In 1994, a simulation ride based on Aliens was launched in both San Francisco and the United Kingdom, called Aliens : Ride At The Speed Of Fright. Utilizing both footage from Aliens as well as new footage shot for the ride, the interactive simulation gave fans a chance to be a part of the action, rather than just being mere spectators. The ride's seats were rigged up to move, jolt and vibrate, according to the action being shown on screen, giving the rider the feeling that they were an actual character, in an Aliens film.
The ride began with a brief introduction, which quickly set the scene; Colonial Marine Hyer narrowly escapes a Xenomorph attack on a mining planet, and when he returns to his base, he is taken back to the mining planet, on a mission to rescue any potential survivors. He warns that there are none, and that such a mission is suicide, but nevertheless he's thrust back into his hellish ordeal.
From there, the simulation begins, as the rider too is forced to tag along for the ride, and come face to face with the Xenomorphs.
As if that wasn't cool enough, the simulation ride was made exponentially cooler because of who directed, and starred in it. The new footage shot for Aliens : Ride At The Speed Of Fright was directed by Stuart Gordon, and Hyer was played by none other than the Re-Animator himself, Jeffrey Combs. Yep, you read that right. Jeffrey Combs as a Colonial Marine, in an Aliens film!!
Though the ride has long since been inactive, tonight we experience it in full, from the comfort of our computer chairs.
Enjoy this week's Vintage Video(s) of the Week, which includes both the pre-movie and the actual simulation. No, your chair won't shake and vibrate like it would've if you were actually on this ride, back in the '90s, but with a little imagination, I trust you'll be able to put your ass right into one of those motion seats, and have a blast with this!
**HUGE THANKS TO ALISTAIR LEGRAND, FOR SENDING THESE VIDEOS MY WAY!**