ATMOSFEAR! SCARE ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN & PRODUCE LABIRINTO LISBOA IN PORTUGAL

Posted in AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment Blog on June 26, 2015 by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment

Deep in the heart of historic Lisbon, an ancient evil has awoken; a permanent home for the hellish horrors of the capital’s haunted past…

BRINGING FEAR TO A NEW AUDIENCE

In the summer of 2012, AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment won a successful tender to develop, design and produce Portugal’s only permanent scare attraction.  The vision of our client, LBTE Entertainment, the attraction would be the first of its type in Portugal, capitalising on the huge tourism and native audiences who, following a feasibility study, were screaming out for an attraction which would both scare and entertain.

The creative team behind the project are no strangers to creating permanent scare attractions, having produced ‘The House of Fear’ in Greece, ‘The Sunken Village of the Damned’ in Cornwall, and ‘Manormortis’ in Lancashire, UK.

Following a site meeting in Lisbon, the initial idea for the attraction was to place it over two floors in a former car showroom, with an elaborate facade that would hint at the atmosphere of the environment inside the building.  Following closely the brief from the client, the development phase dictated that the attraction should be based on legends and lore of the capital city and its surrounding areas, but combined with plenty of artistic license to ensure the experience was dramatic and ultimately, frightening.

With a clear directive to design an experience which was scareactor driven, and not reliant on static animations or animatronics, a period of research and development was undertaken to select the very best stories, legends, and factual historical occurrences which would lend themselves to a horrific interpretation inside the attraction.  With more than enough source material to bring the attraction to life, a total of 10 separate narratives drawn from both fact and fiction were selected for story development, imagineering and further consideration.

With a series of unconnected scenarios, which crossed various time periods and geographic locations, the challenge to present the attraction with thematic continuity posed various problems with the design.  The answer was to present each environment with interconnecting ‘transition’ areas, to allow guests to seamlessly navigate from one environment to another without any obvious jolt in the architectural and thematic narrative.

Mixing historical fact with legendary tales presented its own questions; how do you ensure guests engage with scenarios based on fact and fiction within the same experience?  The answer was to present the experience ‘out of time’, in other words to place them in an environment where a simple narrative would explain that they were connected together and collectively cast into the abyss (Hell) for their dark deeds.  Whether these characters were in fact ‘historic’ or ‘legendary’ made no difference, as each would be presented in the same fashion, engineering guests to accept what they were presented with, and not question the ultimate validity of each ‘story’ implemented.  Ultimately the collective experience of ‘horror’ would become the focus, and primary memory of their journey, and not the individual story elements presented.

UNIQUELY DIFFERENT

Early on in the project, it was suggested by the creative team that the experience should perhaps incorporate some unique element which would ensure the attraction would stand apart from any other attractions guests might have seen.  To this end, the concept of separating one guest from the others was developed, and eventually became ‘The Oubliette’ – a singular experience in which the room itself ‘hugs’ the guest within.  With only one member of each group experiencing this element, it would encourage repeat visits, maintain an element of mystery, and ensure an interesting talking point.  This is a unique feature which, to our knowledge, has not been presented in any other scare attraction in the world.

Following 12 months of development, it was decided that the planned car showroom venue was not large enough to fully present the experience at its best, and subsequently a different, larger, venue housed the attraction, now named ‘Labirinto Lisboa’ (Lisbon’s Labyrinth).

This new space was presented over one floor, and thus required a complete re-work of the planned layout, so it was back to the drawing board to re-interpret the environments and stories which had been developed by the creative team for the new space.

It was decided that in order to engage guests with the narrative, but present an ultimately ‘jumpy’ experience, dialogue would be heavy at the beginning and end of the experience, with less emphasis on this throughout the rest of the experience.  In order to take guests on an ‘emotional rollercoaster’ we added a heavily theatrical scene midway, and a comedic skit towards the end, therefore taking guests through elements which were intended to shock, revolt, scare and even make them laugh at certain points.  The goal being to make them permanently ‘on edge’; never able to predict what might be coming next.

With the emphasis on live performance, the addition of multiple ‘scareactor ratruns’ and impact hatches, means that each performer is able to impact on the guests multiple times, giving the perception of many more live performers than are actually present.

AN EXPERIENCE TO DIE FOR

Beginning with a historical scenario, guests enter a wood-pannelled Courtroom where ‘Cardinal Henry’, the Grand Inquisitor, condemns them to Hell, proclaiming that they must make their way through the terrors of Portugal’s dark past, until they ultimately meet the Undead King Sebastian, where they will be judged and one soul retained for eternity (and placed in The Oubliette).  The scene is based on the historical inquisition and the Cardinal is a real character from the history books.

After passing through a corridor, guests emerge in a mossy courtyard, and move around a blood-soaked wellway, where ‘Occulta’, a thief from an old Portuguese folk-tale, emerges and rips his face from his skull, providing the first revulsion scare.

