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It’s getting to that time of year again guys when the Haunt season rolls in and everybody is starting to prepare for Halloween Horror Nights! The following are some random tips for anyone travelling to the event this year! Feel free to leave any other tips etc that you may think of in the comments below!

Thanks guys!

When should I go?

Any night in September is good. The later you go in Fall, the busier it will be. Saturdays are the busiest days of the week, followed by Friday. You should avoid the week before Halloween at all costs. November 1st is the last night of the event, and the crowds return to September levels, if that.

Is an Express Pass worth it?

It fluctuates in price each night. Some nights you would be paying as much as a regular admission. I’d consider buying one if 5/8 of the houses exceed a 90 minute wait time. So, in summary, get one on Fridays and Saturdays between Oct. 15-31.

Other Tips and Tricks

*The first and last Bill and Ted show each night are the least crowded

*Start your house from the back of the park and make your way to the front of the park as the night progresses.

*HHN is at its peak capacity around 10:30. Guests start to leave after then. Get into the park as close to the opening as you can.

*Talk to strangers. It helps distract you from the lines you’re waiting in.

I usually bring a backpack filled with the following items:

  • Poncho – Probably the most important item in my backpack. I recall one night where it rained literally all night. My girlfriend and I were soaked from head to toe. Then we bought ponchos. It at least keeps the rain off of your clothes. The downside to a poncho is that it gets pretty humid inside of it due to your body heat and the rain.
  • Small Umbrella – If you have the poncho, you’re probably ok. I bring a small umbrella just in case I don’t feel like wearing a poncho and the rain isn’t that bad.
  • Extra Socks/Shoes – This is only if you anticipate the rain is going to be bad. Usually when it rains, the lines for the houses get filled with huge puddles of water. Then you’re going to step in those big puddles and have wet shoes and socks. Then you’re going to hate your life.
  • Handheld game – Lines are long, and waiting in line staring at the drunk guy who took his shirt off and is singing Lady Gaga is only funny for the first 10 minutes, then it’s just sad and kinda creepy. Therefore, I usually bring my Nintendo DS and I’m distracted long enough to not notice the 2 hour wait times on each of the houses.

The backpack in itself is a great thing to bring because it can hold anything you buy during the event. You will have to open your backpack at the checkpoint to City Walk as well as the entrance to Universal. To make this as smooth and as easy as possible, I put together the following tips.

Things to not bring:

  • Weapons/anything that could be considered a weapon – You are going to have to pass through a metal detector when you come in the park. Don’t bring pocket knives, bottle openers, kendo sticks, or anything else that could be considered a weapon. Otherwise you’ll get it taken away and may not be let in.
  • Pens/Markers – I experienced this last year. I had just come from school so I had some Micron Pens in my backpack. The security pulled me to the side and told me that pens/markers weren’t allowed in the park. They took them, gave me a slip of paper and told me I could pick them up when I left the park. I don’t know what damage I could do with a Micron Pen, but it happened.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol in the park is expensive. I know your friends have done it and gotten away with it, so you’re going to try it. Don’t try and sneak alcohol in. They’ll just make you throw it away. And they won’t let you finish it off either.
  • Masks/Costumes – Just don’t bring these. The scareactors are here to scare people, not you. Which leads me to my next point…

Tips for not being an a-hole at Halloween Horror Nights:

  • Don’t attempt to scare/mess with the scareactors. This is probably the thing I see most from middle schoolers that got dropped off at the park by their moms. They want to look cool and mess with the scareactors. They try to sneak up on them in the streets and scare them from behind. Well it’s not cool, it’s rude and ruins things for the rest of us. This also goes for the houses. Don’t attempt to go into the actor’s boo-holes. Just walk through the house and experience it.
  • Don’t hound the scareactors for pictures. Sure, some will take pictures with you, but they’re here to scare people, not to take a selfie with you on Instagram.
  • Don’t blame the workers for long lines. Treat them with respect. They are just trying to work and put on this great yearly event for us.
  • Don’t touch anything in the houses. The creative team spent tons of time on these houses in making them extremely detailed. There are always drunk people that wander in the houses and rip stuff off of a table in a room. Just look around and experience it. No touchy.
  • Don’t smoke in line. This is probably the most annoying thing ever. Standing behind a guy for 2 hours who is chain smoking. Not only is it inconsiderate, but it can also get you kicked out of line. Universal has designated smoking areas for that.

