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Movie World's Fright Nights

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Fright Night; for when Netflix's horror movies just won't do
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Spookily atmospheric streets


Ever wanted to walk through a real life horror movie, be terrified with your friends, eat 'blood' jam doughnuts and scream obnoxiously in public without being committed? Look no further than Movie World's Fright Nights, coming up this October.

The four mazes are Fright Night's main attractions. This past year's selection included The Evil Within Maze, a terrifying video-game preview brought to life. So much more authentic than watching the trailer on your game console. The others were a Wolf Creek 2 Maze, complete with the not-so-friendly outback Aussie Mick Taylor, along with a Jack The Ripper and a Cannibal Clowns maze. The mazes are set inside various buildings and converted sheds and really make you feel like you're there alongside the unfortunate victims. There's a little bit of comfort in the fact that you're all in a conga line holding each other's shoulders. Mick can't kill everyone, so there's a statistical advantage for you and your friends. Although, the downside to that is someone is probably going to scream in your ear. Hopefully not puke!

Aside from the mazes, of course, some victims [attendees] might say the real horror lies with the actors prowling the streets. At least in the mazes you know you're going to be scared. It's truly terrifying when it's your first fright night, you just watched the entrance show, saw all the actors run down the street and assumed they were getting ready for the mazes. Then you're heading for a maze, and it's almost dark but not quite, and is that a clown with a knife behind that wall to my left? So you poke your friend, and you look back, but the clown is gone, along with your reasoning for coming here.

I'm kidding, of course, about the scariest part - that would be how long you have to queue. The lines actually weren't so bad earlier in the night, but if you want to go on a ride - forget about it. Save it for a Movie World day trip. Yes, they'll tell you it's your only chance to ride a rollercoaster in the dark. Don't listen to them. Queuing for an hour and a half, minimum in a worst case scenario, is really not worth your time or money when you could be getting your pants scared off instead. Besides, a rollercoaster in the dark is boring. You can't see anything!

You can, also, buy a pass to skip queues, which may well be worth the money if you're a seasoned Fright Night junkie. Although there's probably a people-who-skipped-the-queue queue, it would definitely speed the process up. Also available is a VIP pass, which comes with a three course meal, themed of course, and a nice air-conditioned room to wait before it starts, instead of fighting for a spot in the gutter with the rest of the day pass peasants.

Fright Nights are held on selected nights throughout October. They're all good, but Halloween is possibly the best. Thanks to that old myth that ghosts and ghouls are freed for the night of October 31st, it adds an authentic spooky feel.

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Why? For a unique, creepy, awesome night out!
When: October 2015
Phone: Bookings & Info: 13 33 86
Where: Pacific Motorway, Oxenford QLD 4210
Cost: Fright Night ticket prices available closer to start date. Movie World Day Pass $79.
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