action horror mazes are becoming a lot more common, certainly in the UK.
Most though are seasonal attractions, and/or independently run where you pay
just to do the maze, rather than be included in the price of entering a
park. This makes an all season one that's free to all park visitors a
Given these conditions I'd be willing to accept a basic ride. A short ride
of a couple of rooms and only 1 or 2 actors would be more than acceptable in
the circumstances. Apparently though this wasn't acceptable to the people
who run Movieland Park as they've done so much more than that.
The concept is simple enough. There's no major plot, just your group walking
through a number of scary rooms and corridors. One thing that struck me
about it was how large a ride it is. Unlike the majority of mazes I've done
that take a few minutes this one can easily take two or three times as long.
This does mean mean the actors and other scares are a little more spread out
than normal. This isn't a bad thing though, the scares are still frequent
enough to mean you can't stop and relax, and the gaps between actually help
create tension, making walking down the dark corridors more nervy than
one with more constant scares.
Despite the length the quality of the theming and costumes is still good.
It's not of the highest level, but your very unlikely to notice this during
the ride itself. A lot of costumes consist of replica masks of famous horror
icons instead of make up effects found on a lot of other mazes. Apart from
the oversized Chucky though most of these still looked OK, and as a fan of
horror films it was actually pretty cool to encounter the likes of Freddy
Kruger and Billy from Saw.
Horror mazes like this are some of my favourite dark rides, and this is one
of the best I've ever done. It would be great as a seasonal attraction for
Halloween, the fact it's a ride you can do all season is just amazing.