Passing through a series of hanging body bags, guests find themselves in ‘The Ossuary’, an elaborate set comprised completely of skulls and bones, recreating the Chapel of Bones in the city of Évora. Overhead a cobweb covered bone chandelier, held by two skeletons, provide flickering candlelight to illuminate the scene, while guests must navigate around two tombs on which open coffins can been seen.  One of these contains a live performer, while the other presents a dummy of the same appearance.  These elements are not fixed, and it is therefore possible to alter which coffin contains the live actor based ‘scare’ and the dummy.

Next up is the Claustrophobia effect, which presses against guests as they move from The Ossuary into a ‘Trunnel’ (a triangular corridor) and emerge into The Sanatorium.  This theatrical break from impact scares presents an historic location in Portugal – ‘The Serra da Estrela Sanatorium’, where the macabre ‘Dr Malum’ (only one L as in latin Malum – Evil is mid-autopsy on his latest corpse.  After learning something of the horrors of Tuberculosis and its devastating effect on the human body, guests move into ‘The Haunted Hallway’ where digital effects bring portraits eerily to life as they scream and snarl as guests move past them.

The historical take of ‘Diogo Alves’ is the theme of ‘The Fiery Lair’ where guests find themselves in a dead end, and are required to reverse their direction of travel, meaning the leader is now at the back of the group, and the vice versa.  Here, Gertrudes Maria, the screeching accomplice of Alves, taunts guests as they navigate through a burnt-out mini-maze of crumbling lumber and flickering firelight.

Leaving the dark lair, guests move into ‘The Bloody Nursery’, an attic filled with broken dolls and the spoils of the infamous historical child-killer ‘Luisa de Jesus’ who, after attacking them with a chainsaw, chases them into her closet where guests must squeeze through shelves of living dolls which represent the souls of those who met their end at Luisa’s hands.

Passing through a series of passageways, guests smell the salty stench of the sea as they find themselves in the Cavern of ‘Adamastor’ – a mythical sea wraith well know in Portuguese folklore.  To bring this spirit to life, we commissioned an oversized ‘actormatronic’ puppet which sweeps the cavern with his huge claws as guests try to evade his grasp.  Lit only by ultraviolet pulses, the presentation of this section is quite different from any other inside the attraction, providing a ghostly glow as the giant beast lunges around the cave.

Providing some light relief, guests find themselves in a cosy ‘Bakehouse’ next, where the quirky and zany ‘Brites de Almeida – the baker from Aljubarrota’ provides a comic routine mixed with some historical horror. At the present time portrayed by a male performer, this female ‘heroine’ has been somewhat twisted for Labirinto Lisboa, as she flits between friend and foe in a schizophrenic fashion.

To escape the Bakehouse, guests are thrown into the ‘Oven’, where a long tunnel leads them into ‘The Freakshow’.  Inspired by a European travelling carnival which visited Portugal many centuries ago, this ‘big top’ style scene incorporates an oversized clown hand which emerges from a curtain to clutch at guests as they pass, followed by ‘Svengali’, a living doll, which follows them into the final environment.

The lavishly decorated ‘Throne Room’ places guests at the mercy of ‘King Sebastian’, an undead King who selects one mortal to remain with him in the underworld, while the others are allowed to leave, their souls intact.

The guest chosen by the King is placed into The Oubliette for a full-contact encounter with the room itself, before being set free to rejoin their friends.

A TWO-YEAR JOURNEY

After two years of development and planning, following the owner’s vision – Ricardo Rodrigues – Labirinto Lisboa opened to the public in 2014, but shortly afterwards was the victim of a local fire, in a nearby building, which consumed the roof and caused considerable damage to the interior of the building.  The attraction was temporarily closed for refurbishment and opened once again in early 2015.

Labirinto Lisboa is now open throughout the year between Tuesday and Sunday each week.  Full details, including special events, offers and more can be found at www.labirintolisboa.com

Labirinto Lisboa was developed, designed and produced by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment, for details please visit www.atmosfearuk.com

SCARE KINGDOM SCREAM PARK WINS ‘BEST HALLOWEEN EVENT SCAR AWARD’ 2015

Posted in AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment Blog, Scare Kingdom Scream Park on June 26, 2015 by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment

Blackburn’s Scare Kingdom Scream Park has won ‘Best Halloween Event/Multi Attraction Experience’ at the prestigious SCARs, Europe’s only awards ceremony dedicated to the scare entertainments industry.

It beat off stiff nationwide competition from attractions all over the UK to win the title, at the event held at Thorpe Park Resort in Surrey.

The SCARs are a collaboration between ScareCON and ScareTOUR, two of the leading bodies in scare entertainment, and are part of a weekend of fright night fun including scare mazes, workshops, talks and a trade show.

The awards, which are in their 8th year, are highly regarded by the industry and scooping an accolade at such an event puts Lancashire firmly on the map for alternative tourist attractions and entertainment.

