Yesterday, Universal Studios announced their 5th maze and the 3rd original maze for HHN 29 – Yeti: Terror of the Yukon.
Admittedly, this is the first original house I’m truly excited for. For those who attended HHN 28 and went through the Slaughter Sinema maze, they met the Yukon Yeti’s spiritual brother, the Swamp Yeti. And that thing was TERRIFYING. Huge and masterfully played by his scare-actors, that thing was a guaranteed pee-your-pants scare.
And if the marketing copy for the house is any indication, this guy will be just as terrifying (if not more) than his swamp cousin:
From the evil geniuses (they paid me to say that) who brought you Attack of the Swamp Yeti in last year’s grindhouse-themed Slaughter Sinema house comes a frightening new take on the fear-inducing folklore of the wild Yeti.
Universal’s Official HHN Blog
So far, all the rumors are matching up (to some degree) with reality as a yeti house based on the Swamp Yeti has been rumored since HHN 28’s close. My prediction? You can almost bet on those Ghostbuster and House of 1000 Corpses houses unless something majorly falls through in these final months.
When I wrote my HHN 29 update post yesterday, I just had this nagging feeling that Universal would announce something the next day. Turns out that nagging feeling was right because this morning, Universal Studios announced the 4th house for HHN 29, an original house by the name of Depths of Fear.
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that there was a rumor of a “‘Leviathan’ or Lovecraft themed house. Turns out, that rumor was mostly on point, at least as far as the “Leviathan” theme. Here’s the official marketing copy:
If you have a fear of water and what lies beneath, your skin will crawl with this new haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights. Depths of Fear mixes all the elements of the unknown with underwater elements, monstrous creatures and a countdown to a disastrous fate.
Official Halloween Horror Nights site
An “underwater house” has been talked about ever since HHN 28 came to a close, with many people suggesting it would be a Jaws house. When the rumors began to tilt more towards a submerged horror in the depths of the ocean, the rumors began to shift toward either a Lovecraft theme or something similar to Bioshock-lite. However, the story seems to be completely original from those two things instead.
I love the idea of Haunted Hayrides. You take the serene, autumn-tinged quaintness of a nice hayride and turn it sinister. Perfect.
I’ve been on a number of haunted hayrides and, with the exception of Walt Disney World’s now-long-defunct Headless Horseman Hayride that was once at Fort Wilderness, most of them have been fairly disappointing. Not really scary and not even all that atmospheric. Still, it’s the idea that keeps me loving haunted hayrides and wanting more out of them.
I was unable to attend 2018’s Nashville Haunted Hayride & Woods due to the fact I spent most of my Halloween dollars and time in Orlando. But this year, I’m going to make absolutely sure that I pay this haunt a visit. While dates aren’t set for 2019, the haunt, produced by Thirteenth Floor, the same group that produces the popular Los Angeles Hayride, is listed on their main attraction page, so they should be returning for 2019.
The haunt is comprised of two attractions, the hayride and the haunted woods. Both sound pretty straightforward:
“You’ve been warned…what was once a nice fall hayride, has turned sinister. Come face-to-face with some of the most demented monsters on earth, who find joy in unleashing their terror on unwanted visitors. Attempt to find your way out of the hayride or face your tragic demise…”
Description on the Nashville Haunted Hayride’s Attraction Page
The Haunted Woods promise a similar straight forward experience:
“Slide into fear through the deep, dark woods where terror resides in the shadows. Locals believe that the woods are home to creatures that one would not even dare to imagine. Legend has it, those who dare to embark on these trails are doomed to never again see the light of day. Enter into the woods and test your luck, but don’t say you weren’t warned…”
Description on the Nashville Haunted Woods’ Attraction Page
I’m actually pretty stoked about visiting this one in 2019. I didn’t realize they had opened an attraction in Nashville until it was too late for me to make arrangements to go (I don’t live in Nashville, so it’s a trip). This will definitely be added to my Halloween 2019 bucket list. And yes, there will definitely be a review.
What’s on your 2019 bucket list? Have you visited any of Thirteenth Floor’s attractions elsewhere?