rather a house based on only the first film as is rumored, or would you rather HHN wait, do a house based on both parts in a year or two, and give this years spot to an original? Personally I would like for them to wait solely because I really hope The Thing comes with huge puppets and effects and I would rather they save the budget for that and better SZs this year instead of IT rights. Another original also wouldn’t hurt.
  48. 2 points
    Uhhhhh.....Not to be a naysayer or anything, but ....I'm saying "nay" on this one. Edit: I'm hearing this might actually be our first "original" hint.
  49. 2 points
    AHS: Cult or Trick ‘r Treat. Those should be scarezones.
  50. 2 points
    I don't know why.. honestly, it wasn't THAT long ago we just had The Thing. It was cool and all, but why do it again? There is so much still untouched that we could be experiencing.

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