Fans are a strange beast. Their passion for films, music and the talent involved often pushes them beyond the norm and finds them engaged in obsessive behaviour over their preferred object of fandom. However, there are also those who come up with interesting initiatives, tapping into their creativity in order to deliver the ultimate demonstration of their faithful following.
To celebrate the release of The Maze Runner on Digital HD and on DVD/Blu-ray, superfan Doug Armstrong and food artist Prudence Staite have brought to life a replica chocolate maze over a week at Prudence’s Gloucestershire studio. It directly mimics the dimensions of the maze model used in The Maze Runner film.
It took 56 hours to complete using 4,640 chocolate sticks and 10kg of melted chocolate serving as glue, and in total is a whooping 143,840 calories.
Doug: “it’s been tricky – and somewhat sticky – work but I’m thrilled with how the chocolate maze has turned out. I’m a massive fan of The Maze Runner, and of all things food, so it’s been a great experience!”
Prudence: “Making the replica maze for The Maze Runner DVD and Blu-ray release has taken a whole week of hard graft at my studio in Gloucestershire. Doug’s been a great help with all the intricate details and matching the maze up to mimic the one in the film.”
The Maze Runner is a heart-pounding survival thriller based on the beloved YA literary franchise. The protagonist, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn, Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose and find a way out before it’s too late.
Starring a powerful cast of young British actors including Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually), Kaya Scodelario (Skins, Moon), and Will Poulter (We're the Millers), The Maze Runner sees the heroic youngsters work together to navigate the terrifying maze and discover their true purpose in a race for survival.
If you missed my review of the film upon its theatrical release back in September, you can find it here.
Whether you're an established fan of this thrilling young adult franchise or still need to discover it, The Maze Runner is worth getting drawn into as it tries its best to overcome the inevitable derivative aspects of teen dystopia and surprises you at every turn whilst engaging you with interesting, well-rounded characters.
The Maze Runner is out now on Digital HD and on DVD/Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Francesco Cerniglia – Film Editor