Last night I along with a friend attended the opening night for the new horror attraction ScreamPark. It is set in Event City Manchester right next to the Trafford Centre and is open until November 2nd.
We arrived 15 minutes early and the queue was not long at all. On entering we were plunged into a dim lit smoky room which resembled a military zone, soldiers everywhere and people with microphones warning us of a imminent zombie attack. Then the main gates opened and into the main arena we went.
This area very much resembled some sort of horror movie zombie apocalypse. Military personal everywhere with tents, medical rooms, men in white suits etc. Then everywhere we went – Zombies, ghouls and a whole hoard if hideous undead creatures pounced.
Some of them very frightening indeed. They would scare, chase and even grab unsuspecting visitors and would be waiting on every corner.
One if the scariest ones was probably this clown. He seemed to be everywhere I went and enjoyed chasing me around. Even came right up to my face singing cry baby.
The main area was pretty big with a few different things going on which we had to walk past and have things jump and chase us constantly. One of the attractions included a zombie containment cage in which several monsters were apparently locked inside a big electrified cage and they would bang and growl as we walked past.
Only the cage was nor actually locked and every so often they would burst through the gate and chase someone.
The other attractions included a military style show in which soldiers would check mouths and hands of visitors for zombie contamination and then ended up being over run by zombies. Gun shots would go off and the lighting and whole mood was quite eerie.
This actually reminded me of those horror films where there is a disease outbreak and the diseased come back from the dead.
In another section a temporary medical station had been set up. Casualties lay on beds and a doctor in a white coat is there. He goes over to a female patient and….Watch the video to find out what happens.
You should beable to hear everyone's screams in the background too. It was a spooky place to be.
A bar was available too which provided a little safe haven from the creatures. Food was sold and the hot dogs were rather tasty. Outside the main arena are fair rides including a ghost train, fun house, big wheel and a few fast rides. No zombies were here either so when we needed a break from being chased, out we went. The rides were all free as they are included in the admission price of £20.
The whole event is on for 4 hours, but after 3 hours or so we felt we had pretty much seen and done everything quite a few times over. The actors were very good with some scary effects and costumes and managed to make quite a few people scream including myself. I did feel that there could have been more, but this was the opening night so maybe there will be as the nights go on. Tickets cost £20 which I think is a little expensive for what we actually saw. I think this should be a little lower. However we enjoyed the experience and it certainly made a much welcome change than the usual evening routine.
This undead soldier scared the hell out of me!
Behind him is the zombie cage I mentioned.
If you want to go to ScreamPark then visit their website for more information and to buy tickets. It is open from 7pm to 11pm until the beginning of November.
Don't have nightmares now!
This guy was also one scary dude!
You can view my rather silly ghost train video here too.