Published: July 7, 2009 at 2:09 PMOne thing that I saw on youtube that Universal really didn't publicize is how they think up and impliment the haunted houses. I hear they have the best!
Published: July 7, 2009 at 2:28 PMIf your going to Disney at all some information on their event would be interesting as a comparison.
Published: July 7, 2009 at 3:28 PMIt's a totally different audience, but if I have time, I'll try to drop in for Not-So-Scary the way I did for the Christmas party last year.
Published: July 8, 2009 at 8:05 AMRobert,
Could you find out how they go about deciding between creating a new central character, re-using an existing one and going without?
I have never more anticipated a HHN than I did two years ago when they unveiled the "Carnival of Carnage" I wanted to go so bad that year and couldn't.
Then last year they had Bloody Mary as the central character who at first did not seem as impressive but the online tie-ins to the event kept going. Even as HHN was already going on they kept making the story deeper and more twisted which made me want to go more as the event progressed.
So, now I sit and look over the material already released for this years HHN. I am neither impressed nor salivating at wanting to go. The only thing that could make me jump and go is the fact that I still have that free 7-day pass from the Super Bowl Promotion.
Oh, If you could find out what exactly goes on with the R.I.P. Tours for HHN.
Published: July 8, 2009 at 11:33 AMAlthough I don't like the Saw franchise, I think it would be good as a live event.
It's kind of an odd trio - two supernatural beings (a serial killer controlling a doll, and a werewolf) and a psychopath with a motive to make people appreciate life.
Also interesting to note is that the trio represents three eras of horror: classic (with supernatural beings and creepy elements rather than "jumpy" horror), slasher (encompassing charismatic killers from the '70s - '00s), and torture porn (the trend of recent years).
I hope they update the website to be on par with (or better than) last year's website.
Published: July 8, 2009 at 9:34 PMExcellent questions. I'll put them on the list to follow up. Thanks!
Published: July 8, 2009 at 9:46 PMLast years event with the "Legendary Truth" investigations going into the detail of the event and backstory was just absolutely incredible. The investigations went into how Mary Agana turned into Bloody Mary and how all of the characters of last years event tied back to her via the School House where her mother taught each of the other characters' parents. Then on the last night the Halloween Horror Nights creative team and mastermind behind LT threw all of the participants a big party where we got to meet and talk with all of the guys that are behind making each year of HHN happen. They had all the blueprints of all the houses and a detailed board of how each house tied into the main theme, helping us understand things we didn't figure out during the course of LT.
I personally loved the entire experience of Legendary Truth which the website is still up at www.legendarytruth.com . I do really hope they will bring back a follow up of LT or a new era of it.
I would like to know though why they chose to go down the route of a 3 year series in Horror Movies beginning with this years event. It's a great idea and I hope it lives up to last years incredible theme.
Robert, will you be going to the press event the very first night or will you be flying a little bit later along? I'd love to see a local TPI get together happen.
Published: July 9, 2009 at 6:42 AMWe have gone to HHN in Orlando for the past five years in a row. This event and Mickeys Not So Scary are trips that I look forward to all year long. Last year's theme with Bloody Mary was really intriguing from the video at the entrance of the park, heck it was creepy even in the daytime, however once inside the park it seemed to diminsh for me. There are always a couple of stand out houses every year and a few mediocre ones. A few years ago which was also the last year they had the event in both IOA and US there were 2 incredible houses that I still remember, one was Demon Cantina and the other was a Vampire'ish" theme similiar to the first Blade Movie. Robert you can't miss the Bill and Ted show, you have to eat the fried oreos and you should stay on site in a Universal Hotel. Last year for the first time we stayed at Hard Rock the night we went to HHN and being that close to the event was a high point in the trip for me. We will always try to stay on property for this event in the future. Have Fun!