Since 2002 Thorpe Park Fright Nights have been horrifying guests. mazes have come and gone, and it is the time of year when Thorpe Park announces the lineup for Fright Nights 2013. According to Scare Tour, Thorpe Park will be themed as Movie Studios, “a disused cinema where a deranged movie director brings the horror films to life and stages daily ‘casting calls’ amongst our guests to sieve the leading ladies/men from the understudies!”
Fright Nights will be presented with Lionsgate UK, one of the world’s leading global entertainment companies. Jason Wills, THORPE PARK Marketing Director, said “We are hugely excited about this partnership with Lionsgate. Fright Nights promises to be horrifically immersive, yet entertaining. A team of specially-trained scare actors is being recruited to deliver what will undoubtedly be the UK’s premier Halloween event – near London, without the need to go to Florida”
Guy Avshalom, COO, Lionsgate UK, said “We are delighted to be partnering with THORPE PARK particularly following the success of our collaboration on the world’s first horror movie themed roller coaster SAW – The Ride and live action horror maze, SAW Alive. The mix of the Park’s world-class roller coasters and our acclaimed horror films will be a surefire win with thrill seekers and horror fans alike”.
Attractions for Fright Nights 2013 include:
My Bloody Valentine 3D
My Bloody Valentine 3D- Maze: “Ignoring the obvious gimmickness of the 3D, My Bloody Valentine was a decent horror film with some nasty gas masked protagonists. Expect this maze to be dark and claustrophobic and to be a retheme of the existing Experiment Ten containers.”
Cabin In The Woods
Cabin in the Woods- Maze: The genre bending horror film that divided audiences. Will the maze concentrate on the cabin itself or the secret underground facility and the different monsters within?. It is believed this will be sited where Hellgate and The Passing have been in previous years.
The Asylum- Maze: Although not officially announced, we understand that The Asylum will return with a twist. At ScareCon, the park teased us with this Dead Silence image, so might the attraction get a mini makeover to bring these characters to the maze? Apart from a few cosmetic touches, the general experience should be similar to previously.
Saw Live- Maze: The existing Saw Alive maze will return to its current location moored near to Saw The Ride. With the budget and expense with the other mazes it is expected that Saw Alive will remain pretty much the same as previously. We could be wrong though!
Blair Witch Project
Blair Witch Project: The film played on the unknown and the feeling of being lost in a spooky wood. Recently work has started on the old Canada Creek Railway so this attraction is expected to either use the train or be a walk along the tracks.
You’re Next- Roaming Characters: This brand new horror movie opens late August and has a cast of serial killers in animal masks stalking and hunting a large house full of guests. It is believed that these creatures will be roaming around the park looking for their next victims.
Over the past year or so, Thorpe has been slowly revealing many of its future development plans for the next several years, one of which mentioned new coasters for 2012 and 2015 as part of its “Medium Term Development Plan” released in July 2010. Well, the plans for 2012 are now known! Thorpe Park has finally revealed the full details of its new planned roller coaster coming to the park in 2012, which will be a B&M Wing Walker/Rider featuring a “crash site” theme.
Code named “LC12,” the ride will be located north of Stealth on an Island near the man-made lake, and will be connected to the rest of the park via a bridge, and is located next to the area which the 2015 coaster is rumored to go. Referred to as a “Wing Coaster four times the width of standard roller coaster trains,” it seems almost certain this will be B&M’s second foray into the Wing Walker/Rider concept following this year’s future opening of X-Raptor at Gardaland. The new coaster will be the centerpiece and focal point of the entire island, which will mostly contain ride theming, photo booths, retail outlets, and food/beverage locations. There are also rumors that the seats could rotate, making this B&M’s first “4th Dimension” coaster, but this is purely rumor at this point.
The artwork released by the park detailing the rides layout shows that it will include a 126-foot-tall lift hill that will roll riders upside down at the top and curl under itself as it drops to the ground (putting riders back in the upright position), before rising into a tall “heartline” roll. The layout also appears to include a tall, swooping, overbanked helix and flat spin/corkscrew element, and possibly another inversion. While the exact length is not known, from the Medium Term Development Plan, it will not exceed 2,788 ft (850 meters).
Along with images of the coaster, the park has included a number of renderings of the theming, including a station that looks like a crumbled and destroyed church, a crashed airplane, sinking rescue helicopter, burnt firetruck, a rolled over tractor trailer, tv/radio station van, dumpsters, and a variety of “crumbling” and “destroyed” scenery. The track will sport grey trackage along with grey-brown supports as it flies through the crash/disaster scene. In fact, the entire theme of the island will be disaster themed, with booths designed to look like destroyed vehicles, damaged shipping containers, or collapsing buildings. Stay tuned for more details as they are released!
Thorpe park just announced for the 2009 season they will be releasing Saw: The ride. They say that its going to be the scariest coaster around. Lionsgate and Twisted pictures are both going to be helping with this project, marketing it as "Face your Fears".
Saw: The Ride will feature several different elements. The scariest, and most heart pounding one will be a 100 degree free falling drop. Saw: The Ride will also feature a total of three inversions, and several "Saw" scenes throughout the ride.
