Sexier than a Zombie Munching on Intestines
Wednesday, October 5th 2006
It’s true. I’ve done it. Princess Jolene has moved to Hollywood. Formerly
enjoying the beaches of San Diego, I decided to go city for a bit and be
in the mix of all bad, nasty, scary, and gory things. My move will allow
me to cover events such as the upcoming Universal Studios “Halloween Horror
Nights” for my Flesh Farm friends.
Since the Butcher is busy at the farm, the Princess has to cover the events
in Hollywood. And I’ve definitely realized that this is the place for me,
as Hollywood Blvd. is packed with zombies. Unfortunately, though, they
aren’t tearing people’s intestines or brains out. And any blood on the
road is probably from someone shooting someone else in the face because
of the crazy ass fucking traffic around here.
Lucky for me, this is exactly what I witnessed on the set of “Zombie School
101” at Universal Studios Hollywood (the intestine ripping, not the shooting).
Press members were welcomed to a view a “crash course” in zombie mannerisms
at the original Bates Motel. The supposed students were dressed in plain
clothes while a director had them come up to demonstrate zombie walks,
twitches, and noises to the crowd. In the middle of the demonstration,
a loud groan was blasted through the speakers and a huge, pale, corpselike,
bald man in black ran out. Zombies decked out in torn clothes, contact
lenses, bloody mouths and hands, and deathly makeup accompanied him. The
real treat began when the zombies tore the scalp off the director and the
intestines out of one of the students and started to munch down. I wanted
to shout out, “YES, TEAR THEM UP!” But instead, I stood there with
a huge smile on my face, snapping pictures. I was impressed with the creepiness
of the demonstration. And it was 10AM! Imagine what it will be like during
the actual production… in the dark.
The Bates Motel, Bates House and the War of the Worlds set will be crawling
with hundreds of zombies when, in the first time in the studio’s 90-year
history, guests will be able to disembark from studio trams and walk among
these sets on the Universal backlot during “Halloween Horror Nights.”
This backlot is part of horror history—where classics such as Frankenstein
and Dracula were filmed. One of the most awesome things about this is while
most sets are taken down after filming, the Psycho set has been up for
40 years. This leads me to believe it’s riddled with ghosts and bad spirits.
The whole press experience made me sad that I missed the open call for
actors. I would love to be a zombie. I can picture myself now…my hair wildly
ratted, a torn dress, blood all over everything, stumbling around, grasping
at the poor guests, making people piss their pants with fear. And actually,
when I look back on it, I WAS a zombie during the whole press experience
since my pilot light in my oven had been out for two days. I had been up
all night--scared I would die in my sleep and trying to block out the noises
of crazies on the street.
Along with the delectable zombies, the production will feature multiple
performances by trance music/performance artists, The Mutaylor. Universal
Studios Hollywood’s favorite attractions will remain open for the nighttime
experience, but many will feature menacing twists.
Even Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Horror Nights Creative Director
John Murdy acknowledged exactly what I was thinking; “It’s really weird
out here at night.” How scary will it be to see child zombies tearing at
corpses in the middle of the plane wreckage from War of the Worlds? Shit
inducing, I hope!
This experience comes to life for seven nights over the course of three
consecutive weekends: October 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 and 31 beginning nightly
at 7:00PM. Advance tickets are available online at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and range in price from $34.00 to $39.00