The Dark Knight - Six Flags, USA
The Ride: A family-friendly ‘Wild Mouse’ roller coaster, The Dark Knight is a dark ride (it's indoors) located at the Six Flags theme parks in the U.S.
The Movie Connection: The ride story hooks in neatly to the movie (the ride launched to coincide with the movie’s release) as you strap yourself in for a a press conference from Harvey Dent.
The Joker turns up as Dent is mid-speech, and hijacks the ride, taking riders all over a dimly-lit Gotham City.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When The Joker pipes up ‘why so serious?’ as the ride spins into one of it’s biggest drops.
Harry Potter: Dragon Challenge - Universal Orlando, USA
The Ride: Two inter-connected inverted rollercoasters representing a pair of duelling dragons; the Chinese Fireball and the Hungarian Horntail. The original ride pitted the two coasters against each other. After a few narrow squeaks it was renovated for the launch of The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter.
The Movie Connection: The ride’s theme borrows from Goblet Of Fire , mainly in the queueing area. Announcements for the Triwizard Tournament honour the contestants as you make your way through to the Champions’ Tent.
Look out for the Weasley’s crashed Ford Anglia wedged into a wall.
Don’t Forget To Scream: The moment the coaster slams through three insanely-fast corkscrews.
E.T. Adventure - Universal Studios, USA
The Ride: While you queue, a video message from Steven Spielberg urges riders to help find E.T. as his home planet needs him.
This ain’t no normal vehicle ride however; each guest travels on a bicycle. You’ll venture through the woods, and even take to the skies on your two-wheeler.
The Movie Connection: It syncs up with a few sequences from the movie. Namely the forest chase scene. The end of the ride feels like the final portion of the film when Elliott and his comrades rush to avoid the law and assist E.T. And this time you get to help!
Don’t Forget To Scream: When an animatronic E.T. personally thanks you at the end of the ride. (They note your names earlier on. It’s a whole thing.)
Doctor Dooms Fear-Fall - Universal Orlando, USA
The Ride: A pair of Space Shot drop towers that stand 200 ft tall, send you skyrocketing upward before plummeting back down to earth at 40 miles per hour.
The Movie Connection: The purpose of your terrifying descent is all a part of Doctor Doom’s dastardly plan. The fear generated by ride participants will be used in formulating a weapon to combat the Fantastic Four.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When the weightlessness at the top gives you butterfly-belly as the ride lurches downward.
Back To The Future: The Ride - Universal Studios, Japan
The Ride: Who doesn’t want to be Marty McFly? The Back To The Future ride offers you the chance to assist Doc in locating a rogue Biff Tannen who’s loose somewhere in the space-time continuum. Sit back with eight strangers and embark on a simulated time travel extravaganza!
The Movie Connection: For fans in desperate need of a Doc Brown fix, the ride’s story serves as a sequel to Back To The Future: Part III .
Don’t Forget To Scream: As a Tyrannosaur swallows the entire car and spits you out onto a lava river.
The Amazing Adventures Of Spider-Man - Universal Orlando, USA
The Ride: An HD motion-based ‘dark ride’ (it takes place indoors) that carries riders in specially-designed roving vehicles. Classed as a hybrid attraction, the ride involves live action mixed with video projection.
The Movie Connection: The story of the ride has yet to be adapted for the big screen. After the Sinister Syndicate take siege of the Statue of Liberty, all the city has fled. Riders become “last-minute reporters” aboard a Daily Bugle newsgathering vehicle called The Scoop, who must track down the villains.
Don’t Forget To Scream: As Doctor Octopus lifts the Scoop 400ft into the air... then simply lets it freefall for Spidey to catch.
RoboCop: The Ride - Granada Studios, Manchester, UK
The Ride: An interactive simulation long since out of service, Robocop: The Ride held up to 100 people in hydraulically-activated seating. Riders were immersed in the experience by their juddering seats. The beef of the action played on a mammoth video screen stretching across the width of the auditorium.