In fact, Scare Kingdom Scream Park’s talented team are so highly regarded in the industry that they were invited to give a talk across the weekend about the execution of permanent scare attractions, firmly cementing Lancashire as the go-to destination for boundary pushing entertainment.

Jason Karl, chief creative executive for Scare Kingdom Scream Park, said: “Winning the award is testament to the dedication my team and I put into creating such ground-breaking, boundary pushing entertainment year on year.

“The county has a great history of providing alternative entertainment to the public, dating right back to the old curiosity shows that once graced Blackpool and beyond, so it makes us extremely proud to know we’re keeping Lancashire firmly on the map, not just for horror, but for entertainment full stop.”

This award win is their second in recent months, as it follows the parks success locally at the Ribble Valley Tourist Awards where they were deemed Most Innovative Attraction. Even more recently, the on-going popularity of the parks current event, Horror Camp LIVE! has seen box office sales soar.

As the park reaches the half way point in the industry revolutionising fourth season of Europe’s first horror camping event, they have seen tickets sell faster than ever, with guests travelling from as far as Northern Scotland to come and visit.

For full details visit http://www.scarekingdom.com

TOP UK SCREAM PARK SCOOPS TOURISM AWARD

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2015 by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment

Top UK horror attraction Scare Kingdom Scream Park has been awarded Alternative Tourism Experience of the Year by Ribble Valley Tourism Association in their Stars in Tourism awards. The scream park, which is famed for pushing the boundaries when it comes to horror attractions, is home to a host of events from Europe’s only horror camping experience to their signature fully immersive horror events and the now infamous psycho-sexual Psychomanteum.

Committed to guest experience, the team at Scare Kingdom Scream Park reimagine their attractions with each reincarnation, giving visitors brand new and totally different experiences every time they visit. This dedication has led them to becoming industry leaders, housing the UK’s newest permanent scare attraction, Manormortis, which came as a result of a recent £250,000 investment the team made to transform their site.

Amanda Dowson, co-owner of Scare Kingdom Scream Park, said;

“We’re so proud of what we’ve created with Scare Kingdom Scream Park, not only for the experience itself, but more so, for what the park has done for the local area in terms of bringing something brand new to the table. We regularly get people travelling the length and breadth of the country coming to the area specifically to come and visit us. We’ve seized an opportunity to open the borders of Lancashire to a whole new audience and we’re delighted to do so.”

The Ribble Valley Tourism Association present awards annually to attractions, hotels and restaurants that offer guests more than a day/night out. Rewarding the areas most successful attractions across a number of categories, Scare Kingdom Scream Park is extremely proud to add this win to their ever expanding list of awards and accolades, particularly since the park didn’t nominate themselves. They were chosen by the Ribble Valley Tourism Association and awarded surprise winners at the ceremony for their use of innovation in tourism.

Jason Karl, Creative Director of Scare Kingdom Scream Park, said;

“We’re over the moon with the win – it’s brilliant to be recognised for the hard work and commitment we put in to Scare Kingdom Scream Park and all of the events it plays host to. We’re really excited to move forward from the award win, and have some extra sinister surprises up our sleeve – watch this space!”

For further information, please contact:

Gem Bend

press@3manfactory.co.uk

(01772) 921103

Further images and video content is available upon request via 3ManFactory.

Jason Karl is available for further comment via 3ManFactory.

NOTES TO EDITOR

  • Scare Kingdom Scream Park can be found online at http://scarekingdom.com
  • Scare Kingdom Scream Park is open seasonally, hosting events at Christmas, Valentines, through summer and across the Halloween season
  • Tickets for Horror Camp LIVE! and ‘7 Deadly Sins’ are available now from http://scarekingdom.com
  • Scare Kingdom Scream Park opened in 2009
  • Scare Kingdom Scream Park and all of their events are open to everyone, although small children must be accompanied by an adult, with the exception of Psychomanteum, which is strictly 18+ only
  • There is an on site fully licensed bar on site
  • Prices vary between events
  • Scare Kingdom Scream Park is located at Hawkshaw Farm Park, Longsight Road, Clayton-le-Dale, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 7JA
  • More images, video content and quotes can be supplied on request
  • Scare Kingdom Scream Park are on Twitter via @ScareKingdom
  • Scare Kingdom Scream Park are on Facebook at /ScareKingdom

‘IN-TENTS’ HORROR CAMPING RETURNS TO THE UK FOR ITS FOURTH SINISTER SUMMER!

Posted in AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment Blog, Scare Kingdom Scream Park on February 25, 2015 by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment

The world’s first interactive horror camping experience Horror Camp LIVE! is returning to Scare Kingdom Scream Park in Lancashire, UK, this May to September, offering brave campers the chance to experience extreme horror, thrills and fear in a unique form of scare entertainment.  A mix of live scareactors, indoor and outdoor scare attraction environments and dare-based interactive games combine in a living story to entertain campers in four dimensions.

