While many roller coasters have been getting superhero themes over the past decade, other designers are looking to darker territories for inspiration. Back in 2009, the Saw franchise got its own thrill ride, for example. Today, we’re getting word that Staffordshire theme park Alton Towers is working on an explosive coaster based on the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man!
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It’s the perfect combination of esoteric and literal terror, and it makes sense that an attraction like this would pop up as the UK is experiencing a folk horror resurgence.
A 58ft wicker man will appear to burst into flames as riders race through the structure three times on a 2,028ft wooden track.
Bradley Wynne, the theme park’s creative lead, said: “We hope visitors will be blown away by Wicker Man’s breath-taking scale whilst the primal essence of the wooden coaster and astonishing effects will leave them delighted, exhilarated and eager to ride again.”
The ride is slated to open this Spring and we’re hoping some UK readers will give us a review once its up and running! And thanks to our friends at Dread Central for the scoop!
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.
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