Fright Nights

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Fright Nights
Warner Bros. Movie World Halloween Fright Nights Logo.jpg
Genre Halloween
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Warner Bros. Movie World
27°54′26.17″S 153°18′45.54″E / 27.9072694°S 153.3126500°E / -27.9072694; 153.3126500Coordinates: 27°54′26.17″S 153°18′45.54″E / 27.9072694°S 153.3126500°E / -27.9072694; 153.3126500
Inaugurated 2006
Website
Official website

Fright Nights (previously Halloween Family Fun Nights and Halloween Fright Nights) is a seasonal Halloween event held at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[1] The event began in 2006 as Halloween Family Fun Night as a single night event and has since evolved into a major park event across a month.[2][3]

History[edit]

Despite many American media influences, Halloween is frowned upon by some due to it having little relevance to the Australian culture.[4][5] Fellow Gold Coast theme park, Dreamworld was the first to hold a Halloween themed night event. This event occurred once in April 2004, rather than October when Halloween actually takes place.[6] This event has never been held since.

In 2006, Warner Bros. Movie World picked up on the idea and decided to run a single Halloween Family Fun Night held on 31 October with a Scooby-Doo theme. Due to the event being sold out, the park extended the event to become a 3-night event.[7][8]

This format remained until 2009 when Movie World decided to re-theme the event to target an older audience. The park advertised "extreme experiences at this event not suitable for children".[3] In 2010, Warner Bros. Movie World worked with Sudden Impact Entertainment and Lynton V. Harris to produce mazes based upon the Nightmare on Elm Street and Saw franchises.[9] Sudden Impact also created the Psycho maze. On 20 September 2010, it was announced that "Freddy's Nightmare Maze will be in Show Stage, the Saw Maze will be in a custom built area behind the Wild West Falls area and the Psycho 3D Maze will be in the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster foyer/entrance".[10] The SAW maze was originally due to be built in a sound stage, however, this was booked and a custom built space was built as a replacement.[11]

Just after the conclusion of the 2010 event, it was announced that the event would return in 2011.[12] In the middle of August 2011, Warner Bros. Movie World began to announce mazes for the 2011 event. On 1 September 2011, full details for the 2011 event were released with the event's name changing to Fright Nights. The Saw and Psycho 3D mazes from 2010 will return alongside the new Zombie Apocalypse Maze (to be located in the adjacent Studio complex) and the new Arkham Asylum Maze (to be located in the show stage).[13][14][15][16]

In 2012, the event returned with new mazes and a collection of live shows.[17] The Psycho 3D Maze, the Les Damned de Burlesque show and the Club Blood bar all returned. New mazes included The Film Vault, The Walking Dead Maze and Hillbilly Slasher. New shows included the Creatures of Rock, Death Derby and Thriller Dance.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25]

Fright Nights will return in 2013. It is scheduled to run on seven nights in October.[26] An attraction list has been announced with a new slew of mazes and shows. Returning is Club Blood but everything else is new with two new shows, Carnevil and Space Cowboy being the two shows for this year. Four mazes, Hillbilly Slasher 2, The Darkness, a completely revisioned The Walking Dead maze and Evil Dead maze. All rides were open on the night except for Justice Leagure: Alien Invasion.

Attraction history[edit]

The following table contains a list of the scare zones and shows since the event was established in 2006.[27]

