Horror favourite Farmaggedon is on the prowl for scare actors
4 months ago
If you’re a scaredy-cat whose legs turn to jelly at the sight of a spook and you’d rather hide behind the sofa than watch Dawn of the Dead, then it’s probably not for you…
But if you love a good horror and being scared until you scream, you could be about to land the job of a lifetime!
Farmaggedon is on the lookout for scare actors to help ‘frighten the heebie-jeebies’ out of the thousands of visitors set to visit the Ormskirk-based fear-fest for Halloween this year.
And Liam Hillier, who’s marketing manager for ‘one of the top 25 haunts in the world’ and one of its veteran scare actors, says: “I have worked here for 12 years and I still don’t get bored.
“If you love horror, it’s a brilliant event to work for. You get paid to scare people silly and have fun –it’s just a great experience.”
Farmaggedon has been going now for around 18 years with a quest to send people squealing into the night.
With scare rooms like The Beast of Terror and The Meat Locker guaranteed to chill the bones, it’s grown year after year, adding things like the Maze of Death to its terrifying attractions along with axe-throwing, scary-oke, stage shows and, new for 2023, a Zombie paintball experience.
“We have people from all over the country coming down, and from Scotland, Wales, and Ireland,” says Liam. “People love the adrenaline rush and the fear of the unknown, and just having the heebie-jeebies scared out of them.
“Mark Edwards, the director, adds new things every year, and we change the storylines in the scare houses to keep it interesting and make people want to come back. I came first as a customer and then wanted to see what it was like from the other side – and I’ve never looked back.
“We don’t have to do it in a rude way and swear at people or grab people, but if you’re a good scare actor there are other elements that are just as rewarding. Monsters can just jump out at people or, for instance, last year I ran Contagion with the clowns and we did a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory theme which was a bit bizarre but it worked really well. I’m 6ft 5in and I was dressed up as a clown and all I had to do was stand in a corner and stare at people – and they wouldn’t go past me!”
Farmaggedon has people returning each year to create the characters needed to fulfill people’s worst nightmares. But they need more.
Anyone interested will need to fill in a contact form and attend a recruitment night on June 20 to see if they’ve got what it takes.
Liam says: “They’ll meet the team and we’ll interview each person, get a bit of background and see why they want to do the event, all that kind of thing, to see if they’re right or not.
“They don’t need to be actors, they need to be team players, have bags of energy, are obviously interested in the scare attraction industry and have a keen interest in horror … and want to scare the living daylights out of people, obviously in a safe and controlled manner.”
Farmaggedon will give full training and provide costumes and make up to the successful scarers.
“We bond as a team, and we can help people develop themselves as a person,” adds Liam. “We’ve had people come along in the past who wouldn’t say boo to a goose and who now say boo to the public on a regular basis, so it can really help people come out of their shell.
“And they should always remember, that if they can hear the screaming, they know they’re still alive!”
Applicants have to be 17+ and have full availability from October 6 to October – 31, 2023.