Editorial: Halloween Horror Nights 2017?Announced Mazes

I have been a long-time visitor to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights event in Hollywood, California.  I have never been to the Florida event but it is a “must do” on my bucket list.  Keep that in mind, since I will primarily be focusing on Hollywood’s upcoming event and will only sprinkle in some thoughts on Florida’s currently announced lineup. 

Trouble in Paradise?

That’s right, there was some big buzz on news feeds since the 2016 event that fans were certain to get a maze based on James Wan’s Conjuring series.  Well folks, it does not look like we are going to be getting that anytime soon.  Seeing as author of the book “The Demonologist,” Gerald Brittle is currently in a lawsuit with Warner Brothers Studios regarding the producers not having the rights to properly use the likeliness of Ed and Lorraine Warren.  This is a 900 million dollar issue that Universal surely avoided during their selection process and rights acquisitions for the 2017 season.  Yes, it really sucks, but I can’t blame them for not wanting to get thrown into WB’s quicksand.  

The rumored Hollywood replacement for this maze is said to be a haunt based on horror “it” man Jason Blum’s productions.  Think of this as an anthology house that could include Get Out, Insidious, Lights Out,  Split, Sinister….the list goes on.  This house, based on which films it chooses to portray could either be amazing or complete trash if they opt to re-hash old Purge scenes that we have seen on the streets of Sunset Boulevard and on the backlot for the last four years of HHN.  Time will only tell.

Announced Maze: The Shining

After HHN ringleader John Murray finally obtained the rights to his crown jewel intellectual prouduct The Exorcist, it only seems right that fans get to step inside of another classic.  

Personally, I’m surprised that Murdy did not opt to use The Exorcist again, especially after the success of he maze which had wait times that exceeded 2 1/2 hours. So, it’s out with the old, in with the new and I am loving it!  Yes, The Shining is a slow burn of a movie with maybe 3-5 scenes that could be considered straight horror, but I feel like Murdy is going to be able to pull this one off.  Muddy describes the maze as a glimpse into going insane, and as one of the most difficult mazes to pull off.  

My predictions are we will be seeing the hallway twins in both living and dead forms, the bathroom scene, and of course, Jackie Boy going nuts on the audience with his axe through a simulated hedge maze.  I would love to see the bloody elevator scene happen, but I can’t fathom how they would pull it off without making guests wear rain boots throughout the attraction.  However, something tells me that such an iconic scene in horror will not go unnoticed by the HHN creative team.

Both parks have announced that The Shining will appear at the 2017 event.

Maze Announcement: American Horror Story: Your Roanoke Nightmare

Last year, AHS made its debut at Horror Nights where it essentially showcased three mini-houses for the Murder House, Freak Show, and Hotel (my personal favorite) seasons.  I had a gut feeling that AHS would return this year showcasing Coven, Asylum and Roanoke, and I was both right and wrong in my predictions.

Recently it was announced that Orlando would get all three seasons in one house, and Hollywood would be a solo venture into the most recent season, My Roanoke Nightmare.

Roanoke promo art. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures
Let me preface my next statements by saying that I absolutely LOATHED My Roanoke Nightmare.  It was poorly written, played its plot too close to Murder House and Hotel, and it played with some formatting choices that just came off as a cheap gimmick.

However, while the show was a mess, I can confidently say there was enough content in the season to merit a solo house.  While I thoroughly enjoy Asylum and Coven, I’m eager to see what a solo AHS house can put out for guests of the event.

I would look forward to a scene that portrays being lost in the woods, a basement attack by the witch of the woods or Shelby, a Cannibal scene, and even an appearance by the murderous sister nurses.  Just please, don’t let it be a constant slew of Butcher characters bursting through the walls yelling unintelligible Irish slurs or us being hunted down by the damned Pig Man.  Sadly, judging by promotional pictures, Pig Man is front and center. Yaaaaaaay….

Keep your eyes peeled for more HHN 2017 announcements as the news is released on my end. Until next time, Plague Rats!

-RR

Cutting Edge and Dark Hour Bring the Fear to DFW for the Weekend

Haunted attractions are a thing that Metroplague firmly believes should be celebrated year-round.  Luckily, two haunted attractions in the area feel the same and are putting on some wicked shows this weekend for us DFW locals.

The girls are out this weekend at Dark Hour!
Photo Credit: Dark Hour Haunted House

In our very first article, we discussed Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano and how the haunt runs differently themed attractions each off-season month.  Well, that time of the month has arrived again, and Metroplague has all of the gory details for you Plague Rats.  This Friday and Saturday, Dark Hour presents its Summer Spirits attraction that boasts “You’ll need a ticket, you’ll WANT a priest.”  Take a walk down the haunted halls of an all girl’s school, where something has taken control of the occupants and turned them into something…..otherworldly.

Hours: June 16: 8 PM to 11 PM; June 17: 8 PM to 11 PM

Price: General Admission: $28; Fast Pass: $50.  Tickets can be bought HERE.

Location: 701 Taylor Drive, Plano, TX, 75074

Don’t forget to eat and fuel up before APOC!
Photo Credit: Cutting Edge Haunted House

The second haunt is a SATURDAY ONLY event at Cutting Edge.  Sign your troops up and come out to experience Zombie APOC Army at the creepiest haunt on Lancaster.

Does your team have what it takes to shoot the undead and live to tell about it?  Gear up with military infrared laser training weapons and test your might in a scored event that could lead your team to the August Finals.  This is a limited space event, and tickets are still available.  Grab yours today!

Hours:  June 17 ONLY; TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE UPON TICKET PURCHASE

Price: $39.99 HERE.

Location: 1701 E. Lancaster Ave; Fort Worth, TX, 76102

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