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Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights

Warner Brothers Festival of Frights Ratings

Hollywood Gothique Says:

More than a studio tour with a seasonal overlay, Warner Bros’ Halloween offering, Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights, is a multi-haunt attraction featuring mazes based on its own horror movie franchises. Convincing settings, eerie additions to the back lot tram ride, and a behind-the-scenes look at real studio props and costumes combine into an event that feels like a large-scale Halloween block party.

Warner Bros. Studios
3400 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91505 United States

Status: Inactive. After going on hiatus in 2019, Horror Made Here remained closed in 2020 the Covid-19 lockdown. For some time afterward, the Warner Bros Studios Tours website indicated that the event would be revived in the future; since then, the page has been deleted, and only the regular year-round tours are running. Apparently, the studio made a decision that the Halloween tour was not profitable enough to justify the expense and effort that went into it.

Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights General Information

This night-time event for ages 13 and over added a Halloween overlay to the studio’s year-round back-lot tram tour, plus mazes and other horror entertainment, all based on Warner-owned franchises. The central square formed the hub of the event, featuring a party like atmosphere with vendors, a small stage presentation, and a ride or two. Ticket sales were supposedly to be kept to reasonable levels to prevent overcrowding, which gave the event room to breath.

Halloween 2017 featured mazes based on A Nightmare on Elm StreetThe Conjuring, and IT (essentially the Neibolt House, which had appeared as a promotional event in Hollywood prior to the release of the film). There was also a virtual-reality attraction based on IT, and the back lot tram tour was haunted by zombies, vampires, and the feuding sisters from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

For Halloween 2018, a new IT maze was featured, reusing the facade of the Neibolt house but taking visitors through many more locations. The Nightmare on Elm Street was replaced by Arkham Asylum, featuring villains from DC Comics. Freddy Kruger was transferred to the back lot, where he met Jason Voorhees in A Nightmare on Camp Crystal Lake. Most memorable was The Exorcist: Forbidden Screening, which spliced together horrific highlights from the 1973 classic, enhanced with in-theatre effects and actors.

In April 2019, Warner Bros sent a mass email announcing that Horror Made Here would not return that Halloween. Disappointed fans were advised to check the event’s website for possible announcements in 2020, but then the Covid-19 lockdown intervened. Since then, the event’s page on the official website has been removed, indicating Horror Made Here will not return.

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