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Universal Studios Hollywood To Introduce New Night Backlot Tours In Summer

STUDIO CITY ( — Universal Studios Hollywood, in celebrating its 50th anniversary, will unveil a new tram offering studio tours at night.

Neighbors, however, are concerned about more noise, as the construction of new attractions continues in parts of the park and as they look toward the introduction of evening-time studio tours on weekends between July 4 and Labor Day.

"What can I say? I would object to it, but my objections mean total nothing," homeowner Ingrid Gonchoroff said.

Creative Director John Murdy, who began his career as a tour guide in 1989, says the nighttime tours will allow park visitors to see famous cinematic sets, including the "Psycho" house, with characters coming to life.

"When you go by the 'Psycho' house, you'll see Norman Bates re-create a scene from Psycho," Murdy said. "When you go through little Europe, where our classic horror movies are filmed, you'll see Frankenstein coming down the very same streets where he appeared in 1931."

Hoping to put their neighbors' minds at ease, the theme park mentioned that the new nighttime tours will not include explosions, and that the primary effects throughout the tour will consist of lighting.

The back lot has never been lighted for the tour in its history of more than 50 years.

Additional coming attractions are said to include a ride inspired by the "Fast and Furious" franchise and a new interactive experience for fans of "The Simpsons."

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