“They told of dripping stone walls in uninhabited castles and of ivy-clad monastery ruins by moon-light, of locked inner rooms and secret dungeons, dank charnel houses and overgrown graveyards, of howlings and shriekings, groanings and scuttlings.”
The above is an excerpt from The Woman in Black, which always reminds me of Terror of the Towers. For me, it sums up the feel of the attraction; the pure, classic, gothic horror of it.
I was sad to learn that the enduring Scarefest staple will not return for Scarefest 2018. In its place, a new attraction, dubbed ‘Project 42′, will grace this year’s lineup. No one can know for sure what the future holds for Terror of the Towers, but for now we must bid a sad farewell to the experience, which has clung firmly to Alton Towers’ Halloween offering under various configurations since 2002.
I first experienced Terror of the Towers in 2012, which also happened to be its last year as a free maze, and I was blown away by the level of detail. Its deeply atmospheric and theatrical theming made me feel like I was immersed in my own personal horror film.
I always loved the strobe finale, which for me, consistently delivered. My best moment came when I felt helplessly lost in this segment whilst at the front of my group, trying desperately to steer them but getting hit with scare after scare while the soundtrack boomed in an intense crescendo.
One of my favourite aspects of TOTT was how perfectly the concept fitted into the setting. The external theming took care of itself; it was the Towers themselves, resplendent under a dark October sky, and thus the experience began in the queue line, with a bit of Charlie Clouser and mood lighting to set the scene. Perfect.
The format had become familiar, especially in recent years, but for me, this never impacted my enjoyment. It was the old faithful, a sensation akin to curling up with a bowl of popcorn to watch Halloween on a cold autumn evening.
October won’t be the same without it.