We recently had the pleasure of visiting Frightmare which is located at Over Farm in Gloucester. It is advertised as the South West’s largest and scariest Halloween Scream Park. They’ve been scaring guests for over 15 years… and we were back for our third year in a row to experience their 5 scare attractions and to soak up the atmosphere full of roaming actors and acrobatic displays.
Frightmare have been brave this year, advertising no new attractions, but promising lots of existing changes, we were intrigued to see what they had to offer this time around…
THE OFFERING: Buried
This attraction features quite a lot of claustrophobic space including a nicely themed tunnel. The actors inside are quite concentrated into certain areas so does create a fair amount of dead, dark space. It is great inside to see the ritual unfold in front of you, as you are the sacrifice! It’s one of the less intense attractions we’ve experienced, but still provides some nice scares, particularly the main scene where at one point we counted 5 actors surrounding us and appearing out of nowhere, really effective!
Scare: 6/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 6/10 – Actors: 7/10 – Overall: 19/30
CAGED: The Compound
The first half started out strong and as we remembered, with hybrid animal humans that used their space (and voices) well to create some effective scares. Then this attraction took an unexpected turn and the intensity level of the actors created complete chaos, with a whole new theme and direction we entered into an effective temporary military facility. The decontamination tents at the end although very bright made us feel so uneasy with the actors really pushing for final scares!
Scare: 7/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 7/10 – Actors: 9/10 – Overall: 23/30
SEANCE: The Gate
This attraction starts with a seance, which was executed really well in previous years, building up the suspense with an array of effects added in. This year it didn’t have as much of an impact due to the light hearted nature of the seance conductor, we did really enjoy this laugh-out-loud scene though and still managed to provide some scares… This definitely created a false sense of security for what the rest of the maze had in store for us. This was probably the scariest maze of the night, nowhere was safe and the actors really knew how to work their space. We particularly loved the addition of the graveyard scene for this year.
Scare: 9/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 7/10 – Actors: 8/10 – Overall: 24/30
HAUNTED HAYRIDE: The Curse
After a hilarious pre show from the far(rrr)mer we were boarded onto the hayride trailers before starting our journey to the witch museum. On the way we encountered a mixture of laughs and scares passing by some great scenes and effects with the actors engaging well. Once we arrived at the museum in the middle of the farmyard, we disembarked the trailer and headed in where some surprises were waiting for us. The museum didn’t have many actors but still created a good atmosphere. Once out of the museum you have to make your way back accross the fields to the event area… But will you come accross any witches lurking in the shadows? Whilst it’s not our favourite incarnation of their Haunted Hayride attraction, it’s still very unique & enjoyable, and is a very clever idea on their part to change the story year on year.
Scare: 8/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 9/10 – Actors: 9/10 – Overall: 26/30
Last year this attraction was mad… This year it’s damn right crazy! With the addition of 3D glasses and much more neon paint this maze is a real attack on the senses with in your face actors, claustrophobic spaces and trippy scenery. Meeting the deranged characters from this twisted tale throughout provided some great dialogue and interactivity, particularly the Mad Hatter! Overall a solid maze with a nice new surprise ending!
Scare: 6/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 8/10 – Actors: 7/10 – Overall: 21/30
Overall we have loved the improvements made to the event, the central hub area feels much more spacious and with a bigger food & drink offering, whilst still keeping its charm. The mazes have really had the intensity levelled up, with the all-important changes which help keep it fresh, and making it well worth the visit.
With only a handful of nights left, be sure to head down to Over Farm in Gloucester to meet your Frightmare… Visit their website for more information and tickets!
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