Universal Studios Singapore officially unveiled Halloween Horror Nights 4 with a dramatic inauguration ceremony for The Minister of Evil. With an elaborate backstory and publicity campaign, this year’s iconic character Jonah Goodwill has emerged as the new paragon of horror, bringing Singapore’s biggest Halloween event to the next level.
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Pantage’s Hollywood Theatre – specially dressed for the occasion.
Everyone gathered at the foyer of the theatre to await for the Minister’s arrival.
Chirpy Emcee who chatted briefly with us, before she going on stage to welcome the Minister.
◂ Jonah Goodwill arrives ▸
Jonah Goodwill was completely stoic, posing majestically – in silence – with guests attending the inauguration ceremony.
◂ The Inauguration Ceremony ▸
With all attendees seated, the ceremony quickly began with a primer on the Minister’s initiatives for the past four years, which includes a World energy initiative and Nuclear disarmament.
“2013: A very big year for everyone. For the first time in history, the world came together to elect its first world leader. Jonah Goodwill was easily leading the pack in the first two quarters of elections.”
“The second half of the year saw an uprising of protesters and politicians, with strikes and petty crimes against local peace unions. Minister Goodwill gathered the first troops of the Borderless Brothers Army…”
“2014: An even more tumultuous year. However, in its all uncertainty, the world has never been more ready to band together.”
“And ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming on stage – the man of the moment – Minister Jonah Goodwill!”
The video switches to a feed showing the Minister walking down a corridor.
But something does not feel right…
Minister Goodwill stands in the shadows.
The host invited questions from the audience, which started off with some positive, congratulatory remarks for the Minister.
“Minister Goodwill! How does it feel to be a leader of the common world?”
It soon appears that protesters have crashed the Minister’s inauguration ceremony. A few members of the audience started to question the Minister’s plans. And someone started exclaiming that the Minister is an imposter.
“What are your responses to allegations of a covert military mission of world dominance by violent means?”
“Sir, what is your take on Gregory Simon’s report this morning? That the common world is a short-lived vision?”
Sir, do not interrupt!!
“HE’S AN IMPOSTER YOU FOOLS! There is no common world!!”
“SECURITY!! SECURITY! We need somebody here!”
While security is busy handling one loud protester, suddenly a man runs up stage. Just as he was about to throw his weapon…
The Minister deflects it and sets the man ablaze – quickly followed with a few explosions.
With the assailant subdued, and staff running away from the violence, Minister Jonah Goodwill finally emerged from the shadows, unveiling the true face of Evil.
◂ A most dramatic Ceremony – captured on video! ▸
◂ Jonah Goodwill – The Story ▸
Jason Ramsburg (Creative Director) and Scott D. Peterson (Senior Producer) took the stage and introduced the concepts of HHN4, including Jonah Goodwill’s story.
Ramsburg: “You can go see theatre – but where can you experience theatre all around you? That’s Halloween Horror Nights.”
“We tried to create theatrical movie-type plots to transport guests into a story. We needed a character that emcompasses the whole thing. So we thought, why not have a government leader?”
“He was elected into public office in the future – when the entire world has united. We’re looking for one united leader to lead us. Unfortunately, when we are happy that he got elected to office… And then – and only then – he finally revealed that he’s a demon from hell. How bad would that be? So now we are living in a world with a demon leading the world.”
Ramsburg revealed that the dramatic “Scaremony” will return in 2014, and that it will be “a few times more dramatic” than what we saw during the Inauguration Ceremony. Check out last year’s Sisters of Evil Scaremony here!
◂ HHN4 – The Scare Zones ▸
Scare zones are themed areas in the park. These are interactive experiences that extends almost all street areas and is always “happening” throughout the night.
The Minister of Evil’s domain of terror: A city in ruins and overrun with demons. The New York zone will be split with a giant crack across the street, boiling with fury. Expect aerial scare actors and special effects. There will also be a dramatic show on the street happening “randomly” throughout the night, which Peterson teases – it will be “amazing”.
Taking place in Sting Alley, the Bogeyman has teamed with up devilish children to haunt in the dark alleys of Water Street. Beware of the damned adults and kids, who will even prey on the brave.
Peterson: “Be prepared to be scared to death here. Sting Alley is very similar to a Haunted House.”
Canyon of the Cursed
Egypt transports guests into a Frontier town in Texas, 1864. Undead zombies, horses, American Indians wage war across town. This is a new concept that the park promises will be unlike past years’ scare zones in the Egypt area.
At night, the jungle of Jurassic Park transforms into an evil forest, where fairy tales always end badly. All the stories that we are familiar with have been twisted in these misty woods. Imagine Red Riding Hood, not as a prey, but a cruel huntress.
Ramsburg: “Imagine Rapunzel, without her lovely hair. She’s upset and freaking out about that.”
◂ HHN4 – The Haunted Houses ▸
Haunted Houses are walkthrough experiences built in an enclosed area. Guests would need to queue for their turn to enter the houses.
