Fright Nights 2017 launched at Thorpe Park Resort last night as AMC’s The Walking Dead invaded the Island. Featuring two brand new mazes centred around the global horror phenomenon, as well as the return of some old favourites, this year’s event promised to be one of the biggest to date. SouthParks were invited to the media launch event to experience this year’s offering.

Headlining 2017’s event are two new mazes based on hit television show, The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare sees guests come face to face with the notorious Negan as they try to escape and survive and is the first attraction to feature scenes from season 7. One of the things which really stands out is the immersive theming and attention to detail throughout the maze, the attraction features a number of set pieces which fans of the show will easily recognise, however those who may not be familiar with the programme will also be able to appreciate the way the sets immerse you into the attraction. Right from the beginning, the actors set up a clear storyline, however, due to the maze being a free flow attraction, there are times when this does get lost as some of the scenes don’t always flow into each other as you move from one set piece to the next. Overall The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare is a strong addition to the Fright Nights Line Up, one which can be enjoyed by both fans of the show, and those who have not seen it before.

Also debuting for 2017 is The Walking Dead: Sanctum, based on Terminus which featured in season 4 and 5 of the TV show. Described as an outdoor maze, the attraction sees guests try to avoid the roaming walkers and being captured. Once again the Resort have installed some great, detailed theming, although the attraction would probably be better described more as a scare zone, as opposed to a typical maze. Whilst it relies on more low key scares than many of the other attractions, it does include some strong performances from a range of actors as you make your way through the attraction.