While the event will include a traditional maze in the theater’s basement, “The Purge: Fear the Night” will also invite guests to freely roam around upstairs and interact with more than 40 actors portraying members of the Founding Fathers group depicted in the film. Some guests who give up their cellphone numbers may also be contacted with clues throughout the evening.
At Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., the 10 mazes that comprise the 41-year-old Knott’s Scary Farm haunt are based on original storylines, not established franchises. Without such brand equity, the organizers are hoping some new tricks — such as suspending “scare-actors” from the ceiling of a magical maze — will attract victims.
For the second year, Knott’s will also feature a special attraction called “Trapped,” which requires advanced reservations and costs an extra $60 on top of a regular ticket.
Unlike the conga-line labyrinth structure of most haunts, “Trapped” strands no more than six visitors inside fear-inducing environments where they must overcome phobias or solve puzzles, such as eating bugs or escaping a giant rat cage, to progress through the attraction.
“It’s an opportunity to do what we’ve never been able to do in our other mazes,” said Lara Hanneman, director of technical entertainment for the theme park. “We’re able to have many more interactions with our guests that go beyond just jumping out and scaring them.”