LeBron James, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, company Jason Blum and even more faced their worries at the grand starting of Hollywood’s most frightening haunted wonderland.
For more than 20 years, General Studios Hollywood has changed its recreation area into a playground of nightmares for its total annual Halloween Horror Times event.
Throughout the recreation area, creative director and professional producer of Halloween Horror NIghts, John Murdy, has taken beloved horror motion pictures such as The Shining, Saw, Insidious and more to life in a series of new mazes that transportation guests to familiar worlds of terror.
“I was up here at 2 a.m. yesterday evening making tweaks to the mazes,” Murdy quipped to The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet.
Horror superstars in attendance for the park’s Friday nights red carpet beginning included Blumhouse creator and maker Jason Blum, Saw star Tobin Bell, and It stars Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff and Owen Teague.
For Blum, especially, the night was a special affair. Two independent mazes were created after his development studio’s franchises: “The Horrors of Blumhouse,” which included scares inspired by Purge and Sinister franchises as well as the upcoming Happy Loss of life Day, and another Insidious: The Last Key maze based on the forthcoming January release of the 4th installment in the horror series.
“The feeling is good, the sensation is intimidating and the feeling is deeply bloody,” Murdy advised THR. As for what he required fans to take away from his mazes, Blum was hopeful it would drive interest for his upcoming fimls. “I want people to walk away with a seared image of our villain in their mind a deep want to go see our movie,” he said with a laugh.
Also on hand for the horror-filled extravaganza were Purge series legend Frank Grillo and Chucky franchise stalwart, Jennifer Tilly. Tilly, who stars in October’s release of Cult of Chucky, was stalked down the red carpet with a real-life version of the murderous doll, played by a diminutive actor in cover up and suspenders wielding a carving knife.
While Grillo may have experience churning out the scares on display, personally he’s a bit more hesitant to go through the mazes based on his work. “I dig it, but I’m old,” he said. “I’m still in for a scare, though.”
As the blood-red carpet covered up, friends were welcomed to take pleasure from the park, open to the public for the beginning night time event. Inside, ghouls, goblins, clowns, killers and everything entities nightmarish stalked guests through darkened, fog-filled corridors of the normally quaint and bright Hollywood Studios.
While longing in lines that could, at times, be serpentine (160 minutes for the Insidious maze at one point), friends were likely to spot a glimpse of NBA superstar LeBron Adam in the park, followed by a large entourage including Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. Also spotted in line was That 70’s Show alum Wilmer Valderrama and cultural mass media star Frankie Grande.
Common Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights works every weekend through Nov. 3.