Once everyone is inside a
projection appears on one of the windows showing an elderly cinema usher,
who reminisces about the history of the cinema, and his time there. There
were some touches of humour, but I found them a bit flat, and I thought the
sequence lasted a bit longer than it should have.
With the pre-show over it's in to the cinema room, which sadly doesn't
continue the art deco theme, just being painted plain black. Here you sit
down and watch a short safety video before the film starts.
Up to that point I hadn't exactly been wowed by the ride, but luckily things
made a major upswing thanks to the film on show called The Curse of Skull
Rock. You might recognise that name as it was shown at Drayton Manors 4D
cinema in 2009. It was a very good film about 3 pirates attempt to retrieve
a cursed treasure sunk at the bottom of a lagoon. It has some impressive
computer graphics, a good amount of humour and action. This is backed up
with some good 4D effects, such as water sprays, and some other good
surprises that manage to enhance viewing of the film without feeling to
distracting or gimmicky.
So one I'd recommend. One problem I have as a reviewer when it comes to
these novelty theatres is if the film changes regularly, so will the appeal
of the ride. Based on Cursed of Skull Rock, one of the better 4D films I've
seen, I would say this is a must do when visiting the park. If it was a
weaker film I don't think the pre-show and theming is enough to make it a
must do, where I'd go out of my way to be at the ride for a certain show
time, although I'd still do it if I was in the area at the right time.
However if your reading this and the Curse of Skull Rock is still showing
it's worth going out of your way to view it.