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JoshuaA

So Fright Nights is a event that I think pretty much everyone on the forum will know well.. well duh.

So with a massive new IP behind the park, what would 2017 bring to Fright Nights?

 

This will contain spoilers

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Big Top

Big Top returns akin to last year, and the maze continues to be the chaotic fun that it was last year.

The acting was strong-  the strobe section proved to be even more intense than ever, and the second half sees some new scenes including a mini-mirror maze, and even a homage to Cabin

which I think for the most part worked really nicely.

The maze overall is more fun than scary, though I did spend the second half of the maze on my own, and when the chainsaw finale hit, I ran fast :lol:

8.5/10

 

The Walking Dead: Sanctum

Sanctum is like Zombie Scare Zone if the Zombies were creepy twisted cannibals, and the zone itself housed some extremely lively and vocal actors.

The actors inside made us laugh and simultaneously creeped us out while running around the nicely themed sets.

My only problem is that Sanctum feels like more like 1/4 of a maze/scarezone than a actual complete attraction..

There was a lot of possibility with the containers or just in the layout in general that could lend the attraction a few more sections as Sanctum currently can be easily done in 2 minutes..

4/10

 

Platform 15

Platform was a maze that I bashed to death last year..

Actually, I even called it my least favourite scare attraction of last year.. 

Thorpe have luckily (for the most part) have poured some life into this maze, and now it is actually one of the highlights of the event for me..

 

The new village section in particular impressed me with some pretty intense scares, heck I even had two actors cornering me and they nearly separated me from my group..

The finale also successfully built up tension and some of the actors in the tunnel got some great scares from me.

 

My only problem with this maze is that a lot of tension is built up and you just kinda walk out the maze causally..

Platform though has seriously impressed me this year, so for that, cheers to Thorpe for making a terrible maze into a very decent one..

9/10

 

Saw Alive

So Saw Alive felt incredibly stale on my run-through.

I think Saw Alive has probably run its course by this point, and the fact the maze has remained untouched since opening doesn't help matters..

3/10

 

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The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare

So, replacing the fan-favourite Cabin, Living Nightmare had a lot of pressure under its belt..

 

Though on my run through I have to say, I think Living Nightmare is by far a worthy successor to Cabin.

Cabin for me in 2015/2016 was a scareless mess that had very sparse theming, though Living Nightmare is near opposite in that it has very decent theming and the

sets in some places look beautiful.

 

The scares were very strong in the first half, and I gotta say it was pretty terrifying to be separated from my group with not 1, but 4 actors attacking me at once, this shook me as one of the most intense scares (if the not the best scare) I have had in a maze this year.

 

Yes the scares towards the finale were pretty underwhelming from the chaos that the first half had, though the finale for me was generally fairly decent, and it left a lot of us running! 

My only other niggle towards Living Nightmare is that it is a tad short, but besides that this maze impressed me, nice!

8.5/10

 

Park Operations

I have to say as much as I liked the mazes this year, the operations at some points were depressingly awful..

Within a hour of me queuing for Big Top, I saw not 1, but 3 E STOPS! And there was kids running round the whole place queue jumping and even running into the maze past the puzzled people trying to organize the damn queue..

 

I also think Living Nightmare was also pretty dis-organized, though luckily Platform and Saw were actually organized..

 

Conclusion

Overall I think this is a strong year for Fright Nights..

I think most of the mazes were of a decent quality, though the operations did let down the event at some points.

I do have to say that I wish they were better roamers though, as I only saw like 1 one of them..

 

 

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JoshuaA

Tulleys, oh Tulleys..

 

Being on the scene as early as  1998 with Creepy Cottage, and then throughout the years adding more and more, Tulleys has really evolved as of recent into one of the best scream parks in Europe.

 

Now with 2015's massive changes, and the fairly large Coven last year, this year I think is more of a slow down year in terms of growth in the event.

Anyway with the re-do of Hellements, and the 3D transformation of the Twisted Clowns, how would 2017 fare for Tulleys?

 

(This will be spoiler free, though I have put some more details in the tags for those who want to be spoiled..

I'm also sorry for the photography, and you cannot sue me if I kill your eyesight with the quality of these ****ty photos..:lol:)

 

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Creepy Cottage

Dating back to 1998, the cottage is the oldest maze at the park and its by far the smallest- though do not underestimate it, as the cast were rocking it on Preview Night!

The actors in here caused a lot of suspense, and the suspense was usually followed by a great jump scare.

The maze is also nicely themed too, and the layout is very tight which gave the actors even more fun in tormenting us.

The Cottage is by far one of the more low-key mazes in the lineup, and its by far not the best maze the park has to offer, though if the cast keep this up, its gonna be a great year for the attraction.

7/10

 

VIXI- Hellements V2

Being a "new" attraction, I think a lot of people are gonna ask whats new in VIXI.

Now I'm gonna say that for the most part this is near identical the to last year, though there is a new section or two that mixes up the formula a little..

