Thorpe Park Resort has become the ‘home of fear’ this Halloween as FRIGHT NIGHTS 2019 got underway last night with a special VIP and media preview. With five scare mazes, an escape room experience, and a “shocking Halloween Show”, there is no shortage of frightful experiences. Attraction Source was invited to experience everything FRIGHT NIGHTS 2019 has to offer.
New for this year’s FRIGHT NIGHTS is Creek Freak Massacre. Promising to be Thorpe Park Resort’s most extreme scare attraction to date, the Island’s newest maze invites guests into the old abandoned Creek Woods Saw Mill which is home to a family of deranged, chainsaw wielding maniacs. Located within the former Loggers Leap queue and station, the Island’s newest scare maze makes good use of a compact space. Inside, the maze features detailed and well-designed sets which the actors make good use of to create some effective scares and there are theatrical elements in places with certain set pieces. With the maze being a free flow attraction, this means guests do get split from their groups, although at busier times the compact nature of the maze may mean that it soon reduces the ability to get truly separated from your group. The ending is genuinely disorientating and provides a fitting climax to the attraction. Creek Freak Massacre is one of the Resort’s best creations in recent years, and it is refreshing to see a return to an in-house creation as opposed to an IP based maze.
Now in its fourth year, Platform 15 once again takes guests along the last known route of the Sleeper Express. This year has seen a new script for the maze alongside additional theming elements and some new sound effects, all of which help to further enhance the maze experience. The maze also features a brand-new ending, and whilst the tunnel section perhaps still needs a little more development to fully build the tension, the new ending is much more effective and creates a better climax to the attraction.
Blair Witch returns for another year, building on its re-launch in 2018. Entering via the queue for Jungle Escape, Blair Witch has a new introductory scene and a new route, part of which is designed to confuse and disorient you before you continue deeper into the maze. Additional theming elements have been added throughout the route, although it was a shame that it was perhaps a little too dark to fully appreciate them. During our run the scares were not quite executed to full effect meaning that unfortunately it felt like the maze didn’t quite reach its full potential on the night.
Back for a second year The Walking Dead: Do or Die, draws guests into the world of The Walking Dead as you try to survive in a place where not all is as it seems. This year, the maze has been redesigned with a new path through the attraction which makes much more effective use of the space which the maze is located, including an additional actor led scene. Fans of the television series will also notice a couple of additional nods to Terminus, the setting for parts of seasons 4 and 5 of the show.