Having provided Thorpe Park with props in previous years, when it came to needing something new, the Fright Nights team didn’t hesitate in getting back in touch with us.
We made a trip down for a site visit with Entertainments Manager, Steph Ricketts, who explained that in addition to their requirement for fresh props, they needed a couple of props to fulfil specific requirements.
First up, was something particularly interactive for ‘The Walking Dead: Do Or Die’ maze. Steph explained that in one of the set pieces she wanted a “victim” to be executed over a trough. So we commissioned a prop where the actor could take hold of the hair of the mannequin, pull the head back as the throat was being slit and then blood would then be pumped from the neck.
Steph also required a puzzle for their revived horror escape attraction, ‘Containment’. As there was no “off the shelf” solution for what they needed, we discussed Steph’s requirements then modified a life-size dead body and hand applied tattoos on body parts that guests would have to find to complete the clues and make their escape.
“Mad About Scares are so knowledgeable about our event and the scare industry as a whole, so they always bring new ideas to the party” says Entertainments Manager, Steph, “Nothing is too much trouble for them, and I am always confident that they will deliver to my requirements and, most importantly, on time.”
Photo credit – Thorpe Park Frightnights
The Sessions House
Oliver Sneath, owner of The Sessions House, contacted Mad About Scares not only looking for props for his scare maze, but looking for some help and advice.
This was the first year that The Sessions House were attempting to scare the people of Spalding and further afield. Having visited other scare attractions and mazes around the country Oliver was keen to set up something terrifying but also unique to The Sessions House, which also happens to be his home!
“The team at Mad About Scares were only too happy to discuss my ideas and provide some meat to the bones”, says Oliver.
Sessions House has a great history and a creepy gothic feel to it, so Oliver’s ideas to draw on the history of the property were perfect. Through our discussions, we took note of how Oliver wanted to use the property and suggested the ideal horror props from our extensive stock to make the most of each space.
Mad About Scares provided Oliver with numerous highly detailed props including severed heads, torsos and limbs to give a gory finish to the maze. But the focal point had to be the fantastic wooden torture chair that had been specially built to be a truly terrifying feature.
Oliver said, “Opening a brand new maze in 2020 was a scary prospect, but Mad About Scares supported me through the whole process.”
Photo credit – The Sessions House