The Movie Connection: A lot of the down-trodden city scenes appear as they did in Robocop 2 . Except this time you’re helping Robocop locate the mayor of Detroit, who’s been kidnapped by a gang of thugs.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When the chairs rock from side to side as you narrowly avoid a passing train.
Saw: Alive - Thorpe Park, UK
The Ride: A year-round, live-action scare maze based on the Saw franchise.
The Movie Connection: Those with steely balls can walk through rooms dressed as scenes from each of the Saw movies. Complete with actors who’ll try their best to make you soil yourself.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When one of the scare actors makes a play for your ankles. Cheeky.
Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters - Disneyland, USA
The Ride: Brandish an astro blaster and zap away at Z-marked targets. The points soon start to rack up as the train chugs along. A rollicking good time for when you’re nauseated from too many coasters.
The Movie Connection: It’s based on the plot of Toy Story 2, allowing you and your buddies to blaze away at Zurg and his robotic minions. Alongside Buzz, of course.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When you realise your score has surpassed everyone else’s. Especially as you thought you’d played pretty poorly.
The Green Lantern - Warner Bros. Movie World, Australia
The Ride: A steel roller coaster, The Green Lantern is classed as a tight circuit. Lots of twists, insane banks, and beyond-vertical drops are all packed into the ride.
The Movie Connection: During the pre-ride queueing portion, the history of The Green Lantern is depicted on the walls to get riders up to speed.
Don’t Forget To Scream: Experiencing the second steepest inverted roller coaster drop in the world.
Superman Escape - Warner Bros. Movie World, Australia
The Ride: A Superman-themed rollercoaster.
The Movie Connection: The ride doesn’t strictly hook into any one Superman flick. Riders begin trapped in a Metropolis Transit Subway “car” that needs rescuing after earthquake tremors are detected. Good ole Supes is on hand to help shift it. Very quickly.
Also, listen out for John Williams’ infamous score. If you can hear it over the screams.
Don’t Forget To Scream: The moment Superman takes control of the coaster. It goes from 2 mph to 62 mph in less than two seconds.
Pirates Of The Caribbean - Disneyland, Worldwide
The Ride: A dark ride, Pirates Of The Caribbean has its barge passengers roaming the open seas, following the exploits of a gaggle of pirates.
The Movie Connection: The hugely-successful Pirates Of The Caribbean movie franchise was based on the ride. Since the release of the four feature films, the attraction now includes a Jack Sparrow character.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When you feel a tingling sensation in your fingers .
The Great Movie Ride - Walt Disney World, USA
The Ride: A dark ride attraction, guests are ushered through the doors of the Chinese theatre for an interactive glimpse at the world of cinema.
The Movie Connection: Taking a tour through a mock-up Hollywood, the ride - a small train of two-seater cabs - wends its way through a series of scenes depicted in classic films throughout history.
Sequences from Mary Poppins, Singin’ In The Rain, The Public Enemy, Alien and Raiders Of The Lost Ark are a few of the movies recreated.
Don’t Forget To Scream: As the ride enters the Nostromo, where a xenomorph lurks in the fog...
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues - Disneyland, USA
The Ride: A huge 3D flight simulator, the original Star Wars ride was revamped to include a random selection of sequences. A new interactive element allows audiences to experience up to 54 different locations, including the Tattooine pod race, Hoth or the craziness of Coruscant.
The Movie Connection: Taking place between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope , the Empire is on the hunt for a Rebel spy who has penetrated their domain. Which may or may not be you.
Don’t Forget To Scream: At the point of impact, when the Starspeeder vessel you’re aboard crashes onto Hoth.
Twister: Ride It Out - Universal Studios Florida, USA
The Ride: A truly terrifying idea, Twister: Ride It Out has one goal. To make participants feel as if they’re genuinely experiencing a tornado. With a simulated twister reigning devastation on a small town (recreated on a stage), you might want to bring a spare pair.
