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Cindy Bearer

(Cinsy "SINdy" Caine)

Original Icon/Unused - Halloween Horror Nights XII: Islands of Fear (2002)

BACKSTORY:
 
It was the intention of the Universal creative team to use Cindy Bearer as the original icon for Halloween Horror Nights XII: Islands of Fear in 2002. Her character concept; however, was not realized in 2002 and The Caretaker became her replacement. The Caretaker (Dr. Albert Caine) would also become her father as the storyline was tweaked and refabricated.
 
Originally, Cindy was described as a very disturbed child. Her parents, Paul and Kara, ran a funeral home. Cindy lived in isolation at the home and lacked the social interaction with other children that schooling offered. Her only friend was a large porcelain doll, which Cindy believed to be her twin sister. Her life was filled with darkness and solitude. During many nights, Cindy would befriend the corpses awaiting preparation to satisfy her imagination and need for friends. Cindy was also witness to many grisly atrocities.
 
Her parents were also deeply disturbed. Many times, the workload of the funeral home became too much for the older father and mother, and they would hide the remains of loved ones instead of cremating them. Increasing the need for income, the father acquired a panel van and began a side-business called "Unique Meats". From this van, the father would sell his "special" brand of cured meats. The madness began to become mundane as the Bearer family also began creating an extended family using the corpses. Ghastly moonlight dinner parties were held in the adjoining graveyard, where the Bearers would socialize with the long dead corpses and eat a variety of prepared dishes.
 
This grisly display was witnessed one night as two teens decided to take a spooky stroll through the graveyard. They heard loud music playing from the funeral home and peeked inside the dirty windows. What they saw chilled them to the bone. There in the main room of the home was the Bearer family dancing with the decayed remains of corpses. Word spread quickly as police began an investigation.
 
An angry Mob of family members, outraged at what had potentially became of their loved ones, took matters into their own hands destroying the funeral parlor. They set the place on fire, which engulfed the home and the Bearer family in flames.
 
Cindy escaped into the graveyard, her face a trail of burning flesh.
 
The next morning, Police and Fire officials found only the remains of Cindy's doll, it's porcelain face missing.
 
After weeks of investigation it was found that the Bearer family had desecrated more than a thousand graves. After exploring the grounds, the investigating officers found an intricate series of tunnels that ran underground and were seemingly endless. The police closed the case and sealed the gates of the cemetery.
 
Like a wounded animal, the evil essence of Cindy became more dangerous.
 
Cindy's dreams have now become her reality. Her evil tormentors have become her playthings, controlled manifestations of malice. Each plaything represents a piece of her twisted mind. These playthings would have lived in the Islands of Fear if Cindy's character had served as the icon for Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear.

Original Concept:
 
Cindy would have been integrated into each island, each story, and each house. The entire event was going to be her thoughts - the twisted ideas that went through her disturbed head. Each island was to be warped into dark corner of her mind. They were to be called... the Islands of Horror. The details below are the very details that the islands were originally going to be molded into. Some of the ideas listed below are similar to what made it, while others drastically different.
 
 
PORT OF ENTRY
 
Our first experience for this year's Halloween event sets the mood perfectly. As we approach the Islands, we can see that the Iconic lighthouse is erupting with cold roll fog. Like a knife, stabbed into the blackness of something underground, the eerie fog creeps out and down the lighthouse, invading the park. Once we enter the gates, we approach the first bridge. A wall of fog creates a curtain. A banner scrawled in blood proclaims, "The Nightmare begins". Cindy's face is projected onto the fog, and she beckons for us to step into her nightmare and "come play with me" We step through the fog and emerge in the surreal world of a nightmare. Odd, misshapen creatures with glowing red eyes stalk us through the space, using the confining architecture as opportunities for scares. We make our way past the second bridge, again obstructed by a wall of fog. We cautiously step through and enter a world filled with Torture and Darkness. Around the perimeter are small vignettes of ghastly illusion and agony.
 
A TOWN SQUARE OF TORTURED SOULS

 
...Hell's Waiting Room... where a discordant symphony of suffering plays... a choir of agony shrieks out its wretched song... and scenes of unspeakable torture assault your brain. A large map has been erected at the landing, drawn on the stretched and stitched skin of unfortunate souls. Illuminated by torches, the map is twelve feet across. This ghastly relief gives us an overview of the new experiences at Islands. Beyond this Plaza of Pain, with its plumes of flame and billows of smoke, lies a vista of the Islands that have all gone to hell in a hand basket... or in this case, a toy box. And you come to an awful realization that it's their turn to play. With you...

HHN APPEARANCES:
 
Cindy was later featured in the third edition of Scream House (Scream House: Resurrection) during Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16 in 2006. Photographs of Cindy were featured throughout the house. Cindy could be spotted in a casket in the funeral parlor scene.
 
Cindy Caine would also appear with her father, The Caretaker in the Shadows from the Past Scare Zone for the last weekend of Halloween Horror Nights XIX: Ripped from the Silver Screen.
 
Cindy became part of Halloween Horror Nights XX: Twenty Years of Fear in her own haunted house, The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes. She could also be seen skipping around in the Fear Revealed Scare Zone during the 2010 event.

Cindy made a grand return during HHN25 where she made appearances in the HHN - ICONS scarezone.

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