 

There’s been no news about the Beetlejuice sequel since March, and this latest tidbit barely qualifies as “news” itself, but for those who are starved to hear something, apparently reliable sources are saying Tim Burton is making some moves and adjusting his schedule to direct it himself.

Per Schmoes Know, which says the info comes from “a high ranking studio executive that knows what is going on behind the scenes of everything in Hollywood,” Burton was thinking about dropping out of directing his Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children set up at 20th Century Fox in order to return and direct the new Beetlejuice with Warner Bros. and David Katzenberg, but he ended up being able to shift his schedule and is now looking to do both films.

Seth Grahame-Smith is writing, and from what the Schmoes heard, the script is really good, which, if true, could certainly be the reason for Burton’s piqued interest. That and the virtually guaranteed return of Michael Keaton as the title character, a ghoul hired in the original by a recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house. The sequel is to be a true continuation 26 years later.

 

Last month Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez told us that original trilogy director Sam Raimi was now focussed on making Army Of Darkness 2. Now it seems as though Bruce Campbell is confirming both his involvement and the fact that the movie will happen.

He told the crowd at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, ““The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I used to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here. He then joked, “Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.

But the whole thing isn’t a lark. He ended up on a more serious note and apparently came clean, “Alright sir, the answer is yes.

The haunting story of ‘La Llorona,’ a beautiful girl named Maria from a poor village who desperately sought to win the affection of a rich nobleman. But this nobleman wanted nothing to do with Maria due to her having children, so as a plea to be his she drown her children. After this the nobleman completely shunned her. Overcome with anguish, she drowns herself in a bitter end.  According to legend, when she arrived at the gates of heaven she was asked where her children were? And was told she could not pass to the afterlife till they were found. Maria’s tormented and distressed spirit wanders the earth, eternally piercing the night with mournful cries, “My children!  Where are my children?” ― giving rise to her name, ‘La Llorona’ or ‘The Weeping Woman.’ She’s back and she is making the long journey from Hollywood to Orlando in order to find her children,  La Llorona’s frail, drenched body lurking throughout the dead of night will invariably elicit unwavering dread from the helpless village inhabitants or maze guests, as her presence signifies impending death.

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La Llorona first came to life in 2011 as a maze in Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood, based on the local legend of The Weeping Woman. The house was so popular that HHN brought it back for another year with ‘The Child Hunter’. This year it’s Orlando’s turn to face the wrath of the woman in white. Watch out, she could be coming to get you!!

Urban Legends: La Llorona will take the tale that was used in Hollywood and build it for Florida audiences who aren’t as familiar with the legend that is very popular in Mexican culture in California. La Llorona will join the likes of The Walking Dead,Evil Dead and The Cabin in the Woods for Halloween Horror Nights 23 in Universal Orlando. This is the first house of ‘Reveal Week’ for hhn. Every night this week at midnight another announcement will be made.

What’s next guys? Think I might know… so stay tuned and maybe I will have some hints out there before the next reveal!!

I still haven’t had a chance to check out Eli Roth’s “Goretorium”, a year-round horror maze/display on the Las Vegas strip and probably never will as I live on the other side of the globe. It opened with quite a bit of fanfare on September 27th, 2012, but apparently the non-horror months (November-August) haven’t helped it generate the revenue it needs. As a result, the company is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (according to this article in the Las Vegas Sun). While things don’t look good, the Goretorium is still allowed to operate so check it out while you can! If enough people end up liking it, who knows what could happen? Find tickets at the event’s official website.

The multi-level maze of frights submerges visitors into the tale of Sin City’s most deadly mythical hotel and casino, The Delmont. The self-guided horror experience begins in the lobby of the Delmont and unveils gruesome and ghastly sights of past hotel guest victims and the serial-killing family behind the deeds at every turn. Employing high-tech Vegas showmanship with old-fashioned scares, the terrifying labyrinth of live actors, animatronic frights and stunning special effects is contained in a vintage hotel setting that rivals Hollywood’s best movie sets.