Year Name Slogan Mazes Shows Rides Other Notes
1 2006 Halloween Family Fun Night Fright Zone All rides N/A [28]
2 2007 Halloween Family Fun Nights It's baaack... Fright Zone Looney Tunes Halloween Show
3 other shows
All rides N/A [29][30]
3 2008 Halloween Family Fun Nights Arkham Asylum
Fright Zone
Scary Maze
Zombie Laser Hunt
Batman Show
Repeat Offender concert
All rides N/A [31][32]
4 2009 Halloween Fright Nights This time it's not so funny. Bedlam Manor
Dragon Alley
Fun House
Zombie Kill Zone
Bloody Freestyle MotoX
Les Damned de Burlesque
Nightmare House
6–9pm
Batwing Spaceshot
Lethal Weapon
Superman Escape
Wild West Falls
6–11pm
All other rides except Kids WB Fun Zone
N/A [1][3][33][34][35]
5 2010 Halloween Fright Nights Oh yes... there will be blood. Freddy's Nightmare Maze
Psycho 3D maze
Saw Maze
Live Freak Show
The Offering
Zombie Motor Cross Live Show
6–9pm
Batwing Spaceshot
Lethal Weapon
Superman Escape
Wild West Falls
6–11pm
All other rides except Kids WB Fun Zone
N/A [36][37]
6 2011 Fright Nights You won't come back the same. Arkham Asylum Maze
Psycho 3D maze
Saw Maze
Zombie Apocalypse Maze
Circus of the Damned
Les Damned de Burlesque
Saw Short Film
6–9pm
Batwing Spaceshot
Lethal Weapon
Superman Escape
6–11pm
Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster
Club Blood[note 1] [13][14][15]
7 2012 Fright Nights Can you survive the night? The Film Vault
Hillbilly Slasher
Psycho 3D Maze
The Walking Dead Maze
Creatures of Rock
Death Derby
Les Damned de Burlesque (Vampire Burlesque)
Thriller Dance
6–9pm
Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy
Batwing Spaceshot
Green Lantern Coaster
Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D
Superman Escape
6–10:30pm
Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster
Club Blood[note 1] [17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][38][39][40][40]
8 2013 Fright Nights Movie World's Dark Side Walking Dead Maze
Hillbilly Slasher 2 Maze
Evil Dead Maze
The Darkness Maze
Carnevil
Space Cowboy
6–9pm
Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy
Batwing Spaceshot
Green Lantern Coaster
Superman Escape
6–10:30pm
Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster
Club Blood [26][41]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b A bar with a DJ, alcohol and cage dancers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "Halloween Fright Nights at Warner Bros. Movie World". MyFun. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Messenger, Jordan. "Movie World "Fright Nights" – A history". GCGuy.net. Retrieved 12 Oct 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Warner Bros. Movie World (2009). Halloween Fright Nights Brochure. 
  4. ^ Banks, Andrew (31 October 2009). "Should Australians be Hallo-weaned off Halloween celebrations". News.com.au. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Rachel Browne; Jonno Seidler (1 November 2009). "Halloween Australia Sydney". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Parkz Members (2004). "Fright Night". Parkz. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Jamberoo Fan (26 October 2006). "Halloween at Warner Bros. Movie World". Parkz. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  8. ^ ParkFan-Germany. "Halloween at Warner Bros. Movie World". Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Lewis, Maria (23 September 2010). "Ghosts, ghouls, spectres". Gold Coast Bulletin. 
  10. ^ "Warner Bros. Movie World - Gold Coast, Australia". Facebook. 20 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Messenger, Jordan (5 November 2010). "Lynton V Harris "Fright Night" Interview". Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Movie World Fright Nights (5 November 2010). "Movie World Fright Nights's Photos - Profile pictures". Photo. Facebook. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World (17 August 2011). "This year, a new". Facebook. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World (16 August 2011). ""Why so serious?"...". Facebook. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World (1 September 2011). "Fright Nights". MyFunFright Nights at Warner Bros. Movie World. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World (1 September 2011). "Movie World’s Freaky Fright Nights are Back!". Press Release. MyFun. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Movie World Fright Nights". MyFun. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "The Film Vault". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "The Walking Dead". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  20. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "Hillbilly Slasher". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  21. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "Psycho 3D Maze". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "Thriller Dance". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  23. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "Creatures of Rock". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  24. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "Death Derby". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  25. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "Vampire Burlesque". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  26. ^ a b "Overview". Warner Bros. Movie World. 2013. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  27. ^ Wilson, Richard. "Halloween hits Movie World". Roller-Coaster.com.au. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  28. ^ "Movie World, Gold Coast theme park". Warner Bros. Movie World. 21 October 2006. Archived from the original on 21 October 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  29. ^ Clark, Ian. "Halloween at Movieworld Report". Parkz. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  30. ^ Irvine, Ashley (3 November 2007). "Halloween Family Fun Night (1st - 11 - 2007)". Parkz. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  31. ^ Clark, Ian (November 2008). "Halloween at Warner Bros. Movie World". Theme Park Photography. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  32. ^ Klassen, Nathan (28 October 2008). "Halloween 2008". Parkz. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  33. ^ "Westcoaster - Warner Brothers Movie World" (Photos). Westcoaster. 10 November 2009. p. 2. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  34. ^ "Halloween Fright Nights". Nine Gold Coast News. October 2009. 
  35. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World (2009). 2009 Halloween Fright Nights (Park Map). Warner Bros. Movie World. 
  36. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World. "Movie World Fright Nights". MyFun. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  37. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World. "Halloween Fright Nights - Attractions". MyFun. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  38. ^ "Fright Nights 2012". MyFun. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  39. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World. "FAQ". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  40. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "SCOOBY-DOO Spooky Coaster". MyFun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  41. ^ "FAQ". Fright Nights. Warner Bros. Movie World. 2013. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 

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