When I was checking out the news article about Thirteen at Alton Towers, I noticed a blurb at the bottom about Thorpe Park and SAW. I assumed at first glance it was referring to SAW The Ride which opened last year, but at a closer look I realized they were referring to SAW Alive, which is a new horror maze this year at Thorpe Park.
I was already reeling at the prospect of guests being "treated to special effects simulating the feeling of being shot with the smell of urine and embalming fluid wafting around...", when I saw this. I guess Thorpe Park goes all out when creating their special effects. Whoa.
I have no words really. Do you? I can't help but wonder, how many of you would be willing to make a contribution to this effort? :)
Eewww! Talk about overblown marketing.
That's pretty foul. I'm all for seeing a realistic haunted attraction, but I really don't want to be thinking that the disgusting bathroom stench I'm being subjected to won somebody 500 pounds.
Talk about overblown marketing.
And much like the "hype" about signing waivers and ride limits on Th13teen at Alton, it's the way the company chooses to market new attractions. Hyperbole. I think it's probably mostly a cultural difference more than being peculiar to the ownership (Merlin/Blackstone, whatever the name is today)... ;)
When I first "SAW' the title of this thread, I thought you were talking about six flags astroworld.
As far as I'm concerned, the only thing the only thing that might be worse than this is if they had gone with Hostel. I haven't seen a minute of either- I think, psychologially speaking, the Saw movies seem like interesting stories, but the torture-porn aspect of it makes me say no thank you.
So I guess Saw Alive is a dark maze with the usual pop-out scares combined with scenes in which real actors re-create (stunts? challenges? what are they called?) just like in the movie - complete with gnawed off limbs and the aforementioned stench. Ick.
As one who closes his eyes "during the scary part" and one who tries to avoid haunted attractions altogether, I'd probably pass on this and wait for the rest of you over there at the coaster! The Saw franchise is huge, though, and this foulest urine contest probably whipped up a frenzy of interest in the new attraction.
I'm with you RCMAC. Haunted attractions in general aren't my thing. But I think this pushes the envelope even of haunted attractions. It's hard for me to imagine that anyone would find the simulation of being shot to be entertaining. And yeah, the whole urine thing still leaves me without words.
I get the shock factor, especially as it pertains to marketing. But seriously? The whole horror movie simulation thing just doesn't do it for me.
Just the opposite here. I've been pining for more 'adult' halloween events/attractions at parks for years now. I think something like this sounds like the best attempt in that direction that I've heard of so far.
However, I'm the type that has a hard time suspending disbelief and don't find scary movies and attractions to be 'scary' in the least.
I'm with you, Gonch.
I'm really wanting something to really give a good scare/mind"f" at Halloween, but everything falls short.
I'm with you guys, minus the pee.
Yeah. I'm not sure about pee. Well, peeing babies, maybe.
I think there needs to be more pee. ;)
Eew, asparagus pee? Gross.
Well, jeez Gonch, there's no need to head to the UK; I'm sure we can drum up a lower budget, pee-inspired, horror... no, I can't. I, I can't.
Oh, the horror! The pee-inspired horror!
The scarier, the better, but I really don't view gross-outs in haunted attractions as scary. Maybe the pee thing is to make people uncomfortable, which may help with the startles some.
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