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  1. 5 points
    HHN 30 event dates announced! https://orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com/site/?__source=A000201055.000003169&IndivKey=261295340 September 10 to October 31! Wild Ass Guess speculation! September 10, 11, 12, 13 17, 18, 19, 20 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 30, October 1, 2, 3, 4 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 14 (possible corporate buyout date?) 15, 16, 17, 18 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 28, 29, 30, 31 36 nights of XXX Horror!
  2. 5 points
    So it's almost Halloween and I wanted to post some final thoughts before my last night in attendance. This year has had some of my favorite houses ever. Surprisingly for the first time ever my list really didn't change from most anticipated to what turned out to be my favorite. The only exception was Nightingales briefly, but what a comeback they had! A couple of people have commented that this year seems 'weird' or 'off'. I think a better term for this year would be experimental. There are some amazing houses that really clicked with what I wanted from the event. In addition US, Ghostbusters and Killer Klowns were amazing film-to-house adaptions. In my personal opinion an issue some of the fans had with these houses were not with their quality but their scare factor - that's not anyone but the IPs fault if that was an issue. Quite frankly Ghostbusters, US and Killer Klowns are not scary films - especially when compared to IP houses such as Halloween or Poltergeist which achieved being the best adaptation and one of if not the scariest houses in their respective years. I now understand one of the reasons why we've gotten Halloween 4 times over the past few years. Michael Myers is scary and the character works regardless of the quality of the film it's based off of. One of the reasons the originals ended up being so much scarier than other houses is the same reason Nightingales went from a rough house to a worthy sequel. The actors could find their groove and intensity to develop an already scary creature and environment into frightening experience. No matter how good a Ghostbuster is at filling his role, he will simply never get scarier. Ghostbusters (and Stranger Things last year) are some of the best theme park attractions Florida has seen in years but are only decent Haunted Houses. A final note on the issue of IPs: Us is so different and ridiculously good at the end of the night/ when it's empty. The scare actors are incredibly creepy and its unlike anything I've seen at HHN. With all of the above said, adaptation preference is simply that - a preference on what elements the event has. The REAL issue this year was the scare-zones. This is where the experimental issues were the most present. It's like every different zone had different testing elements. I do truly feel that they're trying to figure out how to proceed with scare zones now and into the future. I expect them to eventually hit the mark, after all, HNN does this event better than anyone else. I still don't like a single thing about Vanity Ball though (and I really don't like saying anything like that about a part of the event. I know A&D and the actors work very had to make the event so fun). I had a great time so far this year and can't wait to go back for a final trip. I loved hearing everyone's experiences and stories and I appreciate all those who post who keep me coming back to this forum. Happy Halloween everyone! Make sure to follow all the rules and avoid a visit from Sam because it's almost speculation season again!
  3. 4 points
    I have a speculation map to come with this. Dungeon of Terra Cruentes (Soundstage 21) - Thanks to FaceBagman for that amazing name. This would be half Terra Queen house, half anniversary house, and take Monsters & Mayhem's place for longest house of all time. IT (Soundstage 22) - With the IT films finished (for now at least), I think it's now time to bring Pennywise to the event. All Nite Die-In: Usher'd In (Soundstage 24B) - As FaceBagman also came up with, a mash-up of The Director and The Usher. Psychoscareapy: Bloody Bolts (Soundstage 24A) - With the new Shadybrook Junkyard open, the ruthless inmates take the opportunity to set up a weapon station. A Nightmare On Elm Street (Soundstage 25) - Freddy Kreuger is inside Depths of Fear this year, and I believe it may be this year's "house hint" for next year. And not just the first film, but the original trilogy. RUN: Havoc Forever (MIB Tent) - Teaming up with the escaped Dogs, this newest airing of RUN is even bloodier than ever. Carnival Graveyard: House of Horrors (Sprung Tent 2) - The House of Horrors that Jack himself was found in has been shipped over to Sal's Amusement Salvage, where Jack has now taken leadership over the carnies, and their new main home being the House of Horrors itself. Scream (Sprung Tent 1) - Let's get Scream back, come on! Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (New Parade Building) - If they're continuing with their Halloween pattern, then Halloween 5 is next. Vanity Ball: Devilish Delight (Parade Building) - Scare zone to house treatment, and Vanity Ball has been insanely popular this year. Plus as many have already said, it would make an amazing house. H.R. Bloodengutz Presents Holidays of Horror: Rerun (Shrek 4D Theater 2) - The magnificent return of our glorious H.R. Bloodengutz.
  4. 3 points
    I'll second the suggestion to look up the story behind the event. It was incredible. This was when HHN took place in IOA, yet they used three of the nearby soundstages. Everyone was coming off of the Lord of the Rings trilogy along with the second Hobbit movie released the year before, so as the site was coming to life, many (including me) were rolling our eyes saying it looked like they were trying to do a LOTR themed event. It was anything but. Between the look of Jurassic Park area and Lost Continent (before potter moved in), the park was ideal for what they did. They even managed to make it seem like you weren't in Marvel Island (mostly). HHN 30 must - MUST - have some reference to Terra Queen. Even though they came up with this under Michael J Roddy (who preceded TJ Mariano who preceded Mike Aiello) the people currently running HHN are well aware of the prophecy and won't let the 30th go by without paying homage. I have zero doubt about that. Personally, I'd love it if they somehow were able to use Lost Continent area of IOA for HHN 30 - had it become Terra Curentus complete with a house, even though there was no house in that area for HHN 15. But they do have the Sinbad theater at their disposal... And since it's so near, imagine if they had Hagrid open during HHN. A guy can dream...
  5. 3 points
    Maze for the 2008 HHN Scarezone: "Apocalypse: City of Cannibals" Title to be announced: The cannibal humanoids as you know, were once experiments back in the 60's to the 90's, for medical research along with testing new serums to cure diseases. After months of torture and failed tests, these humanoids were disposed of into the sewers when presumed dead. But the humanoids never died. After they awoke, they grew to hate the surface world. But wanted nothing to do with them either. For decades, after being organized, they dwelled within the sewers, subway tunnels, anywhere isolated and underground, and attacked and fed on people who dared enter their dwellings. Then suddenly, the humanoids would have their revenge against the surface world. On a sunny afternoon, the biggest earthquake of all, superseding the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 struck not only California, but the entire West Coast of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. All cities and towns had been totally devastated, with little to no law and order from the police and national guard, gangs and looters were pillaging in the ruins and ruling over. But things were about to get worse. The humanoids had finally had the chance to rise out of the underground. The humanoids had armed themselves and slaughtered the humans of the surface world with no mercy. Now, the humanoids will reign supreme and go on the hunt for the remaining people still alive.
  6. 3 points
    Hello all! Just wanted to post my idea, a sequel to "Depths of Fear." Parts of this maze is inspired by the 80's film "Leviathan" Please feel free to post any ideas you may have for this maze. Depths of Fear (T.B.A.)- After the collapse of the Deep Sea Mining Base owned by FATHOM CORP. and the deaths of the personnel on board in the Pacific Ocean, somewhat near Japan and the P.R.C. (People's Republic of China), the true origins of the "Mouthbrooders" are revealed. As the U.S. government is very much aware of what happened to the mining base (but keeping it in secret from the public and most government officials) when they had tracked the calls for help from the mining base, they wanted to get to the bottom as to what exactly happened in the mining base. From what little evidence was left at the site of the collapsed of the mining base, the Department of Defense was able to obtain samples of the corpses of the personnel along with some organisms of the mouthbrooders, but wanted to know where it exactly the mouthbrooders came from. They suddenly had their answer. After tracking organisms with the same cells of mouthbrooders, they had found a shipwreck belonging to the People's Liberation Army Navy, where they had found many pieces of evidence related to the mouthbrooders. As they took the evidence back to secretly the biggest, more powerful and advanced submarine of the U.S. Navy (name T.B.A.), they had discovered that the mouthbrooders were actually a Cold War experiment, a weapon created by a secret division for biological warfare of the People's Liberation Army. The evidence points out that on the ship that held the mouthbrooders was the site of an outbreak of the mouthbrooders, killing and infecting the crew. It was a test to see how the mouthbrooders would do against a nation's navy fleet. It had succeeded and was later bombed by the People's Liberation Army Air Force (or Navy) to stop the outbreak further and to cover up any evidence. After the evidence was passed onto the higher command in the Pentagon, the Pentagon had wanted to keep and further weaponize the mouthbrooders for naval warfare. So the crew, reluctant and frightened, stored the mouthbrooders in containment and under guard. Things were about to get worse. One of the crew aboard the submarine was a mole or a spy for the Russian Armed Forces, as they too wanted the weapon and searched for it. After a tense standoff, the mouthbrooders were accidentally released within the submarine, attacking the crew and overwhelming the security personnel. After a distress call is sent out, the Pentagon orders the deployment of U.S. Navy Seals to obtain the weapon and cover up any evidence. As the Seals breach the sub, they must fight against both the mutated personnel, moutbrooders and the Spetsnaz (Russian Special Forces) (who are ordered to retrieve the weapon) in a bloody and isolated fight.
