20/10/2016 – Hallowscream at York Maze

As I arrived and started queuing up to get into Hallowscream, it was evident that the theming and roaming actors would be very strong throughout – I was not disappointed! From fantastic visuals through to performing actors chasing after their victims, there was lots to see and be scared by upon entry.

The first place we went to was The Stumble Inn to get a drink. Themed around zombies, you can chill out (as best you can) in the Inn with a hot drink and watch some fantastic dance routines in this incredibly themed bar.

 

Reincornation

This was the first haunt of the night. Themed around clowns and funhouses, it really wasn’t clear (unless you visit the website) what the story of the haunt is. Having said that, there were some great elements hidden within, including a leaning room, a bottomless pit room, and a vortex tunnel that was strong enough to make everyone fall over. A well themed maze with some great ideas, but the lack of story upon entry and the huge group meant that we heard the scares coming before they repeated.

 

Barnageddon

As with Reincornation (above), there was a complete lack of story so I honestly have no idea what this haunt’s theme is; however, I did enjoy the way the haunt was themed, and really loved the use of water in there. As with Reincornation (and you’ll see there’s a bit of a trend here), the dispatch times need to be bigger and the group numbers need to be smaller as we caught up with the groups in front of us and I could see the actors weren’t getting their full scare potential. This would have been a really strong haunt if we hadn’t have queued up in the attraction itself.

 

The Flesh Pot

This haunt is the strongest attraction there. Themed around a psycho farmer that killed people and put them into pies to sell, The Flesh Pot has some very creepy scenes and some fantastically executed jump scares, but the thing that made this great is that we went through in a smaller group, meaning all the scares got all of us the first time – this was the only haunt to make me jump the entire night!

 

The Difference Engine

This was a very interestingly themed haunt. Based on some-sort of computer, you travel through a series of very sterile rooms that are laced with mirrors that was almost disorientating, add that to your group being split up and you’re in for one confusing ride! I loved the idea of being split up at various points during the haunt, though there were some great missed opportunities for jump scares.

 

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Set-wise, this set was incredible, especially the entrance to the haunt! I was gobsmacked by all the sets, actors and effects throughout this entire haunt as every little bit worked well and executed almost perfectly: the only thing that could have finished this haunt off is something similar to the weeping angels.

 

Overall, I’m a little disappointed with this event; it was far too busy around the haunts and the queues looked absolutely massive – I’m glad we had RIP tickets as I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t make it around all the haunts in the “normal” queue. Having said that, the roaming actors and theming throughout the general area was fantastic.

20/10/2016 – Hallowscream at York Maze

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