Halloween Horror Nights 5 – True Singapore Ghost Stories: The MRT

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Book Entrance

Escape from the vengeful spirits disturbed from their final rest at the True Singapore Ghost Stories: The MRT, the first haunted house designed in collaboration with enigmatic writer Russell Lee.

“Tok Naga Arang is awakened, he conjures the vengeful winds!”
– Prophecy of the Blood Moon

SPOILER WARNING

This post includes photos taken inside the TRUE Singapore Ghost Stories: The MRT haunted house. Our HHN5 special features showcase the experience and design of the haunted house. It’s also a page for haunt fans to share their reviews and experiences about this house.

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Overview and Thoughts

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Houses built at Waterworld have the advantage of long corridors that wind around itself. It’s a queue ‘building’ after all. Kudos to the team for building tunnels and long segments of train corridors here, while masking the linear design with unexpected turns and transitions. This house uses fog effects generously to enhance the creepiness, especially in the tunnel scenes.

The first half of the MRT is amazing. You push through pages of Lee’s book, and get thrown into a (destroyed) train station. It’s familiar yet chaotic. As little clues about the story start to sink in, you get dragged back into time – 1815 to be exact. Tok Naga Arang (pronounced like tolk nar-ga ah-rung), the village shaman/leader, partakes in some blood ritual in his hut, it starts to storm – I felt that the atmosphere there is underrated and overall, easy to miss.

After the storm, the story advances some hundred years later to the time the Cemetery was exhumed. And then with the rise of the Blood Moon, Tok Naga Arang gets his revenge..

Juxtaposed with the story of Tok Naga Arang are ghosts and spirits from Malay folklore, which are common characters in Russell Lee’s books. Since the story of this train station is about the Bidadari Cemetery and Tok Naga Arang, the Pontianak (ghost with long hair) and Toyol (child spirit) feel dropped-in with their single appearances.

The third section, which follows after the catacombs, didn’t quite follow. As it felt like another story (with eyeless teenagers wearing Hua Sin School Uniforms) had crashed in. Then we hop into another train – the last one, where the winds have subdued the vengeful spirits of the villagers. And then it was just empty black corridors before the exit. Darn, it just didn’t have the punch at the end!


Step through the pages of Russell Lee’s True Singapore Ghost Stories, where this special Halloween Horror Nights edition brings you closer to his stories like than no other…

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Book Entrance 2

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Book Entrance 3

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Bidadari Station

And we step into a wrecked Bidadari Station, which is based on the ███████ station.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Bidadari Station  staff

Good to know that ████ staff are still here to help guide us through the wreckage.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Train cabin wreck

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Familiar MRT sights

Many details resembling an actual MRT train on the ███████ line.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Villager screams

Even in this early part of the MRT, some things are not what they seem. Pay attention to what she’s wearing.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Dead commuters

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Broken train leading to cavern

Listen closely, because you’ll hear some familiar, chaotic sounds.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Tunnel vision

Once you step out of the train, enjoy the rare chance of walking on the train tracks. Until you meet..

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Pontianak

The Pontianak.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Time Tunnel

Your path brings you through a tunnel back in time to 1815.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Venerating Tok Naga Arang, Ritual with Infant

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Venerating Tok Naga Arang

Try not to disturb Tok Naga Arang and the ritual in the hut.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Tok Naga Arang

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Broken windows

As the profane ritual continues, it began to storm. Thunderbolts are good to mix magic spells.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Graveyard Excavated

Then, we saw how the Shaman’s final rest was interrupted.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Buried with Graves

And yes, the only way out is a tunnel through the graves.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Catacombs

Pro Tip: Watch your head.. and your step, because you are walking above… and below the undead.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Tunnel through graves

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Into another train

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Dead train with green feathers

The final train, crushed and deformed, is filled with screaming spirits from the past.

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Villager struggles with the wind, green feathers

Green feathers fly around an invisible hurricane in this dark cabin. Will Tok Naga Arang be ever put to rest?

Halloween Horror Nights 5 - True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT / Exit through another story.

It was just another story… or is it?

Halloween Horror Nights 5 Icon - Tok Naga Arang at the Blood Moon Meet and Greet
Meet the Shaman
Outside of the haunted house, Tok Naga Arang also appears at the Opening Scaremony and Blood Moon Meet-and-Greet spot.


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9 Responses to Halloween Horror Nights 5 – True Singapore Ghost Stories: The MRT

  1. Retrosnare October 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    Managed to have a bro-fist with Tok Naga. I went on the second day of HHN. This was the longest line among all. 2 hours of waiting. But it was worth it.

  2. Roz October 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    Had a lot of good scares at this one!

  3. aaaaaaa October 17, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    The only horror is when MRT breaks down

  4. Afiq October 19, 2015 at 2:34 am #

    Love the attention to detail: station name Woodleigh was changed to Bidadari in the MRT station maps above the doors! =D

  5. Hyk October 20, 2015 at 12:44 am #

    Fun fact : Bidaddari cemetery was founded in 1908 So this story is historically inaccurate

    • Dejiki October 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

      Oops. Someone call Russell Lee!

  6. Micha October 24, 2015 at 2:12 am #

    Scream scream scream! Cool props, cool scare actors but too much for my likings, lol. Anyway, no, it’s just me not being brave enough. :s

  7. Roz October 25, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    One of the Tok Naga Arang’s minions waved his green feather at me and went “Hajjah Maimunah!” Hahahahhahahahahahahah

  8. Catherine Lam October 31, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    Screamed myself the most at this house, especially at the last cabin.

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