  7. 3 points
    It's crazy that there is going to be less nights for 30 than there was for 29. I wonder what they do with their ratio of IPs to Originals for 30. We just saw 6 IPs and 4 Originals for 29. What are the odds they do more originals than IPs for 30? I think it's extremely low, but from Universal's quote: “re-imagined haunts inspired by the past”, they may go heavy on the originals. It's just hard to believe since the event relies on the IPs to draw the masses in. In terms of bringing people in, unless Universal acquires the rights to It, this may be a slow year. Not slow, but the event will definitely see less people than the last couple years. ST4 is probably going to come out after 30 and I doubt they do a Stranger Things mashup house or strictly season 3 house next year. They almost have to get It. No current horror property other than It is big enough to bring in the amount of people that Stranger Things did. I believe this was Universal's plan all along, though. They knew that once there wasn't material to work with with Stranger Things that not as many people would show up. However, they got so many people to buy tickets to 28 and 29 and those people enjoyed everything else HHN has to offer, so now those people will return to the event no matter what IPs they have just based on how good the houses and scarezones are. But they still do need a big IP to back the event and, again, It really is the only true horror draw of the past couple years other than Stranger Things. Gotta see how Dr. Sleep does in the box office and if they bring Haunting of Hill House or something else that people really enjoyed. Either way, those two properties aren't nearly as big as It or Stranger Things. 30 will be an interesting year that may cater more to the diehards than the masses, which is an awesome thing. But that's not how a massive corporation like Universal works. They strictly care about selling tickets and boosting attendance numbers. They don't care about old money, they want the money of those who've never been yet to add to their dough from the old money they know they'll get year after year. That's why they're probably doing everything they can, if they haven't already, gotten the rights for It and are going to bring back big names like Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and Chucky. Excited to see what this coming year of speculation and announcements bring!
  8. 3 points
    My line up I would love to see next year would be 1. Nightmare on elm street:cause you can never have to much Freddy. 2. The Witcher: if a Netflix property is to be featured I think a bad ass monster hunter house would be cooler then haunting of hill house. I just personally feel like hill house wouldn’t translate that well into a show. 3. Candyman: Jordan Peele got a US house this year and is apparently happy with the final results so I can absolutely see his sequel coming to the event next year. 4. Halloween 2018: having the first before Halloween kills comes out a month later just makes sense to me 5. 13 Ghosts: it’s probably the least likely of the 5 IPs but would love to see this house eventually!!! 6. Dungeon of Terra Cruentes: it’s been said why this house needs to be done above and I just absolutely think this is a bad ass name and could be a seriously twisted house! 7. Slaughter sinema 2: the first house was such a huge success and the ideas for this house are endless and I could see it becoming the new scary tales. 8. Nightingales vs Body Collectors 9. Scarecrow sequel 10. A brand new original house because I don’t want to see just old properties the entire event
  9. 3 points
    Patrick has tweeted that the team have already started working on the 4th house for next year. It's understandable that Universal would selling the The Dark Night Of The Scarecrow mask, the masks of House of 1000 Corpses and Killer Klowns From Outer Space are from the company Trick Or Treat Studios so it would make sense that they would try and sell other masks from the company that they think would look cool and sell at the event but I don't think we'd see Dark Night at HHN, even though the concept of the movie is interesting, I could see maybe Universal using it as a influence for an original house or something if they'd go that route.
  10. 3 points
    Speculation: 1. Psychoscareapy-Return to Shadybrook 2. Hellraiser-Not my fav franchise but they have been wanting to do it long enough 3. Halloween-either 6 or 2018 4. IT 5. All Night Die In-Final Cut 6. Jack’s Not so Funhouse-Jack’s Last Laugh 7. Screamhouse-The last Sacrifice 8. Zombieland 9. Dungeon of Terra Cruentes- Full credit to FaceBagman. This IS too perfect a name. 10. Aliens- not too sure now that this is owned by the rodent down the street but still wishful thinking. In My Dreams: Arkham Asylum Monster Squad Star Trek:Borg Tales from the Crypt
  11. 3 points
    I really want to see some video game horror houses. Here are some I really would love as houses- Dead By Daylight Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Resident Evil 4 The Evil Within Dead Space Agony Outlast Until Dawn Dead Island Welcome to the Game 2 DOOM 2016 Slender: The Arrival
  12. 3 points
    Just gonna say it's a suuuuper random inclusion to sell Dark Night of the Scarecrow masks at the merch stands this year. I doubt it means anything though. Did rights to that come with some other movie Uni procured for this year? I want to see icons, as I think most of us will. Would especially love a house where the Director & Usher team up, be it a famous film mashup like their previous houses or totally original. Screamhouse as well. I can wait on a Vanity Ball house, but I need one sooner or later. Those costumes and characters are too good to go unused after this year. Assuming the Terra Queen returns as prophecy entails, it would be cool to do a "Dungeon of Terra Cruentes". The name is too cute to pass up. Would get us some Body Collectors in the mix, so I'm down.
  13. 3 points
    I feel like this year was a good one to do experimental stuff with. Year before anni, what’s to lose?
  14. 3 points
    I asked during my UTH tour and the answer was a definitive YES. You die at the end. They worked very hard to make that black hallway soundproof, so the only things you heard were the whispers of the dead calling to you. I don't think that's a spoiler for anyone. This house is right up there with Poltergeist as GOAT. So funny, because I didn't expect either to be all that good before I went in. Usually I go through houses with a big grin on my face. But for these, my mouth was hanging open from start to finish. Was so blown away by the visuals and storytelling. After that, the big stupid grin appeared every walkthru.
  15. 3 points
    I've been a lurker on here for a long time and decided to finally sign up. I've been attending HHN for 16 years and slowly I have recruited friends to come along. I will say this year is DEFINITELY off in terms of anticipation for me. I've seen posts on here stating the same thing and people speculating as to why - I really do think Universal realizes how much they make off the event regardless so they have slacked off in areas. I remember back in the day, just the HHN website by itself would get me hyped - They had a great graphics department, the sites were interactive (Flash Days) and it felt like there was so much more build-up. I definitely saw more commercials and billboards. As many have mentioned, the use of so many IP's has "dumbed it down". While I have no complaints about crowd levels because I do the RIP tour - the longest line was around 200 mins for Stranger Things and about 120 mins for US on 10/12 - in 2018 Stranger Things was posting 300-400 min waits and Poltergeist was around 180 when we went. Our guide said that this was the busiest night so far this year for HHN. The past (2) years our group has done the Non-Private RIP tour which is 10000x worth the price (About $150 more than doing ticket + express with an AP), just for the fact that you do not have to wait in any lines, ANY! With that being said, there are definitely some improvements that can be done even for the RIP Tours. Pros: - Our guide this year, Brittany, was awesome - very passionate about HHN - Front of the line, no waiting - Cafe La Bamba for us was not crowded (8pm tour) and this year there were 4 different scareactors who were very interactive with everyone. Last year, I only remember seeing 1-2 - Free bottled water which saves you about $5 for each one you drink (will also be a con) - The added stop at Fallon's rooftop lounge was great - They got rid of AOV during the tour, but you can still go through a priority entrance after the tour if you want - We made a stop at Cafe La Bambe after the tour so we could get some snacks and rest for a little. Last year we only met here and never went back so it was a nice change Cons: - Let the RIP guests in the park before general admission, even if it's only a few minutes - Bottled water should be free during the entire private tour - I don't drink soda, but a few members in our group do, so at least include it at Cafe La Bamba - If the bar is private and the intentions are so that we do not have to stand in lines and wait, have them staffed a little better - While there is no way for universal to control crowds, this year and last year were irritating keeping up with the tour guide while everyone pushed in front of you in congested scare zones separating the group - More time in scare zones!!! I understand there is a schedule to keep, but extend the tour by 45 mins and give us 10ish minutes in each scare zone to take photos - Some might say you can do this after, but if I am already walking through the zones - it would just make more sense. On a side note, I also think there should be security in areas where the tours pass through. There were instances where we cut through a line so they would drop the ropes and a member of the staff would stop the line. People were getting angry and saying some crazy things - arguing with the guide etc. Nothing happened, but I could see something quickly escalating. Last year people were boo'ing us while we walked up to stranger things and while we found it funny - drunk people do not think logically. With all of that being said, our group will be back and we will continue doing the RIP - if raising prices means a better experience, I'd gladly pay more - just show me the value for my dollar.
  16. 2 points
    We might be running out of good Ip's but there is are plenty of untapped waters of indie or Asian horror films. I mean if you want to think about it all they really need is one major IP and smaller one to draw in huge crowds. If they switch up the Ip numbers this next year we could got back to our roots of Originals, which is pretty good especially because I think Nat is in good spot to make some good choices for mazes. He was apart of the team for few years now. They just promotion him to someone spot In Creative. He was mainly in Graveyard Games last year. I think we should get fresh faces after maybe 7 years. Like Charles Gray's first house was Doll house of the damned? I don't know why there was Dark night scarecrow mask sold in the parks. I think it was hinting at the return of Scarecrow in some way or shape. Maybe This is going to be Mike Aiello great send off year? He did make that Scare crow Icon remember? I hope it happens because after two years in the 80's I want out. Unless there is 80's Richard Simmons scarezone plans for 2020 in the south st/ sting alley? where he could be on the stage and working out with a cult zone. We got a fashion street this year, why not?