The Movie Connection: The ride’s premise is based around the idea that riders are visiting a ‘filming centre’ - offering behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast of the movie. As you make your way through to a mock-up of a house from the film, the television screens crackle.
The ride commences in the final part of the filming centre tour, as the small-town locale is devastated by the arrival of a twister.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When the floor of the set drops down in a giant lurch.
Tomb Raider: The Ride - Kings Island Park, USA
The Ride: The Tomb Raider ride is an indoor top spinner. Riders sit on a bench of seats, commandeered by giant mechanical pistons spinning them in every direction.
The Movie Connection: Join Lara Croft (voiced by Angelina Jolie) on her adventure into the temple of the Durga goddess - as seen in the first movie.
The dormant goddess awakens in a foul mood; breathing fire and chucking ice at riders as they are tossed around for four and a half minutes.
Don’t Forget To Scream: At the end, when the carriages tilt so all riders face a bottomless pit...
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom - Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA
The Ride: Put your life in the hands of Spidey’s biggest foe Lex Luthor. As you sit in a floorless vehicle drawn slowly upwards to a height of 400ft, watch your feet playfully dangle in the air. The terror of the forty-storey drop to earth will no doubt mount quite considerably.
The Movie Connection: A simple link. Lex is bonkers, as he is in on the big screen. He forces riders to undertake the descent purely to drive you to the edge of your sanity.
Don’t Forget To Scream: As you shoot back to the ground at a speed of 85 miles per hour.
Superman: Ride Of Steel - Six Flags America, USA
The Ride: Officially ranked as a new breed of ride, the Ride Of Steel is classed as a hypercoaster because it features drops of over 200 ft.
The Movie Connection: It’s a Superman- inspired attraction. Taking into account the superhero’s strength and abilities, the coaster is super sized and super fast.
Don’t Forget To Scream: While your cab teeters at the precipice of a 208 ft drop.
Aliens: Ride At The Speed Of Fright - Granada Studios, UK
The Ride: The 1996 motion-simulated ride rocked. It included a bunch of the marine scenes from James Cameron’s Aliens . New footage shot specifically for the ride was done by none other than Re-Animator ’s Stuart Gordon... who roped in Jeffrey Combs as a marine!
The action is shown across video screens while you’re strapped into a motion platform seat that shakes as if you really are in a dropship.
The Movie Connection: Set in the same universe as the Alien franchise, a Marine called Hyer has returned to his ship after tussling with a xenomorph on a mining colony. There’s glimpses of the original marines in the recycled footage - but that's about it!
Don’t Forget To Scream: Like a massive wimp, when a facehugger leaps onto the screen.
Jaws - Universal Studios, Worldwide
The Ride: Take a relaxing ride along the water at the Universal Studios backlot. It’s not strictly leisurely once an antagonistic great white shark stalks your boat and won’t give in ’til it tastes blood.
The Movie Connection: The story kinda slots in as another sequel to Spielberg’s classic. All riders are considered tourists in the fictional coastal ‘burg of Amity. The town’s legendary shark attacks in the seventies now bring them a roaring trade, particularly if you want a guided water tour of the shark’s hunting ground.
Don’t Forget To Scream: At the first sight of Jaws.
The Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster - Universal Orlando, USA
The Ride: Currently in operation as part of Universal’s Islands Of Adventure, The Incredible Hulk coaster features a whopping seven inversions. That’s the good stuff. A zero-g roll, a cobra roll and two corkscrews are some examples of the crazy headrushes you’ll experience.
The Movie Connection: One of the most unique interactive coasters, the entire ride is based around your experience of transforming into the Hulk. The cars are drawn through Dr. Banner’s laboratory right as the gamma-ray accelerator malfunctions. The rest of the ride spins outta control to simulate the Hulk’s metamorphosis.
Don’t Forget To Scream: As the ride accelerates from 2 mph to 40 mph. In two seconds.
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time - Universal Studios Florida and Japan
The Ride: A simulated 3-D and live-action ride that takes place in a 700 seat theatre. Sit back and enjoy a brief demonstration by Cyberdyne systems. Brief because it’s interrupted by Sarah and John Connor warning you of the dangers of Skynet.