The actors in the rope section seemed a lot better than last year, and the cast here made this a bit better than Hellements IMO.

Spoiler

VIXI has a room or two with a few actors after the rope section as the new finale.

This section gave a few good scares, though I think it needs a little more ooompph from the actors at the end to make it better.

Other than that, this is pretty much the same to Hellements in recent years. Though the cast do seem to be more effective than last year, and the maze seems more complete with the finale.

-5/10


Coven Of 13

Coven I think with a few more large-scale scares could be a icon maze for Tulleys, though sadly on my run through the actors were more creepy than scary.

I also think the swamp scene needed a actor or two more, as I think this brilliantly designed section could of been put to use better..

 

The maze though looked just as (if not more) beautiful than last year, with the cottage section, and the swamp scene is awesome.

Overall I think when the cast begin to find their feet, this could be great this year.

-6/10

 

 

Chop Shop

Chop Shop remains fairly similar to previous years, and that IS a good thing.

The cast in here seemed to be in full force as actors from the first room got scares thick and fast.

 

The finale remains the fast, fun, and chaotic feast that it was last year, and the theming in the exterior and inside the first half also continues to be impressive.

-8.5/10

 

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The Colony

The Colony is back, and it feels longer than ever..

Overall the first half of the maze was generally fairly slow in getting scares, though in the second half the scares were actually pretty brilliant.

The actors were using the beautifully themed sets to their advantage, and in some sections scares came pretty relentlessly.

The ending is something that I've been debating about since its debut though..

Yes the ending got me and my group running out of the attraction, though it really does not fit in with the tone of the maze..

Also when you use a object constantly in a maze (Chop Shop) makes the use of it in The Colony slightly feel like a cop out..

7.5/10

 

Haunted Hayride

The Hayride has some new scenes this year, and the attraction remains just as fun and as jumpy as previous years.

Various highlights include the pole dancing Nuns, The movie-based scene, and the good old chainsaws at the end.

-8/10

 

The Twisted Clowns

After testing the waters with Pandemonium last year, Tulleys have made their Clown Maze fully 3D, and for the most part I like it.

The maze feels even more disorientating than last year, and the layout led to our group getting lost quite a lot.

 

The only thing I dislike is how this maze on my run through seems to have had adopted a conga line style, which didn't seem to fit the style of the maze.

Anyway this maze remains fun and lively like previous years, and I liked how this year they attempted a finale.

Spoiler

The finale is a loud car sound effect at the end. I think if this was louder it could of startled me. Though sadly it was a little quiet so it didn't leave me running for the exit..

 

- 7/10

 

The Cellar

The Cellar has been running strong since 2009, and for the most part this year is no exception.

I do think some of the cast might of not found their feet yet though as some of the scares in the second half/finale were a tad on the slow side.

Though it is preview night, so this is probably just the cast getting used to the endless amount of scare opportunities that the maze's layout brings.

Though when actors were on form, the scares were intense.

- 8/10

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Roamers/Atmosphere/Other Sh**

So as always the roamers here were brilliant.

Some of them scared the crap out of me, some of them made me laugh, some of them are just plain entertaining!

The roamers along with the live music gives the farm just such a crazy and fun atmosphere that makes Tulleys feel special.

Heck I could go along to Tulleys without entering a single one of the haunts and enjoy it.

Along with the 8 haunts this year also saw an unadvertised 3D cinema experience.

 

This was fairly odd, and the experience itself felt a tad half baked (I can see why it was chosen not to be advertised..)

I think if it returns next year, maybe give it a few actors? And some special effects to make it feel less like a DIY project plonked on a high standard Scream Park such as Tulleys..

 

Thoughts/Conclusion

Overall I think 2017 is another great year for Tulleys.

Chop Shop, The Colony, The Cellar, the new scenes on Hayride are all massive reasons to visit.

 

Yes this year hasn't seen all too much changed, though I think with Tulleys it didn't really need to.

JoshuaA

So to start the blog off, here's a joke

The Conservative Party

Anyway its sadly nearly Halloween, meaning the parks close for off season! :help:

So I guess its back to rocking back and forward in my room til march..

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So I've reviewed a few events over Halloween, so I'm going to do some awards to recap my Halloween Season!
http://forum.maniahub.com/blogs/entry/812-alton-towers-scarefest-2016-review/
http://forum.maniahub.com/blogs/entry/808-screamland-margate-2016-review/
http://forum.maniahub.com/blogs/entry/804-thorpe-park-fright-nights-2016-review/
http://forum.maniahub.com/blogs/entry/803-tulleys-farm-shocktoberfest-2016-review/

Anyway.. BRING ON THE AWARDS

 
Best Theming/Costume Design

Honourable Mentions- Dead And Breakfast, The Cellar, Altonville Mine Tours

Winner- The Final Cut

What haven't I said about The Final Cut?

The theming is fab throughout, and the Sci-Fi costumes felt very well done.

