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
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.
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.
Although there were no scare actors, some parts of the tour were still scary because of the animatronics around.
2. Get your own walking, talking guide (book)
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.
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?
3. Learn secrets of the scares from technical producers
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Discover how the team creates the costume
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.
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.
6. Take as many photos as you like
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).
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