Who SAW it coming? Saw: The Ride - at Thorpe Park, Spring 2009.
England's Thorpe Park
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, SAW - The Ride will put riders at the mercy of the series' master manipulator, Jigsaw.
A 'beyond vertical' drop of 100º from a height of 100ft, will make the ride the steepest freefall drop in the world. Riders will also endure three inversions on this, the park's fourth coaster.
Candy Holland, Creative Director for Merlin Entertainments Resort Theme Parks, is the woman behind the ride and also was responsible for the creative development of Thorpe Park's Stealth ride, Se7en maze, as well as Oblivion and Air at Alton Towers Resort.
The park's official website for the ride is www.sawtheride.com.
Hmm I dont know whether to be excited or dumfounded...I think its a little bit of both....I LOVE the Saw movies, so the idea of a ride based on Saw sounds pretty sweet...but this is Thorpe Park we're talking about, not Disney or Universal, so the extent of the theme is likely to be just the marquee of the coaster
It will be interesting to see that Merlin/Tussauds do with this ride. They seem to be promoting the theatricality of it pretty heavily (which I love), and the ride's website is stunning.
Yep, I 'Saw' this coming. I been watching the construction for quite a while now and it's shaping up to be a pretty good coaster. However, it's a little on the short side with only 100ft in height and only 3 inversions. The most likely top speed I see will be a good 50mph.
The question begs to be asked: can you make a good ride out of a series of badly acted, badly written, completely predictable, gore-driven movies?
I know I am going to get attacked for this, but I was a little disappointed in the Mummy. I thought it was going to be better. Anyway, it is an interesting idea and perhaps will push new ideas for roller coasters. I still would like to see a roller coaster to music (RnR is close)
Sounds intense. intense theming intense drop, and overall intense ride. Im sure it will be excellant and well worth a wait!
Yeah, I agree, seems pretty intense and awesome, but it's actually not the steepest coaster in the world; Steel hawg, at Indiana Beach, has the steepest with 120 degrees. I'm not sure when it opened, but here's the link: http://www.indianabeach.com/rides/coasters/hawg.php . I assume that saw the ride will be alot like it, just with a 100 degree drop and probably good themeing and good indoor parts. Steel hawg also has 3 inversions, and is also 100 feet high. So, you can expect this.
I think the roller coaster part of the ride sounds cool. A horror movie themed roller coaster...that's interesting. But i mean how are they gonna make it like saw? That movie is really weird...is's not so scary but its really messed up. Are they gonna put scenes from the movie on the ride or what?
I think the movies are pretty clever. James, I don't believe for a second that you predicted those surprise endings, or the other twists in the movies. Spare us.
Clever twists? Maybe I've seen too many slasher films, but there were very few surprises in any of the SAW movies I watched. For the most part, I found all four films to be laughably bad (although, Tobin Bell, the actor who plays Jigsaw, does a pretty good job, given the scripts he has to work with). I am not sure why I keep paying to see them? Peer pressure, maybe? At least I go to the cheap show (SAW V, in theaters this month!).
James, I completely agree. Especially disturbing is that some people idolize that Jigsaw freak and feel that what he's doing is righteous. Absolute bull.
"Cheap strobe effects?"
Ok last time i checked (refering to some of the last few comments) i thought this was an opinion on the ride idea not the movie.....though seriously "one guy who said the movies were predictable"...seriously--really?!---seriously?!---"completly predictable"?!...and who called it torture porn? the franchise doesnt even have a hint of nudity till the fourth movie.so obviously someone hasnt even seen the movies they are insulting....but really?...predictable?!,really?!. yeah its a horror flick but--you know this isnt a movie site im going to stop....really though?! predicatble?!
Torture Porn defined: "...if something (text or film) has torture in it because the torture is what is entertaining or interesting about the work, then it is, like pornography, just trash, and watching it is a demeaning and sullying activity...."
Well, one thing I'm sure we can all agree on is that Thorpe Park is a brilliant theme park!
And, Thorpe Park needs to have a sister park here in the US, or I will probably never get to ride this new coaster no matter how long and boring I make my comments in this discussion thread! ;)
Thorpe Park may have many sister parks in the US, if Merlin buy Busch Gardens et al!
Spoiler alert spoiler alert!!
Sylvain, I agree with you completely.
James, I'm with ya man.
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