Spirit Dolls – Halloween Horror Nights 9

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 0 Exterior dolls

Evil stirs in this Japanese-themed haunted house filled with dolls at Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights 9.

SPOILER WARNING

Photos of Spirit Dolls, a haunted house attraction at USS Halloween Horror Nights 9, are featured here to showcase its design and atmosphere. This is also a page for fans to share their thoughts.

Photography and video recording is not permitted inside any Haunted Houses at Universal Studios Singapore during Halloween Horror Nights.

Overview and Thoughts

Inspired by the real ‘Valley of the Dolls’ village of Nagoro in Shikoku, Japan, Spirit Dolls takes the concept of a village filled with life-sized dolls but gives it a HHN twist. The house’s Japanese name, 呪いの人形, literally means “Cursed Doll”.

In the horror nights version of this village, dolls are handmade to honour the deceased. The daughter of the doll makers, Yumi (wearing the dark sailor-style uniform) also wanted to be like her parents and made her own doll. Unfortunately, she drowned while playing near a river. Her parents tried to use black magic to bring her back, putting her remains into the Yumi doll. The ritual went wrong, creating a vengeful spirit instead that killed everyone in the village. Their souls are trapped in the life-sized dolls.

Opinions on this haunted house have been divided. Some felt that it’s a repeat of last year’s The Haunting of Oiwa, with many scenes returning. Some said that it wasn’t scary. Some didn’t know what’s going on. And of course, some people felt it was so scary but couldn’t recall any part of it – because they kept their eyes closed.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 0 House entrance

There’s no running away from Japanese styling and design, but the two houses have their distinctions: last year’s house is based on a story from the Edo period, while Spirit Dolls takes place in a much more modern time. Oiwa’s presentation rushed us through five chapters of the story, while Spirit Dolls has a more ‘exploration’ style experience. The first part in Yumi’s family home, offers a nearly complete Japanese house filled with a lot of props and details in its scenic design, even down to the tatami mat alignment rule in most scenes. Thereafter, you get to visit other parts of the village and even cross a rickety bridge leading to even greater danger.

My take on the story is: you are a tourist exploring this ‘abandoned’ doll village, and made it inside Yumi’s family home, which is the star attraction. The dolls start coming alive, and you find other tourists who warn you to get out before it’s too late. Along the way, you find a possible explanation for the curse, but before you could fully understand, the dolls find you again and drive you out.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 3 Corridor between houses

While I enjoyed the scenic design of this house, I expected more unsettling scenes using dolls. HHN fans may have heard of a horror maze called TATARI at Universal Studios Japan’s 2016 HHN, which featured scenes where countless dolls, many at eye level, closely watch as screaming guests waddle about in fear. In Singapore, there aren’t enough dolls to achieve the same effect. Most of the ‘scary’ dolls are easily missed because of placement. There is some confusion over the characters: towards the end, there are some ‘human’ characters that appear cursed but they don’t look like dolls. The story in the last segment of this haunted house is probably the weakest – with jump scares from the cornfields and quite literally, a cliffhanger ending.

The real doll village of Nagoro is unsettling because dolls can be found almost everywhere, seemingly alive but frozen. It is a slow-burning type of horror that creeps up on you. Perhaps what Spirit Dolls needed to truly succeed was more space, and it may be better executed as a scare zone, something like the Suicide Forest from HHN6.


USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 0 Yumi Family House

It seemed like an ordinary Japanese-style house.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 0 Exterior House alley wide

But once you walk closer and turn into the alley: The house is lined with several toy dolls, and as well as several larger ones that are… almost life-sized.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 0 Shed outside with doll

The path takes a turn to the left, leading to an open door into the house.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Spirit Dolls haunted house 02 living room

In the dim lighting, you see a few dolls inside. An old, small television flickers to life – gently lighting up the room.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 1 Living Room collection of dolls corner

There’s more of them.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 1 Living Room go boardgame

The house is occupied by several of this life-sized dolls, seemingly once alive, but all frozen in action. Or are they actually moving?

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 1 Tea room

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 2 Yumi Bedroom

The next room appears to be a playroom of a young girl named Yumi.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 2 Yumi Bedroom attack

As you look closer at some of the dolls, suddenly, the Yumi doll flies forward towards you.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 3 Yumi attack corridor

Startled by the attack, you dash out of the house from the back. But it’s not safe at all – you witness the doll violently stabbing someone.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 3 Corridor tourist victim

Tourists from the nearby houses shout at you: Get out of the village, before it’s too late.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 3 Corridor Victim with Yumi Doll

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 4 Yumi on swing

The path leads to a forest, where a larger Yumi doll now sits high on a swing, keeping a close watch.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 4 No Entry to Bridge

Your own way forward is through a wooden bridge that is marked off limits.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 5 misty bridge foggy

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 5 Misty Bridge demon doll

For good reason. This may be the place where Yumi died.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 6 Dollmaker room

On the other side of the river, there’s a shed that is filled with doll parts.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 6 Dollmaker2

And what appears to be a fatal way of creating dolls.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 8 Cornfield

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 7 Striking in Cornfield

Narrowly avoiding the attack, you dash out into the cornfield, only to find more danger.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 7 Hiding in Cornfield

Some tourists are hiding in the field, wishing they never came to this place.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Spirit Dolls haunted house 08 yumi revenge

The field opens into a clearing: Another Yumi doll is hung on a tree, accompanied with several other broken dolls. Beside the tree, a group of life-sized dolls are kneeling.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 9 Kneeling dolls

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 9 Yumi final attack

Yumi makes her final attack from a cliff, while other cursed dolls get ready to strike the finishing blow.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Haunted House Tour Spirit Dolls 8 Cornfield Rake Doll


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.

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One Response to Spirit Dolls – Halloween Horror Nights 9

  1. Ng Yi-Sheng October 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m glad you agree. This house didn’t really meet HHN’s high standards.

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