Review -Scare Kingdom 2016
Scare Kingdom is back for 2016, and once again the full line up has been changed, promising SEVEN new experiences, including a new extreme attraction in association with the infamous Mckamey Manor. We thoroughly enjoyed MOST of our experience, but left the venue with a bad taste in our mouth.....
Mallum - Not wanting to start the review on a negative note but we never understand why the first introductory scene at Scare Kingdom is listed as an official "attraction". In the past we have been locked inside a cage while a pre-recorded announcement played, and this time we were lined up, while an actor interacted with the pre-recorded speech. It is actually a VERY good intro to the whole event, but it is over in a couple of minutes, before we are kicked out into the farm yard to walk to the first "full" attraction. On a side note - our interaction with local grave digger, Doug as we walked, was a great piece of characterisation.
The Sickness – It's hard to talk about this attraction without exclaiming "wow". For a temporary attraction (compared to the permanent ManorMortis) the attention to detail and theming in this maze were top notch. From the opening scene with the grotesque matron character through to the escaped infected patients at the end - this maze was fast paced, scary, noisy and fun. The final corridor with the multiple doors and hiding places, managed to elicit many screams from our group and we ran out the attraction laughing.
Manormortis - What can we say about Manormortis that we haven't said before? The set design and decoration is absolutely stunning with every inch of the building intricately themed. The house is also full of secret cut throughs, drop panels and more, to ensure that the scares keep coming from every angle. It is also very large and it seems like the path is never ending. The actors in here were some of the liveliest of the whole event and all gave a great show - from the more theatrical opening dialogues through to the chaotic finale. Our favourite scene - purely for the stunning visual effect, was in the bedroom as we watched a poor woman being sucked into the bed before our very eyes! Our only criticism of this stunning maze was the attic room with the portrait of "grandmother". It felt like a style of scene we have seen at Dungeon attractions and slightly slowed the pace down. Other than that - we had an absolute blast. This really is an attraction you have to see for yourself to really believe how beautiful it is!
The House of Gaunt. In previous years, any maze that follows Manormortis has a really tough act to follow, and with two intricately detailed mazes to follow this year, The House of Gaunt needed to do something really different. And that is EXACTLY what they did. This maze had minimal theming - just long black corridors with windows looking down onto the owner's doll collection, but what it lacked in theming it made up in suspense and tension. Of course some of the dolls were real and some were fake and despite a couple of obvious "human" shaped dolls, we still experienced a number of great jump scares as we wandered the narrow and winding corridors.
666 Brimstone Place. Despite being branded as a new maze -, 666 Brimstone was effectively last year's Hell with a new name. The walls were still covered in Satanic runes and many of the scenes were the same. But we weren't complaining, as it was one of our favourite mazes of 2015! The attraction had some impressive actors who really got up close and personal as well as some great jump scares throughout. Sadly it seemed to lack some of the Intensity of Hell, although the ending was as crazy and "grabby" as before!
Black Death. This is Scare Kingdom's take on the classic hooded maze as we entered a building full of plague victims. Unlike some hooded mazes, Black Death allows full contact and we were grabbed by the actors a number of times with them coughing and spluttering in our ears as we tried to follow the rope round in the darkness. During the experience we also had a lot of things thrown at us from above which became slightly annoying as the wood chippings etc started to go down our necks. Even so - its was a great maze that made us jump several times.
It was only when we took our hoods off that we realised we had come to the end of the main Scare Kingdom experience. Although we liked Black Death it sort of lacked a big finale. So for anyone not brave (or stupid) enough to do Snuffhouse - this was the last maze of their night and wasn't quite as impactful as the other mazes. Never mind - there's always time for a drink in the Brouhaha Bar!
Snuffhouse: Alone. Now, we have never been ones to hide our dislike for extreme attractions. We hated the pyscho sexual nature of Psychomanteum, with its simulated sexual activity, body fluids, sex toys and nudity as we never actually found it scary - it was just shocking for the for the sake of it.
So we weren't expecting much better with Snuffhouse Alone and none of our group of 4 actually wanted to do it. But out of fairness to the creators and for the sake of doing a full review, one of us entered the facility to see what they had in store. We didn't last long!
The fact that we walked out of the attraction soaked, with our clothes stinking of fish guts really didn't impress us. We had had such a great time in all the other attractions and the evening (and our clothes) were soured by this one experience. It wasn't actually scary - we just said the safe word as we refused to swallow the item, and as such we were thrown out (apologies to the actor who was at the receiving end of us spitting out the contents of our mouth)
We understand that many, many people will enjoy this (we saw 1 person last the whole experience last night) but we stand by our opinion that scare entertainment should be designed to entertain and thrill and is not intended to be something you endure. As we were away for the weekend, we were left with fishy reminders of this maze all weekend as the smell couldn't be washed out of our coat with soap and water alone!
So, after a brilliant start to the night at Scare Kingdom Scream Park with some really excellent mazes, we sadly have to say that Snuffhouse Alone left us with a bad taste in our mouths (in more ways than one!)
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