Death Fest – Halloween Horror Nights 9

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast maniac girl on throne 2

Will you survive Death Fest, the deadliest music festival at Halloween Horror Nights 9? Check out this scare zone and Death Fest LIVE procession show photos here!

Overview and Thoughts

Welcome to the loud and action-packed scare zone this year! There’s bright lights, scary props, and crazy maniacs all ready to terrify – not forgetting the loud music playing all night. That’s Death Fest, the deadliest music festival at Universal Studios Singapore.

When I first heard that USS is doing a zone based on death metal, a certain concert that was cancelled in Singapore earlier this year came to mind – coincidence, or inspiration? Anyway, some fans may notice the unusual parallels between this zone and March of the Dead from HHN6: The procession, stage show, the enigmatic icon, unusual characters, and connection to music. Except that zone was an elegant and sombre, and this one is just loud and brash.

There aren’t many big props cutting across the street at Death Fest, which I thought was surprising as scare zones work better with smaller sections than one continuous space. Then it was confirmed that the zone will be used for the Opening Scaremony, and the park decided to keep Rhythm Truck in the daytime entertainment lineup. They probably learned from the Death March parade that it’s easier and safer to not shift props around.

To me, the main highlight of Death Fest is the concert-like experience of the Death Fest LIVE show and procession. The zone feels empty without the show, as if it’s waiting for something to happen. The street even looks vacant at times when most park guests are elsewhere in the park. There aren’t enough props and even though most of the characters seem interesting, they’re spread too thin in this open space. Towards the second half of the event, it was noticeable that there were some adjustments to the performance, allowing the cast to freely roam around the street.


USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone overview entrance red

Be overwhelmed by deadly evil music as you step inside Death Fest.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone overview props 2

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast wheels and chains prop

Gruesome scenes depict the violent effects of the death metal music performed here.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast veiled girl closeup

Don’t lose your head as you walk through the festival, where maniacal fanatics and other musicians lurk in waiting of the death metal star – the God of Destruction, Savage.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast skullbone on ministage

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast Wrath trio

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast giant skeleton puppet below skullbone

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast guitarist girl on mini stage

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast blonde girl at chains and hooks

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast cynthia at skullbone stage

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast devil horns girl mich at stage

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast fishnet top girl beside mini stage

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast flag bearer on set

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast megan w with skull guy

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast oil cans prop with veiled girl

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast soloman on oil can set

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone cast tall guitarist on mini stage

Death Fest LIVE

Performed only on event nights designated as Peak Nights, Death Fest LIVE is a park-wide procession celebrating the release of Savage, Death Trap’s lead singer, from Hell Block 9. This show is the first parade-style show to make a full loop around the park, and it culminates into a concert at the Death Fest scare zone.

Watch this video for the Death Fest LIVE experience!

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Procession Savage Arrives

Savage, recently released from Hell Block 9, boards his ‘death metal’ throne with his partner.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Procession parade dancer flag bearer

He then goes on a victory parade around the park with his troupe of metalheads.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Procession parade Savage at Jurassic Park

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Procession parade Savage at Jurassic Park closeup

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Procession parade Savage returns at New York

Returning to a loud welcome at Death Fest, Savage then opens his concert with a fiery spectacle.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Show Mosh Pit guests

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Show Superbeast 3 Blood Ritual

As he performs ‘Superbeast’, Savage’s deadly side manifests.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Show Superbeast 4 Fresh Blood

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Show Superbeast 5 Sacrifice

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE Show Superbeast 6 Savage Rage


Halloween Horror Nights 9 – coverage presented by Dejiki

And that’s the end of over two months of extensive coverage on this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event. Thank you for reading, and for those who have been with me since I broke the first news of HHN9 back in July, it has been an incredible journey. Thank you for your likes, your shares, and kind comments. And to all the staff who helped to facilitate the features, you are truly the angels of the event.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone props flag

A Note from the Editor, Photographer, Writer, Vlogger and Social Media Manager
I’m glad that this year’s coverage did very well in terms of reach and engagement. That includes the articles, photo tours, and posts on Instagram or YouTube. A lot of work has gone into this since it’s mostly a one-man show, and there were a few nights when I worked till until almost dawn. For almost one week, production was moved to Taiwan as I went there on vacation.

Throughout October were also many sleepless nights spent editing the articles and touching up the photos. I can share with you that the hardest thing is not even taking the photos or processing them. Even though I get very anxious because there is so little time for the photoshoots, I can only do so much as carry on and pray that the photos would be okay… but often they’re not! Only about 20% of photos see the light of day. But the true killer is the entire editorial process. After all, many readers have become quite accustomed to certain standards, and I have developed an international reputation for covering the event. Perhaps somehow I deeply care about the event so much that I would give my all at every opportunity offered by the park.

I hope that I’ll be able to do this again next year – the quality content production, not the sleepless nights.

Until next time…

Follow me on my Instagram (@dejiki) for more photos of HHN, USS and other theme parks and attractions. Or check back previous posts on Halloween Horror Nights to relive the terrors of the past:


Halloween Horror Nights 9 (2019)
HHN9 REVEALED: Ticket and Event Guide

Halloween Horror Nights 9 MEGA REVIEW
SURVIVAL GUIDE for Halloween Horror Nights 9
HHN9 RIP Experience (VIP Tour)

Features on Haunted Houses, Scare Zones and Experiences
The Chalet Hauntings Revisited | Spirit Dolls | Hell Block 9
Curse of The Naga Revisited | Twisted Clown University
Dead End | Death Fest + Death Fest LIVE
2019 Opening Scaremony (The Undertaker)

SNEAK PREVIEW: Curse of The Naga | The Chalet Hauntings | Behind The Scenes of HHN9
HHN9 Construction Updates (BEFORE DARK)
Part 1 | Part 2 (with Daytime Halloween event) | Part 3 (Horror Truck) | Part 4


Universal Studios Japan (USJ) 2019
Universal Surprise Halloween/ Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Event Guide

Halloween Horror Nights – The Archives
Click to Expand and see all posts from past Halloween Horror Nights


Halloween Horror Nights 8 (2018)


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

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Japan (2017)


Halloween Horror Nights 7 (2017)

Halloween Horror Nights 6 (2016)


Halloween Horror Nights 5 (2015)

Halloween Horror Nights 4

Halloween Horror Nights 3

Halloween Horror Nights 2

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One Response to Death Fest – Halloween Horror Nights 9

  1. dARkneswithIN November 5, 2019 at 1:22 am #

    Hi! I have been a fan from SEA since USS HHN3 (when I first discovered USS HHN) and, unfortunately, due to many conflicts such as schedule and money, I haven’t been able to experience it personally but you have always helped me feel like I’ve been there. Your content keeps on improving year after year. I hope I can meet you personally to say my thanks when I finally make it to USS HHN. Can’t wait for next year! You’re the best! Stay awesome!

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