Especially if you're a film buff like me, its fun seeing all the references to classic Sci-Fi Movies.

 

Most Improved Maze

Honourable Mentions- The Colony

Winner- The Big Top

The Big Top last year was admittedly a plane crash. At first even I didn't want to admit it.

The maze just did not work, the open spaces made scares a tad awkward, and it felt half-finished as well.

This year the maze seems like a whole different attraction, with some changes the maze now sits as one of the best in Thorpe's offering.

The maze itself feels much more frenetic, with the intense strobe section, to the well themed rooms towards the end.

 

Worst Maze

Dishonourable Mentions- Bloody Mirror, The Cabin In The Woods, Hellements, Donald Trump's House Of Horrors

Winner/Loser- Platform 15

After doing some run throughs of it recently, I've came to the conclusion this is the worst of the year..

Whats the point of having a long attraction if nothing happens for 90% of it?

It just drags on, and unlike The Colony for example there's not much to see for most of it..

The ending tunnel takes the cake for being the worst scene, its long, and you'll probably not see a actor!

The theming is OK, but a lot of the attraction is just nothing.. Nothing..

 

Most Original Concept/Theme

Honourable Mentions- Coven Of 13, The Final Cut

Winner- The Paradise Foundation

I love originality in scare attractions, it really sets a attraction apart from the rest, which is what The Paradise Foundation did!

The Paradise Foundation is a gore infested theatrical journey through a controversial surgical clinic.

Basically the idea is that the rich pay for the 'bliss' treatment, which involves the poor being surgically operated on to give there happiness for the rich.

The maze throughout has a lot of gore, including disgustingly disfigured costumes that actors wear.

The maze overall is something quite different to anything else I've done this Halloween.

 

 

Most Intense Maze

Honourable Mentions- The Paradise Foundation, Altonville Mine Tours, Chop Shop

Winner- Sub Species: The End Games 

Sub Species breaks the boundaries of what actors can do in a maze.

I was split up throughout, faced sections of the maze on my own, and was constantly manhandled and pushed by actors.

The maze has a intense crawling scene, periods of complete darkness, and had me on edge throughout.

 

Best Roaming Actors And Atmosphere

Winner- Tulleys Farm Shocktoberfest

The Atmosphere at Tulleys is unmatchable, with a range of brilliant roamers and two music stages, its really brilliant!

 

Best Scare/Halloween Event
Winner- Screamland Margate

This award was very tough to decide.

But I've decided Screamland was my favourite event of the season.

The great atmosphere, the four brilliant mazes, and the heavy load of creativity in the mazes is something special.

 

Anyway thanks for reading me ramble in this blog!

Have a spoopy halloween frens and fellow geeks :crazy:

What events have you been to this Halloween?

JoshuaA

This Blog Will Contain Spoilers And Sarcasm you've been warned!

So back in 2015 Scarefest really got a kick up the arse!

Scarefest has created some of the best scare attractions in the industry, but back in 2013/2014 the quality of the mazes where really plummeting..

Thankfully last year was one of the best years in Scarefests history, so I was itching to get back!

So after a grueling 4 hour drive, a fun M1 Traffifc jam, and a posh meal at Mcdonalds, I was there!

FYI I can't review House Of Monsters as I'm not a f*cking billionaire, hence why I purchased a meal from scrubby Mcdonalds..

 

Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within

TOTT returns, and it feels a lot toned down from last year.

Last year TOTT was actually quite brilliant, actors where crawling from everywhere..

This year seems to have some scenes cut as well, making the maze not as long as it used to be..

No don't get me wrong even with scenes cut its still pretty long, its well themed, and actors got a lot of scares.

But overall TOTT is starting to get stale, I think a new story/replacement is in dire need, TOTT has long outstayed its welcome TBH-4.5/10


Altonville Mine Tours

Altonville Mine Tours is new for this year, and I gotta say, I was highly impressed.

The beginning involved some talking scenes with some great actors, they really got up in your face, and set the scene for the main maze.

First off the theming was brilliant, the smell pods also seemed to be a little too strong as well!

The attraction also made use of the Haunted Lantern technology, which they handed at the start of the attraction.

The Helmets themselves where a nice novelty, the attraction didn't rely on them, but they where a nice touch.

The scares inside where pretty strong, the masks looked pretty freaky, and the actors where not afraid to manhandle you!

The touching was not as strong as Sub Species, but it was still pretty intense!

My only criticism is that the finale wasn't as strong as it couldn't of been, mainly as the first half is so chaotic!

All in all- Altonville Mine Tours is a strong addition to the lineup-9/10

 

Sub Species: The End Games

Sub Species returns relatively similar to last year, but in Sub Species case, its a GOOD thing!

Sub Species really pushes the boundaries on what actors can do, I was pushed, I was grabbed, I even faced the second half of the maze alone!

The maze section in particular was a highlight, it wasn't ME who was choosing which way to go, it was a actor pushing me that way!

