Thorpe Park Resort has today unveiled a gory billboard featuring zombies feasting on blood and entrails, to promote two new exclusive The Walking Dead mazes. It marks the launch of the theme park’s annual ‘Fright Nights’ season starting on 29th September, which will be biggest in its history, running for more days than ever before.

The living billboard, which soaked unaware passing commuters in blood and guts this morning in London, was created using over 50 kilogrammes of offal (animal organs and entrails) and blood.

Thorpe Park Resort in Surrey has secured an exclusive deal with the U.S. television network AMC to launch two new live-action attractions based on the globally renowned TV series The Walking Dead. The mazes coincide with the premiere of The Walking Dead Season 8 on 23rd October at 9pm on FOX and the landmark 100th episode.

The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare 2 | Thorpe Park Resort Fright Nights
The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare 2 | Thorpe Park Resort Fright Nights

The indoor maze called The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare will see visitors experience terrifying iconic scenes of the global phenomenon, including the world’s first live attraction featuring of season 7. They will join other survivors on the brink of death at the mercy of the notorious Negan.

In The Walking Dead: Sanctum, guests will experience a live-action outdoor maze like no other. Following in the footsteps of survivors, they have to navigate their way past the roaming walkers or risk being captured.

Marketing executives at Thorpe Park Resort are trialling the new interactive gore-fest billboard in East London, with a view to rolling out the new advertising format nationwide in September and October. Mounted on a truck, it will be touring London to promote Fright Nights this autumn.

Local resident Louis Hogan tweeted: “Woke up to a shocking sight this morning. Cheers @THORPEPARK – breakfast straight down the toilet!”

Dominic Jones, Divisional Director, at Thorpe Park Resort said, “Fright Nights is THORPE PARK Resort’s biggest event of the year, and we’re hugely excited to bring the worldwide phenomenon that is The Walking Dead to our visitors. Each of the two specially built mazes are absolutely terrifying and are definitely not for the faint hearted.”

As part of the advertising campaign, the zombies also took to the street armed with sandwich boards and golf sale signs to promote the two new attractions sending East London hipsters into a frenzy.

Maze Description’s –

Sanctum: Those who arrive… survive. New for 2017, follow in the footsteps of survivors on your journey to refuge, but look beyond and all is not what it seems. Make your way to sanctuary past the roaming walkers or risk being captured. Will you survive THE WALKING DEAD: Sanctum?

Living Nightmare: Your fate is sealed, Lucille is coming. New for 2017, nightmares become reality as you find yourself with other survivors at the terrifying mercy of the notorious Negan. Choose your path and decide your fate in THE WALKING DEAD: Living Nightmare.

This year’s Fright Nights at Thorpe Park Resort will run between:

Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October

Friday 6th October – Sunday 8th October

Friday 13th October – Monday 16th October

Friday 20th October – Tuesday 31st October.

Thorpe Park Resort will be open on these dates between 10am – 10pm. Fright Nights starts from 3pm on most days and half-term mazes will be open from 12 noon.

The two new attractions for 2017 are themed around The Walking Dead. The indoor maze is called Walking Dead: Living Nightmare and the outdoor maze is called Walking Dead: Sanctum.

Other mazes returning for 2017 include: SAW Alive, Big Top and Platform 15.

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