On 11 October, I was invited to take a sneak peak at Sentosa Spooktacular 2012, to get a taste of what was in store for those who would dare to brave the nights leading to Hallow’s Eve (my favourite day of the year) at a location that is no stranger to the supernatural – Fort Siloso, which will be open to the public for the first time ‘after hours’, where a cohort of 200 ghosts, who were successfully recruited, making it Singapore’s largest Asian horror fest and distinctively setting Sentosa Spooktacular apart from other Halloween events this October 19 and 20, and 26 to 28, from 7pm to 11pm.
A little bit of history..
To the uninitiated – During World War II , Singapore was a British colony and Fort Silioso was one of twelve coast artillery batteries which made up ‘Fortress Singapore’. Although there are visible remains of some other batteries to be found on Singapore, Fort Siloso is the sole restored battery. And of course, Fort Siloso played little part in the defence of Singapore since the Japanese decided to come in on bicycles via the Malaysia-Singapore causeway. Leaving the guns to have nothing to shoot at – they were pointing the wrong way!
However, after occupation, the Japanese were more than happy to take over the Fort. There are many, many stories of executions that occurred near the Fort and, of course, even more stories and accounts of paranormal sightings in the area.
Now on to the event…
The organisers seem to be all set to scare the living daylights out of thrill-seekers as four newly-crowned ambassadors were unveiled for Sentosa’s annual marquee Halloween event; the Pontianak, the Chinese Ghost Bride, the Dead Soldier and the Chinese Vampire. These iconic ghouls of the Asian folklore will front the five new Horror Trails; Ouija Board, Camp Berhantu, Deadly Doll Studio, The Land of Lost Souls as well as The Last Sequel.
Said Mr. Jimmy Wong, Events Director, Sentosa Leisure Group: “This year, it is all about authenticity when presenting horror at Sentosa Spooktacular. Fort Siloso today stands as a reminder to one of the most tempestuous chapters in local history. With the addition of our Asian supernatural entities, we were able to tap into their individual experiences and cultures to bring to life the Asian folklore that we grew up with. After all, what can be more realistic and scary than finding out if there is any truth to these urban legends?”
Now what do I think?? A big A plus for effort… that’s not a bad thing when I say effort. ‘Cause here’s the thing I think it’s much more of a ‘shock’ fest than a ‘fright’ fest. And I’m not one who gets scared or shocked easily… unless it’s preschool bills… scares the @#^%* outta me.
But then again… that’s just me. I saw quite a few groups screaming and getting a real fright from some of the ‘ghosts’. But really, the naturally cramped tunnels do have a tendency to make you a little jumpy… and the fort’s history is nothing to take comfort in. Hmm I wonder if any of them were real??
In addition to the natural tunnels, you’ve also got some twists and turns made specifically for this event. Next you have smoke machines to add to the atmosphere. But for me it seemed a little to much… now I don’t know if it’s just me (I recently went for Lasik so eyes are still adjusting) but there were times I couldn’t see anything and the only thing on my mind was to put one foot in front of the other and not walk into a wall – I did walk in to a couple of barrels though.
However, when I could see, which was for most parts, the place was very nicely done and I especially like the Thai-themed area with the flight stewardess, Muay Thai figters and Zombie Ladyboys!
Also do remember to catch the dance act featuring the 4 main cast members, the Pontianak, the Chinese Ghost Bride, the Dead Soldier and the Chinese Vampire, and more done flashmob style.
Everything is all pretty and nice with a little frightful thrown inside. But I have to say my biggest disappointment was with the food. I bout a serving of sausages and wings (3 pcs) for $5 each. The sausages were ‘ok’ at best but the wings were simply frightful… in terms of the QC that went into it.
The sauce might as well have been actual blood… in fact actual blood might have been a better choice. The wings were soaked in a sour, tangy red coloured sauce with an even more sour aftertaste. I could only bring myself to finish one wing – and I was famished having not had anything since lunch. I hear that there will be more stalls to come, but really the food is something i’d be really wary of… more so than the ghosts. Come to think of it, maybe they used the food to keep the real spirits at bay.
The food aside it was a very enjoyable experience. Now if you’re looking to bring your date out and still looking for an excuse to hold hands… look no further than Sentosa Spooktacular 2012. Just as long as she’s not the one comforting and looking after you!
|Ticket Price:||Early Bird:||$36||Till 15 Oct, limited tickets|
|Student Rate:||$28||Valid for 19th & 20th Oct only (Limited tickets)|
|Islanders:||15% off standard tickets|
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