  17. 2 points
    So for this Original House Bone Presents: 30 Years of Fear and Darkness That its gonna be inside the Parade Building 1 The Outside face should show Pile of Bones. and a Skeleton Fortress that has Bone's throne. and two banners that have a sign that has "XXX" meaning 30 Years. The Inside of the facade should be A an entrance to a castle that represents Dracula: Legacy of Blood. So these are the represented houses from the pass. House Represented Dracula: Legacy of Blood (2009) Winter's Night: The Haunting of Hawthorn Cemetery (2011) Gothic (2012) DollHouse: of the Damned (2014) Scarecrow: The Reaping (2017) Seeds of Extinction (2018) Yeti: Terror of the Yukon (2019) Bone's Lair (Original/New) That's it. SO what do you guys think about this idea?
  18. 2 points
    This is My Speculation for Halloween Horror Nights 30 Haunted Houses American Horror Story: Volume 3 (Cult/Apocalypse/1984) (MIB Tent) Stephen Kings: Doctor Sleeps (Soundstage 22) GhostBusters 3 (2020) (Soundstage 25) Creepshow (Soundstage 24) Ash Vs. Evil Dead (Season 3) (Parade Building 2) Zombieland Double Tap (Shrek Theater) Bone Presents : 30 Years of Fear and Darkness (Original) (Parade Building 1) Dead Markets (Original) (Soundstage 24) Dark fantasy World of Halloween (Original) (Sprung Tent 1) Arcade Lair of Madness (Original) (Sprung Tent 2) Scarezones Bones Ashes from the Past of Horror Nights (Original) (Hollywood Boulevard) Slaughter Sinema: All cult movies of Terror! (Original) (Plaza of Stars) Nightmare Klown Circus (Original) (San Francisco) Goths Lair of DOOM! (Original) (Central Park) The Purge 5 (New York) Roaming Chainsaw Hordes Chainsaw Reapers (Simpson Springfield) Chainsaw Spooky Dolls (South Street) Live shows Bones Crypt of Terror (Original) (Mel's Drive in Stage) Academy of Villains: Undead Realms (Fear Factor Stage) Halloween Marathon of Mayhem Volume 2 (Studio Lagoon) Icon for HHN 30 Bone from (Festival of the Deadliest) That's my Speculation. What do you Boil and Ghouls think? Can you comment back to me and tell me what are your thoughts of my speculation, please? It would make me smile like a skeleton.
  19. 2 points
    My wish list for houses next year include: I.P.'s - The Conjuring, IT, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 1), The Haunting of Hill House, and Bettlejuice. Originals - Icons House, PsychoScareapy, Dungeon of Terror, something of traditional Halloween, and H.R. Bloodengutz
  20. 2 points
    Most of these would make awesome houses but I would really, REALLY love Dead Space, Until Dawn, or RE7. I feel like Dead by Daylight would be a fun scarezone. Haven't quite made my wishlist yet, but my gut tells me we're getting Halloween again since Halloween Kills is coming out.
  21. 2 points
    To make a very long complicated story short: HHN XV featured the Storyteller as the icon telling the story of Terra Cruentus and the Terra Queen who ruled over the land. She was like a sub-icon for the year. I believe part of the reason for this was Creative felt she was not very marketable and so created the storyteller. All the mazes were tied into a giant story that involved the forging of a blade that was used nightly to “sacrifice” a victim. The final night of XV the Terra Queen Sacrificed herself but basically made a “prophecy” she would return in 15 years ,eg HHN30. There is Soooooo much more to this story so advise you to look it up. Also one of the best HHN websites they ever did. Side note: My dog Terra is named for her royal highness the Terra Queen
  22. 2 points
    Hey y’all, haven’t been since 2017 so I’m a little behind on some of the lore. Could someone give me a quick rundown on who the Terra Queen is?
  23. 2 points
    Alright, let's do this. Terra Queen HAS to be the Icon, of course. What I'm wondering though, if she's hopefully the Icon, would she get her own Terra Cruentes house, or just host the anniversary house? I think we're gonna see a crank up to 11 houses. Also, as people have already said, all the Icons coming back together.
  24. 2 points
    Speculation for next year is gonna be fucking crazy, I feel it. It's all led up to the big 30. Can't wait to start Speculation.
  25. 2 points
    Cool review. Late is better than never! I especially liked the reviews for the IP houses where you had not seen the movie. Happy Death Day and to some extent Trick R Treat at least to me seem like houses that wold be very confusing if one had not seen the movie. It says a lot about A&D that you enjoyed the houses despite not necessarily knowing the plot. Scary Tales was the house that had the witch flying overhead at the facade, Wizard of Oz, Hansel & Gretel, The Three Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, Rapunzel, and Little Mermaid.
  26. 2 points
    The other being Depths of Fear. We were told that on the tour - that we were crushed by the station imploding, but that really didn't come across in the house as clearly as it did in GG. Was there an effect after the monster in the fog at the end that I missed?
  27. 2 points
    OCTOBER 31st Stingy Jack is back, with a new mix of terror to shock and horrify you! Using his magic to overtake an abandoned toy shop, he's arranged for a new set of terror to remind everyone of the true meaning of Halloween. Return to his world if you dare, but keep in mind: he's not messing around! Another set of Halloween-inspired scenes make up this journey to Stingy Jack's world. And to be honest, Jack's return is just an excuse for another set of Halloween scenes. I promise, while I might retread familiar ground I'll try to keep the scenes different. ROOMS: Facade: Guests find themselves walking up to an abandoned Toysaurus shop, overtaken with pumpkin vines bearing many Jack-O' Lanterns. The windows have the same swirl pattern as The House That Jack Built featured, and the vines hold the door open. Toysaurus: The building has been cleared out, even the shelves. However, standing upon a stage is Stingy Jack, who ushers guests into a world of terror! He's his old, wisecracking, charming self. Guests exit the scene through a giant wooden doorway decorated with old-time Halloween-themed signs, with the opening draped with black fringe curtain. Are You Ready?: The Halloween signs continue to appear in the dark hallway, lit with a black light. Stingy Jack can be heard, asking guests if they're prepared for the terror within. Guests pass through another fringe curtain, into... The Maize Part 2: Where guests find themselves in a moonlit cornfield. Like the original house, scarecrows lurk in the corn. Unlike the original house, as guests turn a corner they find a combine rushing towards them. The Sheet Maze: Exiting the corn, guests find themselves surrounded by white sheets hanging on clotheslines. A menacing silhouette can be seen behind one sheet, and he seems to be raising his knife... only for a clown to attack from an opposite sheet. (The shadowed killer is projected onto the sheet.) Masks: Guests enter a hallway covered with Halloween masks. A scaracter hides in the wall, wearing a suit covered with masks. Pumpkin Carving: Guests enter the gaping maw of a giant Jack-O' Lantern. Inside the gourd, pumpkin guts hang from the walls, over the walkway, and pumpkin creatures attack with giant pumpkin saws. (Steak knife sized saws.) As guests wind through the mazelike walls, the final turn hides a giant knife piercing the flesh of the squash, that will be lunged towards guests. The Coven: As guests exit the pumpkin, they find themselves in a witch's shack. The witches' song from MacBeth can be heard. (I may be taking that bit from All Hallow's Evil. Sorry.) A hag and a younger witch tend to a concoction, interacting with guests. This distracts from a crone on the other side of the room, who splashes the contents of her cauldron onto guests. (Water, fog, and lights.) Guests exit the shack through a giant, overturned cauldron, a green fire-and-ice light providing the spill, and into... Spinning Tunnel: A green-lit spinning tunnel. On the walls is the shroud of smoke, and skulls. Graveyard: Exiting the brew, guests wind up in a graveyard lit with orange, purple, and green stringlights. It's Halloween, and the dead are throwing a party. As guests make their way through the tombstones, Halloween party music plays and zombies and ghosts attack. One of the zombies is a man in a pumpkin suit. Guests then enter the mausoleum, the opening of which is a white fringe curtain coated with static.... Horror Film: Because it turns into a black-and-white vampire movie. Guests pass by a coffin, which will open... only for no one to be inside... until a vampire emerges from the false back of the coffin. Guests then enter a film studio archive, where Frankenstein's Monster, a mummy, and a killer doll lurk. Horrorthon: Guests exit the archives, and enter a theater through a tear in the movie screen playing scenes from Horror classics. Several horror fans are in the seats, dressed as monsters. Most are static props, but a few are scaracters. An usher (NOT Julian Browning. Unless they really want Browning.) forces guests out for not having a ticket. Trick Or Treat: Guests then enter a space made of candy. Lurking in this space is a giant monster made from various "loser candies". Those chalky disks, candy corn, razor apples, stuff that gets stuck in your teeth, all that fun. Distinctively different from the Summerween Trickster, of course. More Yeti-shaped. That said, a victim will burst out of his chest, begging for release before getting sucked back in. The Olden Days: Guests then enter Stonehenge, surrounded by druids in robes. A lead druid, face covered in markings and a long, grey beard, attacks guests with a scythe. FINALE: The Harvest Lords: Guests then find themselves in a valley of sacrificed animals and people, covered in fog. As guests navigate the walls of the dead, deer skull-headed stilt walkers attack.