The event’s fourth season is set to be the biggest yet, following a trio of hugely successful years during which guests from all across the UK and Europe travel to take part, as well as television appearances on both Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and MTV’s Geordie Shore.

Jason Karl, Creative Director for Horror Camp LIVE! said; “Horror Camp LIVE! has been an incredible success story for Scare Kingdom Scream Park, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Inspired by movies like Hostel and Cabin Fever, we have totally re-imagined the event for season 4, to create extreme scare entertainment unlike anywhere else in the world.”

The experience, open to over 18s only, lasts for 13 hours and weaves comedy and horror within a fictional movie style storyline.  Horror Camp LIVE! places guests outside of their comfort zone, and into a world where the boundaries of fiction and reality become blurred.

Ideal for groups, the event attracts everyone from stag and hen parties to brave businesses putting their staff through team building. Featuring adult content throughout, the event, (designed by the same production team as that behind the now world infamous Psychomanteum, the psycho-sexual horror experience that is known worldwide for pushing boundaries), is a truly terrifying alternative to any other summer camping getaway.

Visit http://www.horrorcamplive.co.uk to book now!

 

LOVE ALWAYS DIES… SCARE KINGDOM SCREAM PARK RETURNS FOR VALENTINES 2015

Posted in AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment Blog, Scare Kingdom Scream Park on December 16, 2014 by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment

Scare Kingdom Scream Park

La’Mortis 2015 – The Phantom Masquerade

Love always dies…

The old Haxenghast mansion, Manormortis, is alive.  If you are quiet, and listen, you can hear it breathe… its timbers stretching and creaking, its hallways shifting and changing.  It is said the mansion has a mind of its own, that within its walls blood flows through its pipes like veins, but this is not merely a house of ghosts, but a house that thinks, that watches, and that grows.

This Valentines’ season, La’Mortis returns to Scare Kingdom Scream Park as a tale of scorn and the supernatural heralds the welcome of a new wing to the old manor.

Join the annual masquerade ball where Victoria Haxenghast will secretly celebrate her engagement to a mysterious Swiss Count.  But be warned, a darker force has other plans for Victoria, and behind the mask, the two-faced terror waits in the wings…

Let the sinister spectacle astound you, as you explore Manormortis and its grand Ballroom, where you will come face to face with the Phantom himself.

The Phantom Masquerade is an immersive 20 minute musical scare entertainment experience for fearless families, thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies and courageous kids.

For those guests aged over 18, Psychomanteum – the UK’s sickest attraction, will also open its doors once more, with a new version of the full-contact scare attraction named ‘Shock Treatment’ (extra charge of £5.00 per body applies).

La’Mortis – The Phantom Masquerade will open its doors on Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February 2015, from 6.30pm with last entry at 9.30pm.  Tickets are £10.00 per body.  Advance booking is recommended, limited tickets will be available on the door (£13.00).  A licensed bar will also be available.

Book online NOW at www.scarekingdom.com

CHRISTMAS FESTEVIL RETURNS TO SCARE KINGDOM SCREAM PARK WITH ‘A CHRISTMAS SCAREOL’

Posted in AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment Blog, Scare Kingdom Scream Park on December 2, 2014 by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment

Manormortis, the UK’s newest permanent scare attraction at Scare Kingdom Scream Park in Lancashire, will be dusted with festive fright this December as Christmas FestEVIL returns, transforming the attraction into ‘A Christmas SCAREol’ – an immersive 20 minute theatrical scare entertainment experience for fearless families, thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies and courageous kids.

As the wintry darkness falls, travel back in time to 1846, to meet the ghosts of past, present and future as you experience a twisted sequel to Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story, in four fearful dimensions.  Take a spine-tingling tour through Ebenezer’s mansion, as ‘christmas spirit’ takes on a whole new meaning…

For those guests aged over 18, Psychomanteum – the UK’s sickest attraction, will also open its doors once more, with a new version of the full-contact scare attraction named ‘Santa’s Sack’ (extra charge of £5.00 per body applies).

Christmas FestEVIL – A Christmas SCAREol will open its doors on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th December 2014, from 6.30pm with last entry at 9.30pm.  Tickets are £10.00 per body.  Advance booking is essential, limited tickets will be available on the door.  A licensed bar will also be available.

BOOK ONLINE NOW AT

www.scarekingdom.com

THE REVIEWS FROM THE UK’S TOP SCARE ATTRACTION REVIEW SITES ARE IN!

Posted in AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment Blog, Scare Kingdom Scream Park on October 14, 2014 by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment

Horrorbox

http://horrorbox.co.uk/scare-kingdom-scream-park-2014-review/ 

Scare Kingdom Scream Park 2014 Review

Scare Kingdom Scream Park, the unique Lancashire scream park, has returned for its sixth year. Open on selected nights between October 4th and November 8th 2014, the park houses six different attractions; ideal for a full evening of scare entertainment. But are the attractions any good? Read on and find out…

The Oubliette

Our journey to Scare Kingdom wasn’t great (I blame the M62) so I wasn’t feeling all that enthusiastic when we arrived. That changed the second we sat down at the entrance to The Oubliette. I could hear thumping music, a booming voiceover, and lots of screaming. Smoke was seeping out from beneath the entrance curtain. It would be impossible not to get excited at this point; this got me in the mood before anything had even happened.

