Face your greatest fears and indulge in all of Halloween Horror Nights 8‘s incredible haunted houses and scare zones in this mega review article!
Infinite Fear at Halloween Horror Nights 8
Haunted Houses review
Haunted Houses are walkthrough attractions with special effects and performers. There’s certainly many headliner-worthy houses this year, with my personal top houses: Killuminati, Stranger Things, and Pontianak.
Walk into the seedy back alleys of Hong Kong and learn what it takes to join the secretive Killuminati cult.
From the start, you may be split from your friends and from then on experience a different (mis)adventure in this haunted house. The new pre-show sequence kicks off the story with a dramatic turn – this mechanic may cause longer wait times as the ritual chamber can only fit so many people at any time.
Unlike typical haunted houses with plain corridors or cramped rooms, you will be impressed with expansive scenes in Killuminati, including some that are multi-level. There are secret rooms, but you’ll need to be lucky to find them.
This is the one house that you’ll need to queue again to get a complete narrative experience. With several high-flying stunts, special acts, and interactive touches, Killuminati blurs the line between an elaborate scare house and immersive horror theatre.
Scare Level: ★★★★★
Venture into the upside down at Singapore’s first haunted house based on an international horror IP, Netflix’s Stranger Things. With 12 iconic scenes built with incredible, screen-accurate detail, the maze will not disappoint die-hard fans of the series.
There are also numerous Demogorgon encounters, and elements unique to Singapore’s Stranger Things house.
Only in Singapore’s maze can you find Jonathan and Barbara performed by live actors.
There are also two startling stunts within the Hawkins Lab scenes, which happen so fast that you might not even catch your breath.
You won’t miss the epic showdown at Hawkins Middle School between Eleven and a Demogorgon – because in Singapore you get thrown right into the action.
Anticipated to the one of the most popular houses, don’t be surprised if you need to wait at least an hour for this house even on the quieter nights. The hype could get quite real.
Scare Level: ★★★★★
See more photos in the Stranger Things Behind the Scenes Preview →
The Pontianak is a famous ghost from South-East Asian folklore. She has always made cameo appearances in local- and regional-themed houses and scare zones at past Halloween Horror Nights in Singapore.
After so many years, this iconic ghost’s legendary origin story will come to life as a full-length horror house. Designed to resemble a 1950s Malay Village, the sets in Pontianak’s signature home are incredibly detailed and filled with her favourite things: the flowery scent, banana trees, hanging sheets, people getting the fright of their lives…
I cannot agree more with the park’s creative team when they said this would be the scariest house. The Pontianak hauntings intensify dramatically, with her terrifying visage manifesting at every turn.
This house also has a surprising number of stunts and tricks, so beware. She will strike terror from in front, beside, behind you and maybe – even below…
Your only way out of the Pontianak’s vengeful curse is through a dense banana plantation. Good luck surviving the scariest place at HHN8.
Scare Level: ★★★★★★★
The Haunting of Oiwa
Inspired by Japan’s most famous ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan, Universal Studios Singapore’s tribute in The Haunting of Oiwa lets you witness a chilling tale of betrayal and revenge.
Starting off as a mini kabuki play, you will be invited onstage… and into its haunting scenes.
Oiwa’s tragic story unfolds quickly into nightmarish scenes – for the ex-husband – and innocent theme park guests like us.
There’s a wedding massacre like no other.
This is one of the scariest corridor, especially if you have to walk down alone.
It is also unsettling to see many surreal scenes from Japanese ghost paintings being adapted into the house’s set design. This house also covers quite a lot of different “fears” unexpectedly – so beware.
All the characters here speak Japanese, keeping the narrative an immersive and theatrical one. To help you understand the story better, signboards are placed in the queue to introduce the five key acts of this horrifying play.
Scare Level: ★★★★★★
Pagoda of Peril
The Pagoda of Peril is the probably the most mysterious haunted house, because it is based on Chinese mythology and fantasy. That subject matter has been creatively interpreted in various media.
Your perilous journey begins with a first step into a derelict temple. Its creepy scenes stir to life with all sorts of restless spirits, many invisible.
Things start to take a more whimsical turn after you step into the Yin Demon’s famous Pagoda prison.
There are many unusual scenes, with disturbing (or interesting) sights. Lighting trickery is also used here to disorient and shock.
The Pagoda’s story may not be easy to understand just by walking through, but the effects and tricks, along with its bizarre Netherworld scenes and prisoners, will make it worth your time.
Scare Level: ★★★★☆
Scare Zones review
Scare zones are open, dynamic walkthrough areas where performers and guests may roam freely.
In Apocalypse: Earth, this year’s most elaborate scare zone, nature strikes back for our wasteful actions against the environment.
Two factions – victims and Gaia‘s servants will all partake in dramatic sequences, and you might get dragged into their struggles.
They all lurk within the scenes of destruction, which are also great photo spots.
It’s a less terrifying version of last year’s Pilgrimage of Sin, and although there are impressive props here, I felt that this zone is still missing something.
Perhaps even this Doomsday scenario needs to be kept simple, as it is tucked between two haunted houses that are likely very popular and will add on to the already crowded area.
