James Franco, Hollywood Horror Nights

James Franco takes on scaring duties at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights

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Oct 26, 2017, 7:25 PM EDT (Updated)

We knew the actors employed for scary theme park mazes were good, but not this good.

Unsuspecting park guests at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights were treated to some very A-List scares recently, when actor James Franco and his co-star from HBO's The Deuce, Chris Bauer, paid a surprise visit.

Franco donned a frighteningly realistic Jack Torrance mask, as he and Bauer hid in the haunted maze inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Judging by the high-octane screams, we’d say this duo have a new line of work cut out for them as “scare-actors.”

“This could be the hiatus job,” joked Bauer – who is best known for playing Detective Andy Bellefleur on True Blood, and didn’t appear to need a Torrance mask to get into character. In fact, if you ask us, we’d say Bauer would be a pretty good contender for the Overlook hotel manager, should there be a future reboot.

Universal Studios Hollywood Creative Director John Murdy is seen in the clip above congratulating Franco on his performance, telling him he’d been watching his ax-wielding work from the monitor. “Were they getting scared?” an excited Franco asks Murdy.

You can check out Halloween Horror Nights yourself on selected dates until Nov. 4 at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.

What did you think of their performance? Let us know if you'd be scared in the comments section below! 

(via Entertainment Weekly)