The maze seemed to be actors a-plenty, and at points they even worked together to corner people or separate groups!

The touching was insane, it wasn't a little grab, it was full on push from room to room!

The chainsaw ending is cliché, but it was effective and left our group running!

Sub Species is IMO the best maze in a Merlin park for a while, and the scariest maze I've done this Halloween!

My run through was utter insanity, this is by far one of the best scare attractions I've done this year -10/10

 

Scarezones

Even though the new scarezones are constantly compared to the old ones, I do really like how Alton

are trying to do proper scarezones like they do in the US.

Yes the old ones where better, but there where akin to mini mazes, not proper scarezones TBH.

Freakshow was a vast improvement from last years Nox Infernus, the zone was pretty tight, meaning the actors where pretty interactive.

I liked the circus-y type props around the zone, though the zone felt more fun than scary.

The freaks where more making us laugh more than scaring us, but the zone was still really good fun!

I sadly didn't get to experience Dark Apocalypse, but it looked pretty good!

 

As I mentioned earlier, I wasn't bothered to cough up a fiver for House Of Monsters, but it looked pretty good, and most reviews of it are positive.

 

Conclusion:

Scarefest was a pretty good event this year, most of the mazes where really strong, and the scarezones and family entertainment really do shape up a well rounded event.

 

Anyway, here's some crappy pictures taken by yours truly..

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Nemmy :wub:

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Selfie in Freakshow :lol:

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More Freakshow

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I'll leave you on this note..

Smile. Always..

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JoshuaA

This Blog Contains Minor Spoilers*

 

Screamland is a upcoming giant in the scare industry, and last year received rave reviews from scare veterans and the GP alike.

I personally have never been to Margate, so my whole night was a complete 'new experience' to me..Yup :lol:

Especially the completely rundown city of Margate, and some "interesting" graffiti on some of the walls..

Anyway the event was a grueling Hour and a half drive, so was it worth it?

In short, yes..

Screamland was one of the best halloween events I've ever experienced, I'm not easily scared, but the event caught me off guard with some of the most

creative scares I've ever seen in a maze.

 

Bloody Mirror

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Bloody Mirror was the parks mirror maze with a few actors..

Overall it was the shortest/weakest at the event, but it was fun for what audience it was aiming for.

I was a tad disappointed TBH, but the attraction is more of a good start to the event than anything else -3/10 or 100/10 if you have a big ego ;)

 

The Paradise Foundation

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TBH this mazes concept and theme disturbed me before even entering the attraction!

Overall The Paradise Foundation is a well themed, theatrical, and terrifying experience!

First positive would have to be the actors hiding spaces, they really came from everywhere.

The maze itself is very disturbing, with a lot of the actors looking disfigured and the sets full of gore.

I'm not easily grossed out but some of the actors costumes where quite disgusting, in a good way!

My only negative comment I'd say about the attraction is the ending, its a cool concept but not effective as it could of been!

All in all- The Paradise Foundation was a brilliant maze which had our group on edge throughout the experience-9/10

 

The Final Cut Presents..They Came From Outer Space

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The Final Cut was what I'd call perfection..

The concept was so brilliant, and so brilliantly executed.

The first half is reminiscent of a theatre, with popcorn being thrown everywhere!

The use of a inflatables was genius with the transition into the movies, and once into the film

The Final Cut goes crazy from that point on!

The maze has plenty of scenes involving Sci-Fi classics which where

both funny and scary in equal measures!

If that wasn't enough awesomeness for you.. I present the ending!

The ending involved a scary alien and a girl with a gun!

The ending was loud, unique, and left our group desperate for the exit-10/10

 

Dead And Breakfast- Murder Hotel

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Dead And Breakfast starts right after the awesomeness of The Final Cut, And oh god was the first half brilliant.

Fag Ash Lil had our group in stitches with her fast-witted insults, She even called me a slag!

Once inside your chased by Lil's new man, who has a taste for flesh!

The maze had some beautiful sets, as well as some good theatrical scares making use of the brilliant theming that immerses you in.

Lil's new man seemed to be everywhere, and caused a threat throughout the attraction.

The attraction's finale was also pretty good, and was a good ending to a great maze-9/10

 

Festino's Forgotten Funhouse

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I've experienced some great Clown/Circus themed mazes this Halloween, but Festino has to be the best clown maze I've ever experienced.

The creativity on this one was insane.

The hiding spaces for actors where very creative, and at points you see a prop, next minute that prop would start moving to realise its a actor!

The attraction's first half is very trippy and full of unique scares, and the second half was surprisingly theatrical!

To meeting a knife thrower to a Bearded lady was pretty fun!

The ending slightly disappointed me, mainly due to the absence of Pearlywhite!

But three actors with chainsaws held our group hostage in a cage for a few minutes, which made up for it!

The maze itself though was more fun than scary, but the maze's creative scares and scenes make up for that-8/10

 

Atmosphere/Roamer Actors

Overall the roamers where pretty great.

They weren't no Tulleys level, but I had some fun interaction with them.

Though the atmosphere was buzzing-8/10

 

Conclusion:

 

Screamland is a event which I recommend to anyone who likes scare attractions.

The event is nothing short of brilliant, and even though Scenic was unfortunately closed, I still had a blast!

 

JoshuaA

(THIS BLOG WILL CONTAIN MILD SPOILERS)

So Fright Nights returns for its fifteenth year!
Overall this year the event was somewhat of a mixed bag.
One thing to note is some of the park-wide theming!
Fright Nights in previous years have not bothered with theming, but this year
they seemed to make some effort which is nice.

 

The Big Top

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The maze is everything it should have been last year, its fast, its frenetic, and its pretty fun!

The strobe maze in particular was very confusing,  leaving our group doing circles for a while.

Though the maze was a little light on actors at points, and in some sections a bit of light from outside the tent was let in.

The Big Top like other clown mazes may not be the scariest, but they sure are fun and confusing at the same time-7/10

 

Platform 15

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Being new for this year, Platform had a lot to live up to.

After going through, the maze was IMO a mixed bag if I'd seen one.

Now the first half was brilliant, the scripted beginning to actors giving some pretty good scares in the open spaces.

Some sections where a little to wide, but actors towards the first half where giving some pretty great scares.

Now the tunnel finale was a different story..  Most of the tunnel was spent doing nothing, making a decent portion of the maze boring..

The finale at the end of the tunnel was a good idea, but it was not effective in the slightest, making  Platform the most anti climatic maze I've seen in a long time.

The attraction's second half needs a massive overhaul IMO, but the first half is still pretty fun-3/10

 

Saw Alive

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Saw Alive seemed to be crawling with actors on my run through!

The attraction seemed to pack more than enough actors, and the scares where pretty great.

Though the maze is starting to get very stale, and the maze has a crap ton of problems..

Mainly the scares for one, why would a chained up actor be moving freely?

Though the maze still has some great scares-5/10

 

Blair Witch Project

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Blair Witch remains the same state that its been in since 2014.

The attraction packs a lively cast of actors which seemed to be hiding pretty much anywhere!

The finale always packs a punch, and the actors where doing a good job.

Though like Saw Alive its starting to get a little stale as nothings really changed at all-5/10

 

The Cabin In The Woods

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Cabin is really a attraction that has seemed to declined since 2015..

Cabin back in 2014 was amazing, it was crawling with actors, some actors jumping out from the ceiling!

On my run through the attraction was not bad, but it weren't great either..

Overall I think the maze has like Saw/Blair became a little stale.

Also the group flow seemed to be a little manic on my run through..

Cabin has always had these problems, but you'd think after three years of operation they would of ironed out these issues-4/10

 

Roamers Actors

Only saw roamers one time sadly.

Overall the EX10 actors where wrecking havoc when we did see them!

Though the amount of roamers was very poor TBH, especially like a event as large as fright nights!

Maybe I've been spoilt with Tulleys's amazing roamers, but I think Thorpe needs some better roaming actors overall-5/10

 

Conclusion:

The event like I said earlier was a massive mixed bag.

Big Top was fun, Cabin/Saw/Blair where all very fun too but a little stale.

Platform being poor due its long drawn out boring ending.

Overall Fright Nights are better than last year IMO, but I still think there is MASSIVE room for improvement..

JoshuaA

Beware this review may contain mild spoilers!

 

So Tulleys Shocktoberfest is back!

Overall being located at my local farm Tulleys is a must each year, this year sees two new attractions and a bunch of classics return!

 

Creepy Cottage

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Even though being the smallest attraction at the event, Creepy Cottage is still a strong attraction.

The theming and the eerieness of the attraction is really what makes it, plus a few actors make this attraction a little gem.

Overall a fun start to the event- 6.5/10

 

PANDEMONIUM'S 3D CARNIVAL

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Overall very similar to other incarnations of Tulleys yearly clown maze, Pandemonium's was pretty fun.

The maze like Nightshade Circus from last year shared a lot of scenes, but the 3D element towards the end made

the maze even more confusing!

Overall the maze was pretty good, but more funny than scary like usual-7/10

 

Haunted Hayride

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So the infamous hayride returns!

The Hayride seemed to have a lot of work done to it this year, with a ton of new scenes!

Overall the Hayride is fairly similar in tone to previous years, the attraction can sway between laughter and utter terror!

The Hayride is just as impressive as usual, though we missed the twerking nuns -7/10

 

 

Hellements

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Hellements has always been decently dull for me, but this year it was actually pretty good!

The scares where pretty effective, and the group where pretty desperate to get out!

The effects are fun as always, the fire was as hot as ever, and the wind tunnel was so strong

our hoods nearly fell off!

Overall a improvement from last year-6.5/10

 

Coven Of 13

So Coven was quite a disappointment..

Some of the special effects where good and well executed, but the scares not so much..

The scares where piss-poor, and the maze lacked actors in places..

The maze had some pretty good theming in some places, so I'll give some credit..

I think Coven could be great once actors settle in, But Coven was somewhat poor from Tulleys- 3/10

 

 

The Colony

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The Colony was a mixed attraction for me last year, but the actors where surely rocking on preview night!

The Colony last year lacked actors and was quite spread out, but this year the maze seemed to have a lot more actors than previous!

The Maze still has a long length and great theming, but the scares throughout the attraction seemed to come thick and fast!

One scare in particular was a very loud car horn which had me jumping outside my own skin!

 

Overall the attraction is now a highlight of the event, and is well rounded maze which seems to go on forever-9/10

 

The Chop Shop

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The Chop Shop returns!

The Maze still has a beautiful facade, and chainsaws galore!

The Pacing is really the thing thats makes the Chop Shop, you'll go from hillbillies teasing you

to being attacked with chainsaws at all angles!

Overall actors seem to constantly re-appear, and the amount of hiding places and shortcuts for actors also make

scares for actors pretty easy!

A very impressive attraction-8.5/10

 

The Cellar

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The Cellar is the crown jewel of Tulleys.

It is yearly great, and seems to never get old.

The Cellar is a long, well themed, and very great with scares.

The Maze itself at points seems to flood with actors, some scares being back-to-back!

Overall a classic which always seems to be a highlight of the event every year-8.5/10

 

Roaming Actors:

Tulleys is famous for its great roamers!

This year is no different, the roamers are really something special at Tulleys!

Had a few conversations with some of the roamers, and there really are brilliant-10/10

 

Conclusion:

Tulleys has had a mixed year, some mazes being as good as ever, some being improved, some new additions completely failing.

Overall I think the good outweighs the bad, if you live near the area it is definitely a must visit!

Also to note its only preview night, so there is still time for stuff to change!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JoshuaA

So its that time of the year again... NO NOT CHRISTMAS.

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Anyway its getting nearer and nearer to the Halloween season..

So this means I'm gonna get a crap ton of travelling to do!

Anyway I'm going to review quite a lot of events this year!

 

1 Of October, Tulleys Farm Shocktoberfest:

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Tulleys always finds a way into my calendar.

With it being located at my local farm its quite a no brainer, new for this year  includes a 3D revamp of there clown maze,

and a entirely new maze based on witches!

Not forgetting the returns of classic like Haunted Hayride and The Cellar, and the return of the incredibly dull Hellements.. Meh.

 

8 Of October, Thorpe Park Fright Nights:

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After the train crash of last years event.. The event returns!

This year inlcudes a new maze loosely tied into DBGT, and a revamp of The Big Flop!

Overall the event seems to look better than last year! Well.. We Hope!

 

15 Of October, Screamland Margate:

Image result for screamland margate After the sheer rave reviews from people I had to get myself over to Screamland!

This year sees return of last year's great mazes, as well as two new mazes!

Overall Screamland last year seemed to be one of the best events in the UK, and I suspect this year will be no different!

 

22 Of October, Alton Towers Scarefest:

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After the massive success of last years event, I had to get myself back to Scarefest!

Sub Species is a good enough reason alone to go back, so with the addition of a new maze and

the return of TOTT, it was a must.

 

So there you go, the Halloween season is very near!

I wish everyone a happy Halloween, and good month of getting sh!t scared!

JoshuaA

I'm gonna start a annual Halloween awards, its gonna be quite a long post so lets start!

Most Awful Maze: Honourable Mentions- The Volt,My Bloody Valentine

Big Top- Big Top is awful. Big Flop starts off in a dull tent with dull black walls with little to no theming.

And even funner 1 actor, IN THE WHOLE TENT. The Second Tent is ok, but with barely any actors in this tents it falls flat it in its face. Third Tent is good, but I had a couple of runs when I've saw no chainsaw. IMO Big Flop is the most disapointing maze this season.

Most Well Themed Maze: Honourable Mentions- Saw Alive, Sub Species

The Colony- The Colony's theming is something to behold, half the time I was drooling over the sets.

The Colony is a example on how do to a long, well themed, attraction.

Best New Attraction: Honourable Mentions- Sub Species,Molly Crowe

Chop Shop- First off Chop Shop has a massive facade, which makes it look really good.

Once inside your presented with guess what? More great theming! After loads of twists and turns through the garage your teased that your about to meet your "brothers". After that the Chop Shop is mad, with 4-6 actors in a big strobe maze all holding chainsaws! It is everything I want in a scare attraction. Theming,scares,and a cool concept.

Best Maze Overall: Sub Species: The End Games-

Sub Species is amazing. You start off with the control room telling you the rules to the games.

What happends next can only be described as mad. You get split up a lot, the maze has loads of different scare tactics and each scene feels varied. It is themed quite a lot too, it is also quite long too. If thats not enough there's two endings, Sub Species has to be experienced to be believed, it is a amazing attraction which is probably one of the UK's best mazes.

Best Scare Event: Tulleys Shocktoberfest-

Tulleys is just a paradise for scare event fans. Tulleys this year has gone above and beyond for me, with some of the theming being top class, and some really great attractions too, With two musical stages, loads of roamers too, it is just a really fun event. I can't really say much else.

Best Roamers: Tulleys The Howl-

Tulleys The Howl had amazing roamers, the whole Lyncanthorpe family were really entertaining.

Also it tied into the whole events theme, which is pretty neat.

Ok to end here is some facts of this Halloween Season!

Sarcastic Coments made about Merlin: 5

Swear words said to actors: 1

Fanny jokes about the squish bag sections: 10

Bad run throughs of Big Top: 2

Bad Times at Tulleys: 0

Bad Times at Thorpe: 2

Hope you Had a Happy Halloween, and its only 12 months untill Halloween 2016!

JoshuaA

So Scarefest is back! And it's better than ever!

Day 1:

So I started the day by a small drive of 3 HOURS!

We arrived about 3ish, we got our maze tickets and then we were off.

We got on Blivvy quickly due to the long que of 5 minutes..

After that we went to sonic-flopball which had along que due to it raining and only 3 per car.

Then we went over to our first maze.. TOTT!

TOTT is back and better than ever, the maze felt more instant. Instead of waiting 5 mins for something to happen, we got full on jump scares at the start. The maze was swarming with actors and the scares were impressive. The maze then jumps to the ending which feels weird without the stairs.

The ending is something spectacular, same as other years it is insane

Great maze: 9/10

Then we walked over to Molly.

Molly Crowe is a unique maze.

It start with a actor telling you a bit of story and why the hell we are wearing hoods..

The whole maze has loads of sounds, from crying baby's to fire.

I liked the touching element of it. It really worked, I found it creepy on my neck, legs, got stroked.

The path was a little sharp, the turns weave in out for ages until you reach the ending..

The ending was amazing, a actress jumps out and kinda lifts up like she's levitating.

It's amazing ending to a already great maze

Unique maze 8/10

Sub Species The End Games:

Sub species wow..

Sub Species is a must this Halloween.

It starts off with you going into a control room. With a alien thing explains the rules to us ( the contestants).

You then walk into a room with three doors, actors push and shove you into one of the rooms, you're split up!

Then you go through various rooms with loads of varied scares.

Some include: a dark room with a actor with a Torch,darkness,tunnels, ect.

The ending was great. Maybe a little cliche, but it did the job..

10/10

Then we did night rides off Air,Nemesis,Th13teen.

Nox Infernus: this really gave Dark Forest a atmosphere.

The actors were energetic and good fun!

Dark Apocalypse was the better of the two.

Actors where everywhere throughout the zone.

There was even a chainsaw, great SZ.

Day 2:

We went over to Sky Ride to see it broke down!

So we walked all around the long way.

We did Nemesis and went to Air to see it broke down.

We skipped it. We looked to see if sky ride was open and...nope.

We went through the gardens forgetting how hilly it is!

After that walk we were tired and sat down to see SKYRIDE WORKING! After we did Th13teen and the oh-so-bad Rita.

We got a quick ride of Oblivion before our maze tickets.

Molly Crowe: better than last run, more touching.

TOTT: great run through.

Sub Species: amazing, spend 80% of it in a group of 2!

So that concludes my trip report!

JoshuaA

SPOILERS AHEAD!

So in the last week FN has been running, I sadly couldn't go until today but here's my review..

Big Top:

Now, people have said this maze is awful, but you may expect me to say Big Top is bad but...

I liked it, IMO Big Top is good.. It isn't perfect with sections feeling a little unispired with loads of black curtians from IKEA..

IMO the only bad part of Big Top is the first tent, it just lacks scares. The second tent is confusing and full of strobes and dead ends. The third tent is also strobe city with also loads of random props and stuff, the scares here is quite effective and made me jump.Then the total non cliched orginal ending happends....8/10

Blair Witch Project: BWP was great on my run, there is just so much tension now that the bushes and trees have overgrown a little. The actors were great at hiding and jumping out, the ending? The shed was manic when I went in, 4 ACTORS! Two jumping out in the first bit of the shed, the other two were grabbing me and chasing me out.. 9/10

The Cabin In The Woods: The Cabin was good, not the best run through I had through it.

In the ending there was 2 actors, it felt like it wasn't as manic as previous.

Maybe its just a bad run through. The actors it had though were great, one actor grabbed me, one made a tunnel for me to walk through. great maze needs more actors. 7/10

Containment: Containment was very fun, not scary, but intresting.

The actors were very crazy and good at making us jump but, overall it was more fun than anything scary.

Its barely worth the 8£. The best bit had to be a doctor in the dentist section, he was hilarous, he was mad!

