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Tuesday, August 21 2018 23:30

Halloween: Six Flags is Going to Hell for Fright Fest this Year...

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Six Flags is going to Hell. When the annual Fright Fest opens for the 2018 season, three of the parks - Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, and Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL (one of our local haunts*) - will feature new haunted attractions based on CBS Films' upcoming movie, HELL FEST, which hits theaters Friday, September 28, 2018.

In collaboration with Hell Fest creators, these Six Flags theme parks will transform haunted mazes into real life replicas of the movie’s most unnerving, goriest and most epic scenes.

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“Our guests visit Fright Fest to experience the scariest and most haunting attractions in North America. Partnering with CBS Films adds a new, completely immersive in-park experience to our existing lineup and will take this year’s event to a whole new level of fear,” said Vice President of North America Strategic Marketing & Partnerships Stephanie Borges.

Guests who are brave enough to enter will walk through the Devil’s Mouth into The Hell Fest Maze and venture through a number of rooms, each themed to depict scenes straight from the movie, including:

  • The Mausoleum, an increasingly narrow corridor that forces guests to feel the touch of death;
  • The Mask Room a haunting room filled with floating white faces that could spring to life when visitors least expect it;
  • The Doll Room, filled with dolls straight out of the worst nightmares; and
  • The Torture Chamber, where the bodies of the disassembled, dissected and disemboweled wish to share their horrific ending.

Room by room, guests must find their way out, or risk being trapped by “The Other,” the movie’s deranged antagonist.

“Fall means Halloween and for millions of people, Halloween means Fright Fest at their favorite Six Flags theme park,” commented the film’s director Gregory Plotkin, who continued, “We are excited for Six Flags patrons to have the unique opportunity to step inside the terrifying world of ‘Hell Fest.’ I can’t wait to hear the screams and laughter!”

Fright Fest runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 15 through October 31. Operating schedules vary by park. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

Speaking of Great America (we've been there twice in the past four days), rumor has it that there's a major attraction announcement coming on August 30th. The rumors that are swirling have covered ground from a water coaster taking the place of the recently-demolished Pictorium to a car-ride or another steel coaster. Recent trademark filings for Six Flags include the names "MAXX FORCE" and "WEST COAST RACERS," so those could hold clues. Personally, I'm crossing my fingers for a kid-friendly redevelopment of the aging Kidzopolis (former Wiggles World) or the recently-debranded Camp Cartoon (which lost Hanna-Barbera characters and Cartoon Network theming for the 2018 season). Stay tuned!

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