of the biggest revelations in the UK amusement industry of the noughties was
the huge increase in popularity of horror attractions. Back in 2000 the
Pasaje Del Terror in Blackpool and the Dungeon's were your main options. Now
every Halloween your spoilt for choice when it comes to the various horror
houses and haunted hayrides around the country. Now there's even a horror
maze you can visit any time of the year located in the Trocodero in London.
consists of two sections, the first is a 3D cinema show. The plot of which
sees an annoying mobile phone user step through a portal in time, and
encountering Jack the Ripper. So you have one of the most undesirable
menaces to ever walk the streets of London, being chased by Jack the Ripper.
The film just about works as a piece of Gothic horror, with a few moments of
tension, but some underdressed sets, and some poor computer effects give it
a low budget feel. It serves as a nice set up for the main attraction, but
it's not something I'd think I'd miss if it was removed.
The main reason for visiting is for the terror
passage itself. It sees you walking along a number of corridors and scenes,
quite a few of which are tributes to famous horror films. Most of the scenes
also contain a costumed actor who has the job of scaring and/or entertaining you.
There is the risk
of it becoming predictable. A lot of the scenes consist of a similar formula
of an actor jumping out of the shadows to shock scare you, then following
you down the corridor as you continue on. Luckily it offers enough variety
to keep things on the positive side. I do though think it would work better
with a few less jump scares, and a few more spooky scare moments where the
actor interact with you more.
Now I've looked at the ride charts, and find
myself with an odd situation. This ride makes it to the top, but I'm not
entirely sure it deserves to be. This is because I'm comparing a super car to
a group of family hatchbacks. Horror attractions with live actors generally
do rank above normal scenic rides. A good horror ride like this will still
outrank a very good dark ride.
I have been on quite a few horror attractions
like this, although to be fair a lot of these were
seasonal events which
could afford more live actors to create more of an atmosphere, not
constrained by the fact they need to pay for enough actors to open the ride
almost every day of the year. This though is still a good ride, and is worth
seeking out, especially if you don't want to wait until Halloween for your
next horror fix. My only reservation about this would be the high on the
door ticket price, but this can be remedied by heading to the
Terror Website where you can book your tickets at a much lower
price in advance. If you do this, then it's an attraction that's well worth