Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is back for another spine-chilling season of its annual premier Halloween event, Halloween Horror Nights (HHN).
Back for its ninth season, HHN9 will take place across 16 nights till 31 October 2019. Visitors can look forward to experiencing five haunted houses, two scare zones, and two killer shows!
At Death Fest Live, visitors can headbang and mosh along to a killer show, which features a morbid metal procession led by the savage Death Trap band. If ear-popping metal guitar riffs, stunning pyrotechnics, and a “live sacrificial procession” isn’t your thing, then grab a seat, relax, and laugh along to live filming in the Underworld, led by hosts Skin and Bones. You may be surprised, but things can and will go wrong at a live filming session – even in the Underworld.
Of course, you might probably be at a Halloween Horror Night event for one reason – the haunted houses. This year, there are five houses to explore, and the highlight is the Curse of the Naga – a collaboration between USS and two Thai horror film directors Parkpoom Wongpoom and Gunn Purijitpanya, the brains behind blockbuster Thai horror films Shutter and 4bia. Unfortunately, despite all its hype, the flagship haunted house, Curse of the Naga, may not be for thrill-seekers who are looking to be scared out of their wits.
To make the trip worth your time, we have shortlisted and ranked three other haunted houses from HHN9 that are worthy of dragging your fellow daredevils to.
3rd place: Twisted Clown University
What lies in an abandoned carnival ground is the Twisted Clown University, where remorseless clowns train the next generation of red-nosed killers to wreak havoc on an already coulrophobic world. While the Twisted Clown University was not as scary as the other haunted houses, the trail seems never-ending and HHN9 did not hold back on the number of clowns present at the haunted house – probably a class full of them! If you have a fear of clowns, then you might just find yourself anxiously trying to find the exit as you will soon come to realize that every exit only leads to yet another room with more clowns!
2nd place: Spirit Dolls
In Spirit Dolls, an entire village has been slaughtered by an evil doll that housed a vengeful spirit, only to have their spirits trapped in the life-sized, hand-stitched dolls left behind in the village. Kudos to the make-up artists who made the scarers look so doll-like; you won’t be able to tell apart human from doll.
What makes it even scarier is that if you make eye-contact with a possessed doll, their eyes will follow you wherever you go. A word of advice if you’ve gotten too scared: keep looking forward and keep scanning your surroundings to a minimum.
1st place: The Chalet Hauntings
Perhaps it could be because visiting a chalet is a rite of passage for almost every Singaporean, but The Chalet Hauntings is a must-go for every local who visits HHN9!
What was whispered about as nighttime horror stories during your teenage years now take form and come to life in a single haunted chalet, featuring the most extensive collection of Southeast Asian ghosts in a single house.
From the mischievous Toyol to the bloodthirsty Langsuir, The Chalet Hauntings plays off one’s darkest fears with illusions that will trick the eyes and minds – definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Think you can stomach the horror? It’s time to put your guts to the test at USS Halloween Horror Nights 9!
USS Halloween Horror Nights 9
Date: 27 September to 31 October 2019
Venue: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Tickets start at S$60. For more information, visit https://www.halloweenhorrornights.com.sg/.
Video by Angelica Sanchez of the DANAMIC team. Additional visuals courtesy of Universal Studios Singapore