Horror Made Here at Warner Bros. Studio
The Batmobile sits outside of the walkthrough Arkham Asylum maze at Horror Made Here.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour has entered the world of Halloween events with Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights. Last year the event grew from a tour and film screening to a full-fledged attraction with mazes and other entertainment. It proved to be wildly popular fueled by the theatrical release of the updated telling of Stephen King’s IT.
Pennywise and Georgie were the theme for 2017, along with a host of other walk-through attractions and a shortened version of their daytime tour with monsters along the route. theFUNnelCakeBlog had such a good time, that we were eagerly anticipating visiting again this year.
Horror Made Here is literally in the shadows of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights behemoth across the street, but the two events couldn't be more different. In fact, Horror Made Here is unlike other competitors, such as Knott's Scary Farm and Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, which it will inevitably, and unfortunately be compared to.
Sure, all of the events offer some form of walk-through mazes, live entertainment, and street scare actors, but Warner Bros. does it a bit different. After checking in, visitors navigate retro circus props and enter through an evil giant-sized mural. From there, you are immediately placed on the backlot of the bustling movie studio surrounded by mazes, characters, and a host of other themed attractions.
The event footprint is significantly smaller than any of its competitors, and the capacity reflects that. What that equates to is a more intimate feel than that of Universal or Knott's where the crowds can sometimes become overwhelming.
This year, there are three walk-through dark 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 see horror icons Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. After hopping back onto the shuttle, you will be dropped at Stage 48, an interactive museum highlighting Warner Bros.' rich history.
In addition to the mazes, there are numerous other attractions. Visit the Fangtasia bar for a creative alcoholic cocktail straight out of True Blood. Watch a make-up demo, and catch a 4D 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.
Horror Made Here houses mazes inside of working practical sets. While compact, the spaces are utilized to their fullest to increase the 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 (and longer). Each maze is enjoyable with enough jump scares and interaction to keep you on your toes.
The tram could easily take you straight to the Camp Crystal Lake experience, but instead visitors are treated to a brief tour of popular facades on the backlot. Being dropped back off at Stage 48 offers an opportunity to learn more about your favorite movie and TV productions. Much like the daytime tour at Warner Bros., Horror Made Here focuses on the magic behind the movies, but not in a commercial way.
Characters from popular movie and television franchises join a cast of evil clowns and other characters, all of whom interact with the crowd throughout the event. After grabbing a meal at the café, we were shocked (and delighted) to find Annabelle sitting at one of the tables. Her creepy doll head turned slowly, her eyes locked with ours… long story short… we sat somewhere else!
Make sure to catch the Betty 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!
The event is still young and there are a few kinks to work out, such as limiting wait times and speeding up the queue lines. But, spending the evening wandering in and out of the sets and being shuttled to a wooded location on the lot provides a unique experience. The tram tour and walk to Camp Crystal Lake was a memorable. The Verdict: 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.
Tip: "The Exorcist" Forbidden Screening is our favorite attraction of the season. Don't miss it!
Horror Made Here on the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank is produced by the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and runs 13 nights from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Oct 5, 6, 12-14, 18-21, 25-28). Ticket prices vary by date. For a premium experience, join “The Losers’ Club” for the night and enjoy one-time priority access to each maze with dedicated VIP security and entry lanes, two complimentary beverages, one free IT photo-op, and free parking. More at: https://www.wbstudiotour.com/horror-made-here
Attraction Overview: Nightmare at Camp Crystal Lake Deep, dark woods conceal the ghastly presence of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, waiting to give visitors the worst nightmare of their lives. Aboard a Warner Bros.’ tour cart, guests must survive a cunning game of cat and mouse as they navigate through the infamous Camp Crystal Lake – and all of the horrors unveiled along the way. Brave campers will be left to their own devices to explore the campground, while those unlucky enough to face Freddy and Jason will suffer the gruesome fate they have in store for them.
Escape from Arkham Asylum The Joker ™ has taken over Arkham Asylum and will decide your fate. Escape The Joker and a host of DC Super-Villains and find out who is waiting for you as you break out of this twisted institution.
The Conjuring Universe Guests will experience a sneak peek into the world of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they confront a host of satanic spirits. Walk through scenes from The Conjuring, Annabelle, and The Nun.
IT Knows What Scares You Pennywise is back and is looking forward to seeing you float in the Neibolt House. IT knows what scares you and is waiting with more scares and surprises at every turn.
Horror Made Here Night Tour Board a quick nighttime tour through the Warner Bros.’ backlot for a guided exploration behind-the-scenes of beloved titles in horror entertainment, including iconic filming locations. (part of the Camp Crystal Lake attraction)
The Exorcist: Forbidden Screening Visitors who wish to encounter a truly demonic spirit will enter the safe haven of our backlot church and witness an evil beyond this world right from the pews. In this 4D experience, guests will relive the most terrifying scenes from The Exorcist in an unholy viewing known to provoke demonic forces.
Stage 48: From Script to Screen Enter the world of Tim Burton and see authentic props and costumes from his iconic movies Sweeney Todd, The Corpse Bride, Mars Attacks! and for the first time ever on display at Warner Bros., original props from the Halloween classic, Beetlejuice.
Fangtasia Sip on devilishly delicious alcoholic beverages in this exclusive bar straight out of the series True Blood. Show your 21+ ID to the guard at the door. He just may be a vampire.
Little Shop of Horrors Get your treasured souvenir here. Event merchandise and goodies from your favorite horror movies and television series.
Adventurous visitors will take the 90-foot plunge into the air for the scream of their life.
Lost Boys Arcade Play iconic games in the retro Lost Boys-themed arcade. Games include titles like Ms. Pac-Man, Tetris, Mario Bros, Space Invaders and Terminator 2 Pinball.
Learn how makeup artists bring terrifying characters to life with our special Horror Made Here SFX makeup demonstrations throughout the night.
Your emcee Tyler and DJ Ricky Rocks keeps the crowd entertained. Throughout the evening, watch the feud between Betty Davis and Joan Crawford.