Unmasking the HORROR REVIEW -Halloween Horror Nights 29 Behind the Scenes

Every year, Universal Orlando creates another amazing Halloween Horror Nights event. The incredible intellectual properties, scare zones, make-up, costumes, and especially the production design, keeps me going year after year. This year, I decided to try something new, and experience the Unmasking the Horror Daytime House Tour. Going forward I must warn you that some images will be depicting gore and unnatural visuals, so viewer discretion is advised on this article.

Publicity, HHN Team Member Preview, HHN29, Universal Studios Florida, USF

The Unmasking the Horror tour is offered every morning on the day of a Horror Nights event, and is offered at two different experiences. The 3 house tour, which features Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Universal Monsters, and Graveyard Games. The 6 house tour (which we experienced), features House of 1000 Corpses, Depths of Fear, Nightingales: Blood Pit, Stranger Things, Yeti: Terror of the Yukon, and Ghostbusters. Each tour’s houses are subject to change, so don’t always expect those houses. Prices for the 3 house start at $79.99 per person and the 6 house starts at $129.99 per person. The three house tours last approximately 2-2 1/2 hours and the six house lasted about 4-5 hours. No theme park admission is required for the tour as well.

I was very excited to do this tour to see the houses and look at the finer details, but also equally excited to take my fiancé through who has a hard time going through the houses during the event. Our morning began with check-in at the Blue Man Group Theater outside the park, then we were taken to the first three houses in the back of the park. Photos were only allowed in certain locations of each of the houses.

First up, was House of 1000 Corpses. We were given an amazing look at the detailed work of this Rob Zombie movie. The first scene in the “lobby” featured many nods to different Haunted Houses over the years. I am not familiar with the movie so I was unaware of the different movie nods, however getting a finer detailed look at the house with lights on was incredible!

Next we made our way to Depths of Fear and Nightingales: Blood Pit. Each house offered many exciting details including one inside Depths of Fear that I personally believe is too gruesome to talk about in this article. Even the Team Member expressed his thoughts on this unbelievable scene in the house. Without giving it away, let us say it involves Man’s Best Friend. Nightingales offered us a unique look into some of the intricate effects including drop door scares and puppetry.

After a quick lunch break it was off to the “Soundstage” houses where we headed to Netflix’s Stranger Things first. One thing that really caught my eye in this house was that anytime videos or projections were used, they were brought in from the Series itself that it was used in. We were able to see some intricate puppetry work in this house as well, including the unique “bike” system used for the Demadogs.

Next we were off to Yeti: Terror of the Yukon, where we learned that many of the “Yeti” scare actors range from six foot to a massive 7 1/2 ft tall figure! Also discussed was the unique nature of the soundstage itself, where it utilizes two houses, Yeti and Jordan Peele’s “Us.” The different sections of the soundstage for the houses are blocked off with a black curtain that surprisingly cuts out the sounds from the other houses.

Finally, it was time for my favorite house of the year, Ghostbusters. Interestingly enough, although the house is devoted to the original 1984 film, there are small easter eggs in the house for Ghostbusters 2, Ghostbusters 2016, and even the upcoming Ghostbusters 2020! We also got to see the amazing puppetry work for the Zuul and Vinz puppets. Ghostbusters is definitely my favorite house of the year, and being able to see it with the lights on only furthered my love for this house. I really hope we get to see Ghostbusters 2 some day at Halloween Horror Nights.

Overall, the tour was incredible and well worth the price tag! You get to see so many amazing details with the houses that normal day guests won’t see and have an amazing Team Member discuss different details that you probably did not know about! If you’re ever interested in the tour visit Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights website and search for Unmasking the Horror Tour under the “Extras.” If you’re interested in seeing the houses don’t forget to visit darthvader92.com to see highlighted walkthroughs of all ten houses and check out our article on the opening night of Horror Nights 2019 HERE.

DISCLAIMER: Universal Orlando DID NOT provide complimentary tickets to the Unmasking the Horror tour. The author paid 100% of the expense of his (and his fiancé’s) tickets. Any opinions expressed in this article are that of the author. For more family friendly movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagramtwitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Matt Dobrovolsky

Matt is an avid theme park lover and has been going to Disney World since the age of three. Matt was known as the "Disney Geek" all throughout school and in 2013 he moved to Orlando, Florida to finish his Hospitality Management degree at University of Central Florida- Rosen College of Hospitality Mgmt. During his time at Rosen, Matt got the opportunity to work for Disney Legend Ron Logan who is now a professor at UCF. Matt has been working for Disney since 2010 at the Disney Store in Paramus, NJ and was a participant of the Disney College Program in Spring 2011. In 2014, he began his career with The Walt Disney World Resort on the Fastpass+ Team at Magic Kingdom and since then has worked at many attractions including Mission Space, Test Track and was part of the opening team for Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios. Matt currently works at Star Tours at Hollywood Studios and runs a YouTube channel: DarthVader92 showcasing the latest from the Theme Parks in Central Florida and the attractions themselves.