So far my favorite has to be the Warrior, that or the Traditionals. I can see Universal doing the two set cast with them, all nice and pretty at first but then transformed at night. Really excited for this year!
I left you a PM. Also, I am more interested to see how all the construction works out through this event. I was in the park the other day just hanging out watching all the trucks driving through as they ushered guests out of the way. I'm not sure how well that is going to work with all the drunk guests. Also, the entrance to the park has been decked out and is looking pretty awesome.
Jacqi and I attended the Universal Halloween Horror Nights Media Sneak Peek on Wednesday, Sept. 12. It was a quick look into the upcoming event showcasing some of the costumes and theming for each of the houses. We also got a chance to see make-up artists at work up close and then a walk through 2 of the houses.
The houses and their themes have all been revealed long ago, so I won't recap them here but Universal did throw out a few new bits of info.
Universal's House of Horrors will feature Universal's classic stable of horror characters "reimagined and reanimated". They promised a new "lightning flash" style of animation - but they weren't ready to go in to any further details.
Universal also revealed that the roaming characters would not be confined to "scare zones" this year and that no place is safe - restaurants, gift shops, attraction queues are all fair game. Someone brought up the restrooms and the response was "Wait and see..." Among the roaming characters will be a hoard of "Walkers" - zombies from AMC's The Walking Dead. Up to 75 of these zombies will primarily infect the San Francisco area. Approximately every 45 minutes, the zombies will gather in a massive hoard and stagger their way off set during cast change outs.
Also announced was a bonus for those following HHN on Facebook. Fans of the page can have a scary phone message sent to themselves (or someone who could use a good scare).
Then it was time to check out the houses. The first house was "Dead End" and it was in "show ready" form with all of the effects and actors in place. This was pretty good. As one of the few houses that didn't have a license attached to it, it felt like a regular haunted house - and that's a good thing. It was a haunted northern mansion with some great effects and scare sequences and a creepy evil spirit that paced the loft above you.
The other house we previewed was "Silent Hill" based on the video game series - this house was completely lit with work lights and had none of the actors. But even with all of the lights on, you could tell this was going to be very cool. I only know a little about the game series - only that its set in a small creepy town populated with stacked nurses that have butt-ugly faces. They said that the pyramid head character would be in the house and that it also pulls a lot creatively from the new movie that comes out in a few weeks.
Over all the sneak peek really has me looking forward to going to this year's event. Thanks to Universal for hosting us and here are the photos...
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Media Preview
We're in the right place.
They brought us to the Cafe La Bamba for our briefing. Along the side walls are the displays for each house.
The Walking Dead costumes. Universal worked closely with the AMC cosmetic and costume artists to recreate actual zombie characters from the show.
Welcome to Silent Hill.
Seriously, what's that on your face?
Jacqi was a little intimidated by the Showman from Alice Cooper's Welcome to my Nightmare.
Something is different about this showgirl from Penn & Teller Newkd Las Vegas...
Oh yeah, I needed three fingers to count her boobs.
This is one of the evil spirits that haunts "Dead End".
Hello Ring Mistress - from the 20 Penny Circus
One of the roaming "scareactors" - Bioshock, anyone?
One of the scareactors getting a nose job.
On our way to our first house, we passed this cool table of heads.
Welcome to Silent Hill - our second house of the day. All of the lights were on for our tour.
This guy has seen some better days.
Hello, Nurse. I guess I need to play the games and find out what's up with this chick.
Hey, it's a cute little Bloody-Bunny!
Pale little girl at the top of the steps = creepy.
OK - now that is scary.
And here's how we end this report. Go on, I dare you.
Last edited by jcrouse on Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:33 pm.
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