It’s been a month since we first got word of a Wicker Man-themed roller coaster in the works at Alton Towers in Staffordshire! We were tantalized with promises of a 2,000+ foot wooden monstrosity that would plummet riders into a flaming effigy! Yesterday, the first images of Wicker Man hit the net, and it’s got me itching to hop a plane across the pond!
Per Burton Mail:
Before boarding the ride, visitors will learn about the world of the Beornen, a secret community living in the woods that surround Alton, the village next to the park. Guests will be chosen to take part in the pre-show before braving the ride itself.
Francis Jackson, operations director at Alton Towers, said: “Wicker Man is Alton Towers’ most ambitious project to date and we’re really excited to finally reveal our newest thrill attraction to the world.”
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The roller coast opens this Spring. The Wicker Man, directed by Robin Hardy and released in 1973, is considered the paradigm of folk horror. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child. A conservative Christian, the policeman observes the residents’ frivolous sexual displays and strange pagan rituals, particularly the temptations of Willow (Britt Ekland), daughter of the island magistrate, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). The more Sergeant Howie learns about the islanders‘ strange practices, the closer he gets to tracking down the missing child.