Part scare attraction, part dispatch zone into Scare Kingdom; The Oubliette was a sensational start to the evening. It functions as a way of ‘welcoming’ the guests and getting them acquainted with the Minister of Fear. The format of this attraction is devastatingly effective, although it wasn’t until halfway through that I realised we were being given some information amidst the chaos. I couldn’t really hear much over the screaming! I caught ‘asthmatic’ and ‘latex allergy’, so I assume this was the safety information, also available on the website.

The Oubliette set the tone perfectly; upon exit, our adrenaline was pumping and we were grinning from ear to ear. From this experience, I knew the standard was going to be high. Later in the evening I caught up with Jason Karl, Chief Creative Executive at AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment, who pointed out that The Oubliette also functions as sort of warm-up, from which guests can gauge whether or not they’ll be able to proceed. Some don’t make it any further.

The Clonefields

You can’t beat a good corn maze! None of this new-fangled technological nonsense (she said disparagingly, with a blindly romanticised fondness for ‘the good old days’). Joking aside, this maze really is hugely enjoyable, largely due to its simplicity and uncomplicated format. Wandering along a path through the dense vegetation, in complete darkness, The Clonefields recalls classic horror movies where helpless victims are chased through fields and woodland.

The moon was bright during our visit and I felt that little spark of Halloween magic (a bit like Christmas magic, but more macabre). I was really tense throughout this maze; even the leaves were making me jump! The Slenderman’s faceless minions were lurking, and we knew it. At one point I saw one disappear off into the leaves, which was really scary because I had no idea when or where he might reappear….

Unfortunately I didn’t get a big scare in the maze, just scares I saw coming, or that were targeted at someone else. But it was still very good fun. I particularly liked the minions’ masks and costumes, they were really unsettling.

Hellcatraz

Probably my favourite attraction in the park, Hellcatraz looked promising even from the exterior. We were met by the prison warden- a superb actor who heightened our anticipation and made us feel really on edge. Sirens were blasting out of the building and we were hit by intense strobe lighting as we entered.

The theming of this attraction is excellent; all the separate elements work alongside each other to create a believable and frightening prison environment. The stacks of lockers, the inmates’ costumes, the bloody rags; everything is in chaos and disarray, adding to the sense that the wardens have indeed lost control, and we are at the mercy of the escaped criminals. They came at us from different directions and different levels, working with the strobe to make us feel disoriented.

Ordinarily I would knock off a point for heavy strobe use; it’s a very easy way to make an environment look good, but it’s difficult to walk around in for more than a few minutes, I get tired of it quickly. However, this attraction offers a brief interlude, which was a good change of pace before heading back into the action. With cries of ‘don’t drop the soap’ and crazed inmates charging at us relentlessly, Hellcatraz was completely insane. Loved every minute.

Manormortis Covenstead

Manormortis- it’s the house that should never have been built, and it won’t stay dead! The storyline for Manormortis Covenstead is centred around a coven of witches… I think. The actor who greeted us explained who he was and what was happening in the house, but unfortunately the music was too loud for us to all hear him properly.

The scares in this attraction are really good fun. I completely missed some of the actors who were already in the rooms, so their scares came out of nowhere! This was down to the lighting, clever costumes/positioning, absolute precision and perfect timing.

The lighting did have its downside though- it was so dark that couldn’t see very much. It felt like I could have been anywhere, so there was no real sense of an environment to engage with. This is a shame considering the level of detail and quality of theming within Manormortis. Nevertheless, there were some good scary moments in here.

Human Zoo

Our experience nearing an end, we made our way to the Human Zoo; a sickening concept brought to life with originality and flair. This is the attraction I was most curious about, and as it turns out, it’s a very strong addition to the line-up.

This attraction has a bold personality. It’s crude, dirty, and really quite smelly. It made me want to shower immediately afterwards. There is a little bit of humour to it, but the human experimentation theme is profoundly dark, and successfully echoes the suffering of the dreadful caged beings within. These nightmarish creations are curious about us humans, and they won’t hold back with it comes to inspecting you.

An excellent level of interaction pushed this to the next level for me, and there were some great changes of pace thrown in. Plenty to catch you off guard. One particular element of this attraction made us feel extremely vulnerable; a bit of a role reversal which was really quite unpleasant! Faultless theming and execution of this dark concept made this one stand out. Well done all.

Psychomanteum IV

Some say that Dr Killian Goodkind’s therapy is extreme. What would I say? I’d say I’m all better now. Thank you, Dr Goodkind.

