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Girl About Sussex Reviews Tulleys Haunted Cinema

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Those of you who read my post back in July, know what a huge fan I was of Tulleys Farm’s Drive in Cinema when it opened in the summer. Fast forward three very quick months and it’s now my favourite time of year again – Halloweeeeennnn! Luckily, the drive-in cinema hasn’t gone anywhere….

Every year, people from all over the UK come to Tulleys Farm for the legendary Shocktoberfest – an incredible event of rural, live action, haunted attractions deep in the Sussex countryside. After taking all the advice from local authorities and in adherence with government guidelines, Tulleys Farm owner, Stuart, made the decision to postpone the 25th anniversary of Europe’s Largest Scream Park until October 2021.

This year there will be no hay wagon rides into the woods, no twisted clowns or hooded highways to hell, but instead, Tulleys (The Home of Halloween) has turned the drive-in cinema into a #hauntedcinema extravaganza.

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I was kindly invited to the press launch last night and it was certainly a spook-tacular evening. Mischievous ghosts swarmed around our car on arrival, playfully engaging with us with their witty, unrehearsed ‘banter’. My friend asked me not to open the back window where she was sat, but I just couldn’t help myself. By the time we were checking in at the kiosk, we were all in stitches!

As with my last experience at the cinema, the check-in process was socially distanced and seamless. We were given our own wireless in-car speaker for the evening and the sound was clear and faultless. We drove into our allocated spot and decided to have a walk to see which celebs were on the ‘Black Carpet’. We spotted Zoe Sugg (Zoella), Shanie Ryan, Alife Deyes and the Olympian Perri Edwards. We were all here to watch the classic Shaun of the Dead, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy and lots of other well-known British actors. Apparently, it’s totally shameful that I had never seen it before!

It was completely dark by the time the movie began and BOOM, out of nowhere we were treated to a thrilling fire and light show. Huge flames lit up the sky from above the gigantic screen and I don’t know if it was psychological or not, but I instantly felt warmer. As the movie started, you could see the ghosts slowly fleeting amongst the cars.

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It was quite the treat having Bentley’s Steak House bring the classic American diner experience to our car – mouth-watering chicken burgers and the most delicious fries. A black bun vegan burger was also available. You can order through the QR code and pay online, so it’s all contactless.

The film was a laugh a minute and being completely in the dark of night, I was kind of grateful that it was more of a light-hearted choice. There’s a huge selection of films to go and see, from spine-tingling horrors like Paranormal Activity and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, to more family-friendly Halloween movies such as Goosebumps and Casper. A full listing to movies can be found here.

Tulleys’ believe in bringing people together, which somehow they managed to do with this socially distanced experience. It was more than just driving up and watching a film – it was like watching a live performance.

Tulleys Haunted Drive In Cinema and Diner is running from now until Sunday, 8 November, so there’s still plenty of time to book. Prices start from £20 per car.

Book now at www.tulleyshauntedcinema.co.uk.

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