Here's the exact press release from the park:
The UK’s thrill-capital, THORPE PARK, leading next generation film studio LIONSGATE (NYSE: LGF) and TWISTED PICTURES today announced that they will launch SAW – The Ride, the world’s first ever horror movie-themed rollercoaster, in Spring 2009. Based on Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ ‘Saw’ franchise, the most profitable horror franchise in movie history, SAW – The Ride is the scariest ride in the world. The latest installment in the series, ‘Saw V,’ premieres on Friday 24th October, and THORPE PARK will be inviting visitors to ‘Face Your Fears’ on their new terrifying attraction next year.
Like the films, THORPE PARK’s new rollercoaster will test the nerve of all who dare ride it and visitors will be at the mercy of the series’ master manipulator, Jigsaw. The ultimate test of SAW – The Ride will be a ‘beyond vertical’ drop of 100º from a height of 100ft, making it the steepest freefall drop in the world. Riders will also endure three inversions that will add another dimension to a whole new experience of adrenaline-fuelled fun for thrill seekers.
SAW – The Ride continues the growth of the ‘Saw’ franchise as an international cultural touchstone. The original 2004 ‘Saw’ launched a new wave in horror films and introduced a bona fide icon of terror: Jigsaw, the philosophically inclined psychopath with an exacting moral agenda and a genius for gruesome games of survival, ‘played’ with those he believes have ceased to value and appreciate the gift of life. Ratcheting up tension and invention with each successive film, the ‘Saw’ franchise has become a part of the zeitgeist while jangling nerves around the world. To date, the four ‘Saw’ titles have taken in over $550 million in worldwide theatrical box office and their combined gross DVD sales are nearly 24 million units.Candy Holland, Creative Director for Merlin Entertainments Resort Theme Parks, is the woman behind the ride and arguably has Britain’s scariest and most exciting job. She is an extreme thrill enthusiast and will draw on her extensive background in theme park and theatre set design, working with the project team to make it the scariest ride in the world. Candy was also responsible for the creative development of THORPE PARK’s Stealth ride, Se7en maze, and Oblivion and Air at Alton Towers Resort.
Candy Holland comments, “I’m a huge fan of horror films and am utterly relishing creating the scariest ride in the world. Anybody who has sat through a ‘Saw’ film scared and terrified beyond belief will have some idea of what’s in store for them at THORPE PARK. SAW – The Ride is going to be shocking and intense…both physically and psychologically…and is sure to give you nightmares.
“We have worked in close collaboration with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures on this project to ensure total accuracy of the key elements of the ‘Saw’ films, which when combined with the latest rollercoaster technology will create a phenomenal ride experience.”
Marketing Director of THORPE PARK Carolyn London says, “SAW – The Ride is definitely only for the brave, and will add an element of edge to an already adrenaline packed breadth of thrills on offer. We’re certain the ‘Saw’ theme will set pulses racing and will satisfy the appetite of those in search of the ultimate exhilarating experience.”
‘Saw’ producers and Twisted Pictures principals Mark Burg and Oren Koules remark, “We love scaring people, and SAW – The Ride is a whole new way to do it. The team at THORPE PARK have really impressed us with their grasp of the ‘Saw’ universe and with their dedication to creating a truly edgy attraction.”
Guy Avshalom, Lionsgate COO, and Aubrey McClure, Lionsgate Vice President of Promotions, Licensing & Merchandising, add, “SAW – The Ride is a reflection of how thoroughly the ‘Saw’ franchise has crossed over into pop culture at large. We are delighted to be working with THORPE PARK to continue that expansion with the scariest ride in the world.”
The new ride will be the Park’s fourth major rollercoaster, joining an already impressive portfolio of extreme ride experiences, including Stealth – Europe’s fastest rollercoaster, Colossus – the world’s first ten looping rollercoaster and Nemesis Inferno – the 4.5 G-force experience.
THORPE PARK will open for the full 2009 season on Saturday 14th March but to preview the ride visit www.sawtheride.com. For further information please log onto www.thorpepark.com.
A concept that originally took off in 2002 will be arriving at Thorpe Park in 2006 in the form of a short and fast steel mega-coaster.Plans have surfaced online for the seventh Rocket Coaster from Intamin AG to be built at the English theme park: a 205-foot tall version of the Intamin AG pneumatic-launch coaster with two hills and a racing theme. The yet-unnamed coaster will become the second of its kind in the United Kingdom, as sister park Alton Towers will unveil the Rocket Coaster Rita next season.The new thrill ride will replace the junior-sized Flying Fish Mack powered coaster, along with nearby attractions to fit the long, narrow layout. Flying Fish closed permanently on October 31st after 21 years in operation. The plot of land that the new ride will sit on will afford views of a nearby lake, with several minor stretches of track situated over water.The 2006 coaster will have similar statistics to the prototype Rocket Coaster, Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm, and a layout most resembling that of Six Flags Great Adventure's record-breaking Kingda Ka which will open next spring with a launch, Top Hat element, and speed hill into the brakes. But coaster enthusiasts will also notice a theme similar to that of another Rocket Coaster: Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. Thorpe Park's ride will bear a similar racing theme, with touches such as a grandstand used for a portion of the queue line.Manufacturer Intamin AG worked with Thorpe Park in 2002 when creating Colossus, the theme park's first major coaster and world's first ride with 10 inversions. Last year, the park introduced the Nemesis Inferno inverted coaster.Click here to be taken to detailed concept art of the planned steel coaster.