  28. 2 points
    When the announcement video came out for this house was so intrigued how different our house would be from Hollywood's and then seeing the t-shirt design of the monsters definitely added to that idea until I got into this house, I was truly expecting a definitely big house, this house truly proved that, the transitional scenes were truly awesome, my friend scene in this house had to be the mirror room from The Phantom Of The Opera, I always loved every monster but Phantom was definitely on my anticipation list whenever Universal mentioned Monsters returning to the event in some capacity, this house is beautiful and definitely amust to experience once every time you go.
  29. 2 points
    During UTH, our guide explained that after you go through the armory tunnels, that the chaos of the games and Nightingales has caused the Colosseum to collapse completely. So when you go into the room with all the torn apart and hanging bloody bodies from above, you're going through the wreckage of the collapse, and the man on the right is the Emperor, fearing for his life. Then after that, the rest of the house is no longer the Colosseum, but instead the bloody streets of Ancient Rome. And the big thing on the right being turned is the gate being opened, unleashing the lion on the left. And finally, the ending is the deep caverns where the most vicious Nightingales await.
  30. 1 point
    When I read this, what came to mind was some of the very cool houses and scarezones they have done in HHN Singapore, based on Asian folklore. This site has great detail of every year as well as photos and video. Although I've never been to any of them, HHN4 is the one I wish I could have attended. What they did for an icon was so cool, complete with media gifts, and an incredible opening ceremony. They have shied away from IP for the most part (but of course they did Stranger Things). This place is on my bucket list, for sure. They used Jack one year but otherwise use original icons, and they usually have website games like HHN Orlando used to. Really, USS HHN is like the golden age of Orlando - no corporate synergy to dictate what you can and cannot do. What I'm getting at is - there is a lot of untapped potential of ideas that have been successfully presented in Universal parks besides Orlando and Hollywood.
  31. 1 point
    Since the movie is probably never gonna get made, could the Chiodo brothers work with Uni to get Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D as a maze next year instead. Combo IP and original maze.
  32. 1 point
    Damn! I went near opening weekend, so I missed the sign and of course Boingo. Yes, that definitely sounds like the end. Thanks
  33. 1 point
    One crazy idea I had was both parks open for HHN 30, and Terra Queen and Jack are battling each other for the honor of being 30's Icon. You can choose a side: Carey, Ohio (Studio, Jack's Side) or Terra Cruentes (IOA, Terra Queen's Side). 10 houses at Studio, then 6 at IOA for a total of 16 houses.
  34. 1 point
    I really hope they do it now! That’s really cool. I love when parks have really cool lore. Hollywood is so uncreative. Luckily we have Knott’s Scary Farm to make up for it.
  35. 1 point
    HHN30 hopefully will be catered to hardcore HHN fans. My wishlist includes high usage of icons, a half/ half blend of ip and original houses, 6 scare zones that are actually scary, more chainsaw hordes, and better merchandise. I wouldn’t be mad if Stranger Things returns next year, but I would rather have American Horror Story make a return! For icons, I would happy if all of them return!!! Considering that it’ll be HHN 30, a reference to The Terra Queen would be highly appropriate. I also think if the water show should return, make it all about the icons.
  36. 1 point
    Unpopular opinion, but I could see Stranger Things coming back. Either returning as the same, just a full season 3 house, or season 4 if it comes out beforehand. Stranger Things was an amazing house both years in my opinion.
  37. 1 point
    After walking down the first long tunnel, you enter the room with the body hanging on the ladder and walk around him. There were some bodies up on a catwalk above you, and Freddy's body was one of them.
  38. 1 point
    Wanted to get a discussion going here concerning what people define as "scary" nowadays. A big sum of people have been mentioning that this year is "off" and not "scary". What exactly does this mean? Please educate me on what the whole "not scary" comment means. IP houses are known for not being as "scary" as the originals due to people knowing the content they are going to see. Originals, however, people don't know what they are getting in to. That is, on their first walk through. Is it that the event is getting less "scary" or is it, in my opinion, more of a conditioning of going to the event year after year? I was absolutely horrified my first year at Horror Nights because I had never gone before or been through a haunted house / walked through scare zones. Since then, I've gone four years in a row. Granted, the event is not nearly as "scary" as my first year, but that is merely due to the fact that I'm conditioned to know what to expect with the atmosphere of the park as well as what to expect inside a house / scare zone. The "scariest" moments at HHN are your first night visiting for the year. If you didn't see any spoilers / watch videos on walk throughs / etc., how can you not be somewhat afraid considering you don't know what Universal has conjured up inside? Maybe it's not "scary" to people anymore because they've walked through the gates of USF a million times for a replica of the event they go to every year, just with different costumes and themes. Dead Exposure Patient Zero from HHN 28 was probably the scariest house I went through since I started going back in 2016. Now I'll preface this with saying the first time I went through, it was the scariest house I've gone through at HHN. After that first time, though, I knew exactly what was going to happen. How can people expect something to remain scary once they've done it before? I believe any walk through of a house has an unnerving feeling no matter how many times you go through it. I still find them scary no matter the amount of times I got through, I just am more keen to what is up ahead. HHN houses / scare zones / horror movies in general are only as scary as that first jump scare you get. After that, if you go through / watch again, it won't get you or be as "scary". I'm sure everyone on this forum has seen the original Halloween. Watch it again and tell me it is just as scary as that original time you watched it. Obviously, that's not going to happen because you know what's going to occur. On top of that, again, it has to do with conditioning. Going to the event year after year, you know how Universal works their haunted houses. Large sets, triggers with loud sounds accompanied by a jump scare, flashing lights, tight hallways, and the list goes on. They do different themes each year with completely different IP's and original content, but their system of how haunted houses and even scare zones are run remain pretty much the same. Go through Tomb of Ancients, Scarecrow, Dead Exposure, and then Nightingales. That can't be done of course since they all took place over different years but they share the similarity of being the "scariest" (this can be debated) house of their respective year. Why? They are located in the same exact tent year after year. This is the location Universal clearly goes in on attempting to make the "scariest" house. So what is it then? Is it the content that isn't scary to people? Is it that they are making the event too teen friendly? Or is it too much of the same thing and knowing what is coming around each corner? Please give examples of something you would find scary if HHN did in a house or street that you would find horrifying every single time you saw it. Just trying to get a grasp on what the true reason people don't think the event is "scary" anymore. Sound off...
  39. 1 point
    "Scary" means a whole lot of things, depending on who is being asked. To someone new to haunts, everything is scary, and by scary I mean they feel like they will chicken out at the last second or not make it through. My daughter experienced Scary the first time I took her to a haunt at 14. Now she's 16 and not much scares her. To haunt veterans like us, is there really anything scary anymore? Or do we now go through the houses watching others' reactions to gauge scariness? Or do we go through to see how they pulled off the magic? I have done magic for a long time and am a member at the Magic Castle. When I first got into it, and learned how much of it was done, the idea of "magic" was lost forever. Instead it became watching to see how well moves were hidden. It's a different degree of wonder, but I use that analogy as to why we still go to HHN today, even when it no longer scares us. I don't really get "scared" anymore in haunts - even the "extreme" ones. About the best I can hope for is startled, and that usually happens when my attention is diverted. I think hands down, the "scariest" house this year is Graveyard Games, and I was startled in it each and every time. The reason being is that the house has an much larger than normal number of scare options for actors - and they tend to use each and every one. In 15 years of HHN I cannot recall so many boo holes crammed into one house. The last time I was legit scared in a haunted house was around 2008 at Erebus in Pontiac, Michigan. They had this one room that had a fantastic acrophobia effect. At least, this was the way I recall it... The room is nearly pitch black. You are walking along a dimly lit path on the floor. Suddenly lights below the floor turn on to show a very long drop on either side of you. The path ahead narrows to just a few inches wide. Blowing fans helped to make you feel like you were balanced on a beam. I came to a sudden stop when the lights turned on and I was convinced there was a drop on either side. I mean, I knew there was no way it could be real - it was a mirror effect - but my mind was doing serious battles with my feet. I think they even had various breaks in the path, urging you to jump from one to another. I bet the actual room was not much like how I remembered it, but I bet many of the "scary things" we remember from houses did not actually happen the way we recall. The In-Between at HHN 21 had a similar effect in the "Christmas Light Room", where they simply had a mirrored walkway and a sanded "path" you walk on. I got a similar sense of vertigo in that one. But that's me. I don't think I'm afraid of heights, but put me on a ledge and I will have a problem. Clowns, monsters, noises, etc. Doesn't phase me. Concerning IP vs Original, if an IP scared the hell out of you as a kid, then a house will have a great chance of scaring you. But an original will be an unknown quantity to all, and history has shown that the scariest houses are almost always originals. To me, Poltergeist was GOAT because that clown in the movie scared me as a kid. But A&D took that clown - that had a screen time of under a minute - and turned it into the last 1/3 of the house. They were able to tear the scab off so many scary memories and make them fresh. It was essentially an Original wearing an IP mask. That's the way all IP houses houses should be.
