Alton Towers have looked to a professional rating organisation to look into their upcoming ride, who have deemed it ‘too scary’ for children.
Nemesis Sub-Terra, which is due to open this Saturday 24th March has been given a 12A rating by the British Board of Film Classification , marking the first time a theme park ride has been analysed by the organisation.
Celebrating its 100th year of operation, the BBFC usually only caters for film releases, DVDs, Blu-Ray, video games and digital downloads. Senior Examiner Murray Perkins commented;
“The BBFC is seeing a real blur of the old boundaries of visual content and physical experience in both 3D and 4D cinema, and at theme parks. Applying our experience of the public’s acceptability of moments of threat on screen, to more physical experiences, is something we have begun to do as cinema and other theatrical experiences evolve.
After experiencing the attraction first-hand, based on 100 years of experience and line with British public opinion, we would recommend that Alton Towers Resort classify the new Nemesis Sub-Terra a ‘12A’. The BBFC’s Guidelines at ’12A’/’12’ allow moderate physical and psychological threat, provided that the
Nemesis Sub-Terra contains some intense moments, in some respects comparable with scary scenes which may be experienced in horror or science fiction films at ’12A’/’12’. But while some people will no doubt find this a frightening experience, the personnel monitoring the site are soon on hand to guide the public to safety.” disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained.