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Hollywood Lies – the birthday girl 
							– Bec Yule
Hollywood Lies – the birthday girl – Bec Yule


Hollywood Lies – Mel Cutter and Sandra Chase 
							– Dawn Troughton
Hollywood Lies – Mel Cutter and Sandra Chase – Dawn Troughton


Hollywood Lies – the red carpet and barriers 
							– Suzanne Lupo
Hollywood Lies – the red carpet and barriers – Suzanne Lupo


Hollywood Lies 
							– Barb B-Bishop
Hollywood Lies – Barb B-Bishop


Hollywood Lies – invites and awards 
							– Bec Yule
Hollywood Lies – invites and awards – Bec Yule


Hollywood Lies – VIP entrance only 
							– Suzanne Lupo
Hollywood Lies – VIP entrance only – Suzanne Lupo


Hollywood Lies – the Eric statuettes 
							– Suzanne Lupo
Hollywood Lies – the Eric statuettes – Suzanne Lupo


Hollywood Lies – Cyrstal, Bernie and Anna 
							– Rob Newbold
Hollywood Lies – Cyrstal, Bernie and Anna – Rob Newbold


Hollywood Lies – the cast 
							– Rob Newbold
Hollywood Lies – the cast – Rob Newbold


"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


"We did this for my daughter's 14th birthday and she had already chosen 'Hollywood' as the theme of her party. Since I did this for young teens, I changed all the references to the nude photos (we made them photos of Crystal picking her nose!) One thing that I really liked is that since each of the characters had their own goals that they were trying to complete, it made the evening move along smoothly. I was really worried if kids this age would actually get into it, or if they would be bored, but it really helped having the plays to work on. The plays were really a HUGE hit for the climax of the party."
Janet Reese, United States


"I don't think I've ever laughed so hard."
Doris Arnett-Gary, United States


"Hollywood Lies went just perfect and everyone enjoyed themselves (we had 13 teenagers and 3 adults). It was just excellent!"
Isabell Auffermann, United Kingdom


"I thoroughly enjoyed playing Hollywood Lies, easy to find suitable clothing, it was very easy to find appropriate themed decorations. The making movies and watching them was fun and a good laugh."
Allison Abbott, Australia


"The kids had a wonderful time with Hollywood Lies, and really got into their parts! It was fun to have the kids get all dressed up for the party. My daughter will always remember her 16th birthday party!!! Thank you!"
A Customer, United States


Hollywood Lies – the red carpet and poolside lounge 
							– Suzanne Lupo
Hollywood Lies – the red carpet and poolside lounge – Suzanne Lupo


"We did Happy Birthday R.J. game 10 years ago for my husband's 30th birthday – it was so much fun! So I am surprising him with Hollywood Lies for his 40th! Your games are fun and so well laid out."
Kim Duke


"We just finished Hollywood Lies, and I thought I'd give you some feedback about how it went.
Everyone had a GREAT time, and I'm sending you the pictures that we took. Here, I'll describe what I did as a setting:
We had it in my father's union hall and decorated one of the walls with a Hollywood scene. We had a podium with a microphone also. I used Big Band sounds for the back ground music and had that playing in Windows Media player, while I used a 'cocktail party chatter' sound effect set for repeat on Real Player (So that I could play both at the same time. I didn't have time to mix them together like I usually do.)
I couldn't find any Oscar looking trophies, so I went to Party City and got these $4 gold trophies shaped like shooting stars. I custom made the voting slips with the picture of them, as well as the item cards, so that people knew what the trophies looked like.
Once it was over, we had an awards ceremony where people that weren't involved with the movies presented awards. After the votes were tallied, I wrote the winners on paper and put them in envelopes so the presenter could open them and call out the winner. The winners gave a thank you speech, in character, and then stepped down.
At this point, I gave my girlfriend one to read, but inside I put the phrase "WILL YOU MARRY ME?" and when she opened it I got down on one knee and proposed. THAT was fun!! Everyone cheered.
Anyway, it was REALLY fun!
A lot of people solved the murder, but the detective didn't. She tried really hard, and was stuck between two people, but guessed wrong.
All in all, I would say that it was very well made and everyone walked away talking about the evening, and emailing me to ask me when the NEXT one will be! So kudos to you and the writers for another job well done!"
Rob Newbold, United States


Hollywood Lies – Kara Montague 
							– Dawn Troughton
Hollywood Lies – Kara Montague – Dawn Troughton


"I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoy your games. This [Hollywood Lies] will be the third one we have run and they have been a great success. This year, we've actually had friends of friends calling to ask for an invite. Thanks for a fabulous product! "
Tiffany Geden


"Hollywood Lies was a fantastic game for our 14 year old daughter and her friends, who really took to playing their parts and playing the game. It really kept her and almost 20 of her friends busy and having a very fun time for the entire party, with interaction between her varied friend groups. Our friends have even said that we "have set the bar too high" for the next parties. Thank you!"
Michael Dinga, United States


"Overall, Hollywood Lies was an incredibly fun night and everyone had a great time. Thank you for providing such a detailed hosting package. It was very thorough and made it so much easier to host!"
A Customer, United States


Hollywood Lies – Tom Speed's death scene 
							– Dawn Troughton
Hollywood Lies – Tom Speed's death scene – Dawn Troughton


"My daughter's Hollywood Lies party was a HUGE hit with her friends. They came in their "dazzle wear"; we even had the "red carpet" leading up to our door for the guests. It was fun for them. The concept of the game is great for this age group -- they had to mingle and talk to one another. No wallflowers were allowed!"
Pat Baker-Simon, United States


Hollywood Lies – street intersection sign 
							– Suzanne Lupo
Hollywood Lies – street intersection sign – Suzanne Lupo


Hollywood Lies – Terry, Edison and CJ – Best Picture 
							– Rob Newbold
Hollywood Lies – Terry, Edison and CJ – Best Picture – Rob Newbold


"Just played Hollywood Lies (kids version) for my daughter's 13th birthday party. It is the first unscripted party I have run and I was concerned. It was fabulous and the timings were great. Can't believe we managed to keep all those teenagers involved for 4 hours. Many many thanks!"
Shirley Thomson, United Kingdom


Hollywood Lies – Anna d'Lessey 
							– Dawn Troughton
Hollywood Lies – Anna d'Lessey – Dawn Troughton


Hollywood Lies 
							– Barb B-Bishop
Hollywood Lies – Barb B-Bishop


Hollywood Lies – Crystal Beech 
							– Dawn Troughton
Hollywood Lies – Crystal Beech – Dawn Troughton


"We had so much fun playing Hollywood Lies and I am pretty sure I won mother of the year for hosting it. :) I think the kids all did a fantastic job with their roles. We will definitely come back to you for another game. Thanks! Here's a video we made for the game, in the form of a trailer."
Sandi Atherton, United States


Hollywood Lies – the entrance 
							– Dawn Troughton
Hollywood Lies – the entrance – Dawn Troughton


Hollywood Lies – Zara Vicars 
							– Dawn Troughton
Hollywood Lies – Zara Vicars – Dawn Troughton


"Here's a great photo montage from a Hollywood Lies party."
molliecw26


Hollywood Lies – party time! 
							– Sienna Packer
Hollywood Lies – party time! – Sienna Packer


"By popular request I have just purchased my second Freeform Games murder mystery. The first, Hollywood Lies, was a huge success. Although I'd hosted Murder Mystery evenings in the past, this was firstly, the most ambitious (34 guests all well into their roles and costumes), and secondly, the most enjoyed. Everyone was so busy wheeling and dealing and producing their playlet that they forgot about the murder! However, we got back on track and one sleuth deduced the correct answer. Great fun – looking forward to Jan 2nd for our Casino Fatale night. Thanks so much."
Lynda Wearn, United Kingdom


"Thank you so much for what your company does! Hollywood Lies Expanded is going to be my 7th game from your company, and every time, whether I have been a player or a moderator, I have had a truly wonderful and memorable experience. I bought my first game, Casino Fatale, back in 2011 after searching for months on the Internet for a murder mystery that wasn't like the scripted box games I had played before. Every since I found your site I haven't even thought about looking anywhere else. Everyone that I share your games with always has such a good time and they are always willing to come back for another one. This most recent game will be the second with my coworkers, and as I said people had so much fun the first time that word spread quickly throughout my office and I have had so much interest in this one."
Aaron McKendry


"For my 15th birthday me and 30 of my friends played Hollywood Lies and it was honestly one of the best nights of my life! The game was so fun and everyone got really into it! I was a bit apprehensive about how my friends would react to acting out a character but it was wonderful! Everyone loved and it and people are still talking about it a year later! Thankyou!"
Sienna Packer, New Zealand


"My son, Alec, hosted an end-of-school party using Hollywood Lies in June for high school friends. They had a great time. We had 17 guests arrive dressed for the post "Eric Awards" party to find a red carpet, movie-theme decorations and trophies for the award winners, sparkling grape juice and mock cocktails. It took them a bit of time to get into their roles with the excitement of the end of the school year. But they did settle into their roles and, with some help from my husband, they got their tasks figured out and started mingling. Hollywood Lies was great because, not only did they have to solve the murder-mystery, they had to organize skits to perform at the end of the evening.
Even though the party took a lot of advanced planning and shuffling of roles when a few people couldn't attend, they enjoyed themselves immensely. I am planning another Hollywood Lies party this year with work colleagues. This is a great idea for a fun party and the information we received was very helpful!"
Pam Janson, United States


Hollywood Lies – a corpse from one of the films 
							– Suzanne Lupo
Hollywood Lies – a corpse from one of the films – Suzanne Lupo


Hollywood Lies – Desi and Rob's proposal 
							– Rob Newbold
Hollywood Lies – Desi and Rob's proposal – Rob Newbold


