What is it about zombies at the moment? We know that The Walking Dead has been really popular, but recently we have seen a glut of zombie related attractions.
First out the stable was 2.8 Hours Later which keeps moving to new cities around the UK to keep the show fresh and exciting (especially with the new challenges that each new city brings). We reviewed the attraction in Bristol and Leeds and although the basic story is the same, it's the layout and features of the town that really make this show (as well as the amazing actors along the way!)
Next up came the insane Zombie Boot Camp, which took live action zombie role playing to a new level. Kitted out with Kevlar boy armour and riot shields there was only one way for any zombies that attacked us - and that was - down!! If you haven't read our review then you must read it now - this was one of the most brutal and raw experiences we have ever visited.
Following the incredible success of Boot Camp, a few other companies got into the zombie bashing mood. Zombie Shopping Mall, Zombie Training and Zombie Manor House all came up with different versions of the training and survival synopsis but this time using air-soft weaponry. Look out for future reviews of these attractions coming soon.
A few weeks back we experienced , a truly spectacular piece of theatre due to the incredible venue and the enthusiasm of the cast. Being trapped underground in the dark in a real nuclear bunker surrounded by "zombies" was both frightening and exhilarating - especially when our guide started firing real blank bullets!
Coming up later this year is Zombie Evacuation, the UK's first zombie 5k event where competitors will have to negotiate a course full of hazards (including hordes of ravenous zombies!)
On top of these e shows there are a number of large organised zombie gatherings all across the UK including Brighton's Beach of the Dead, The Birmingham Zombie Walk, and many, many more
So why do we love zombies so much?. Is this a rebellion against the state of the country at the moment with many people feel brain-dead through rising cuts and unemployment? Is it the belief that a a group we can rise up and change everything? Or is it the fact that we are sick of pretending to be nice and want to go back to our cannibalistic caveman like ways? Whatever it is - there's no denying - the zombies will be here for a very long time yet!
If you know of any new zombie events happening across the country then please let us know
It’s now almost a week since ScareCON and the internet buzz on Facebook and other social media shows little sign of slowing down! There are pictures of people in character, amusing anecdotes from the survivors of the scare rooms and a general feeling that this event was the best ever.
It was attended by some of the biggest names in the UK scare industry and every comment we have received is that the atmosphere was one of friendship and co-operation. There was no bitterness or rivalry, but a real desire to share and help fellow attraction owners – whether they be a major corporate theme park or a home hunter just taking their first steps.
Now ScareCON is over for another year, this is the time when parks and attractions really start to plan their upcoming Halloween product. Aside from a couple of out of season events (AtmosFEAR’s, Horror Camp Live and GNG’s Project Fear) it really now is all about the run up to Halloween. Have you started planning what you want to do this year? It keeps getting harder and harder to decide where to go so fortunately we have a good team of strong reviewers who we can send all over the country and beyond. Of course we are always looking for more reviews, so if you are passionate about this industry and want to help – let us know.
As many people know – I run this site single handedly but still manage to keep up to date with the latest news and keep things fresh and exciting whilst organising major events such as ScareCON. Hopefully this is why you keep coming back to us but of course we also need your support along the way. Keep on sending in your YOU reviews of attractions and don’t forget to keep the forum alive with chat and discussion - we can only respond to what you want so if there’s anything you don’t like just ask
In the mean time we will continue to bring you the first and best exclusive reviews such as Zombie Boot Camp and The Last Survivors. Look out for other exciting stories coming soon.
I should probably just wrap up by reminding everyone of our next ScareTOUR trip which will be to Project Fear on June 23rd. Booking needs to be organised through the official website where you will need to read all the terms and conditions before experiencing this solo attraction. This freaky new production was in testing this week and many of GNG’s own staff couldn’t make it through – so let’s see how we get on!
Scare you all soon!
Many of you will know me already. My name is Michael Bolton and I am passionate about Scare Attractions and being scared. I have been visiting and reviewing attractions since 2002. Why not come along on one of our trips and have a scream?