Scare Level: ★★★☆☆
Tread carefully into the land of the reclusive Cannibal tribe. It’s been a while since the last Ancient Egypt scare zone, and this year’s design blends nicely into the zone’s original theming.
The Cannibals are quite brutal warriors that are also hungry. Watch out for the shadows – there’s always someone lurking about, sniffing around for their next meal.
Enhancing the exotic narrative are convincing performances of the tribe’ war chants and speech. It’s sounds quite believable – almost like a remote tribal language, compared to the past years where everyone did their own thing.
To fully understand the story of the Cannibal, don’t miss their Blood & Bones show. More photos below.
Zombie Laser Tag
With double the game area in a much scarier space, Zombie Laser Tag has returned to offer a refined VIP Interactive zone experience.
Enhancements include more realistic gameplay (no unlimited ammo), a better scoring system (bragging rights) and the overall game process is streamlined compared to 2017, eliminating the awkwardly long waits.
There are also sections where you will feel cornered by onslaughts of zombies. Without giving too much away, I’d say it’s thrilling and fun. Now, if only it’s much longer.
Scare Factor: ★★★★☆
HHN8 Shows review
Infinite Fear Opening Scaremony
This year’s Opening Scaremony show will bring you to Eight Lakes Psychiatric Hospital where you will go inside the mind of a mental patient to unleash fear all over.
With illusions, arresting visuals, and a dramatic narrative, this show combines some of the best elements from past scaremony shows and packages it into a quick, impactful performance. I personally prefer shorter opening shows.
The great thing is that you can revisit and watch again during the night if you couldn’t get a good view.
The stage’s massive display transforms into beautiful backdrops for Meet and Greet sessions during the night – one for each iconic character.
Motivational Death Coach and Scariest Man Alive, Gideon Grim, is here in Singapore to teach us a 4-step method to highly effective scaring in the DEAD Talks seminar.
The all-new, original character is actually quite charming, and funny – in a good way.
The show is highly engaging with dance segments being a surprising plus to the experience. Especially the one that starts off in complete darkness, and the crowd-pleaser inspired by Tinder and Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’.
DEAD Talks also moves away from the typical stuff done in past HHN shows. The show actually feels properly geared towards Horror Nights audience. And it’s much better than last year’s Laboratorium show.
Blood & Bones
Witness the Cannibal Chief’s gruesome Blood & Bones ceremony where a hapless victim is ritually sacrificed. There seems to be at least two variations of the show, so you might either see a belly dancer or fire juggling act.
Involving almost all the characters in Cannibal, Blood & Bones offers insights on how the tribe works. The only issue with the show is that the viewing area is quite small, so get here earlier for a good viewing spot.
Extended Event Coverage
The photos in this article are curated to showcase some of the best scenes and characters from Halloween Horror Nights 8 without giving too much away. Throughout October, special feature articles will offer in-depth looks into this year’s horror attractions.
Media Preview VLOG
Experience parts of the Media Preview in a new vlog, which includes some haunted house footage and behind the scenes moments of my event coverage. Watch it on my YouTube channel here.
Note: This review is based on Preview Nights. Your experience at HHN8 may vary with varying park crowd conditions and creative adjustments.
Additional Photography by Giselle.
Face your fears
Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights 8 is held from 27 Sept through 31 Oct 2018 on select nights. Tickets are available online at halloweenhorrornights.com.sg, or you can also buy them via my Klook link.
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HHN8 Construction Updates: Before Dark
FIRST LOOK: Stranger Things haunted house with Behind the scenes tour
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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
Click to Expand and see all posts from past Halloween Horror Nights
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Japan (2017)
Halloween Horror Nights 7 (2017)
HHN7 EVENT GUIDE: Haunted Houses, Scare Zones and Ticket Prices
Behind The Scenes: HEX haunted house | HHN7 SNEAK PREVIEW
Halloween Horror Nights 7 REVIEW MEGAPOST Halloween Horror Nights 7 SURVIVAL GUIDE with Tips & Tricks
HHN7 RIP Tour REVIEW
Features on Haunted Houses, Scare Zones and Experiences
HHN7 Behind The Screams (BTS) Tour | Zombie Laser Tag (ZLT) Experience
HHN7 MasterCard Priceless Experience (Overnight Survival Camp)
Inside The Mind | DEATH Mall | Make The Cut | TERROR-Cotta Empress | HEX
Happy Horror Days | Pilgrimage of Sin
Slit Face Girls - Slice of Life Tour | 2017 Opening Scaremony
Pre-Event Feature Stories
Before Dark ZERO: Scare actor auditions
Before Dark 1 | Before Dark 2 | Before Dark 3 | Before Dark 4 | Before Dark 5
Halloween Horror Nights 6 (2016)
Before Dark 1 | Before Dark 2 | Before Dark 3 | Before Dark 4
Sneak Preview to Halloween Horror Nights 6
Halloween Horror Nights 6 REVIEW Megapost
HHN6 SURVIVAL GUIDE 2016
HHN6 RIP Tour Review | HHN6 Behind The Screams (BTS) Tour
Features on Haunted Houses and Scare Zones
HHN6 Opening Scaremony Show
Hawker Centre Massacre | Salem Witch House
Bodies of Work | Old Changi Hospital | Hu Li's In