This month marked the opening of a new local attraction, the Fairplex Scareplex. The creators of the Queen Mary’s “Shipwreck” in Long Beach developed the concept and design of the new attraction. However, the Scareplex was a big loser compared to “Shipwreck.”
Scareplex was unsuccessful for many reasons. First of all, the attraction consisted of only four haunted mazes and a disco. There was a snack bar attendants could get food from, as well as a hot dog on a stick stand.
The first maze was promising because it was suspenseful and at times, frightening. After the experience of “Maze Three,” in which people were sent in small groups to walk around the twists and bends of the maze, the night seemed hopeful, as if more terror could be expected.
Costumed frights were around every corner. Skeleton-masked faces popped out of nowhere. A dead bride stood in a corner crying, hairy beasts followed guests nearly touching them.
When the visitors turned a final corner there was a big, fat chef dressed in blood spattered white chef’s clothes complete with hat, in a blood-spattered kitchen. He was holding a saw.
“That was really funny,” said Christina Collina of Covina.
“Massacre Mountain” was the title of the second maze, which was set on a small hill in the open air. Walking up the maze through a massive graveyard, it seemed as if it would be frightening. However, everything after the graveyard went down hill.
The creatures had nowhere to hide so any person could see the “scare” coming. Visual stimulation, however, was not lacking.
A woman tied upside down to a tree had her arms gnawed off by some creature. A man roasted on a barbeque while a linebacker in a cape asked passersby if they were hungry.
“It was really scary,” said Nicholas Scott, a fifth grader at Sycamore Elementary. “Things kept popping out at you.”
But to anyone 13 or older, the maze was an extreme disappointment.
“That maze was so lame,” said Steve Martinez of Hacienda Heights.
“Reaper’s Revenge” was an interesting maze and fully enclosed. The attraction was very artistic and three-dimensional. A walk through the maze left scare seekers impressed with the artistic capabilities of the coordinators, who succeeded in making people feel as if they were walking through bright neon forests, hanging spiders and within the intestines of a large glowing beast. Thus they made it pretty, not terrifying.
The final maze called “Voodoo Mountain” seemed as if the creators of the event could not think of anything unique to do, so they regurgitated all of the bad ideas from the other three mazes, forming the creation of “Voodoo Mountain.”
The same monsters, the same dummies, the same environment and the same dull concepts were used in this one maze that can best be described as boring.
To add to the splendor of the three mazes, the developers of the event decided that a disco would be just what their guests needed.
Equipped with lots of dance space, black vinyl couches and a stage, the disco would have been a nice place for people to congregate and complain about how terrible the mazes were.
As if the coordinators could predict what was going to happen, they turned up the music, which happened to be Britney Spears’ remixes to such a level of distortion that it altered the pulse with its fuzzy hypnotic beat, making the words impossible to hear, not that hearing it would make the event any better.
“This sucks,” said Anthony Aguilar, a student from Citrus College. “I could have gone to a party.”
His opinion seemed to be shared by many of the other Scareplex attendees, who for more than $20 each, realized that the event was a complete rip-off.
Michelle Loggia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.