We were given free tickets to experience this year's Terror Island. Whilst we were given the free tickets, we have full editorial control of what our review of the event says.
Our Slasher Review
Terror Island is a scare event located on the Isle of Wight at Blackgang Chine. It has four attractions in The Blood Shed, Amphibious: Darklight, Hexcavation: Demon Keeper and new for 2022 Blind Alley. Hexcavation and The Blood Shed were intense. Blind Alley fell flat and Amphibious was lacked a finale. The event also has a few rides open as well as food, drink and roaming characters.
Top Tips - Wrap up warm, it can be cold!
Things That Bite - large group batching and hands on shoulder's
Value for Money - For what's there id say so but maybe not for the more expensive options.
Scare Rating - 3/5
Do We Recommend - If you're local 100%
Our Stalker Review
It’s been a few years since I last visited Terror Island at Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, with the last time being 2019. I had a blast back then so I was really excited to finally get back over. I arrived, checked in really quickly and handed my tickets. Once you have walked through the Terror Tunnel you are in the hub area. There is food, drinks, live dj, rides and there was also a couple of roaming characters. The giant screen in the area displays queue times but every now and then it switches to cctv cameras in the mazes so you can watch for a few seconds people going through the attractions, which I thought was a really fun idea. There were 3 of us in our group and we decided to head to our first maze of the night.
New for 2022 is Blind Alley, a hooded attraction. Those who know me know that hooded mazes have zero effect on me and unfortunately this was also the case for Blind Alley. The opening scene looked beautiful but due to the sound of the speakers being so high I couldn’t actually hear what the character was saying so I had no idea what the story was. The hooded section itself didn’t feel like it really contained much as not much really happened until near the end. We reached the last part of the hooded section, my hand got breathed on and then something happens that is different and fun and completely unexpected. We are then led out to the last room, unhooded and then ‘chased’ out. Even with the unexpected moment, the attraction unfortunately felt like it didn’t really have an atmosphere to it and it was just a bit simple for me but I imagine the locals will love it and find it scary if they haven’t experienced a hooded attraction before.
Next up was The Blood Shed. We did this a couple of times with different group sizes and noticed that smaller groups worked better than larger groups. The first character you meet is Rat Tail and he’s just the best. So intense, funny, creepy and it’s a great start and the intensity continues throughout with actors really jumping from many places to scare the crap out of you. The sets are beautiful. The only iffy bit was the electric chainsaw that did and didn’t work but other than that it hasn’t really changed that much since I last visited and it’s still as good as I remember.
Hexcavation Demon Keeper was next. I loved this attraction. It was just as intense and claustrophobic as I remember. The theming was really good and the scares came from direction. The surprise switch in the middle is still there and still freaks people out and it’s brilliant. We were told to put hands on shoulders throughout the attraction but it’s impossible to actually do in this attraction because of the tight spaces. The scares seemed mainly focused towards the people at the front of our group, which had about 10 people in, so those towards the middle and back kept missing out but otherwise it was still an enjoyable attraction, even if it was the busiest attraction of the night.
Last maze of the night was Amphibious Darklight. The attraction has been given a UV paint job and it works quite well. Like with the previous mazes, the first character you meet is really good and there’s a really cool effect when she enters the Darklight that changes her costume so well. The rest of the maze was a mix of dark scenes and then in scenes and it built and built and then just stopped. The finale scene just wasn’t there and so you just kind of end abruptly. The scares were mixed as some worked and some didn’t but nothing other than the first scene really stands out and I don’t remember much.
Terror Island was a very mixed bag. Whilst it has two amazing attractions in Hexcavation and The Blood Shed, these are slightly dampened by the hands on shoulders and larger batching groups. Amphibious just needed a big scene at the end to give it a finale it was building to and Blind Alley, well, it just needs more stuff happening.
I want to say a huge thank you to Terror Island for inviting us over to visit. For more information and to book tickets you can visit the Terror Island website.
Review written by Dom