Experience the gruesome tale of ambition and vanity at the Songs of Death Haunted House. Desperate to remain as the Chinese Opera Academy’s only diva, the Maiden of the Opera strikes anyone who threatens her place.
This entry includes photos of scenes inside the Songs of Death Haunted House. If you wish to remain surprised, do not read this entry. You have been warned.
WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGERY
This entry also includes potentially disturbing photos of scenes from the Songs of Death Haunted House. Viewer discretion is advised.
Please note that photography is not allowed in any Haunted Houses at Halloween Horror Nights 3 unless authorized by the park.
About this Haunted House
Songs of Death is a standalone Haunted House, taking place in between Jurassic Park and Ancient Egypt. A tent was set up in a backstage area. Due to the position and shape of this tent (long and extends forwards), this house has an interesting “always moving forward” walking direction until the mid-point.
Themed to Chinese Opera, this is a unique concept for Halloween Horror Nights and truly, has no equal in other HHN events. There is an incredible attention to the look of the scare actors, especially for the Maiden. This house is scarier than last year’s Asian-themed Death Alley, which is set in “Chinatown” over at New York. There are strange rooms and a lot of frightening scare actors (most of which are not featured here) that would shock guests who are already afraid of Chinese Opera in the day. Yes, some people are. I would also like to commend on choice and placement of the sound effects and ambient music used in Songs of Death, as they were well picked and effectively enhanced the experience.
This entry only provides a glimpse of what Songs of Death has in store. Along with photos, here’s an audio tour of the house to tempt you into meeting the Maiden and hearing her sing… in person.
The queue entrance for Songs of Death starts at the edge of The Lost World.
The words on the stone archway is a homonymic play on the phrase 阴魂不散 (lit Lingering Ghost). Here, it reads 音魂不散, which can be translated to mean a lingering, haunting voice.
The queue turns into Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. While waiting, you can also get a photo souvenir. This is a green screen photo op showing the Chinese Opera Theatre/Academy in the background. 6R prints at $10 each and can be purchased before Opera Academy.
The Opera Theatre
The journey begins at the Chinese Opera Theatre. A cozy venue with a few rows of benches and an elaborate opera stage.
The words read 無雙劇院 (Simplified 无双剧院) which literally means Peerless Theatre.
Ominous Opera music begins to drift… Have a listen:
This audio recording covers most of the scenes in Songs of Death. Moving on…
An opera performer stands alone on stage. She does not sing, but slowly dances – as if in a trance. Blood flows from her right eye, and there is a visible stain on her costume – right at the heart.
The path leads backstage into the Academy building. At the foyer, there are rows of ancestral tablets – that start to shift violently upon approach.
Further on – the make-up room: dusty and seemingly abandoned. Seemingly is the word.
An uneventful corridor… is where the Maiden makes her first appearance.
全都得死！ (Everyone must die!)
A few rooms later: A spine-chilling storage area of wigs, masks.. and heads.
Our backstage tour leads into more creepy spaces – one of which is a haunted room where musical instruments are stored.
The corridors and rooms are filled with scenes of violence – courtesy of the Maiden of the Opera.
But after the Dormitories, prepare for a dramatic scene (which is easily missed). The Maiden rips the heart out of her competition, literally. With her black magic, she keeps the victim in a soul-less state.
(Help me.. I don’t want to die.. I don’t..)
(You will be next! YOU WILL BE NEXT!)
Narrowly escaping from the Maiden, visitors will find themselves at the back section of the Academy – eerie corridors, that seem to be empty… or is it?
The path turns into a dark store room, which is filled with offerings and ritual objects.
In a room lined with glass, a ritual seems to be taking place (or already happened). Scrolling tapestries of incantations surround an inanimate body in the middle, while joss papers are strewn over the floor. Dispersed voices of a prayer chant can be heard.
Walking out of the ritual chamber, the path descends into a maze of mirrors.
Noticeably weakened and disheveled, The Maiden appears to be trapped in a dark maze of mirrors. In her final attempt to escape, she taunts and attempts to drag visitors into the same fate.
The Maiden’s last moments – her once-flawless face has split and broken off in large fragments. She flinches and drowns into madness…
Flickering lamps show the way – It appears that we have escaped from the Chinese Opera Academy.
What do you think?
Is the Maiden of the Opera finally subdued and put to rest at the end of this Haunted House experience? Or will she be back with an encore of her Songs of Death?
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