“Step inside the doors and make your way through the 2000 sq. ft complex to discover the gruesome process that goes into making these world famous pies. Duck, dodge and squeeze your way around 15 uniquely themed zones as you’re herded through Melton Mowbray’s very own production line, going behind the scenes and finding out first hand, what goes into Melton Mowbray’s Finest. Mrs Momma Hog though has been changing the ingredients in the pies recently and is now making humans into pies…”
Pie Factory is a returning solid attraction, but really excelled this year with the quality of acting and smaller group sizes to create a terrifying experience. We had great interactive moments inside with the resident pigs inside teasing us & calling us Squealers. We certainly were squealing with scenes that included some amazing animatronics and well hidden actors. Whilst nothing fundamentally had changed from previous years, the overall impact came across as one of the strongest and scariest mazes this season.
Scare: 9/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 8/10 – Actors: 10/10 – Overall: 27/30
“Immortality – To continue to exist; escaping the darkened clutches of death. “
Belvoir Manners is the new maze for 2020 which replaces one of our top attractions, Stilton Hall, which means we had some high expectations. A great new entrance building and facade has been built to match the detailed quality of the inside of the attraction. Belvoir Manners is shorter than expected and this was more than likely due to covid however, we expect this to alter in future years. Some highlights of the maze had to be the use of certain animatronics and an older fashioned bingo song scene. Overall, the ending was cut short and unexpected but as brand new, it offered some great scares and plenty of room for improvement in future years.
Scare: 4/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 7/10 – Actors: 7/10 – Overall: 18/30
Ash Hell Pentitentiary
“Ash Hell Penitentiary A prison built back in 1609 is home to dangerous & cannibalistic inmates, who have taken over the facility.”
Ash hell Penitentiary is advertised as one of the most extreme mazes, rated by the park as 11/10 in scares. With countless actors and different scenes, making it one of the most intense attractions for many guests. The use of effects and animatronics is outstanding within, which creates additional scares without the use of actors. One of best effects inside was that of a vibrating floor, which we were neither expecting or knew how to handle amongst the rest of chaos in the penitentiary. The inmates definitely make you feel uncomfortable and terrified during your experience with some great hiding spots used. Overall, a great returning maze.
Scare: 8/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 8/10 – Actors: 8/10 – Overall: 24/30
“Blindfolded you must feel your way and use your senses to survive the ritual, but will you make it out alive, or stay in a cursed limbo forever.”
Scare: 3/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 8/10 – Actors: 5/10 – Overall: 16/30
“Step into the village where genetically modified scarecrows have taken over, and you’re the offering in their harvest festival.”
The Village is one of the longest mazes at Xtreme Scream and the UK and does not disappoint. The sheer numbers of scenes and animatronics makes up for the less concentrated areas of actors. The small group numbers really allow for the tension to build compared to previous years of conga lines, with scares getting the full impact for the whole group. We don’t believe the maze has changed this year however, a slightly altered ending wasn’t expected with a great last scare. Our favourite scene by far is still the harvest church, using a terrifying slow strobe and a number of scarecrows which question if you can spot the real ones.
Scare: 9/10 – Themeing & Storyline: 9/10 – Actors: 8/10 – Overall: 26/30
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