In just a few weeks, Halloween Horror Nights 2 will open at Universal Studios Singapore. I received several requests for a day-time photo entry, like last year’s Before Nightfall entry. If you’d like to know more about the event’s ticketing information, please refer to this entry.
I’m glad to present Before Dark, a short series of entries showcasing thematic elements of Halloween Horror Nights during the day.
Part one | Part two | Part three
◂ House of Dolls ▸
The center entrance arch has been completely decorated with the façade to the Puppetmaster’s lair.
I feel that the clock dial looks a little strange. Leave a comment if you think you know why!
Bit surprised to see this particular typeface here, which Sentosa Spooktacular has been using for a while.
View from inside, showing the big doors leading into the House of Dolls.
A few of these giant-sized drawings hang from the ceiling of Hollywood Boulevard.
On the street, there are two sets for scare actors. Let’s take a closer look.
Some seemingly normal sketches, which become more grim as you gaze…
A bookshelf (which yes, looks 2D now, but the trompe l’oeil effect should work well at night) has a lot of useful books for any Puppet master.
For the curious readers, the titles (apart from unnamed or numbered titles) are:
Anatomy, Twisted Toys, Dolls, 101 Hand Puppets, Stitch and Craft, Dolls from the Archipelago, Toys Through the Years, The Rise of The Toy Age, The Toys of China, Technicalities of Puppetry, Cross Stitching Doll Dresses, Ribbons Buttons & Threads, The History of Russian Dolls, The Toys of China, DIY Dolls, Fabrics, Learning the Art of Puppetry, Sewing, The Doll House, The Doll Project, Toy Room Decor, Shadow Puppets, Tapestry and Toyland. The titles don’t really mean anything apart from setting the tone for the House of Dolls scare zone.
There is a stage at the end of Hollywood Boulevard (right before the fountain).
It does not look complete, but this should be the Meet-and-Greet area for The Puppetmaster.
◂ Total Lockdown ▸
Unlike last year, it’ll be harder to scatter props around New York zone because of the Sesame Street street shows. There is however, a large tent right at New York Library area.
Amusingly, there’s a smaller tent for Sesame Street characters to run out from.
In other news, here’s an exclusive scoop: The new Elmo prop at the entrance to the new Sesame Street ride. Luke spotted it just a few days before, but it was covered. He also discovered that the Sesame Street ride exit (which is a shop), will also have another exit that goes into Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor. This means that the shop and restaurant are connected, and the same can be seen at Hollywood’s Celebrity Cafe & Bakery and Dreamworks Character Store.
Okay, time to get back to the Before Dark content.
Water Street has been sealed up. This section is the exit for an enclosed scare zone (also referred as a haunted house by the park) and used last year to stow large props in the day.
◂ Death Alley/”Chinatown” ▸
While this scare zone/maze is located at New York, but guests enter from Sci-Fi City. Can you see it?
It appears that Death Alley (aka Sting Alley) will have a Chinese theme this year.
The large sign at the gate reads “唐人街”, which means Chinatown. The two blocks of text at the side of the gateway reads “黄泉路上不相逢” and “魑魅魍魉来索仇”. Assuming that the right column is meant to be read first, this could translate to something like “Demons and monsters will claim revenge, but will not meet on the road to Death (or the Land of the Dead)”. Well, this just gives them license to appear in the realm of the living, at a theme park… I guess?
Two stone lions guard the entrance to this deranged Chinatown.
The one on the left (which is the lioness, as it has a cub at its feet) has that Chesire cat grin.
Tables… and stalls.
Random dirty bowls scattered around.
Compared to 2011′s The Pestilence, this scare zone appears to be more spacious, or perhaps they have not placed all the bigger props yet. (But there were just too many crates last year)
After what appears to be a street food bazaar area of Chinatown, there’s then this martial arts set. Of course, the weapons on the rack were all blunted for safety.
Access to Water Street is blocked off due to construction work and props lying around.
From here however, you could see some red curtains.
Hmm. Appears to be some decorative divider.
I’ve no idea what are these plastic cans are for. And this “brick” wall is easily movable.
So it could be possibly shifted over here to seal the opening on the right, to create a single path.
Crates are also used to store plastic cans and metal drums.
Lots of netting all over.
For those who have been to The Pestilence last year, the general path for this scare zone/maze is about the same.
The queue should also be similar to last year, starting from a side door – which leads to the queue area of Lights, Camera, Action! and comes out of the “No Parking” doors here – before leading into the gates of Death Alley itself.
◂ Bizarre Bazaar ▸
It looks like Ancient Egypt is ready to get serious for Halloween Horror Nights.
So much better than last year’s “banner”!
There isn’t much to see at the moment, but there are several of these big slabs of “stone”, each with a pole attached. These are lined along both sides of the main path at Ancient Egypt.
The poles have some sort of pulley/wheel system. Since it’s a bazaar, maybe it’ll be used to hold up a roof for the bazaar, or have some oddities dangle in the air. If the park intends to use heavy fog effects here, a roof will be necessary to keep the fog in.
There’s also something else being constructed at Ancient Egypt, but this should be a backstage area for scare actors.
◂ The Insanitarium ▸
That’s all I have to offer for this issue of Halloween Horror Nights 2 – Before Dark. It’s obvious – the production values this year has been brought to a new level. If you only have the time and budget for one event to attend, I think it’s clear which one is the best. Refer here for more HHN2 event information or click here to have an overview of the events available in Singapore.