Halloween Horror at the Scream Factory
The Extreme Tour
Based at the Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar, Scream Factory is now the biggest and only purpose built Halloween haunt in the North East. We were kindly asked to review their Halloween weekend spectacular and we were not disappointed!
We took part in their Extreme Tour, taking a walk around the Scream Factory in the dead of night.
We lined up in anticipation as our minds pondered on what terrible horrors awaited us! We were put into small groups and briefed on what to expect on the tour. It is a great event and perfect for stag and hen weekends with a real atmosphere of fear, excitement and camaraderie, as you prepare for your group to enter the Scream Factory.
We walked nervously down the dark woodland path to a scary looking barn. We entered cautiously, fumbling along as we struggled to see what was in front of us, but we were not alone in the darkness! Twisted and warped figures stepped out into the light, screaming and clawing in our direction. All bravado went out of the window and the group sped up in terrified panic as we bumbled through what can only be described as a terrifyingly twisted hillbilly town.
We regrouped, bunching up in fear as we left the town behind us, for the dark forest path in front of us. Strange characters appeared out of the darkness, many mauled and mutilated with truly hideous, shocking and disturbed looks. We were corralled into a narrow entrance by one of them as we were warned about the dangers ahead in the old abandoned mine. The next part was genuinely scary, exciting and hilarious as the group entered a dark maze of tunnels, fumbling with our hands to find the way. You were never quite sure if you were going the right way, often scaring yourself or your neighbour as you felt your way. A whole host of bizarre and unnerving characters sprung into life as we struggled to navigate our way to safety. It was great to see the varied reactions of the group, some speeding through first, a mix of bravery and terror, others hanging back, hoping to avoid the alarming and gruesomely bloodcurdling monsters that we encountered. Neither tactic seemed to work as they seemed to know exactly where you were and waited for their moment to strike. A clever mix of distraction and disguise meant you were often looking in the wrong direction as they approached. You would sometimes turn in terror as you raised the person behind you a not your friend but one of them!
It seemed like you were in the maze of tunnels for an age and we were very relived to finally escape, only to be confronted by a creepy hair-raising house of horrors slap bang in the middle of the woods. This spooky haunt was filled with ghostly characters from the Scream Factory’s warped imagination. The story began to come to light of a dark and twisted town where some unspeakable horror had happened. By now the group had all bonded, united together to help get us all out alive! We loved this element and think it would be the perfect activity to do for stag and hen weekends. A great ice-breaker to get everyone involved and introduced to each other. After all if you can survive the Scream Factory you can survive the stag do!
We worked our way gradually through a graveyard full of Zombies onto the Scream Factory Cinema. It is safe to say the cinema had seen better times, with its dilapidated, badly lit walls smeared with blood. They used clever illusions and devices to disorientate you, making you question if you were really going the right way. At one point we entered a mist filled room and struggled to find our way. A thin narrow claustrophobic escape was the only way out and we rushed through it, terrified of what was behind us.
Each area had its own theme, story and feel with unique, terrifying and chilling characters inside. They were all joined together by the dark woodland paths, packed full of sudden surprises. Each zone ramped up the fear factor, building to mind-blowing finale.
We would definitely recommend the Scream Factory as it is a truly great activity for a night out. The level of professionalism, attention to details and sheer size of the staging really blow your mind. The actors make sure you have a unique experience and get your moneys worth in terms of frights. They can even make sure you have a special personalised surprise or two for your stag or hen weekend if you contact them to arrange it.
We’d give the Scream Factory a solid 10 out of 10 as the whole trip was amazing from start to finish. The organisation was perfect, even with with the night sold out, we never had to stop or meet another group once on our experience, giving a seamless personalised feel to the event.
We were lucky enough to get to see a bit of the behind the scenes secrets that make the Scream Factory the hit that it is afterwards. We even got to meet some of the actors involved and their enthusiasm shone through, you could really tell they loved their job.
Scream Factory is located at the Kirkleatham Museum on the outskirts of the Seaside town of Redcar. This is the fifth year of Scream Factory and they have gone from strength to strength. It has grown every year with new additions to the site, this year has seen the sell out on multiple nights and even added two more timeslots on a couple of nights because of the popularity of it.