The L.A.B – Laboratory of Alien Breeding
An alien-themed haunted house where experiments are underway – attempting to create perfect human-alien hybrid species. The L.A.B will be housed at the Waterworld queue (same venue as Possessions last year).
Ramsburg: “You’re going to see humans with alien heads; aliens with human bodies. It’s going to be really weird.”
A military torture camp, with scenes inspired by local military legends. Jonah Goodwill, Minister of Evil has put an evil Sergeant Major in charge. Be prepared to see recruits suffering – Hanging, being tortured, and even gruesome depictions of forced cannibalism.
Mati means “Death” in Malay. This house will be built beside Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure (same venue as Songs of Death).
Peterson: “I can relate to this particular house. A lot of NS (National Service) ghost stories will be put into this house.”
This house revolves around Jing – a girl who, tormented by classmates, committed suicide in school. Her ghost returned to haunt the classrooms. USS will recreate eerie environment of pre-war schools and old mission schools. Different forms of Jing will reappear to terrify guests.
Jing’s school will be built at a backstage area behind the street of New York.
Ramsburg: “We try to inject the latest theatrical technology. There will be a blackboard in the haunted house that writes itself.”
Jack’s 3D Dementia
Ramsburg: “Pay attention people, this is interesting.”
Unlike the other three haunted houses which are dark and creepy, Jack’s 3D Dementia will be bright and colourful. This is the park’s first attempt in a “3D” maze, where 3D glasses will work with Chromadepth 3D paintings. Some visuals will seem to “jump” out of the walls. Jack’s twisted world will take place within Stage 29, where Adrift took place last year.
Ramsburg: “The character of Jack comes to us from Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. He’s a serial killer clown; a loony wacky guy. Clowns are scary – this house is going to be really cool. It’s bright and very interesting.”
◂ HHN4 – Stage Show ▸
Jack’s Nightmare Circus
Extending from Jack’s 3D Dementia, Jack will also have its own show at Pantage’s Hollywood Theatre. Guests will be able to meet Jack and witness how he forces “potential auditionees” into crazy acts and torture. Gordo Gamsby – renowned sideshow star for all things weird, will be one of the acts here.
◂ HHN4 – Park Map ▸
This park map shows where HHN4 scare zones and haunted houses will be built. Similar locations as last year, but one Haunted House – Jing’s Revenge – will be built at a new backstage area at New York (next to Transformers show building).
◂ HHN4 – Ticketing Info ▸
Halloween Horror Nights 4 – Event General Admission is priced at $68. Save $8 with an early bird discount (while stocks last).
Halloween Horror Nights 4 – Stay and Scream Upgrade is a $50 top up if you have a paid theme park day pass of the same date as an event night. Enjoy one-time express access to one haunted house or attraction.
Halloween Horror Nights 4 – Frequent Fear Pass is priced at $118. This pass allows multiple entries for seven nights. Refer to the chart below for the nights applicable for Frequent Fear Pass.
Halloween Horror Nights 4 – Express Pass is priced from $50. This pass allows use of the Universal Express queue, once per attraction per pass.
R.I.P Tour for Halloween Horror Nights 4 will be priced at $198. Enjoy a guided tour around the park and VIP access to all Haunted Houses and select attractions.
Discounts and Early Bird Offers
Early Bird – Limited Time Offer! Tickets are available at discounted prices for a limited time only.
HHN4 General Admission – $60
HHN4 R.I.P Tour – $158
Students Special! Enjoy discounted tickets by showing your student pass at the park’s ticketing counter:
Sunday-Friday General Admission: $50
Saturday General Admission: $55
Frequent Fear Pass: $98
Maybank Card Holders Enjoy discount rates by purchasing tickets with your Maybank card!
Maybank Platinum Visa Cardmembers
– Buy 2 Get 1 Free: Get one free admission ticket when they buy two tickets online.
Maybank Credit/Debit Cardmembers
– Buy 3 Get 1 Free: Get one free admission ticket when they buy three tickets online.
– Early Bird Tickets: $5 off at S$55 (Usual price $60)
– Regular Tickets: $10 off at S$58 (Usual price $68)
– R.I.P. Tours: $20 off at S$178 (Usual price $198)
– Frequent Fear Pass: $20 off at S$98 (Usual price $118)
3/10, 4/10, 5/10
22/10, 23/10, 24/10, 25/10
31/10 and 01/11
FREQUENT FEAR PASS – EVENT NIGHTS
3/10, 4/10, 5/10
Tickets are available for sale at www.halloweenhorrornights.com.sg.
Are you prepared for HHN4?
Honestly, I am very impressed by this year’s concepts, and of course, the iconic character Jonah Goodwill, which is Singapore’s exclusive character with most presence so far.
The only thing I wish HHN4 will have? A Frequent Fear Ultimate Pass, for all 13 nights worth of terror (just for me). Haha.
What do you think of this year’s themes and Minister Jonah Goodwill? Do you feel that the park has raised the bar once again, with more elaborate haunted houses and scare zones? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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