Halloween Horror Nights 8 – Before Dark 2

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Stage setup

In this week’s BEFORE DARK: Halloween Horror Nights update: Cannibal scare zone, Stranger Things merchandise, Sesame Street Halloween show, and more!

Opening Scaremony show setup

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Hollywood screen

The screen in the middle of Hollywood is back.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Hollywood stage overview

It’s looking grim as Eight Lake Psychiatric Hospital is starting to take shape here.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Stage overview

The show will use these large displays to conjure frightening images of (Infinite) Fear.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Stage Right

On both ends of the stage, there are large hanging structures for moving lights.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Stage barriers

This section of the street around the left set of lights, leading to Madagascar, was blocked off. Mysterious.

Cannibal

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone cages and trees

Lots of new things have appeared at Ancient Egypt this week.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone mysterious props

Cages, trees, stone pillars, and several covered items.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone Obelisk walkway

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone Obelisk stage Blood & Bones

Just a few more things added to the Blood & Bones show stage.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone Treasure Hunters black nets

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone covered victims

The props extend all the way to the far end of Ancient Egypt, almost reaching Jurassic Park. I suppose these are “victims” of the Cannibal tribe. If you look carefully, you can see skeletons.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone covered vats

What are in the vats?

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone covered pile

And these stacks?

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Cannibal scare zone covered pile of skeletons

Looks like these are piles of skeleton heads.

Zombie Laser Tag

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Zombie Laser Tag entrance

Works have commenced for the entrance to the Zombie Laser Tag (ZLT) zone.

I found out recently that this year’s capacity for ZLT is managed differently. There will be multiple teams going through this attraction during each timeslot, which means that more park guests can experience this attraction as compared to last year where slots sell out so quickly.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Zombie Laser Tag covered props

Nothing major in the zone itself, apart from these covered props, which looks like pallets and crates.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Zombie Laser Tag covered props 2

HHN8 Stranger Things merchandise

Universal Orlando has recently announced some of the merchandise that will be available at their Horror Nights event. Some of the items will be sold worldwide, and they are the Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Stranger Things T-Shirt and the Stranger Things Lanyard.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Merchandise / Strange Things Exclusive T-Shirt

Edit: The T-shirt is now on sale in Singapore for $30. As for the lanyard, it may be limited to bundles.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Merchandise / Strange Things Exclusive Lanyard

The Smartphone cover shown here may not be available in Singapore.

Mysteries of the Pagoda of Peril

Last week, Resorts World Sentosa released their newest HHN8 short film, Pagoda of Peril!

Unlike the first two cinematic shorts, the Pagoda of Peril is an animation. The character known as ‘Ai‘ narrates her tale, and is shown walking through her house, around the Pagoda of Peril, through Hellish Realms, before ending back outside her house again.

The Pagoda of Peril is a prison, most likely in Hell, where trapped souls are tormented for eternity. So we can interpret that in the film, Ai is “reliving” her guilt, and the actions that led to her death (and likely, her husband). Discovering her husband’s affair (with the daughter-in-law – shock!) made her decide to “leave the stove on”, and that burned the house down. She is forced to go through those horrible memories over again, in an endless cycle, because she is trapped in the Pagoda of Peril.

Or… what do you think is the story here?

My first reaction to this video? It looks like a tribute to the 返校 (Detention) video game developed by Red Candle Games. AMIEN, the creators of Pagoda of Peril! short, shared online that they were inspired by that video game. It seems like they did a bit more than adapt the art and storytelling. The plot of Detention fits in nicely with the concept of the Pagoda of Peril, too, because the main character is also trapped in a hellish cycle.

Bonus HHN8 Backstage: YIN DEMON

Since we’re talking about the Pagoda of Peril, have a behind-the-scenes look at how the Yin Demon icon is brought to life by makeup and costume specialists at Universal Studios Singapore.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Behind The Scenes / Creating the Yin Demon 1

It all begins with this full face mask for the Yin Demon’s skeletal visage.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Behind The Scenes / Creating the Yin Demon 2 stare

Makeup is put on to blend the mask to the performer’s face.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Behind The Scenes / Creating the Yin Demon 2 closeup

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Behind The Scenes / Yin Demon inner layer

The Yin Demon has one of the most elaborate costumes for a HHN character. The performer wears a textured bodysuit, with shredded fabric, to create a ghost-like look when he moves.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Behind The Scenes / Yin Demon wearing armour

It’s not easy to put the armour on, with as many as three specialists helping each other out.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Behind The Scenes / Putting on the Ring of Fire

Then, final adjustments on the most outstanding feature: The Ring of Fire.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 Behind The Scenes / Yin Demon Complete

Trick or Treat with Sesame Street 2018

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Trick or Treat with Sesame Street show

The Count is back, for Halloween season only! That’s right, Trick or Treat with Sesame Street has returned to Pantages Hollywood Theater, from now till 1 Nov 2018.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Trick or Treat with Sesame Street show stage with new display screens and stage extension

This year’s production has a different stage setup – the 3D scenes are replaced with simpler, flat sets. Large vertical displays are introduced this year. And oh, the stage has a portion in the middle that extends out into the audience. Maybe these changes were done because the theatre will be used for Dead Talks during Halloween Horror Nights 8.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 8 construction update / Trick or Treat with Sesame Street show stage with new display screens and stage extension finale

Special Thanks to TM for sending in these photos of the updated show, and SN for sharing updates on Cannibal scare zone!

More updates in the next BEFORE DARK article

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Brace yourself for Infinite Fear

Get all the info you need on Halloween Horror Nights 8 at the Halloween Horror Nights 8 Tickets and Event Guide post.

Halloween Horror Nights 8 (2018)
HHN8 REVEALED: Infinite Fear and Stranger Things
Meet the Killuminati / The Ceremonial Sacrifice (HHN8 press conference)
HHN8 Construction Updates: Before Dark
FIRST LOOK: Stranger Things haunted house with Behind the scenes tour
Halloween Horror Nights 8 COMPLETE REVIEW
SURVIVAL GUIDE: HHN8 Tips, Strategies and Secrets

HHN8 RIP (VIP) TOUR and Behind the Screams (BTS) Tour review

Features on Haunted Houses, Scare Zones and Experiences
INFINITE FEAR Opening Scaremony show | Zombie Laser Tag 2018
Pagoda of Peril | The Haunting of Oiwa | Stranger Things | Pontianak | Killuminati
Apocalypse: Earth | Cannibal

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) 2018
Universal Surprise Halloween/ Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Event Guide | 2018 HHN Japan Review

Halloween Horror Nights – The Archives
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2 Responses to Halloween Horror Nights 8 – Before Dark 2

  1. Kenji September 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    What apps did you use to make this event guide in Facebook

  2. Kenjj September 3, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

    Why in 2016 there is 4 haunted hoise but from 2017 there is 5

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