Opening Scaremony – Halloween Horror Nights 9

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 3 Undertaker appears

The Undertaker starts Halloween Horror Nights 9 with a dramatic curtain raiser act. Check out photos and video of the show here!

SPOILER WARNING

Photos and footage of the 2019 Opening Scaremony, a show at USS Halloween Horror Nights 9, are featured here to showcase the performance.

Overview and Thoughts

With a new home at New York zone, this year’s opening scaremony takes place at the largest stage ever built for the show. This 6-minute performance introduces the Undertaker as an icon, with elements of the Dead End scare zone. Of course, the show includes deadly transformations with much fancy pyrotechnics and stage effects.

I’m quite divided about this show. While I enjoy shorter openings, I felt that this show’s second scene, the funeral march, took way too long. Unless you are right in front, you’ll have to make do with a video feed showing them walking slowly for over a minute. Then everything else after happens so quickly. Before you knew it, all the icons have left the stage. The show also doesn’t quite explain the connection between the six other icons to the Undertaker or Dead End. The Undertaker’s ‘welcome’ line also felt very rushed, and pales in comparison to the voice of past years’ that had much presence and inherent drama.

This show also marks the retirement of Power Glove by Knife Party after a 5 year run, a song that was used for all Opening Scaremony shows from 2013: Sisters of Evil’s Teleportation, Minister of Evil takes flight, End of Days/ The Blood Moon, Rise of Lady Death, 7 Sinisters Gala Premiere and Infinite Fear. A new song, Ash by Demon Hunter, replaces Power Glove, and the iconic voice from past events was also replaced by the Undertaker’s.

Unlike the 2018 Infinite Fear show, this year’s opening scaremony is only performed once per event night. Right after the show, the stage quickly transitions into Death Fest mode.

Video

I have more photos of the Opening Scaremony below, but watch this video for the best experience of the performance:


USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 1 Girl Running Away

A lone girl runs on stage, struggling to stay on her feet.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 1 Girl attacked

She eventually gets taken down by a thick flock of vultures.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 2 The Funeral priest and pallbearers

The show then transits to her funeral.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 2 The Funeral mourners

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony show Funeral service

We are gathered here today, not to mourn a loss
We are not here to weep, we are not here to say goodbye
We are here to celebrate a life of a beautiful young girl who brought joy to those around her
And now we can console ourselves in the knowledge that she has gone on to a better place

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 4 Undertaker dark magic

A swarm of vultures fly onto the stage, and it transforms into the Undertaker.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 5 Panic

The Undertake claims the soul of the girl, causing panic among those attending the funeral.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 4 Undertaker Sparks

Fog swirl around the coffin. It bursts open, and in place of the girl, is Yumi, a vengeful doll that has cursed an entire village (Spirit Dolls haunted house).

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 5 Yumi unleashed

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 5 Murder

Yumi viciously attacks, stabbing a man to death.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 6 Undertaker demands all to kneel

The Undertaker demands all mortals to kneel before him, and he summons this year’s icons to take their place.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 7 Transformation

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony 7 Icons emerge

After a dazzling sequence of stage effects, the icons appear, from left: Ring Leader Rusty (Twisted Clown University), Serpentine Spirit (Curse of the Naga), Executioner (Hell Block 9), Langsuir (The Chalet Hauntings), Savage (Death Fest), Yumi (Spirit Dolls).

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony show Death Trap transition

Maniacs from Death Fest perform a quick takeover of the stage, transforming the zone into the killer death metal scare zone, Death Fest.

Opening Scaremony viewing experiences

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony Viewing from the crowds

Unless you have VIP viewing privileges via the RIP Experience, or early access via Stay and Scream, you will most likely find yourself in the middle of the crowds in New York when you enter the park from 7PM. This is even with making effort to sprint to New York from the turnstiles. Your view may be obstructed by props along the street.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony Viewing Screen from behind

You can catch the action from the large displays at the New York or Hollywood zones.


Halloween Horror Nights 9: Select Nights 27 Sep – 31 Oct

Prepare for the event: Get all the info here

You can get all essential info you need at my Halloween Horror Nights 9 Event Guide. Tickets are available online at halloweenhorrornights.com.sg, or you can also buy them via my Klook link.

Get more HHN9 updates

More photos from the haunted houses will be published on my Instagram (@dejiki) and on this website as special features. Follow me on Facebook for updates.


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 (Complete)
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


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