  40. 1 point
    It's been four years since I logged on to this site. I'm returning to HHN on Sunday for my third HHN experience (my first being in 2015 and my second being in 2018). I realized I posted a review for 2015, but I didn't post one last year for 2018, so I figured since I enjoyed 2018's event marginally more than 2015's, I should do an extremely late review. I did rank the houses the night after I went last year, and this is based on that. 10. The Horrors of Blumhouse. I remember enjoying the Happy Death Day section of the house a great deal, even though I never saw this movie. I haven't seen The Purge either, but I'm more familiar with that concept, and I don't think it was as bad as 2015's Purge house, but I'm glad The Purge isn't returning for 2019. Grade: B- 9. Dead Exposure: Patient Zero. This is a house that I wish I could've gotten a behind the scenes tour of because I could tell it was extremely detailed. I also love how much care they took in the backstory, as they do with all their best houses. However, with the flashing lights and constant darkness, I couldn't absorb the scenery. It did make up for that in scares, however. Grade: B 8. Stranger Things. I'll admit, I'm not the biggest Stranger Things fan either. I liked season one a lot (which is what this house was based on), but seasons two and three... that's a different story. This was the first house I did the night I went (boy, what a mistake that was. Even with fast pass). As for the house itself, it was extremely scenic. It was kind of strange that they didn't combine seasons one and two, like they're doing seasons two and three this year, considering season two had already been out for a year when this house came out. I'm more worried about 2019's house. I hear it's not as good as 2018's, and I only liked 2018's just fine. Grade: B 7. Poltergeist. From what I can tell, this is generally considered to be the best house of the event. I'm not the biggest fan of the movie, but I remember the house was perfectly fine, I just like the other houses more. Definitely one of the scarier houses. Grade: B 6. Halloween 4. I don't think I've ever seen Halloween 4 in particular, but I'm pretty sure I saw the original Halloween, so I wasn't particularly lost during this house. For a house in the Shrek theater, it was far more enjoyable than 2015's Asylum in Wonderland. Grade: B+ 5. Scary Tales. In all honesty, I can't remember a damn thing about this house. The perils of writing a review more than a year after I did the event. I only did the house once. I think I remember something about Hansel and Gretel? This must have been a good house, because I had this fifth in my ranking when I ranked them the day after. But I like giving advantages to the original idea houses. So more Scary Tales! Grade: B+? 4. Slaughter Sinema. This is where the houses take a huge uptick in quality. I had the fast pass and decided to wait in the regular line just so I could do the house again later in the night. So I ended up having the longest wait time with this house at nearly 40 minutes. I adore the idea they had of going into a different B-movie with a poster alluding to what you're about to enter. Genius idea. Grade: A 3. Trick 'R Treat. I didn't see the movie prior to doing the house, but I did watch it a few days after. I loved the movie, and I loved the house even though I didn't see the movie. It's such a wonderfully halloween house, going through a neighborhood with pumpkins everywhere and all that. This house perhaps had my favorite set decor of all the houses. Grade: A 2. Carnival Graveyard. I think I did this house twice? Maybe once. But I loved it and thought it competed admirably with my number one. I love carnivals around halloween, and doing a spooky metal circus a la Carnival of Carnage was a great choice. Probably the scariest house of the event. Grade: A 1. Seeds of Extinction. Not a whole lot of praise for this house, which is shocking. I loved it. It's the only house in the history of HHN that I got to do more than twice. Four times! And two of those times were in a row when the park was nearly closing. Maybe it was just because I absorbed more detail and absorbed the surroundings enough, but I adored the backstory and the incredible amount of detail they applied to the settings. The airplane above surprised me every time. The titled walkway was great. The costumes were creative, unique, and blended beautifully with the surroundings. I have a feeling that Depths of Fear for 2019 will be the most similar to this house, so I'll keep my eyes peeled for that one. Grade: A+
  41. 1 point
    Yep - express pass is included with the non-private tour. The express pass works before and after the tour so we book an 8pm tour which gives us 2 hours before to knock out the rides since some close early. Interesting to note. I've been receiving several surveys via email and the one today asked the following "You mentioned you attended Halloween Horror Nights in 2017. Did you attend Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure during that year? " Hoping the rumors of Bill & Ted making a return for next year are true!
  42. 1 point
    Did it last night, but I feel like I’ve definitely noticed it in earlier runs as well: there’s a voice over the speakers in the waterfall room talking about the implosion. I think it’s “implosion imminent,” or something like that.
  43. 1 point
    Well, that final tiny hallway looks blown up with wiring hanging down and marks on the wall, but other than that, not really.
  44. 1 point
    Hi All, As I’m bored waiting for my flight back to Blighty, thought I’d add my thoughts on this years event. Please comment, discuss, and argue against my rankings. I love the banter and discussion! Overall I feel houses were great with no proper duds, scarezones were ok (but I feel scarezones no longer work at HHN due to crowds), and the lagoon show was fantastic. In summary, overall rankings for me are as follows: ‪1. Universal Monsters‬ ‪2. ‬Graveyard Games ‪3. Ghostbusters‬ ‪4. Yeti Terror of the Yukon‬ ‪5. ‬Nightingales Blood Pit ‪6. House of 1000 Corpses 7. Depths of Fear ‬ ‪8. ‬Stranger Things‬ ‪9. Killer Klowns From Outer Space‬ ‪10. Us‬ 10. Us Very true to the film, and a couple of fun scares, but after doing this once it just fell flat on its face for me. Love the film, but for me this was boring. They may have been better doing half film, half original to ramp up the scares. Didn’t work for me, but sets were great and some good ideas means it wasn’t a total flop. 9. Killer Klowns I’ll be honest. I hate the film, and didn’t have much hope for this house. However it did grow on me during the event and having a few fun interactions with the scareactors really made it for me. The second Klownzilla puppet never worked for me which is such a shame, as the first was incredible! Overall a fun feel good house with plenty laughs and gags, just not my thing. 8. stranger things only had one decent run through out of 4, which is a shame as some of this house is fantastic (the large, larger, and even larger mindflayer puppets are stunning and brilliantly done). Suffers from season 2 being light on scares/iconic scenes, but season 3 is represented really well. Was always going to be tough to pull off and make it an incredible house, but I feel they did a great job. Other years this would have placed much higher but the overall house quality was fantastic this year. 7. Depths Was really looking forward to this one, and was very disappointed with the creatures. Very bulky costumes, and bit cartoony. However, the crew were aggressive, and this does have the best scare of the event (hand puppet from above got me every time, and I did see two people fall over on their arses because of it). Great concept, gorgeous sets, and I think a little better creature design would have propelled this much higher in the list. 6. Corpses Again not a fan of the film, but could see the HHN potential (Fun fact - this was a house in Hollywood BEFORE it was turned into a film). It’s a very true representation of the film, and some of the scareactor interactions were the best I’ve ever had (yes Captain Spaulding, I promise to take some chicken home to Mama, I don’t want your boot up my ass!). The catacombs were brilliantly done, and the scareactors here were mean and wouldn’t let me go. Loved it! Watch out for Thunder in the “who’s your Daddy” room! Scary, fun, and plenty of guest interaction makes this house much much better than I thought. 5. Nightingales This house STUNK. And was aggressive, claustrophobic, dark, and unfortunately inconsistent. When it was on point, it was incredible. When it was off it was dull and smelly. Big points to the scareactor who swings out to get you. He/she seemed to be in my face pretty much every time and such a great scare that seemed reluctant to let me pass. Also loved the lion with gladiator puppeteer. The last night I swear the lion almost kept off the platform and I nearly sh!t myself. It was also fairly historically accurate which shows the amount of research and dedication that goes into the original houses. I wanted this to be Scarecrow level, and while it has potential it’s inconsistent performances means it won’t reach that level. 4. Yeti Love this house and wish I had more chances to do it again. The yeti outfits are great, and the scenic elements are stunning. It’s the dark comedy house of the year for sure, with comedic deaths which are some of my fave scares this year (“door”, and “Alien” hand). Gorgeous sets, fun set ups for Yeti encounters, and again the final yeti scare with the full swing out like nightingales is a personal fave of mine. Great scareactor interactions, but I’m sick of being shot in this house. I must have a big target on my back as I seem to be shot by everyone, and the air blasts are powerful! Definitely did not expect this house to be as fun or as good as it is. 3. Ghostbusters I cannot do this house without a goofy smile on my face. It is everything I wanted and more, even if I missed the props reacting to Janine every time. I mean yes, it’s not scary, but it’s just fun and makes everyone smile. It’s the only house I’ve ever seen where the staff working it are still smiling and dancing to the same song playing over and over again for 8 hours a night throughout the run. Great effects, great scareactor interactions (special call out to Dan Ackroyd in the Slimer hallway, and Bill Murray at the end - high five!), and reminds me so much of the Ghostbusters show Universal used to have back in the day. Also nice nods to Ghostbusters II, and a sneak peak at next years Ghostbusters film too. 2. Graveyard Games This house is gorgeous. The most immersive, well designed, and stunning house I think I’ve ever seen in my 3 years going to HHN. The backstory is brilliant, and sets the scene for a very creepy, scary, and inventive house. There’s so many great scenes here, from the hallway with the candles being blown out, to the playground scene (creepy ghost kids), and the pitch black, soundproof room which is my fave effect this year. There’s so much in this house to see and follow it needs multiple run throughs. My fave original this year, and probably fave original I’ve ever done. Just do it. Then do it again. You won’t regret it. 1. Universal monsters Wow. Just WOW. This house is gorgeous, and coupled with incredible scareactor interactions this is my absolute fave this year. I thought this would be a good house, but never did I dare hope it would be as good as it is. It’s scary, aggressive, beautiful, surprising, fun, and allows for fantastic scareactor interactions (special kudos to creature, the mummy’s, and Frankenstein’s monster who is this years MVP). It is missing the invisible man (or is it?), but that is a minor criticism. I really hope they come back next year bigger and better. Scarezones Not much to say - they’re ok. I don’t think scarezones work in the current format due to crowds. Either do away with them or do something new and unique with them. Stop them becoming selfie zones! Shows Lagoon show is amazing. Please see it and make sure it’s back next year! AoV - good at what they do, one and done for me
  45. 1 point
