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Studio Pays Homage To Horror Classics

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Freddy Krueger will be there. So will Jason Voorhees.

Yup, count in Leatherface, too. And don’t forget about the Wolfman.

Those are just a few of the iconic horror characters who will be featured in Soundstage 41’s inaugural “Haunted Hollywood.”

If you go WHAT: “Haunted Hollywood” WHEN: 7 p.m.-midnight daily through Nov. 1 WHERE: Soundstage 41, 4121 Cutler NE HOW MUCH: $10 for adults, $5 for children. Cash only. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hauntedhollywood Online
WHAT: “Haunted Hollywood”
WHEN: 7 p.m.-midnight daily through Nov. 1
WHERE: Soundstage 41, 4121 Cutler NE
HOW MUCH: $10 for adults, $5 for children. Cash only. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hauntedhollywood
Online Visit www.ABQJournal.com/pix to see more of Pat Vasquez-Cunningham’s photo galler of “Haunted Hollywood”

Owners Marya Beauvais and Ivan Brutsche are hoping to get plenty of screams with the haunted event. The duo are using their downtime at the soundstage to put on an event for the community that highlights various members of the local film industry.

“What we’re doing isn’t a haunted house,” Beauvais says during a recent walk-through. “The event pays homage to some of the scariest movies of all time. It’s a piece of Hollywood.”

And that’s just the beginning. “Haunted Hollywood” has 11 areas, each with a vignette or re-creation from a classic horror movie.

“There are plenty of others, but we don’t want to give so much away,” she says. “It’s important for people to realize that this is a complete family event.”

Along with the 10 areas with vignettes, Beauvais says there will be a children’s area where they will be able to walk through a glow-in-the-dark maze. There will also be an area where kids can get their makeup done professionally.

“There’s also going to be an area where kids will be able to reach down with their hands and feel some creepy stuff,” she says. “Some will be filled with plastic snakes, others will have eyeballs. It’s all about fun.”

Beauvais says people will enter “Haunted Hollywood” and be greeted by a guide who will accompany a group of 10 through the soundstage.

“We really want to let the guests feel comfortable,” she says. “We also are looking forward to hearing the screams from all of them.”

Brutsche says “Haunted Hollywood” is being staged by film professionals. He says the state film industry is a lot slower this time of year and top-notch people are helping out with the event.

“We’re very lucky to have this help,” he says. “Plus, it’s a way to get people outside of the film industry into the soundstage and see a piece of where movies are made.”

Soundstage 41 has housed movies such as “Borderland,” “The Spy Next Door” and “The Avengers.”

Brutsche says it is the oldest soundstage in the city.

“People will also be able to see where some of the movies have been made,” he says. “It’s not everyday that a soundstage or studio will allow the public in for a view.”

A lot of the sets used for “Haunted Hollywood” are recycled from movies and TV shows that have filmed in the state. Beauvais says props from “Fright Night,” “Breaking Bad” and other films have been recycled and used for many of the sets.

“This really helped us because we just had to modify a lot of it rather than building it up,” she says. “It also lends some authenticity to the event.”

For the event, Beauvais and Brutsche are literally working with a skeleton crew. The fewer than 12-member crew has been working on the sets for nearly three weeks. It opened Oct. 13 and will run through Nov. 1.

“We really couldn’t plan ahead because the soundstage is usually booked,” Brutsche says. “We saw an opening, and we’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time. This just happened to be the right time.”

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com.
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