British film board says new Alton Towers attraction too scary for children

Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:24 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A new attraction at Alton Towers has been deemed unsuitable for visitors younger than 12 by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Younger theme park goers will not be allowed on to Nemesis Sub-Terra, the theme park's new underground attraction, which is due to open in time for the Easter holidays.

Read more from The Telegraph.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:34 AM

Dear BBFC:

Thank you so much for the wonderful publicity. We do appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Alton Towers.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:24 AM

I love this comment from Graham Milford-Scott on the article page:


A marvellous publicity stunt and Alton Towers should be congratulated on getting BBFC (and the DT) to scare the **** out of people before the ride's even open, even though it's not a film.

They should add to the image by having a fleet of Mental Health ambulances waiting, blue lights flashing, ride attendants wearing white lab coats and a washing line with half a dozen straight-jackets hanging from it for the potentially deranged, traumatised ride-goers.

(interesting; I didn't realize CoasterBuzz had a working filthy word filter! Asterisks added by POP Forums)

rodnog's comment looks like it could have come from CoasterBuzz:


The AT marketing department must be having a LOL moment with press coverage like this. How else can they compete with Thorpe Park that sends test dummies on their new 2012 ride and shows them to the press with missing arms and legs? I know, call in the BBFC, they daren't make the decision them selves no-one would believe them!!!

Of course we know it didn't; here on CoasterBuzz we know that the Alton Towers and Thorpe Park marketing departments are in cahoots with one another, hence the complementary publicity stunts.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Last edited by RideMan, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:26 AM
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:28 AM

Why is the film board even making this ruling? Apparently there's no film component to the attraction.

Maybe the board thought the ride was at Thorpe Park, Now THAT would fit. ;)

*EDIT*..sorry for the echo. Dave beat me. I'm at work and got distracted by less important stuff after I started typing...:)

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:31 AM
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:29 AM

OMG! These guys are so good with their marketing!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 2:29 AM

This bit was tired before it even began. What kind of marketing department does Tussauds Group employ that they use what is essentially the same campaign for everything they build?
I hope it's one of those Vekoma Jr. Boomerangs, but get this- it would have mist and fog machines to enhance the terror! Defibrillator Kits can serve as theming and can also be used to revive anyone who dies from fright after riding this ride.

Last edited by BullGuy, Thursday, March 22, 2012 2:35 AM
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