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Get a tour of the largest and most successful scare park in New Zealand in . At the location of the former Kingseat Psychiatric Hospital, 45 km outside of Auckland, New Zealand, Beth and Andy Watson run the Spookers scare park. Featuring a large cast of actors dressing up as crazed inmates, chainsaw wielding clowns, and other ghoulies, the park is the largest and most successful in New Zealand. However, behind all the gore, the workers tell the stories of their very complex lives.

In Spookers, director Florian Habicht sets out to give the viewer thrills and chills, while also adding some heart. The various actors who work at the park end up telling personal stories about themselves, which are in turn dramatized as various dream sequences in the film. This adds a level of theatrically to the film, which increases its entertainment value somewhat.

I've always wanted to check out a scare park, whether it be the CNE's Screemers or Canada's Wonderland's Halloween Haunt, but I haven't yet found the courage to take the plunge. In Spookers, you can observe what goes on at a scare park, without working about getting frightened yourself. In fact, the film is much more quirky than scary, with its ultimate message being that it is OK to be who you are, even if you are perceived to be a freak.

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Spookers (2017)
Runtime:90 minutes
Director:Florian Habicht
Countries:Australia, New Zealand
(as Veronica Gleeson)
(storyline consultant)
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A close-knit New Zealand family run the most successful scare park in the Southern Hemisphere; facing their fears so others can face theirs.
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