    HHN 29 Another year moving further into family-friendly territory. My 19th year attending Halloween Horror Nights and I guess I'm no longer in the target demographic. I've become one of those grumpy old guys who pines for the "Good Old Days" of HHN. The lineup of houses was actually an improvement from last year, but nearly every other aspect was about the same or worse. The overall atmosphere was incredibly unspooky. Most of the background music was 80's synth stuff that had no business being played at a halloween event. Why did they go with the 80's theme again anyway? I think a lot of people are hoping for more effort for HHN30. Fingers crossed for the return of Bill and Ted and the icons. Until then, we're saving quite a bit of money that we would usually spend at HHN and have lots of extra time to check out other halloween events. From 2013 on, during the Bill and Ted years we always purchased the most expensive Frequent Fear pass with Express so we could see the show as many times as possible and make sure we could attend the final performance of the year. In 2017, we did 24 nights. Without Bill and Ted, we have made due with the Rush of Fear pass, attending 12 nights in 2018 and only 9 this year. -Houses- HHN has never been scary to us. We are mostly interested in the incredible scenic work and costumes / makeup. That being said, we like to see that there has been some effort put towards making the event frightening. 1 - House of 1000 Corpses (8.5 out of 10) This was absolutely fascinating for me and my wife. The people who put this house together should be very proud. We hated this movie and the only parts we liked were Captain Spaulding (barely featured) and his incredible looking Murder-Ride (missing entirely). Plus, the fact that this house was in the tent between MIB and the iconic Fear Factor theater, which had housed nothing but awful mazes up to this point, it looked to have no chance. Yet somehow this was our favorite house of the year right from the get-go. We're still shocked. The facade and interior of the gas station are a note perfect way to start the experience. The transition rooms with the music video style footage projected on the walls and ceiling are as effective here as they are annoying in the actual movie. The sets, scareactors and costumes are all excellent. I love that we see several different environments and the scares are plentiful. They somehow turned a lame Texas Chainsaw Massacre rip-off movie into an exciting, fun haunted house attraction. We were incredibly impressed. Also, the fact that a certain phonebooth was parked in front of this facade made me giddy each time I saw it. I like to think that Bill and Ted were trying to pilot the booth back to the Fear Factor Theater but just barely missed. Maybe they'll get it right next year. 2 - Graveyard Games (8 out of 10) I actually didn't like this one at all on the first night. But by our ninth night it had become one of my favorites. Beautiful facade. All the sets are incredible, as are the costumes. Great use of effects, namely the brick wall disappearing to show the reanimated corpse inside attempting to scratch his way out and the hallway where the mother blows out the candles one by one. Excellent energy from the scareactors, especially the one who sometimes attacked while on his hands and knees right before the pitch black hallway near the very end. The creepy kids section of the graveyard is also worth mentioning. This house managed to maintain a feeling of dread for us from beginning to end. 3 - Yeti (7.5 out of 10) Easily the best sets from this year's event, just stunningly well done. I like that you actually get pretty far into the maze before the first scare. I love that you go through several cabins, tents and a barn, getting hit with cold air each time you return "outside." Then the variety of environments continues with icy caverns and a dark forest. The costumes and action are just the right amount of silly for my taste. 4 - Us (7.5 out of 10) In contrast to House of 1000 Corpses, we actually love the movie "Us" and we loved the house. Huge kudos to the cast for this house, they totally made it incredible. Since they don't have elaborate costumes, the success of this attraction is entirely up to the performances of the scareactors. They absolutely delivered each time, the crazy facial expressions and movements were spot on. I always had a big smile on my face as we made our way through this one. 5 - Universal Monsters (6.5 out of 10) This house was pretty well done. Good sets, with a large variety of different environments. Good costumes, although some of the modern updates to the character designs were a bit cheesy to me. Was the Phantom of the opera's set an exact rebuild of the Wicked Witch's set from last year's Scary Tales 3? It seems like it was. 6 - Ghostbusters (6.5 out of 10) I should have liked this one much more than I did. My biggest issue with this house is that all of the dialogue has been re-recorded for some reason. Instead of hearing Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd's voices reciting iconic lines, we get other people trying to impersonate them. As someone who has seen this movie an unhealthy amount of times over the years, this is incredibly distracting. The half-assed facade is sad, but the effects in the library rooms are well done. The Ghostbusters HQ set with a live-mic Janine is cool. The containment unit being turned off is also pretty awesome. I don't understand why they included characters from Ghostbusters 2 and the reboot, it is 100 percent unnecessary. The set and acting for the key master / gatekeeper scene is spot on. The hellhound puppets are perfect. The scene with Gozer atop the stairs is way too cramped to be effective. 7 - Depths of Fear (6 out of 10) The setting is so unique, the sets are incredible and the use of flat screens and water effects is very well done. Unfortunately, the creature costumes ended looking like super-hokey 1950s B-movie creatures to me and it really pulled me out of the whole experience. The creature inside the first room whose upper-body is suspended over the pool of water actually looks pretty solid, so I would have to guess that the problems came from making the design into a wearable costume. Some of them also seemed to have tiny T-Rex arms, making them hard to take seriously. 8 - Nightingales (4 out of 10) Too cramped, too much "stuff in face." Given the subject matter, it seems like this house should have felt more unique, but it didn't for us. I didn't like the creature designs, and the sets were repetitive and uninteresting. 9 - Killer Klowns from Outer Space (3 out of 10) This is the second year in a row that HHN has turned a Scarezone from the year before into a house. First with "Trick r Treat" and now with "Killer Klowns." Both times I felt that seeing costumes and props two years in a row really lessened the impact. The Killer Klowns costumes are absolutely perfect, I think if we saw them for the first time this year, in this house, it might have gone a long way towards covering for how cheap the rest of this house is. Klownzilla is pretty amazing, though. 10 - Stranger Things 2 (2 out of 10) We like this show, (although not as much as a lot of people seem to) but this was not a good house. Last year's version was very pretty to look at and the character look-a-likes were impressive, which kind of smoothed over the fact that it was not intended to be even slightly scary. The sequel isn't as effective. The sets this time around aren't really that great, (except for the cabin scene, which is glorious) and some of the look-a-likes are poor. We spend way too long in the tunnels in season 2. What is the deal with the repeating audio? "We're in the old junk yard, and we are GOING TO DIE! We're in the old junk yard, and we are GOING TO DIE! We're in the old junk yard, and we are GOING TO DIE! We're in the old junk yard, and we are GOING TO DIE! We're in the old junk yard, and we are GOING TO DIE!" You can see by the wait times and people walking around in the merchandise that this show is very popular, but if it comes back to HHN, I hope they can do better than this. -Scarezones- Scarezones have been kind of useless for years. Mostly they are still just annoying bottlenecks that keep us from the next attraction. 1 - Rob Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe (6.5 out of 10) I kind of enjoyed walking through this zone. The heavy fog and lights at both entrances made me think of old school HHN scarezones. I appreciated that the go-go dancers and blondes in skin-tight leather were trying to bring some sexiness back to the event. Now if we could get the adult humor and language back, everything would be excellent. The album that this scarezone is based on is not too bad, but I really feel for the scareactors who will have to pretend to be enjoying listening to these four(?) songs on repeat for two solid months. 2 - Anarcade (5 out of 10) Pretty to look at. Very photogenic. A good representation of the overall theme of the event, too bad this is the only place that really shows that theme, most of the rest of the park looks quite crap. 3 - Vikings: Undead (3 out of 10) Some nice costumes and decorations, but mostly just an infuriatingly slow walk. The worst thing was, once we walked through as the lagoon show was about to start and "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran was playing loudly in the zone, completely drowning out whatever ambient sounds we were supposed to be hearing. It was immensely silly, and something they need to address in the future. Having said that, the Duran Duran version was much more enjoyable for my wife. 4 - Vanity Ball (2 out of 10) We thought the fashion show idea had some potential, but they didn't go anywhere with it. Some of the makeup work was good, and it was fun to see some of the scareactors really work it, but it wasn't enough. More points lost for making me hear that awful dance cover of "In the Air Tonight" originally by Phil Collins. 5 - Zombieland: Double Tap (0.5 out of 10) Why would Universal choose this zombie "comedy" from another studio for a scare zone when they already own a far superior zombie comedy in Shaun of the Dead? I know, the answer is synergy because there is a sequel out this month. Another lazy scarezone in the NYC area of the park, where it's mostly just people in regular street clothes with some blood on them. The stage "show" was extremely poor, and it's identical for all four main characters. "Tallahassee" looks and sounds so little like his movie counterpart that it was only the banjo on his back that helped identify him. "Little Rock" looked pretty spot on, at least. -Shows- - Halloween Marathon of Mayhem (6.5 out of 10) The special Halloween version of the World of Color lagoon show was pretty successful. It's lightyears ahead of the old nightime lagoon presentations. The only real issue I had with it, as was mention before, was when the audio from this show spills out into the central park area scarezone. We only watched once from the official viewing area, but the fountains were nice to look at from many other places in the park. - Academy of Villains: Altered States (-69 out of 10) I didn't like this show again. It just felt like more of the same high-school talent show level quality from last year. I know a lot of people like AOV. Cool, don't get rid of them. Just move them out of this location where they 100 percent don't work. I felt like they tried too hard to justify that this dance show belongs at a halloween event. Two Marilyn Manson singles in one show! Spooky. Also, the chorus from "Master of Puppets" being used about eight different times throughout the performance was annoying. The reason that I miss Bill and Ted so much is that it kept the event fresh and gave us a reason to come back as often as possible. The actors were incredible at changing small things from performance to performance, and when something unexpected happened like a technical hiccup, they got creative in keeping everything moving, usually with magical results. The last show of the night was always the best way to finish a HHN visit. The performers were usually pretty exhausted by this point and anything could happen. When we downgraded to the Rush of Fear tickets last year, we were afraid that it wouldn't give us enough nights and we would miss not being able to go the last several weeks. But we found that we actually were fine. The houses were the only reason to go anymore, and we had been through them enough. As I write this, HHN29 is still happening, but we have lost interest. We're off to Howl-O-Scream instead.