Get ready for deeper treatment. The doctor will see you now.

So there you have it. All of that in one night! Fortunately, Scare Kingdom has a fully licensed bar, so you can grab a drink and recover after the chaos has ended.

As an overall experience, Scare Kingdom Scream Park delivers shocks, fear, and most importantly- fun. If you’re looking for a scary evening out this Halloween season, you cannot go wrong with this event. It was terror from start to finish. Forget tacky animatronics and constant ‘boo’ scares; Scare Kingdom presents you with theatrical & psychological scare entertainment at its very best, spread over multiple attractions and filled with talented scare actors. Quite frankly they’re spoiling you. Don’t miss out on this one.

 

Geek Girl Up North

http://girlgeekupnorth.co.uk/scare-kingdom-2014-review-the-sickest-attraction-in-britain/

Scare Kingdom 2014 Review – The Sickest Attraction in Britain?

Previously, I have always enjoyed Scare Kingdom, and I felt that it is definitely most improved, but this year, I feel the park has excelled itself, and I’m more excited right now about the future of this park than any other. One big thing that this park has achieved which I don’t think I appreciated in the previous two years was the fact that this park always brings us something new. As good as Farmageddon is, it’s the same thing year after year, and it’s not enough for me anymore. Scare Kingdom Scream Park brings us fresh ideas, not just each Halloween, but throughout the year, and that is an amazing feat that cannot be overlooked.

This year starts with The Oubliette, which yes, despite what I have just said, is the same way that last year started, but it’s just the intro, so we can forgive them for that. Once out into the main attraction I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s unfortunate that they haven’t yet found a way to break up the long walk to the first maze. I know the site is a working farm during the day, but it would be nice to try and hide the quaint farm walk with more horror & scares, as it does give you a drop in atmosphere. They do scatter around actors to keep you on your toes, and as ever Scare Kingdom has always had a high quality of scareactor, including the return of Abraham Cleaver, a favourite of mine from Horror Camp LIVE!, (no Incesta though which was a shame).

The first maze, The Clonefields, was probably my favourite. Slender Man is a personal favourite scary story of mine, and the concept was very well executed in the depths of the corn maze. Brilliantly creepy, my only criticism is that Slender to me should be silent, and the actors who jumped out on us while making a noise just didn’t quite seem right, I think the character and setting are much more frightening when you can’t hear them.

Once out of the Clonefields there is another slightly tedious walk to the next maze, but then Hellcatraz and Manormortis are pretty much one after each other. Hellcatraz was fun, using lots of strobe effects to disorientate you as you make your way past the crazy inmates. There is a nice break in the middle of the maze where you are separated for the final run, which was a really nice touch. Manormortis is the only one that was very similar to last year, but with a permanent structure, I can imagine it would be more difficult to change up. The actors again were great, and I love the claustrophobia tunnel which is a great effect not so commonly seen. There is a hint of a gravity room, but I think this could be improved and the effect used to its full potential in the future. One thing to take note of however is that this maze is super dark, so prepare to get friendly with the people in front and behind you, as you’ll need to hold on to make sure you don’t get left behind! After Manormortis is a less tedious walk to the Human Zoo, which was probably, if I had to pick one, my least favourite maze. There seemed to be longer periods without any actors, but the sets were very good, and this maze made good use of having you duck down and not just walk through without having to negotiate changes in ceiling height.

After Human Zoo you have the opportunity to head to the bar for a swift pint and some hot food to calm your nerves. Or, you can decide to continue the terror and enter Pysychomanteum, dubbed by The Sun as the “sickest attraction in Britain“.

To be honest I’m a bit miffed that it has taken me so long to experience Psychomanteum. Last year I forgot to bring extra cash, and I completely missed the Christmas and Valentines attractions (where I think this was also available), but I am ever so glad that I have finally done it. Reading the disclaimer was slightly reminiscent of Horror Camp LIVE!, and I remembered how good Scare Kingdom Scream Park was at looking for other ways to scare you, without always relying on dark places and actors jumping out at you, (think the clown taking away to a room on your own). And for people who slam this attraction as being inappropriate, degrading and humiliating, well then just don’t go in! I find it ridiculous that people can get so upset about something you have to choose to participate in, and even pay for the privilege. I would assume that someone who would not enjoy this attraction, would realise this while reading clauses in the waiver such as “I will be touched, grabbed and forcibly moved”, and that “I understand that Psychomanteum is graphically disgusting, offensive, sexually explicit, crude, vulgar and extremely adult in nature”. Surely anything that requires a safe word is not to be taken lightly, and personally, I think anyone who then proceeds to hand over a fiver and then complain about it is a complete idiot. In line with the disclaimer I will not discuss what happened to me inside, I will however say that both myself and my boyfriend went through, and we both had slightly different experiences, which was nice. I would also like to commend the three main actors, who were absolutely brilliant, and probably the best scare actors I have seen. Psychomanteum dances just on the right side of a fine line, which is not something that is easy to do. The man handling is perfectly executed, being likened to light bondage but combined with hard core smut, although I was scared of what was going to happen, I was never fearful of being actually harmed. I think that Scare Kingdom Scream Park have really hit the nail on the head with their execution of this attraction, and I’m thoroughly impressed.