There isn’t much online as regards video footage which is unfortunate for someone like me who will never get to see this amazing haunted maze, but from what I have seen I am very impressed and also very surprised that there isn’t more interest in this maze. But I guess that the same as most things it only has a certain shelf life etc. and this being a halloween attraction as such then maybe it doesn’t warrant it being around all year.

However I would love if they could maybe run it for 2-3months of the year around halloween and then have it close till the following year but I think due to costs and the rent on the building etc it would not pay off to do this as I’m sure it has a very high production cost each night! 

Give us your thoughts guys? Have you visited the ‘Goretorium’, or do you plan to visit? Or maybe your just a dreamer like me! 

Let us know below!

With the successful $111.8 million worldwide debut of zombie extravaganza World War Z  – which is Brad Pitt’s largest opening ever as an actor – Paramount Pictures actively will turn to developing a sequel, studio vice chairman Rob Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter. The tent-pole earned $66 million in North America, the best opening for an original live-action tent-pole since Avatar, and $45.8 million from its first 25 foreign markets.

The site continues, World War Z initially was envisioned as a trilogy, but those plans were shelved when the movie ran into trouble, requiring extensive reworking of the last act. Initially set to open in December 2012, the movie’s release date was pushed back to June, prompting many in Hollywood to anticipate a blood bath.

But in a happy reversal of fortune, World War Z is off to a strong start, both in terms of its commercial and critical appeal. It will need to stay strong to make up for its $190 million budget, however. Paramount appears confident it will, judging by the fact that its reviving plans for further installments. It’s the biggest debut of Pitt’s career.

Skydance Productions co-financed World War Z, which also was made in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films. Pitt produced via his company Plan B, with Marc Forster directing.

Personally I loved this movie, so I’m very pleased to hear this news!!

We told you about Harbinger Down, a tense, claustrophobic creature film that will feature only practical animatronic and makeup effects. Back then it was seeking funds via Kickstarter. Today it’s an absolute go!

Thanks to 3,066 monster-loving backers, $384,181 was pledged, exceeding their initial goal of $350,000.This is the kind of thing Kickstarter was made for! Hollywood just won’t fund an original old-school monster movie, but it’s good to see that the fans will! Amalgamated Dynamics’ Alec Gillis writes and directs.

Synopsis:
A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.

Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for three decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

This looks like it could be awesome and I for one couldn’t be happier for these guys! Let’s hope they don’t disappoint us!

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Some sad news with a silver lining, Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Stephen King’s “It”) suffered a major stroke in his Hollywood home last night but appears to be recovering nicely.

He’s currently in the hospital, but his agent Marcia Hurwitz assured The Daily Mail that “Tim is doing great. He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humour.

Let’s be thankful that the event was caught and addressed in time and we send Tim our best wishes. This news really hit me hard as one of my favourite movies is Rocky Horror. Hope he is ok and really wish him a speedy recovery.

It’s not quite an app, and it’s not quite a movie, it’s Haunting Melissa, a brand new movie going experience that happens right now exclusively on your Apple devices.

We now have a new trailer for the film, directed by Hollywood producer Neal Edelstein – an award-winning independent filmmaker and early technology adopter whose credits include The Ring, The Ring Two, Mulholland Drive and The Straight Story.

No one knows why Melissa vanished. She warned her friends that some ghostly presence had awakened in the isolated farmhouse where she lived… something that whispered to her from the locked room where her mother went mad and died. Now she’s gone… and no one knows what unearthly horror had risen from the past and was… Haunting Melissa.

Little by little, all will be revealed.

You’ve never seen anything like this, because there’s never been a haunting quite like this. The first-of-its-kind Haunting Melissa is a terrifying tale with twists and frights that you won’t soon forget. Delivered piece by piece when you least expect it — and want it most — Haunting Melissa will scare you into discovering the truth.

You can read our special report on the launch.

Veteran storyteller Neal Edelstein has reinvented filmmaking in a way that brings the power of hypnotic, episodic content to the iTunes Store. Viewed exclusively on the iPhone and iPad this frighteningly haunting story is released in sporadic and unexpected ways that will leave you constantly guessing, and constantly engaged.

You’ll want to activate Push Notifications so you won’t miss a thing. Keep the glow of your iPhone or iPad handy, because you’ll never quite know when the haunting is coming.