Disclaimer: There will be spoilers in this blog post!
Fright Nights 2019 looks set to to be packed with scary lumberjacks, spooky vampires and terrifying walkers. After visiting on Saturday 28th September for the first day of Fright Nights, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with excitement. My visit felt like one of my first ever visits to Fright Night back in 2004/2005. But I’m not here to talk about the whole event as there is only one standout attraction that has set the bar high for how frigging GOOD scare mazes are!
‘How much wood would a wood chop chop if a wood chop could chop YOU?’ – Thorpe Park
Creek Freak Massacre. You beauty. You beast. Everyone’s been talking about since the media event and when even when it was first announced, and I knew I had to experience this for myself – I mean, I live an hour away so I couldn’t resist. Whilst I knew there was some hype surrounding this attraction, I wasn’t expecting it to pretty much exceed my expectations. I’ve split this post into the best highlights and be warned, if you haven’t been inside, there will be some spoilers in this post! I can still smell the chainsaws now… 😉
CREEK WOOD SAW MILL BUILDING
You don’t quite realise how big the Loggers Leap station building is until you really take a good look at it from all angles. This was an ingenious use of space and you can tell there has been a lot of thought and planning into the story. From the main sign on the front of the building to the posters and warning signs at the entrance. Welcome to the Creek Wood Saw Mill and you are all new recruits to join the family in their business. Only… you might not just be chopping up wood or so I’ve heard. Before you enter the building, you can get a sense for the general atmosphere of the area, and with the awesome soundtrack booming away – composed by Serena Cherry – I was already in awe and eager to get inside! There is a lot of detail within the maze itself, from saws hanging on the walls to missing people posters dotted around, body bags to blood splatters on the walls and floor, it is almost impossible on your first run to take in everything. Even after 4 goes, there’s still so much for me to see!
CHAINSAWS, SO MANY CHAINSAWS…
If you have a fear of chainsaws, you’ll need to get over that pretty damn fast because in here, you will be inundated with them. They may not scare me but having one be launched right up towards your face is truly terrifying. Whilst scare mazes don’t have to have chainsaws in them, for Creek Freak Massacre, it works so well. Plus you know for a fact, it ramps up the intensity. I love walking past a scare maze and you hear the faint sound of the chainsaw whirring away – even better when you see people running out of an exit. Whilst you may be lead to believe that you have the chainsaw in the finale corridor… you are very much mistaken. Last year, Dead Creek Woods and TWD: Do or Die had chainsaws within the maze but more focused towards the middle and Creek Freak Massacre has taken this idea and made it into a more terrifying experience. Imagine a standard corridor that is pretty narrow but before you reach the middle, a crazy lumberjack appears round the corner and lunges towards you, chainsaw in tow and you’ve nowhere to hide. And it doesn’t stop there. Enter the strobe maze and you’ll find yourself face to face with yet another blood thirsty lumberjack with a chainsaw – only this time the strobes make your route even more disorientating so finding the way out is even harder. Oh, and there’s dead ends too – all part of the fun right?
THE LUNATIC LUMBERJACK’S
The team for this maze were on fire! I have never known a Thorpe Park scare maze to have contained that many actors, and have the continued energy and enthusiasm throughout the evening. I loved the way the cast interacted with everybody, and when you do so many re-runs within the maze, they will soon get to know who you are. Towards the final section of the strobe maze on my last runthrough of the night, I was forced in the corner, asked to get on my knees and bark like a dog – I honestly felt like I was doing an EXTREME version of this maze. The team deserve all the credit they can get because I bloody loved them all, and I will be back for more. 😉
BRAVING THE MAZE ALONE
In the similar style to Sub Species, you will get split up. Even at the very beginning, the first inhabitant you meet will pick and choose the ‘rotton wood’ of your group – and there’s no hiding in the back either! And if you are chosen, you will face your first challenge, a crawl tunnel. Everyone else in the ‘good wood’ get to walk through the first corridor. I find splitting up from your group is a perfect opportunity to really enhance your experience in a scare maze as there’s nowhere to hide. You feel more exposed and have to trust your own instincts when it comes to working your way through the maze. If you think you got lucky and are still with your friends, think again. There’s plenty of opportunities to split up from your friends – whether that is during the strobe maze section where you are either ‘good wood’ or ‘bad wood’. Every time I was ‘good wood’ so I wonder what it would take for me to be ‘bad wood’? Or there’s a secret platform area just after the first section of the maze, where only one person in your group gets chosen. After having 4 runthroughs, I was chosen only once and it doesn’t matter whether you are at the front or back of a group. This platform is a dead end and whilst I didn’t know what was going to happen, I honestly didn’t expect 3/4 actors to get right in my face and you have nowhere to run and escape.
THORPE’S BEST EVER MAZE: VERDICT?
It’s almost like Sub Species, Chop Shop and Asylum all had a baby and Creek Freak Massacre was born. All the best features of these 3 mazes are conjoined into one and fits in Loggers Leap station. So after all my rambling, what’s my verdict? I LOVED IT. It gets a 6 pumpkin rating from me because each time I went through, it got better and better. I’ve never experienced anything like it, from chainsaws in my face to actors forcing me to bark like a dog. The theming and music inside this attraction is very well put together, the scare factor is off the charts and whilst I wouldn’t deem it as Thorpe’s most intense maze, if you don’t like being split up from your friends and being chased by chainsaws then you are going to find this incredibly scary. It gets a 10/10 from me and I look forward to getting back inside the Creek Wood Saw Mill soon.
You can visit Thorpe Park Fright Nights on 3rd to 6th Oct/10th to 13th Oct/17th Oct to 3rd Nov. For more information or to book tickets, please visit their website.
Whilst I would highly recommend this maze if you are planning to visit Fright Nights, if you are still hesitant to try out scare mazes in general or this very maze, feel free to check out my top tips on how to tackle scare mazes!
That’s all for now!