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Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood attraction

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Terror Tram: Live or Die

Attraction type Terror Tram

Halloween Horror Nights 2009 (Hollywood)

Park Universal Studios Hollywood
Area Backlot


Housed in Backlot
Based on Various Horror Films
Preceded By Terror Tram: The Nightmare Tour (2008)
Followed By Terror Tram: Chucky's Revenge (2010)

Terror Tram: Live or Die was the backstage tour that was featured during Halloween Horror Nights 2009 (Hollywood). It was located in the Backlot.

Tram Video[edit | edit source]

Once everyone was loaded into the tram (dodging the various zombies on the way) the tour guide would play a short trailer for the event, mostly composed of Saw footage. When the video was over, the tram would then start moving and the tour guide would introduce themselves and the driver. After the introduction and the safety announcement, the tram video would then be 'hijacked' by Jigsaw a.k.a John Kramer with the help of Billy the Puppet. Kramer would then give a monologue about the experience the guests would then find themselves in:

"Hello. I want to play a game. All of you are here tonight for one reason: you want to be scared. You want to know the thrill of being close to death, without ever having to confront it face to face. This is why you watch horror movies. To experience death at a safe distance. Well, tonight all of that is about to change. When this vehicle stops the doors will open and you will get out and walk through a series of test, tests inspired by the very horror movies that you are so obsessed with.

Have you ever asked yourself why you watch horror movies? Then let me ask you, Don Roberts: for you and your friends horror movies are an act of rebellion, you're drawn to anything your parents object to. But do your parents know about your other hobbies? The acts of vandalism that you have committed? You'll do anything to leave your mark. But now you are the one who is marked. Tag. You're it.

And you, Sherrie Mathews. You say that horror movies give you a rush of adrenaline. But adrenaline is not the only thing coursing through your veins, is it Sherrie? Do your friends know about your secret addiction? Do they know about the things you have stolen from them, to feed those addictions?

And what of you, Charles Roebuck? You say horror movies are just an escape. But what are you running from? Could it be the alcoholism that ruined your life? Even now, do you feel the weight of that bottle you've got? Hidden away in your jacket? The one you snuck past security?

The day of reckoning has arrived for all of you. But to survive this test, you are going to need help. You see, this is a group test. And to succeed you must survive it together. The game is about to begin. Will your selfish, individual needs trump the safety and wellbeing of the group? Remember: stay together. For even if one of you doesn't make it to the other side, you will all pay the ultimate price. Lose one. lose all. Live or die. The choice is up to you. Let the game begin.

With that, the guests are let out of the tram, and into the back lot.

Experience[edit | edit source]

"Killer Klowns" (Grinch Set)[edit | edit source]


"My Bloody Valentine" (Dirt Path/Hill Top)[edit | edit source]


"Movie Killer Convention" (Bates Motel)[edit | edit source]


"Halloween" (Outdoors Maze)[edit | edit source]


Psycho House[edit | edit source]


"Containment Zone" (War of the Worlds Set)[edit | edit source]


"Killer Klowns" (Re-Loading Station)[edit | edit source]


Scareactors[edit | edit source]

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to John Murdy, the original idea for this Terror Tram experience before they opted for SAW, was an idea based on The Man In White, a man who would constantly appear in every picture of Universal's founding in 1915. Murdy had written a backstory around the man but never used it[1].
  • John Murdy did a custom recording session with Tobin Bell (the actor who plays Jigsaw in the films) for this attraction[2].
  • One night, John Murdy played one of the Pigheads in this attraction. The first time he tried scaring someone, a ten year old kid yelled "You Suck" at him[3].

References[edit | edit source]

Halloween Horror Nights 2009
Characters: Billy (Event Icon)  • Harry Warden  • Michael Myers
Haunted Mazes: SAW: Game Over  • Chucky's Funhouse  • Halloween: The Life & Crimes of Michael Myers  • My Bloody Valentine: Be Mine 4 Ever
Terror Tram: Terror Tram: Live or Die
Scarezones: Let the Games Begin!  • Freakz  • Shaun of the Dead  • Welcome to Hell • There Will Be Blood • The Meat Market  •
Shows: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure
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