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Issue 16: Lynton V Harris interview

Issue 16Coaster Kingdom interviewed Lynton V Harris from The Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company.

What do you think makes these style of attractions work? Have you experienced any of Sudden Impact's work? Do you agree that the cattle-call throughput of Universal's and Knotts' mazes detract from the overall experience?

And what about The Freezer? Do you agree that since Tussauds have taken over, overall quality has dropped?

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Really interesting, never really knew much about who did these mazes etc. I must say that was one thing that dissapointed me with the Uni Studios mazes that there were too many people going through at the same time.

Also Asylum/Freezer has been lousy ever since the first year. The actors just stand there and look at you while in the first year they would run towards you, smash the fences etc etc.

Really good interview, the magazine articles are just getting better and better!

Sal x

Author: Sally on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Terror of the Towers in the first year was OK, but amazing in the second year.... do you know whether the revamp was the work of Sudden Impact/LVH as personally it seemed far more theatrical with the actors playing parts instead of just wandering around with meat cleavers.

Interesting article BTW :)

Author: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I can confirm that the re-vamp in the second year was the work of Ben O'Hara, ex Head Of Entertainment at Alton. Wokring with a solid formula Ben took the concept and gave it much more of a Theatrical slant, dramatising the experience and giving the whole attraction a storyline for customers to follow. I agree - it was very strong in its second year!

Author: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Best article so far! Freezer in 2002 was utterly magnificent and even had me running into dead ends to escape the freaks.

The Freezer made me go to Universal Studios just for Halloween Horror Nights and it certainly didn't dissapoint. I agree that they are too high a capacity although there are more people screaming and running which can also help create an atmosphere of panic.

Reading this has also encouraged me to go to Warwick Castle. I had no idea it was so highly regarded.

Simon Finn

Author: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

On this websites recommendation I visited Tulleys farm in oct last year for their Halloween event. They had a tractor ride similar to the work of Lynton Harris and it was excellent.

I got the bug and did Asylum and Hellgate at Thorpe Park. I really liked both, although if they are not as good as Freakshow and Freezer it looks like I missed a treat.

I will make sure I do more of these mazes as I love the idea, and hopefully I will manage to do the one at warwick.

Thanks for a really good report, it was very educational.

Author: Carl on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A wonderful read, thanks. I loved Hellgate but it clearly didn't have the care and attention paid to it that some of Sudden Impacts mazes do.

Author: Debbie on Thursday, March 02, 2006

A great article. A really interesting and worthwhile read. Thanks a lot.

Author: Jon Emmony on Sunday, March 05, 2006


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