Those who are faint of heart, or weak of bowel, might want to steer clear of the Victorian precinct when Rory Foley and his crew come to town.
The founder of Fear NZ and mind behind the Horror Maze at Studholme, and more recently the Dunedin Asylum horror attraction, will bring his brand of terrifying entertainment to Harbour St in July for the first time.
The event is being held to raise funds for the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust, and will go towards the restoration of the Loan and Merc building.
A maze will run through Harbour St itself and some of its buildings, which Mr Foley believed would offer an unequalled encounter with the dark side of Victorian life.
“We always look to tailor our horrors, so we are going to go towards Victorian-style horror this time around. That’s about as much as we’d like to give away,” a tight-lipped Mr Foley said.
However, he did say characters such as Jack the Ripper and those based on 19th-century literature known as “penny dreadfuls”, which drew on characters such as Count Dracula, Frankenstein, Abraham Van Helsing and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, would be involved.
“It’s going to be a very unique experience, this one . . . we’re looking forward to coming to Oamaru for a change.”
Given the success of his other ventures and their ongoing appeal, Mr Foley was keen to host further events in Oamaru if successful.
“We’re looking at making it an annual event for the Victorian precinct.”
He was also on the hunt for actors based in Oamaru to play roles at the event.
Last year, Mr Foley was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for his community work.
Each year, he hosts a fundraiser for Plunket at the Studholme maze. In April, $15,000 was raised for the organisation.
The Oamaru Mail has four passes to Fear NZ’s Victorian-themed horror attraction, being held in Harbour St in July, to give away. To enter the draw, email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on June 9. Winners must collect their tickets from the newspaper’s office in Oamaru.