Not only would I recommend all aspects of Scare Kingdom Scream Park to people, but I think that this is the attraction that has me most excited and wanting to return. The fresh ideas each year are a breath of fresh air among the more stagnant parks, and each year the production values improve immensely. In a way, although I did criticise the long walks and the lower production outdoor mazes, it is here where the park has the most potential to grow. These mazes lend themselves so well to change, I would much rather have something fresh and new than a bunch of expensive permanent structures that never change. By combining the high production Manormortis with the lower production changing mazes Scare Kingdom has a great balance, and if they can find a way to improve those walks between mazes, this could be by far the best park I have ever been to.

 

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Scare Kingdom Scream Park 2014

Scare Kingdom Scream Park has been terrifying guests since 2009 and is a popular destination for the northern scare fans to have a frightfully exciting night. For 2014 Scare Kingdom has some brand new  attractions ready to terrify it’s willing fan base this Halloween. It was a rainy night so with wellies and waterproofs we ventured down to Blackburn and here’s what we thought…

The Oubliette

We begin in the Oubliette where a large group of us were forced into a small cage, with the use of strobe and audio effects we are  told the rules of the evening. With a large group of us compressed into this narrow cage we felt somewhat vulnerable as the dark figure approached.

It seems as though almost immediately you are taken into the nightmare of Scare Kingdom, and it soon becomes reality that the nightmare is only just beginning.

The Clonefields

As our group head out onto the trail we meet our old friend Abraham Cleaver who leads us to his corn maze, telling us how much he hopes that we don’t return alive.  The corn maze, a tradition at Scare Kingdom, is swarming with Slenderman’s minions who lie in wait beyond the trail.

The faceless clones appear suddenly, some approach the group with eerie curiosity, while others scream out in aggression. The maze has improved dramatically since previous years, although still the lighter way to start the evening it seems as though this year it is packed with actors, ensuring interaction through a large amount of the maze. The roaring sound of a chainsaw was a great finish to the attraction and had us pushing and toppling over each other to get to the exit.

Hellcatraz

A brand new build for 2014, Hellcatraz is an indoor maze through the world’s most infamous penitentiary.     Greeted by the prison warden we are instructed to pass the threshold into the black and white strobe lit room where we are told there has been an electrical fault in the system;  unfortunately for us the murderous inmates have been released from their cells and are now roaming free seeking new victims to play with.

This fast paced attraction was one of our favourites, with narrow winding corridors and crazy lunatics who prevented us from remaining together as a group, you really don’t know if you will escape with your friends.  Using indoor and outdoor space this attraction was thrilling from start to finish, leaving cinematic images of frenzied inmates etched into my mind.

Manormortis, Convenstead – Season of the Witch

This year Manormortis is alive with dark magic as The Sisters of The Black Flame gather to practice evil witchcraft.  The sheer size of the attraction allows for countless rooms and corridors all thoroughly themed and intertwined to create a fully immersive experience.  The house is transformed in the darkness, and what was once a beautiful manor is now a dark decaying lair for the evil that lies there.

The attraction continues to transform itself for each event, and this Halloween it does not disappoint. Packed with scares everywhere, it felt as though the house was never ending.  Characters seem to come from nowhere, with scares from unexpected places, this is an experience plucked from the underworld.  We think that the final scene could have had more of an impact, but overall it was a beautifully horrifying experience.

Human Zoo

The repulsive half human creations of Volka Schlachten are caged within the vaults of the human zoo.  With sickening passageways of excellent visuals, foul smells, vile characters and shocking interaction.

Plunged into the nauseating scenes of deformity, we were thrust into a world of gore with racing hearts and sick bags at the ready, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Psychomanteum IV – Deeper Treatment

After previously experiencing Psychomanteum I could not possibly have imagined how on earth it could be more shocking and appalling.  Thinking myself quite brave, I agreed to experience Psychomanteum IV – Deeper Treatment by signing a disclaimer form, after being fiercely urged and bribed by my so called friends.

There is so much hype about the ‘UK’s sickest attraction’ it has been extremely popular, and there was a large queue waiting to experience the therapy of the notorious Dr. Goodkind.  You enter alone, armed only with a hospital face mask and a code word to get out.

It is an additional charge of £5 to enter and it’s well worth the extra charge. Psychomanteum is a once in a lifetime experience and something you will never ever forget.

The scenes are extremely graphic with offensive content throughout. You enter tense, nervous, and a little excited. You leave abused, sickened, appalled and horrified.

As always we fully recommend Scare Kingdom Scream Park this Halloween for a truly fun and frightening night!

