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HHN '18: Stranger Things

AlexanderMBush

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Nov 23, 2013
17,371
Arizona
First of all, holy crap that video is amazing, and shows already the amount of the tone they are going for in this year's HHN.

Second, this is a landmark move for properties and HHN, and that the fact Universal got what is the biggest Netflix Original as of now, is huge. And to do it in a way like this, brings all kinds of really fascinating hopes and dreams.

Can't wait to see what Murdy and Williams does for the maze and IP, as it can't be screwed up.

EDIT: Here is the Hollywood version of said video.

 
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rageofthegods

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Sep 10, 2017
1,826
Gotta say, beyond being hyped for Stranger Things, it makes me REALLY happy that the leaked lineup wasn't total nonsense. Bring on 2018!
 

foodstampsFTW

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Dec 6, 2015
964
San Diego
The Orlando blog post only mention stuff from season 1 will be in the House, I’m holding out hope that ours has stuff from both seasons because if not, why would they not do it last year.
 

horrornights789

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Jul 8, 2017
3,125
This house alone, good or bad, makes up for all the setbacks that happened in 2017/27. Easily my #1 most anticipated of the year; can’t wait to see the Christmas Lights and the Portal.
 

HHNManics

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Jun 6, 2016
1,548
This is a property I am incredibly mixed on. I will say the video was fantastic.

The thing about this property is that it has problems with all 3 critiques to make a good Maze or perhaps Universal Hollywood has a problem. Characters, Sets, and Scares.

The only character I can think of is the Demogorgon and this could result in a overusage of that character. Where as there other characters that they can do but seeing the past I see Hollywood over using the Demogorgon.

The Scares are a big problem. This could be a Maze with terrible scares due to the lack of scares in the Show. But I could totally be proven wrong. There have been mazes in the past that have proven me wrong. But it's also where they place the Scares as well. That really matters.

The Sets. Stranger Things has sets but Hollywood doesn't like to do Sets. This is a property where they could get lazy and just paste black walls in the Upside Down. Which I hope doesn't happen.

I hope the Maze can get all three right. I'm excited for it but nervous. There are so many ways they can screw this up. But I'm sure Universal is smart enough that they won't screw up their biggest property (debatable) this year.
 

AlexanderMBush

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Nov 23, 2013
17,371
Arizona
In a little bit, the press release:

News
April 3, 2018
“Stranger Things” Comes to Life at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights


Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Enters an Alternate Dimension with the Highly-Anticipated Arrival of Netflix’s Original Series “Stranger Things” as All-New Supernatural Mazes

Award-winning Sci-Fi Thriller Comes to Life for the First Time Ever at Premier Halloween Events in Hollywood, Orlando and Singapore

Click Here for a Sneak Peek at the Upside Down Terror

Universal City, CA, Orlando, FL, April 3, 2018 – For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events. Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

The parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.

Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore will be authentic representations of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, the chilling new mazes will offer surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

Halloween Horror Nights begins Friday, September 14 in Hollywood and Orlando and on Friday, September 28 in Singapore. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. Select tickets and vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Singapore, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™.” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” Coming in Summer 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome debut The DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

About Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.

Universal Orlando’s three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, feature a total of 5,600 rooms and are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort consistently unveils all-new guest experiences, including powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park, and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, an immersive and interactive attraction in Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company. Follow us on our blog,Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is an award-winning theme park that operates on a license agreement with the Universal Parks & Resorts. Located at RWS, Asia’s premium lifestyle destination on Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore features many of Universal’s most popular theme park attractions from around the world, immersive lands based on DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar properties, plus specially created experiences such as the world’s tallest dueling roller coasters Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON, the world’s first TRANSFORMERS attraction, the world’s first Sesame Street theme park ride, and more.

