The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood gives guests an insightful glimpse into the legendary entertainment they know and love by taking them to the real sets and soundstages where the greatest names in entertainment made history. The iconic110-acre film studio that brought Argo and Ocean’s Eleven to the big screen, and is responsible for TV that includes The Big Bang Theory and Friends, takes guests behind the camera for a revealing look at how the magic is made.
This year, an innovative new addition was made to the Studio Tour with the interactive experience Stage 48: Script to Screen, which offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the full film and television production process and the glory of awards season. While there, you can see props and costumes from many notable productions, including all eight Batman films (even the yet-to-be-released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), and all eight Harry Potter films.
And now, for a limited time only and especially for Halloween, a special “Horror Made Here” exhibit offers guests the opportunity to discover behind-the-scenes filmmaking secrets from some of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s more sinister titles. Until November 1st, guests can get up close to iconic props and costumes from some of studio’s best-known horror films, as well as admire the art of horror make-up and prosthetics in a display created specifically for the Studio Tour by Oscar-winning special effects expert Christien Tinsley.
There is Freddy Krueger’s glove and sweater from the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, the creepy stunt doll from Annabelle, the music box from The Conjuring, the spell book and wooden staff from Practical Magic, costumes from Interview with the Vampire (worn by Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst), the original cracked bedroom door from The Exorcist, the Underground Bar Skeletons from Corpse Bride, and the universe viewer from Fringe, all showcased from Warner Bros. Archives for the occasion.
For the make-up and prosthetics display, Christien Tinsley has constructed a unique exhibit that demonstrates the step-by-step development of practical creature effects for horror films. You can check out the incredibly-detailed creative process from design, sculpting and molding to painting and application, with tools, reference images and special effects supplies.
And as a final part of the experience, there is a super-fun, spooky photo opportunity where you can take the ultimate head shot, achieved by a mirror illusion, with your dismembered head on a silver platter.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is a quite comprehensive look at entertainment and production, and it’s very cool to see the seasonal addition for Halloween. The tour is open from Monday through Sunday, 8:00amto 4:00pm, is $62 per person, and can be purchased online at www.wbstudiotour.com. I highly recommend checking out what they have to offer, and hope that this will only be the start of the possibilities for the future.
Check out over 40 photos from the Horror Made Here exhibit below. All photos via Christina Radish: