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Thorpe Park Fright Nights Review 2019


JoshuaA

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So I had this review all edited and ready back in October, though I forgot about it for some reason. So better late than never?

 

So I have been visiting Fright Nights since 2012, I very vividly remember walking into the white marquee which housed The Curse as a scared 10 year old.

I remember the heavy smoke and the abundance of actor holes allowing for a ton of jump scares, it was scary but 10 year old me craved that fear and ever since I have been back nearly every year.

Sadly 2018 was that one year that I didn't find time to go. I honestly kinda missed Fright Night, even if the maze quality was low it triggers a bit of nostalgia for me and I'm so glad to have had experienced it again.

 

The event since 2012 has evolved and the lineup has changed a bit from 2017, so how did the lineup stackup?

 

Containment

Containment feels incredibly refined and polished in comparison to how it was in 2016/2017.

The pre-show is now actually fun and not a bore, the first two rooms are actually interesting now, and the actors seem to know exactly when to help and when to meddle with the group.

I loved some of the actor interaction in here and I liked how it didn't take itself too seriously. Containment is a ton of fun and honestly I would recommend it.

Its not really scary but I would say it was my second favourite attraction on offer this year.

 

Living Nightmare:

My last run through of this maze was amazing- actors a plenty, intense, well themed.. Sadly this year missed the mark.

The sets are still beautiful but I felt this maze really lacked actors this year and honestly I didn't get a single jump scare.

The maze is also really short which doesn't help whatsoever... I also feel like this maze needs more actor holes for jump scares, actors at times felt kinda trapped within groups and it kinda made the maze feel more empty than anything..

 

Platform 15

Platform in 2017 was one of my favourite mazes, period. I only experienced this maze in the day this year though I honestly think it wouldn't of been much better in the dark TBH..

Platform 15 this year simply didn't have enough actors. When you have a maze that big you need a decent sized cast to back it up, sadly Platform felt very uneventful.

The ending tunnel also felt so drab, in 2017 it had a lot of atmosphere and actors. This year it was just as boring as it was in 2016..

Platform overall reminds me of its 2016 state- boring and long, well at least the village section is still good!

 

Creek Freak:

In a sea of mediocrity lies something that is actually pretty great.

Creek Freak really has everything- brilliant actors, brilliant set, length, crawl sections, chainsaws, intensity...

Its not quite as intense as Asylum or quite as fun as Big Top, but this easily is the best attraction of Fright Nights this year and probably one of the best mazes to ever exist at the event.

Both run throughs left me laughing and running in equal measure, I found the maze was swarming with actors in places and the multi-route sections combined with creative actors make every run through different. 

 

I loved how Thorpe tackled a mini Sub Species style section with various points where you can be split up, I felt Thorpe really integrated this in well and it added a extra layer of dread while walking through.

Overall a solid addition to Fright Night this year and easily the most fun I had all night.

 

Do Or Die:

This was hard for me. The actors inside were really going for it! They really are a brilliant cast and it really pains me to be so negative about this maze..

Despite top tier acting, everything else about Do Or Die is terrible. The lighting is awful, the outside sections feel bare, and the containers mostly feel empty.

I have heard they have isolation chambers in the first container which is a great idea but on my run throughs they were not used at all.. I honestly think the heavy popularity of the event makes using that technique hard, unless you go all out like E10 did..

Do or Die is surely interesting but overall as a attraction it falls flat, the actors do redeem it a little though.

 

Blair Witch:

Solid maze- has some issues with it being quite a open space at times though actors generally were rocking it.

Nothing special, but its a fine maze.

 

Atmosphere:

I like this event, though I have to admit it really lacks a soul and a atmosphere. Outside of the mazes, it is easy to forget you are at a Halloween event. I hope in future years they try and make roaming actors and park-wide decoration more of a prominent part of the event.

 

Overall:

Overall a mixed year for Fright Nights. They introduced a brilliant maze in Creek Freak, though everything else is either okay, or terrible.

I hope the event continues to add mazes like Creek Freak, as that maze does really give me hope for future mazes to come at the event.

I do think also shifting some focus to the event as a whole could really make this event much better than it currently is. A event is so much more than its mazes.

 

 

 

 

 

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