Spanning 49 hectares, RWS is also home to other world-class attractions including S.E.A. Aquarium, the Maritime Experiential Museum, Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Other attractions include the Asian flagship of a world-renowned destination spa, a casino, six unique hotels and the Resorts World Convention Centre. With the most number of Michelin stars in one destination, RWS offers award-winning dining experiences at renowned celebrity chef restaurants, establishing itself as a key player in Singapore’s vibrant and diverse dining scene. The integrated resort also offers world-class entertainment, from original resident productions to concerts and public shows such as the Crane Dance and the Lake of Dreams. RWS has been named “Best Integrated Resort” since 2011 for seven consecutive years at the TTG Travel Awards which recognises the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry.

Follow Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa on Facebook, Instagram, blog,Twitter and YouTube.

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horrornights789

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Jul 8, 2017
3,125
This is a property I am incredibly mixed on. I will say the video was fantastic.

The thing about this property is that it has problems with all 3 critiques to make a good Maze or perhaps Universal Hollywood has a problem. Characters, Sets, and Scares.

The only character I can think of is the Demogorgon and this could result in a overusage of that character. Where as there other characters that they can do but seeing the past I see Hollywood over using the Demogorgon.

The Scares are a big problem. This could be a Maze with terrible scares due to the lack of scares in the Show. But I could totally be proven wrong. There have been mazes in the past that have proven me wrong. But it's also where they place the Scares as well. That really matters.

The Sets. Stranger Things has sets but Hollywood doesn't like to do Sets. This is a property where they could get lazy and just paste black walls in the Upside Down. Which I hope doesn't happen.

I hope the Maze can get all three right. I'm excited for it but nervous. There are so many ways they can screw this up. But I'm sure Universal is smart enough that they won't screw up their biggest property (debatable) this year.
I’m incredibly worried about this as well. I could see Orlando knocking this out of the park, but I’m very nervous for Hollywood’s adaption. Hopefully this doesn’t end up like Roanoke last year I’d hope we don’t see too much Demogorgan(like the Pigman). And as for characters, they could easily have:

- Eleven
- Hazmat Lab Workers
- Hopper
- Papa
- Joyce with the lights
- Maybe Barb?(fan service)


Edit: YES THEYRE GONNA HAVE THE UPSIDE DOWN ASH!!!!!
 
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LintemuthStudios

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Nov 7, 2016
5,208
Fantastic Worlds
Jesus, this is huge. Not only does this mean that Universal gets a major new headliner (possibly for years to come), this also means that Orlando could end up getting a Stranger Things ride in the future (ET replacement? Uni South?). After all, it's probably the only horror franchise that could adapt well into a theme park setting.
 

Chris Galindo

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Feb 22, 2015
2,312
LA
As much as I didn't want this to come, I'm really glad this is just based off of S1 as I hated S2 with a passion.
 

MacMillian Crew

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Jul 16, 2016
1,149
Yep, I knew it. S1 only, and I'm not upset about that. Given that if it's in WW, being that it's a tad of a tight spot, that should give the set designers the capability of fitting in various locations from the first season: the forest, the Byers house, upside down rooms. I knew the demigorgon would have to be reacurring creature for the maze. I honestly won't be surprised if little to no mentions of the main kids are made in there and instead, like I mentioned in the past, they decide to focus solely on the horror component, not the nostalgic parts.
 

AlexanderMBush

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Nov 23, 2013
17,371
Arizona
If that guy wins the lawsuit....y’all about the worst day to find that out.
I am trying to word it the best way I can, but @AliciaStella has a good sum up of what the hell this really boils down too.

I once worked on a movie years ago that was pitched to Troma Films for distribution. They didn't pick it up but at one of our meetings they said Trey Parker watched parts of it when he visited recently and got a kick out of it. Next season of South Park had a 4-episode story arc lifted straight out of our film. We got a lawyer, threatened legal action. Nothing. Wasted lots of money and time. That's the way of the world. No hard feelings though. Still love South Park. It's just hard to prove an idea or concept was yours first and that you deserve to claim ownership to it.

And nothing in that short film in the article above leads me to believe they would win this case either. The government testing thing isn't even explicitly discussed in the film. Even if they pitched that to the Duffers, it's such a common trope and story device that I doubt it matters anyway.
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