  46. 1 point
    Just returned from a 5 night stay. Attended 4 nights (9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/29). Didn't attend on Saturday because I caught the creeping crud and was sick as a dog. Pro tip that I failed to heed: Purell is your friend... I say that this event took place in the Upside Down because everything I thought was going to be great was not, and everything I thought was going to be so-so was great. Almost without fail. As usual, I'll go category by category HOTEL Stayed at Sapphire Falls once again. Big plus is the water taxi. Big negative is the water taxi - because it's mobbed by people staying at Cabana and Aventura. I really wish they would check hotel keys... Another big negative is no vending machines on site. The worst hotels I've stayed at have had vending machines... But the rooms are very good and the price is good. Pro Tip: This year was my first time using an annual pass. I got the AP rate for the room, saving me $100. Saw the rate only a week out, so keep looking for it. Although you can make the reservation without first having a season pass, to actually get that rate you need to present your AP at check in (really, just show them a pass that says UOAP).... But here's the tip: you don't have to get your pass processed at Guest Services. You can go to the Universal desk at the hotel and they will process it for you right there. Saves you a buttload of time. Get your season pass from the desk, go to front desk and check in, and you're done. The only catch - they can only give you a pass if you paid for the whole thing up front. If you are making monthly payments, you have to get your pass from Guest Services. Also excellent was that they have UOAP appreciation days going on, and one perk is that ALL levels of passes get 10% off dining. So this makes the bottom rung Seasonal Pass quite a great deal! Saved at least $40 eating in the park, because the discount applies at HHN. Thanks, Universal! TOURS For HHN, used Rush of Fear + Express Tool the six-house UTH tour on 9/27. The 6-house UTH Tour included: Nightengales The Depths House of 1000 Corpses Stranger Things Ghostbusters Yeti Learned something new: The 3-house UTH tour had unique houses, so taking both tours will let you see 9 of the 10 houses. The 3-house UTH Tour includes: Graveyard Games Universal Monsters Killer Klownz Us is not included on any UTH tour, unless one of the other 9 is unavailable. I was going to book the 3-house tour but didn't because I was sick... They did not allow Video recording or Audio recording (the audio prohibition was new). Pictures were also restricted. In originals it once again made no sense. "No pictures allowed in this first hallway" (where there is nothing to see). "Take as many pictures in here as you like" (viscera and gore abound). In IP houses pictures were highly restricted. Ghostbusters was insane. "You can take a picture in this room, but ONLY of this object, and ONLY framed in this manner". If you can get past the picture rules, I do recommend the tour. As usual, you do NOT need a daytime park ticket or an HHN ticket to take the tour. When the tour is done, they escort you to the Blue Man building and then out the door (no staying in the park after the tour, but there is an entrance gate near the Blue Man exit). Instead of a free lanyard, they give you a free pin at the UTH tour. Supposedly exclusive for UTH. FOOD AND BEVERAGE Weather was hot but not humid. Weather-wise, it was one of the best HHN vacations I've had. Event food was not great. The Hero sandwich at the Starcourt food court (aka the shacks near Monsters Cafe) was the standout. Small portion, though. When staying till the closing of the night, I recommend grabbing a sandwich at the Today Cafe to take to the hotel. They are one of the ONLY places in Universal that will give you something to go. Lines are not horrible, but the food comes sloooooowly. Tried all four specialty drinks and bought three of the four glasses (blinky cups) What sucks is that each bar serves only one of the four drinks. There are at least 8 bars, so you will find your favorite drink at only two bars across the event. Stupid idea, HHN... The cups are: Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters, Arcade, Killer Klowns (to be released 10/4) Drinks: The Saturn - Hayman’s London Dry Gin, Velvet Fallernum liqueur, passion fruit puree, sour mix. My favorite Vampire's Curse - Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, fruit punch, sour mix. Tasted like fruit punch and nothing more. Twilight Galaxy - Corazon Blanco Tequila, Mr. Boston Watermelon Schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine. Even with all the sweet flavors, this was really NOT sweet. Very bitter and "Watermelon" was straight melon. Blood Pit - St. Augustine Vodka, Finest Call Blood Orange Sour, Bols Peach Schnapps, orange juice. Strong orange flavor. Not great, not bad. I wouldn't want to try to make any of these at home. Last year's Totally Rad Punch was memorable as all hell. Regarding the Freestyle cups - the "good all HHN season" cup is no more. You now need to buy a $9 recharge every day you want to use the cup. Now, I can tell you that if you recharge during the day in the park, your cup is good all the way through HHN that same night. So you could recharge at, say, 9AM on a Saturday and it would be good through 2AM Sunday. I don't know what happens if you recharge at HHN, though. My understanding is that the cup remains charged through at least part of the next day, during daytime park hours. Not sure. I also tested my park-charged Freestyle cup at Aventura - it did NOT work at their Freestyle machines this year (did last year). I was really disappointed to see that an UNCHARGED cup will not let you get ice water at a Freestyle machine. You can get ice, but no water. This makes no sense. One more thing, totally unrelated to HHN (but this is why my posts are TLDR, right?) Universal is no longer selling the Impossible Burger, and has switched to Beyond Beef. I'm not a vegan or vegetarian, but I really latched onto the Impossible burger, because it tastes so good - like a good burger with no gristle. Most theme park meat burgers are really not very good at all. I've tried Beyond Beef and yuck. Oh well. It was good while it lasted. IMPORTANCE OF EXPRESS PASS With an Express pass each night, was able to easily do all 10 houses, and repeat any that were short waits at end of evening. Each night I didn't even enter the event until around 8-9PM. In addition to all 10 houses was able to do AoV show three nights, grab a sit down meal, and spend quality time in the scarezones. Granted, the was early in the season. Even peak season, I think you should be able to do what I did armed with an Express Pass and getting to the park when it opens. I saved my HHN shopping for the daytime. MILES LOGGED Wed Sep 25 - 13 miles (Just HHN - went direct from airport) - 12 houses, AoV, Marathon of Mayhem Thu Sep 26 - 11 miles (included a bit of daytime visit to IOA for Hagrid) - 10 houses Fri Sep 27 - 14 miles (included 6 house UTH tour) - 12 houses (+6 in tour), AoV Sun Sep 29 - 13 miles - 12 houses, AoV EXPRESS MERGE POINTS The Express/standby merge points are very similar to last year. Some notes: Nightengales, Ghostbusters, HOTC, Stranger Things and Yeti had great merge points. There is a very short wait following the merge. 5 min max KKFOS, Depths, Graveyard Games and Us had the same so-so merge points - 10-15 min max Universal Monsters had a crappy merge point with a good 20 min wait post merge HHN APP GAME There is a section called The Arcade, where you can play a Stranger Things game or a Universal Monsters Candy Crush type game. For the life of me, I can't get the latter to work. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but the app locks up. You can get badges for scanning a QR code at a sign near each house.. But there's huge problems. First, the sign is a scavenger hunt - some are HARD to find (especially Graveyard Games). Some are right at the entrance - right where they tell you to turn off cell phones. Some are at the exits, but you can't stop or you will back everyone up. None of that really matters, because most are in total darkness, so you can't scan them unless someone shines their light on it. What I did was take a flash photo of each sign. But that sucks, since you need a second phone to scan the first. This game is just stupidity. And don't think you can scan the codes from home. Once you leave the park, that function turns off. You can scan them from your onsite hotel room, though. In fact NONE of the in app games work off site. The trivia is back, but for the original houses, they use general trivia unrelated to the house. For instance, for The Depths, they ask questions like what the deepest dive is, and when it took place, etc. Some of the Stranger Things questions were the same as last year's game. And UNLIKE last year, Terror Trivia locks once you leave the park. Last year I could continue to play from home. And I'm not a big fan of "get a badge for spending money" - you get a badge for buying Pizza Fries, the HHN Freestyle cup, and the UTH tour. MERCHANDISE Way too much merch to go into deeply, but here are some points of interest They do still have AP HHN shirt, AP HHN pin, and free AP HHN magnet, but you need to get those during daytime at the AP lounge (NOT available at Tribute store!) I think they should be at the Tribute store, because they are HHN, and can count toward your 10% off for an AMEX purchase over $75. Custom Ink shirts are once again in the Tribute store. The print is much higher quality. The ones from last year feel sticky and flimsy. These feel like they are part of the fabric. There are very few custom house designs available. I saw one for Yeti. Everything else is custom IP shirts. All stores are sold out of XL and XXL House of 1000 Corpses shirts. I assume they will reorder. I was told they sold out immediately after Sid's passing. No light up pins at all this