Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood’s Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights (select nights through October 28 in Burbank, California) dares guests to step foot inside the world of your favorite horror films while spending an evening where movies are actually made. Once on studio property, visitors navigate retro circus props and enter the event through a giant-sized themed mural. From there, you are immediately placed on Midwest Street in the heart of the bustling movie studio surrounded by mazes, characters, and a host of other themed attractions.
There are three walk-through mazes themed to IT, The Conjuring Universe, and the Arkham Asylum from DC Comics. The fourth major attraction, Nightmare on Camp Crystal Lake, is technically three attractions in one. Hop aboard one of Warner Bros. 14-person golf carts for a mini tour of the backlot passing famous filming locations. After the brief ride, you will disembark for a walk through the studio’s outdoor wooded jungle set. Here, you will visit Camp Crystal Lake and be terrorized by horror icons Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. On your way back, explore Stage 48, an interactive museum highlighting Warner Bros.’ rich history.
After visiting each of the mazes, grab a creative cocktail straight out of True Blood at the Fangtasia bar. Watch a make-up demo, and catch a 4-D abbreviated screening of The Exorcist inside the iconic church. Play games at the Lost Boys Arcade, ride the Devil’s Drop carnival ride, grab a snack at the Crave Inn Café (get it, “Wes Craven”), and find a souvenir at The Little Shop of Horrors.
The location for Horror Made Here is an attraction itself, and sets the mood… that of an old-time Halloween carnival on Main Street in Small Town USA, surrounded by Victorian style homes.
Warner Bros. houses its mazes inside of working practical sets. While compact, the spaces are utilized to the fullest to increase time spent inside. Hosts guide you through portions of the mazes with short vignettes. Scare actors meet you in other rooms, making your experience seem personalized. Each maze is enjoyable with enough jump scares and interaction to keep you on your toes.
Characters from popular movie and television franchises interact with the crowd, alongside a cast of evil clowns and other monsters. Make sure to catch the Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford show on the DJ stage. The feud between two of WB’s leading ladies is told in three acts throughout the night, and it is hilarious! You need not watch all three installments to understand the story… but you just may want to!
Horror Made Here feels like a private party on the backlot that you have been personally invited to, while being placed smack dab in the middle of a working set during a horror film production. Warner Bros. has found its niche, and it’s a highlight of the season. Make sure to experience The Exorcist Forbidden Screening. Guests ran out screaming!
Spend the weekend in Los Angeles and add additional events onto your itinerary. Nearby Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights (select nights through November 3) offers a variety of attractions from popular films and television series, including The Walking Dead, The Purge, Stranger Things, Poltergeist and more. Lionsgate/CBS Film’s current horror film release Hell Fest is brought to life at Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest in Valencia (select nights through October 28). In Hollywood, Paramount Studios is offering a limited-time 2-½ hour “Tales from the Other Side” tour in the evenings. In addition to exploring the studio after dark, guests will be taken to the neighboring Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
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