When Madame Tussauds announced that their new attraction was going to be based on the latest Alien movie, we have to admit that we were ever so slightly surprised! Of Merlin’s offerings, Tussauds is more towards the ‘perfect for the whole family’ end of the scale and definitely not the place that you’d expect them to open a horror attraction in. But they did so here we are reviewing Alien: Escape!
We’d loosely call Alien: Escape a scare attraction – not to diminish what it is at all but if you go in expecting even a mini scare maze, you’re likely to be disappointed. Yes, there are actors but they’re not really utilised in the expected fashion. There was one moment with an actor that stood out as being particularly odd. About halfway through the experience we were greeted by a survivor who informed us that we needed to watch a briefing on a screen, directing our attention to the incredibly unlikely place where the screen was supposed to be. Rather than delivering the scare, his role seemed to be to set one up. One that didn’t work at all thanks to the bad staging. Unless this was an attempt to nab a stealthy photo op, we can’t understand why an actor was used in this particular section.
In many ways, this attraction was akin to the Ghostbusters experience at the New York Tussauds – check our review out here and watch the embedded walk through video. They’re just typical Tussauds exhibits with additional effects. And again, that’s not a negative comment – it’s fantastic to be walking through sets of the Covenant and then the Alien nests and so on but you’re still just looking at waxworks and nothing more. There’s minimal interaction with anything and this was most disappointing when we encountered the alien itself. We expected it to move or do something, which it never did – aside from spitting ‘acid’ at you.
And this is where expectations probably need to be tempered. This is absolutely nothing more than a Tussauds display with a few bells and whistles. If you take it on that level, it’s fantastic, walking around detailed sets themed to the movie. If you’re expecting a kinetic scare maze, you’re not going to get that here. Given that it isn’t an up-charge attraction and it’s situated in a crazily busy venue, it’s probably about as much as Tussauds can do.
Second Opinion – This attraction was on the short side and definitely not worth going to Tussauds for alone.
Alien: Escape (2017) Madame Tussauds London
+ Great to see a family oriented attraction embracing a horror franchise.
+ Brilliant theming. All the iconic Alien imagery is present and accounted for.
- Actors not well utilised, one seemed to exist only to direct us to a very awkwardly positioned scare.
Alien Escape will scratch an itch if you happen to be visiting Tussauds, just go in expecting more of a waxwork exhibition than a haunt. It's a brief but fun time and worth checking out if you happen to be there!
Ticket Price: Circa £29 (entrance to Madame Tussauds)
Address: Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London NW15LR