 

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Scare Raters review of Scare Kingdom Scream Park October 2014

Arriving at Scare Kingdom Scream Park I couldn’t help but feel the flurries of excitement, for me this is where my passion for scare attractions began with my first of many visits to Horror Camp Live back in 2012.

This is Scare Kingdom’s sixth year, so in comparison to others they truly are veterans within the scare industry, with this in mind and with past experience I certainly held high expectations of this year’s attraction.

My scare partner for the evening was a complete scare attraction virgin, never before had she experienced anything like it, I was looking forward to seeing her reactions and more than slightly worried whether she would even make it the entire way round, whilst we were sat in the short queue before entering she made me promise I wouldn’t leave her!

Before long we were beckoned through a curtain and into The Oubliette, a long cage which we had to crawl into, after the cage door shut I knew it wouldn’t be long before the screams began! Surely enough whilst listening to the obligatory health and safety message we were also being menaced by a masked creature that took great delight in menacingly poking at us whilst we crouched in fear within our caged prison. Eventually we were ushered off into the night air, the small group I was in already terrifyingly apprehensive of the horrors we were about to endure.

The next attraction we came across was The Clonefields, set within a rather impressive cornfield. As we approached we could spot a figure awaiting us in the dark, upon drawing nearer I realised this was Abraham Cleaver, one of my favourite characters from Horror Camp Live. Abraham is the farmer of the land and is a most unsavoury character who thinks nothing at waving his shotgun around, far too close for comfort and manically ranting on about the rules of his land.

As we entered the cornfield the darkness seemed to engulf us, and with only the light from the moon to guide us, an unnerving feeling of isolation and helplessness washed over me. Treading carefully around the twist and turns of the maze we encountered many of The Slenderman’s faceless minions with their long menacing arms hiding within the depths of the corn and jumping out at us at perfectly timed moments as to maximise the frights. This certainly worked as terrified screams echoed around the corn field!

Next up was Hellcatraz, the world famous penitentiary, that houses the most dangerous and psychotic criminals. We were greeted by a rather nervous looking prison warden who explained to us that a big storm had taken out all of the power and we must have our wits about us as we try to make our way through with the inmates on the loose! As we made our way through the strobe lighting was blinding and with the sirens blaring, made for a very disorientating experience. With lots of jump scares, with inmates coming from all angles we eventually made our escape safely but very shaken up by the experience.

Next to come is my all-time favourite attraction Manormortis, the amazing house that has a life of its own. The theme changes each year and this year the house has become a coven, infested with witches and dark creatures of the occult. We were introduced to the house by our guide Harrison Hopkins, witchcraft historian, and told the tales of the coven and then bid us on our way. The vastness and detail of Manormortis never fails to amaze me and as we gingerly made our way through the house we encountered countless scares, frights, crouching tunnels and tight spaces. With the clever lighting this year it seemed the house had a different route, which for me, after experiencing the house before made it even more disorientating. Although afterwards I was assured that the route was exactly the same as previous years, it just goes to prove that Manormortis really does have a life of its own and with each change of theme, new life is breathed into the walls of this magnificent house.

Almost at an end, our final attraction was Human Zoo, would we to soon become victims of the sick experiments that were happening inside? Making our way around we were sickened by some of the horrific half human, half mutant creatures that lurked within, each of the inbreeds not at all shy in invading every inch of your personal space. Clever crawl spaces and lots of grabbing by the curious creatures made for a rather uneasy experience.

Finally we made our way to Psychomanteum, this attraction is not included within the ticket price and is charged at £5 extra per person and strictly only over 18’s are permitted to enter, the reasons for this will become more than clear after you experience it!!

Psychomanteum is the sick love child of Dr Killian Goodkind, a clinic where the sexually ravaged are admitted and exposed to the Doctors sick and twisted purification methods. I will not go into great detail as to what vile things go on inside, as I feel this attraction is best experienced with no prior knowledge, no word of a lie but two days after and whilst writing this review my stomach is still churning at the thought of what sick traumas I was subjected to!!  Only in its second year Psychomanteum is unlike anything I have ever experienced before, and is without any doubt an extremely unique attraction.

After the constant onslaught of fear I was glad to finally take a rest and get myself a drink at the bar next to Psychomanteum, this is a great place to sit and reflect with friends about the horrors of the night whilst watching victims of Psychomanteum on the well placed screens. I was interested to find out the views on my friend who had unsuspectingly been dragged along, did she make it the whole way round?? Yes she did, and she too loved the whole thing, telling me it was like nothing she had ever experienced before, definitely a newly recruited scare attraction fan!

Scare Kingdom Scream Park has once again done itself extremely proud, and all expectations were smashed. With perfectly timed scares, amazing sets, lighting and soundtracks, realistic costumes and make up and some of the most talented actors and producers around. Well done to you all, you should all be very proud of yourselves. I look forward to a whole lot of new terrifying and boundary pushing attractions for 2015!

 

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