Hollywood Lies is a murder mystery game for 16 to 32 guests and one or two hosts. It is set at a modern-day Hollywood post-awards party, and characters include producers, directors and actors. Download the free introductory pdf file.
Hollywood Lies is a thrilling evening of scheming, intrigue and skulduggery. Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and make the best movie in Hollywood Lies?
“Hollywood Lies was exactly what we wanted on New Year’s Eve, a gala murder mystery. The guests haven’t had that much fun at a party in years!”
Lauren Plaviak, Canada
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It is award night, and Tom Speed’s latest film, Dazzled to Death, has just swept the board and garnered four Erics – for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Sadly, Tom Speed’s award for Best Actor was accepted posthumously by his friend, Hayden Vicars, as Tom was killed in a driving accident late last night.
Despite this note of sadness, celebrations are in full swing at the Dazzled to Death post-award party. Deals are being cut for future productions, and everyone is having a good time enjoying the atmosphere and mingling with Hollywood’s movers and shakers.
Is there anything suspicious about Tom Speed’s death? Who will win next year’s Erics? Find out at Hollywood Lies.
Hollywood Lies lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible, to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.
“I just hosted Hollywood Lies for a group of teen homeschoolers this weekend. I have to say that they had a blast! Their “movies” were a hoot! This is the 3rd year in a row that we have used your games as sort of an ice breaker for the kids to get to know one another. As usual, it was a great success. Thanks again!”
Janice , North Carolina, United States
One of our more straightforward murder mystery games, suitable for beginner hosts.
No combat, no poison.
Characters are ungendered.
The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game and a cast list of all the characters.
Cast of characters
- Morgan Beech: Star of blockbuster movie Dazzled to Death. Morgan won critical plaudits for playing Kendall Nimitz, the victim’s partner. This was Morgan’s first major role in a movie.
- Detective Arden Chase: One of Hollywood’s finest detectives, Detective Chase is well known to the movie community.
- Sam Cortinelli: Sam Cortinelli is one of Dazzled to Death’s stunt doubles. Sam is rumored to have “family” connections.
- Mel Cutter: Mel is the author of “Cutter’s Comments”, a notorious newspaper column in the Hollywood News. In the column, Mel described Dazzled to Death as “limp and tired” and accused Tom Speed of “having all the charisma of a fishbowl”. Mel is a regular feature at post-award parties.
- Joss Dawson: Joss has been in the business a long time, first as an actor and now as an agent.
- Luca Delmonico: Luca is comes from a very wealthy family and recently appeared in the movie Davy Jones’ Locker.
- Ash d’Lessey: Dazzled to Death’s director and winner of the Best Director award in this year’s Eric awards.
- Cass Dockery: Cass works for a small independent movie financier, but is looking to break into acting.
- Lou Egan: A respected Hollywood film director. Lou was the original director for Dazzled to Death, but was replaced by Ash d’Lessey.
- Eddie Flax: Eddie is one of Hollywood’s many agents and does a lot of charity work.
- Terry Ford: Terry has worked in over 100 movies, playing character roles. In Dazzled to Death Terry played “Hatch”, a bodyguard.
- Charlie Henderson-Plum: Charlie played “Skipper Primley,” Dazzled to Death’s British villain.
- Claude Janvier: Claude is a composer who recently wrote the music for Ash d’Lessey’s Bludgeoned on Broadway.
- Jam Lafayette: Owner of the popular Sacre Bleu! restaurant and TV celebrity chef.
- Ronnie Manfred: Ronnie is a character actor who often plays evil henchmen. Ronnie has had many different jobs before getting into acting.
- RT Markovitz: Press photographer for The Big Cheese, a tabloid newspaper.
- Max McNab: Max plays bit-parts and is struggling to get into the big time. In Dazzled to Death Max played “Cop in Elevator”.
- Evrim Meric: Bit part actor with a minor role (“Cam Nightshade”) in Dazzled to Death. Evrim also works at the Sacre Bleu restaurant.
- Jules Milton: Manager of Spangles Hotel, where the Dazzled to Death post-Eric party is being held. Six years ago, Jules was accused of a fire that burned down three sound stages.
- Ghana Moon: Ghana is one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters, and won an Eric for Dazzled to Death.
- Bernie Newman: Bernie has come to Hollywood to become a movie star.
- Nat Rankin: Nat is a character actor who recently appeared in Davy Jones’ Locker as a villain – as usual.
- Hunter Sharp: Hunter is an independent film producer/director and directed last year’s award-winning Under the Big Top.
- Toy Shepherd: Toy is a comedian from the East Coast and has suffered some bad luck lately.
- Jackie Simpson: Jackie was originally signed up to act in Dazzled to Death, but was fired before filming started after Jackie and Tom Speed had a blazing row.
- Pip Slater: Pip is one of Hollywood’s many agents and is looking to sign up more clients tonight.
- Val Taylor: Val both acts and produces. Val was one of Dazzled to Death’s co-producers.
- Bobby Treveeno: Bobby is an entertainer of the old school and can dance, act and sing. However, Bobby’s career is in decline.
- Les Tytan: Les is a mesmerist whose clients have included Charlie Henderson-Plum and Mel Cutter.
- CJ Vasquez: One of Dazzled to Death’s co-producers and is keen to make more blockbusters.
- Hayden Vicars: Hayden is co-producer of Dazzled to Death, and one of Tom Speed’s closest friends.
- Shelly Wells: Shelly owns TrixieCorp, a large corporation that makes fast food and frozen dinners (among other things), but is now producing a movie.
The characters are all ungendered, so they can be played by anyone.
You also need one or two hosts, to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly. (We recommend two hosts, particularly if this is your first Freeform Games murder mystery party.)
How Freeform Games murder mystery games work
Hollywood Lies is unlike other murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, each character has several goals they must try to accomplish. While they may want to solve the murder, Hollywood Lies contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Hollywood Lies isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.
“Hollywood Lies went just perfect and everyone enjoyed themselves (we had 13 teenagers and 3 adults). It was just excellent!”
Isabell Auffermann, United Kingdom
On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Master (or Mistress) of Ceremonies.
They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. The players can form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and even try to make the best movie for next year. Along the way they may solve some of Hollywood Lies’s mysteries. What is the Post-Modern Freeform Movement up to? Who will get tickets to the charity ball? What really happened on the set of Snow Business? Which script will be made into a movie? And of course, how did Tom Speed die?
Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.
Recommended for ages 12+
We recommend Hollywood Lies for those aged 12+ as it is family-friendly and contains no adult themes.
Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. So most games have free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) included in the download when you purchase the game.
- ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
(by Freeform Games)
- Gwen Cortinelli – secretary and Sam Cortinelli’s wife. (F)
(by Jo Stinett)
Please note that we haven’t always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.
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