year. Tribute store is HUGE this year. Individual rooms for KKFOS, Ghostbusters, ST, and general purpose room. They are selling 2019 tokens in the arcade. Be on the lookout for them. Williams of Hollywood store has almost nothing in the way of HHN memorabilia this year. Life size Chance statue is gone. (No, I didn't buy her, but a guy can dream...) SHOWS Loved AoV House of Fear in 2016. Did not like 2017. Really did not like 2018. LOVED this one. It's as if they listened to me, and gave me a HHN themed show in the spirit of House of Fear. The music was great, the story was great, the acts were great. They didn't haul someone up on stage to embarrass them. They didn't force the wave, or slow motion, or freaking Mr. Roboto. The only slow point for me was the aerial silk acrobat, and he wasn't bad at all. I'd still prefer Bill & Ted (and the survey they just sent me asked a couple of questions about B&T...) In my 4 visits, I watched this show 3 times. Also made a video of it. My trick was to turn screen brightness fully down. Marathon of Mayhem Oh. My. God. So much better than I ever expected. I really hope they bring this back time and again with new content, but the 80's theme was so well done. SCAREZONES My Scarezone anticipation list: 1) Zombieland 2) Vanity Ball 3) Anarch-Cade 4) Rob Zombie 5) Vikings Undead ....and after my attendance, almost a complete reversal: 1) Rob Zombie 2) Vikings Undead 3) Anarch-Cade 4) Zombieland 5) Vanity Ball Rob Zombie zone was just plain fun. I spent a long time there and loved every part of it. Favorite use of that area so far. In no way scary. Vikings surprised me with its brutality. The pumpkins were not missed; lanterns made sense for this zone. Wouldn't mind a Zombie Vikings house sometime. To me, Anarch-Cade was beautiful to look at. That laser ceiling was so good, and it was the best thing that area has seen in years. Reminded me of being in the arcade at the mall. Zombieland was cute but boring. The little "shows" were all of 2 minutes of nothingness. It was weird that "zombie kill of the week" was the exact same kill regardless of the character doing it. I chuckled at the Bill Murray zombie but didn't like anything else. It was really low energy as compared to last year. Shadybrook is still my favorite for this area. Lots here have loved Vanity Ball but even though I gave it a straight uninterrupted hour, it was blah. And this was after the UTH tour got me all excited with the backstory. The tour described it as two competing "body designers" who each have runway fashion shows. Their "designs" supposedly will talk to endlessly about what they had done and how much better their designer is than the other one, etc. Other than the runway shows, I got none of that. They had a little "plastic surgery" show, but only one thing happened over the course of an hour. Chucky was so much better... HOUSES My list based on anticipation 1) Depths of Fear 2) Yeti 3) Nightengales 4) Graveyard Games 5) Ghostbusters 6) Killer Klowns 7) Universal Monsters 8) House of 1000 Corpses 9) Stranger Things 10) Us ....and after my attendance, mostly flipped on its head (mostly) 1) Graveyard Games (BY A MILE!!) 2) Universal Monsters 3) House of 1000 Corpses 4) Yeti 5) Ghostbusters 6) Nightengales: Blood Pit 7) Depths of Fear 8) Stranger Things 9) Killer Klowns 10) Us Graveyard Games (A++) So far and away above the rest. My first night every house was leaving me with a "meh" taste and this was the last one I visited. I wasn't really expecting anything, but was in awe as I went through. It just got better and better. This house was utter perfection. Almost every scareactor has multiple scare points - and each one uses all of them. Over the course of my 4 nights, I went through this about 8 times. Each time I saw new things, and it was just perfect. Not a single bad run. I really wanted to hear the backstory on this one, but at the same time, I don't see how it could improve it for me. This house would be the ONLY reason for me to do another trip to Orlando, and a whole trip for one house won't do it for me. Universal Monsters (A+) This was done completely differently than the way Hollywood did it, but they did it equally great. So many great things to experience in this one. Felt like an original to me. Did not expect it to be this good at all. They ought to consider putting some of these monsters in a film some day I with they had turned the rain effect on more at the start. House of 1000 Corpses (A) I'm a big fan of the movie and was a big fan of Hollywood's take (which was also quite different, as the first few rooms back then were parts of the Murder Ride). Good house, but it very strictly stuck to the storyline; if it wasn't in the movie, you won't see it. Yeti (A) Some really big scenes and scares in this one, along with a surprisingly comedic scare outta nowhere. In my opinion, wasn't as good as any of last year's originals. This will be one I will have forgotten about in a few years. <Last year, houses 5-8 would have still been great. On this year's list, everything after Yeti is a big step down> Ghostbusters (B-) Yes, it's a beautiful house. Yes, I know it's not supposed to be scary. Yes, I loved the movie. The house was just....underwhelming. Nightengales: Blood Pit (B-) Like so many others said, the bird beaks were too distracting. UTH tour guide said that these Nightengales were devolved, being much older. Okay, but without someone telling me that, I'm just wondering what the heck I'm looking at. BEAUTIFUL FACADE. Unfortunately, we immediately go into the bowels of the Colosseum and stay there. As such, it's very monochromatic. I guess the original Nightengales: Blood Prey was also monochromatic with the trenches, but frankly the WWI house was more fun and the Nightengales were more scary. And, man, the water effects were practically turned off. I felt nothing rain-like anywhere. Depths of Fear (C+) This was at the top of my anticipation list. The goofy Mouthbrooders killed it for me. In Seeds of Extinction, a guy dressed as a plant was awesome, but here a guy dressed as a silver angler fish with giant translucent teeth is just goofy. I liked the idea and parts felt underwater, but the transition from above water outside to underwater inside was just not great. I think they needed for the facade to already be an underwater scene. Missed the dog entirely until the UTH tour. The house still looked cool and was somewhat fun, but as far as originals go, this is Giggles & Gore territory (and I don't remember much from Giggles and Gore). Disappointing. As I mentioned in another thread, Knotts' "The Depths" was such a better "We dug too deep!" mining themed house. Stranger Things (C) The casting was once again amazing. The flayer at the end was amazing. The rest was just OK. Killer Klowns (C-) Really surprised this came in so low. And unfortunately it's not because the rest was just that much better. I like the movie, really liked the zone, but the house just seemed like a 3D clown house without the glasses. Honestly, I don't think they could have done better. Klownzilla was a great puppet. The final room was huge but filled with too many static figures. Big letdown. I just think this one makes a much better zone than a house. Us (D-) They killed a perfectly good SoundStage for this. I saw the movie and liked the movie. The movie is hard enough to follow. As a house - forget about it. If you've never seen the movie, you will be lost. So let's put all that aside, what about the scares? Not many. So many actors stand there and do nothing. Most of the actors that DO something do it as part of an insanely long action. In any scene with Red or Adelaide, she just stands there. Forever. Then does something. Those are just no no's in houses. It stops the line. If you haven't seen the movie you exit the room wondering WTF. In 4 trips through the house, I saw most of the scares happen one time each. Sorry, this is just garbage as a house. CLOSING THOUGHTS Can't compare this yet to HHN Hollywood because I haven't gone. Only 4 really good houses out of 10. Last year was 8 out of 10. But last year's show was awful and this year had two standout shows. I don't think they topped 2018. As I mentioned, 2018 was so good, I spent $1000 to fly back a second time. This year was middle of the road as a whole. As so many have said: Not awful. Not great. Graveyard Games, though. Oooh, baby! Instant classic for me; I'll miss that one dearly.
  47. 1 point
    I recall writing that I'd be happy if they'd just present the same House of Fear show. Was really surprised to see that they pretty much did just that, and now they are getting rave reviews. To me, it's working because they did a show that understands it is at HHN. Same thing with Marathon of Mayhem. Who would have thought a freaking lagoon show would be one of the best shows in years? When a show is catered to an event, it's hard to screw it up.
  48. 1 point
    The cast for this house deserves an award. They're all incredible and if you go through the house when it's not crowded the experience changes entirely
  49. 1 point
    Yeah i can seeh that working. Jack can have a carnival zone, caretaker can have a gothic zone, director can have modern universal horrors (tethered, baby face killer, etc etc), storyteller can have a scary tales or urban legends zone, and the usher can have reimagined versions of classic monsters (think the designs of UM this year).
  50. 1 point
    Do you "die" at the end of this house? Because the room before the finale is the tomb of 'Angeline Albright' (I think that's the name) but it goes straight back into dirt and roots like a grave. Then you veer off into the pitch black hallway where the children ask things like 'where did you go?' and 'play with us' with the final scene being gazing upon the Blue Woman. Either that or she let's you go/ protects you and that's why the children can't find you? Or I could just be over thinking things. I really like this house
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