6 cool things from the HHN6 Behind the Screams tour

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For a rare chance of seeing the Salem Witch House facade during the day, come on the Behind the Screams Tour.

Not anyone gets a chance to go behind the scenes of Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights 6. But you can, if you go ton the Behind the Screams Tour.

The exclusive 1.5-hour tour runs from 5pm to 6.30pm for seven evenings only (1, 8, 15, 22, 28, 29, 30 October). It’s only available as a package with a same-day USS VIP Tour ($338) or HHN6 R.I.P. Tour ($238). So do plan your visit carefully.

You’ll get to visit two haunted houses, meet the team behind some of the houses and special effects, and get to touch some of these items that are usually off limits to guests.

For those who took on the Tour last year, you’ll want to know that this year’s BTS is even better, with a couple of new stuff included.

Here are six great things about HHN6 BTS.

1. Go on lights-on tour of two haunted houses

Salem Witch House is dark inside so we were each given a torchlight to light the way.
Salem Witch House is dark inside that we were each given a torchlight to light the way.

The highlight of BTS is visiting Hawker Centre Massacre and Salem Witch House in the day without scare actors. Since it’s a lights-on tour, we could see the details that went into creating the different haunted houses.

At Hawker Centre Massacre, tell-tale signs show that we’re not at a hawker centre but somewhere more sinister.

Anyone wants to withdraw cash before "makan"?
Anyone wants to withdraw cash before “makan”?
Real drink stall or Hawker Centre Massacre drink stall?
Real drink stall or Hawker Centre Massacre drink stall?
Real drink stall or Hawker Centre Massacre drink stall?
I guess we know now.

Being on the BTS tour means you’re not being rushed from one room to another since there’s only one tour group in a day.

The "cosy" kitchen in Salem Witch House.
The “cosy” kitchen in Salem Witch House.
A calm book corner inside Salem Witch House.
A calm book corner inside Salem Witch House.
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The grounds with the body parts is where the DeFeo Witches leave their sacrifices.

Although there were no scare actors, some parts of the tour were still scary because of the animatronics around.

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This is Augusta DeFeo, the lead of the coven of witches at Salem Witch House. This screaming animatronic scared the daylights out of me even in the day.
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This is Elizabeth, the only De Feo witch to be executed and she’s very angry.

2. Get your own walking, talking guide (book)

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Our guide Ibrahim.

Each day’s BTS group (max of 24 people) is led by its own guide. As we moved from location to location, our guide Ibrahim shared nuggets of information about this year’s event. Fun facts such as:

– There are 400 scare actors this year. They each went through an average of 155 hours of rehearsals in total to get their roles right;

– Twenty five animatronics are used at HHN6.

(You can find more fun facts here.)

At the houses, Ibrahim shared the back stories of the different haunted houses. Knowing this, you can approach each house and the rooms within with a better understanding of how it all relates.

How did the Hawker Centre Massacre happen? Who are the people trapped in there?

Why is the Salem Witch House haunted? Who are these paranormal creatures that we see?

tre Massacre, the flapping fluorescent fish caused people who ate it to become flesh-eaters. You get to see it in full natural glory on the Tour.
tre Massacre, the flapping fluorescent fish caused people who ate it to become flesh-eaters. You get to see it in full natural glory on the Tour.
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The portrait of Augusta De Feo who was the leader of the De Feo Witch coven. The witches disappeared after villagers of Salem tried to burn down the house.
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Why does this location look so different from the rest? Find out on the tour.

3. Learn secrets of the scares from technical producers

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Hawker Centre Massacre technical producer Fauzey explaining the tech behind the lorry.

Besides the back stories (which you’ll also learn if you’re on the RIP Tour), a perk of the BTS tour is meeting the technical producers who played an important role in building the houses.

They are here to give you insights into the technologies behind some scares, as well as answer any questions you may have. So definitely pick their brains.

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At Hawker Centre Massacre, Vomit Man is an animatronic that spews water. The water is pumped back into his mouth so he is constantly puking. Combined with the sound effect and special scent (“Eau de vomit”), this creates a realistic nauseous effect.
The "sabotage button" in Hawker Centre Massacre that pranks whoever is in front of you.
The “sabotage button” in Hawker Centre Massacre that pranks whoever is in front of you.
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At Salem Witch House, the carpet in the first room raises from the ground to create a floating effect. The carpet can hold 5-tonne weight. The producer had let us go on it during the Tour but you can’t on event night.
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The piano in the first room of Salem Witch House is actually a self-playing piano which the team created. Learn about the tech behind it on the tour.

4. See how a monster is made

We got to see how a scare actor is transformed into his character. Marc Greensmith, assistant manager of Halloween special effects team at USS, puts on the finishing touches on Damien Shipman.

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Damien is the icon for Bodies of Work haunted house. He was badly burnt and disfigured in a fire that killed his whole family.

To create the scars on Damien’s face, the scare actor wears a three-quarter mask applied using 3D prosthetic transfers–like a temporary tattoo. Marc then blends in the edges so it looks like part of the scare actor’s face.

Behind the Screams tour Halloween Horror Nights 6 makeup

The quality of the 3D prosthetics and techniques used are Hollywood-level, that is to say they are very realistic. So if you’ve wondered how some non-CG effects get recreated for the big screens, you’ll love how you get to see the transformation up-close here.

Plus, you actually get to feel the masks and 3D prosthetics on display. Too bad we didn’t get to bring one home with us.

Behind the Screams mask

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The clown mask is made from silicone and is softer than expected. It feels like you’re squeezing konnyaku.

5. Discover how the team creates the costume

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Do you know which editions of HHN these costumes are from?

A new feature at this year’s BTS is the costume display. You’ll get to see costumes from different editions of Halloween Horror Nights: a Victorian dress, a trench coat worn by a demon, a mummy and a clown

Learn the trade secrets of creating the costumes as Marc detailed how they distressed a dress to make it look old, and how the team made a mummy costume look like it was dug out of earth.

You get to examine the costumes closely too, something you can’t during event nights as it’s worn by scare actors.

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The nurse outfit is splashed with fluorescent paint so it glows in the dark.

Even the shoes of the characters are taken into consideration. The demon character has heavy boots so the footsteps can be heard while he stomps around the house.

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These boots are made for walking.

6. Take as many photos as you like

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One improvement from last year’s BTS tour is that we can now take photos. This is the best souvenir as you can’t take photos inside the haunted houses during event night.

Videography is not allowed during the BTS tour or inside haunted houses during event nights so take note.

 

The Behind the Screams Tour is only offered on 1, 8, 15, 22, 28, 29, 30 October (5 to 6.30pm), and can only be bought with same-day USS VIP Tour ($338) or HHN6 R.I.P. Tour ($238).

Email rwstours@rwsentosa.com for bookings

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