Overall I would say 9/10 for fun, but 3/10 for scares.

My Bloody Valentine: My Bloody Valentine was great tonight, sadly we did have to wait a bit due to the maze stopping (I think it was actor assualt). The maze started off with the actor telling you the story, after that a actor forced one man one way on his own, and us the other way. The maze was mad after that, we went through a squeze bag, a forest, a sloping tunnel! Funnily enough the maze had no actors with gas masks on! Its funny when the icon of the film is nowhere to be seen.. Overall a great maze, 9/10

Sadly didn't get to SA, gonna do it when I next go to FN..

Overall I don't see the negative reviews, the mazes were all good-to great.

Ride count:

MBV 1

TCINTW 1

BWP 1

CONTAINMENT 1

Big Top 2

Swarm 1

JoshuaA

Tulleys the howl

blog-0502347001444514636.jpgTulleys the howl is a new scream park at mead open farm. Tonight was preview night, here's my review!

Haunted House: Haunted House is beautifully themed, with dark rooms and eerie sounds it is very similar to HH in Shocktoberfest. The maze was full of rooms and actors staring at us, overall a very creepy maze. 3/5

The Shed: The Shed is a great maze, with scares similar to the cellar. It is very impressive with scares being impressive overall. One section was similar to the cellar having a inflatable animal. My only gripe is that there was a good section with no actors in the middle of the maze.

The ending made some sense, good maze. 3.5/ 5

Mr. Toppers Slay Barn: Mr.Toppers is the parks clown maze.

It is similar to other clown mazes with curtains and chaos!

My favorite part of the maze had to be a section with a clown with a machine gun!

One criticism had to be there was a stretch of no actors at the start of the maze. 2/5

The Dark: The dark is great, with long periods of dark sections.

It also has SHOCK pads. In the maze the actors are dressed up as werewolfs.

The "Werewolfs" carried torches too to make more impact in the dark sections.

One point was so dark we got stuck! IMO this maze is like the better relation to the Volt. 4/5

Squealers Yard: Squealers Yard was... Amazing. To start off offered a smart section leaving one member of our group getting put through the maze on there own! The actors were everywhere, shouting pig related nonsense. In one room a actor was about 6.7 tall, he chased me, I was terrified. The maze weaved in out of outdoor and indoor sections,

The ending with the chainsaw was effective, maybe a little cliche..

Great maze, very scary. 5/5

Roamers: roamers where great, I saw Esmerelda, grandma,chasity, and the twins. All providing friendly banter. 5/5

Some more photos: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/imindetonator

JoshuaA

blog-0384017001443912936.jpgTulleys farm is one of the best scream parks in the UK, and this year Tulleys has expanded to 8 attractions!

Here's my review, sorry not many photos, but I was having so much fun I forgot.

The Nightshade Circus:

Nightshade replaces Twisted from last year, it is very similar in some ways.

But also very different, the maze was full of curtians.

With loads of other things too..including VERY uneven floors, a spinning tunnel, and a bag squish section (I call it the fanny).

Another change is the ending,there was a clown on the floor, who got up and had a noisy power tool!

The Colony: I hated The Tunnel last year, The Colony is way better in a way, it weaves in and out of darkness and tribe(ish)

sections. At one point there is even a teepee! The ending was decent,not the best maze but still good.

Haunted Hayride: Haunted Hayride is infamous for its scares and laughs.

This year its changed quite a lot, with it being very different from last year.

With new scenes including Sweeney Tod, a girl with a chainsaw friendly boyfriend.

Haunted Hayride for me will never get old, great attraction,

Hellements: Hellements is very mixed, some people will find it very scary, some people will find it meh.

Hellements overall is done very well, with water,fire,wind. Its very good with special effects.

I guess it adds a unique addition to the lineup, ok gimmick, beautifully presented.

Haunted House: Haunted House is similar to last year, not many actors but very eerie.

It is beautifully themed, with a great facade. The actors it does have are very lively.

But sadly its a little short, but a fun little attraction.

The Cellar: The Cellar is excatly like last year, amazing.

The Cellar is just mad, actors are mad, scream and jump at you.

They are loads of actors too, they are almost everywhere, most of the time they surround you.

The Cellar is really themed, dark and very scary.

The Chop Shop: Wow, The Chop shop was great, it was mad.

The Chop Shop is like a chainsaw frenzy, with 6 (I counted) actors with chainsaws near the end.

It is very manic with blood everywhere, loads of strobes and actors with chainsaws.

The Chop Shop is awesome,best maze of the night.

The Volt: Hmm, The Volt was wierd for me, it fell a little bit flat.

There were shock pads, but it was light enough and wide enough for them to be useless.

They weren't many actors, it was short. Could be a lot better.

Roamers: They were loads of roamers, from chainsaws, too popcorn girls.

I saw the mummy, dracula, and loads of more roamers.

The roamers are way better than Thorpes IMO.

Overall I had a good time, Tulleys was great this year.

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