28/10/2017 – Broadwitch HauntFest

After my first rather impressive visit last year and after hearing of some improvements to a few of the haunts. I knew I had to make a return to see what had changed. We were under a lot of time pressure given that we had to get in and out again within the hour so we didn’t really get chance to interact with the roaming actors, however they definitely looked like they were on form with scaring people as they entered and queued.

 

First haunt of the night was The Edge, a beautifully gothic haunt with dark corridors, plenty of hiding spaces to keep you guessing, and some intense scares that come when you least expect it! Very much how I remember it last year, but still a great attraction nonetheless.

Next up was the most intense haunt at Broadwitch for me last year: MassAcre. As with The Edge, it was still very much the same as last year though there were a few moments where we caught the actors off guard and they missed their cue to get a scare and just didn’t bother, which was a bit of a let down. Still really love the finale teaser where you find out what’s coming up, but you still have another 5 minutes or so until you get there. Still my favourite corn maze to date, given the length and the scenes hidden within! Batching timings just need to be improved a little as we did catch up with the group in front a few times.

 

Thirteen Freaks was our next haunt of choice. Whilst some of the scenes from last year had changed, the scenes that hadn’t changed were definitely the stronger scenes from last year. The effects were brilliant too, though some of the timings felt a little bit off (though that could be because we’re so slow at walking through haunts). Themed around a freak show this year, it really stands out as the best haunt at Broadwitch this year: was really impressed with the effects inside, such as the tube train scene, and the clowns with mirror scene (which I thought I had figured out, but then I started to doubt myself).

 

The penultimate haunt for the night was Spooky Castle, a deceptively small haunt that really goes on and on, and I’m glad it does! With some really creepy imagery and some great special effects and a brilliant set piece that still gets me now (even though I knew it was coming up), this is a brilliantly fun attraction – jut need to delay a few of the special effects and it’ll be much much stronger.

 

The final haunt, as with last year, was Biometrix: Sub Zero. Last year I was rather disappointed by it given how it had won a SCAR award in 2015, but this year was so so much different and really goes to show how little changes can really make a haunt so much better. Intense, scary, and with some amazing effects and scares, it was really good seeing Biometrix (the name of the attraction last year) become as strong as I suspect it was in 2015.

 

Whilst Broadwitch doesn’t have a stage or open fires or anything else we’ve seen at other scream parks, it’s a very robust attraction that sticks to what it knows and does it well.

28/10/2017 – Broadwitch HauntFest

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