"I have played in A Heroic Death and Arabian Nights, so I decided to host Hollywood Lies for my 13th Birthday Party. I added in custom 'weapon' cards to make the game more exciting and everyone had a blast! I've already told everyone I'm doing it again next year!"
Ellory S., United States


"I played Hollywood Lies at my school, it was really fun. I played Sam Cortinelli."
Joel Kelly, United Kingdom


"We hosted Hollywood Lies for our daughter's Sweet 16 birthday party. She wanted to do an Old Hollywood theme where everyone dresses up. We rented a venue and had a buffet meal so the kids could mingle. We played big band and swing music and decorated with the "dazzled to death" theme in mind... diamonds of course!!! Because our daughter is in the Drama club at her high school, we knew this would be a big hit. 24 of the Drama students attended, they had such a good time and said it was the best party they have attended and they want to do one again very soon... for New Years!! With the thoroughness of your games it will be no problem, the hardest part is deciding which game to play!! Thank you so much for making my job easier."
Dee Reed, United States


"Everyone there said how much they'd enjoyed it – we're veterans of your games, but this [Hollywood Lies] was definitely the best. There were quite a few people there who had never been to a MMP before and didn't know what to expect, but everyone had a great time. There was lots of variety in the plot and we all thought that the idea of producing scenes from films was inspired – showing them was the highlight of the evening. Please congratulate the author!"
Janice Bruce, United Kingdom


Hollywood Lies – the award winners 
							– Rob Newbold
Hollywood Lies – the award winners – Rob Newbold


"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


Hollywood Lies – Les, Edison and CJ 
							– Rob Newbold
Hollywood Lies – Les, Edison and CJ – Rob Newbold


Hollywood Lies – Kara Montague again 
							– Dawn Troughton
Hollywood Lies – Kara Montague again – Dawn Troughton


"I loved the first game we played of yours... Hollywood Lies. Best night of my life... my husband and I attended and only knew 2 people there. By the end of the night we knew 30 more people -- all by their Hollywood Lies names! It was fun running into them various places and using our "stage" names. We loved it so much we always wanted to host our own. So now we are [Casino Fatale]."
Kerri Lawnsby, Texas, United States


Hollywood Lies at high school 
							– Pam Janson
Hollywood Lies at high school – Pam Janson


Hollywood Lies – film poster for Dazzled to Death 
							– Suzanne Lupo
Hollywood Lies – film poster for Dazzled to Death – Suzanne Lupo


"Murder mysteries have now become an annual event on my birthday this year – and Hollywood Lies is the third one we have played. I have to say, I think it is my favourite so far!! (And I didn't think anything could top Happy Birthday R.J.) Everyone had so much fun and got really involved in the films at the end – what a great night!! Thanks again for a fantastic game!"
Jennie Dixon, United Kingdom


Hollywood Lies – party time! 
							– Sienna Packer
Hollywood Lies – party time! – Sienna Packer


"Hollywood Lies is a great product, we'll definitely be using you again!"
Ben Putt, United Kingdom


Hollywood Lies 
							– Barb B-Bishop
Hollywood Lies – Barb B-Bishop


"We tend to go away as a group of 20+ every year or so, and one of the highlights of our holidays has always been the murder mystery night. Hollywood Lies took it to another dimension. It was fantastic."
June Wilson, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom


"I would just like to thank you for this wonderful game. Played twice, once with adults and once with kids. The adults took a while to get into it but eventually got there (I think after the alcohol started flowing), but the kids were magnificent and got into their characters really quickly with some sussing the murderer after only 20 minutes. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and keep asking when the next one will be."
Denise Boyd, Fife, United Kingdom


"I thought that when I did Snow Business last year that that was the most fun 13 people could have. Well, Hollywood Lies was the most fun 30+ people could have. This time it was for my birthday. Everyone of my sisters and brother, sister-in-law and brothers-in-law attended (I'm the baby of six, 41 and the youngest of them is 48), a bunch of my friends from church and work also attended.
[Incidentally, we've written Hollywood Lies for 16-22 guests -- Doris added some characters of her own. Mo and Steve]
"My son, daughter and a number of my nieces and nephews helped out as well. Those who were old enough to take parts did and the younger teenagers agreed to act as hosts and hostesses. I made up names (and nametags from 'Spangles Hotel') for them and they helped with the food, ran errands, made sure the guests stayed in character and even judged the best actor/actress competition so it wouldn't be biased.
"I don't know when I've had so much fun. Everyone talked about it for weeks afterwards. Actually they're still talking and it was more than two months ago. They talked about it so much now my pastor wants me to do one with the 'Marriage Enrichment' ministry at my church. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard. Everyone (including my very straight-laced, serious brother) had an absolute blast laughing and trying to stay in character. A couple people asked me 'can't you just have a normal birthday party?' and since I'm nowhere near normal, of course I said no. They had a good time too though. I loved Hollywood Lies and I love Freeform Games. I made a scrap book and I'm always shoving it in someone's face. :-) I'm HOOKED!!!!!!"
Doris Arnett-Gary, United States


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