A T-1000 appears, bullets fly, the T-800 shows up through a time portal and... well, you get the idea.
The Movie Connection: Taking place sometime during the events of Terminator 2 , the ride was crafted with James Cameron’s involvement. He wrote and directed the movie portion of the ride, and the original cast returned to reprise their roles in this spin-off tale.
Don’t Forget To Scream: As The T1000000, an arachnid terminator, scurries towards you.
King Kong 360 3-D - Universal Studios, USA
The Ride: Part of the Universal Studios Hollywood studio tour, board a tram which will whisk you away to Skull Island! Experience a battle on Kong’s home turf between the simian beastie and a ton of dinosaurs.
Expect lots of shaking and tilting from your motion-based platform vehicle as a never-ending display of 3D screens make it seem like you’re stuck right in the middle of their fight.
The Movie Connection: It’s based on the events of Peter Jackson’s 2005 big screen outing, and even includes an intro from the director himself. The dinos that battle Kong make an appearance in the movie.
Don’t Forget To Scream: As you spy a V-Rex yanking the final car of the tram from the tracks and chucking it into a pit.
Saw: The Ride - Thorpe Park, UK
The Ride: A Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster, the Saw ride is the only horror movie ride ever constructed. It’s terrifying anyway due to its three inversions; a dive loop, an Immelman loop and a Zero-G roll.
Also the “beyond vertical” drop that riders experience adds another few exhilarating minutes of fear.
The Movie Connection: Most of the movie mythology is referenced in the queue section, with varying devices from the franchise rusting away near the lines. Both Billy and Jigsaw appear several times during the ride. Mainly to laugh in a sinister way at your shrieks.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When the ride careens down a 100 degree vertical drop at 55 mph - narrowly avoiding two huge swinging blades. *NB: SAW: ALIVE is only open at Thorpe Park's Fright Night events in October**
Jurassic Park - Universal Studios, USA
The Ride: A water-based ride, this Jurassic Park attraction based at Universal Studios is a cross between a rollercoaster and log flume. With massive dinosaurs dotting the landscape, they are only to happy to nibble on visitors to Isla Nublar if the park malfunctions...
The Movie Connection: The pre-ride safety video is delivered by In-Gen employees, as you embark on the ‘Jurassic Park River Raft Adventure’ in the same vein that the original JP visitors took their doomed Jeeps out for a spin.
Don’t Forget To Scream: As you see a A 50-ft animatronic T-Rex emerge from the fog.
The Indiana Jones Adventure - Disneyland, USA
The Ride: One of Universal’s most popular dark rides, the temple of the forbidden eye finds riders in enhanced motion vehicles disguised as jeeps. The further you venture into the temple, the more likely you are to experience creepy crawlies, sudden black outs and a juddering jeep.
The Movie Connection: It links to the film franchise via the character of Indy himself. The story branches out into an entirely new adventure for the whip-cracker, as you explore an ancient Bengalese temple.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When a massive animatronic snake appears next to your jeep... and starts hissing.
Harry Potter And The Forbidden Adventure - Universal Orlando, USA
The Ride: A five minute dark ride, this indoor simulation is a must for Potter aficionados. Experience a Quidditch match and the Chamber of Secrets as the track-mounted KUKA robotic arms move your ‘enchanted bench’ (that’s the Wizarding World name for your car) deeper into Harry’s world.
The Movie Connection: As the ride seamlessly escorts you through Hogwarts Castle, there are plenty of opportunities to point and shriek at elements recognisable from the movies.
While the story itself is an amalgam of Harry’s experience as a young wizard, you aren’t strictly ‘involved’ in a part of the movie.
Don’t Forget To Scream: The second your ‘bench’ is chased by a gaggle of dementors!
The Revenge Of The Mummy - Universal Studios Florida, USA
The Ride: A dark rollercoaster, The Revenge Of The Mummy is an enclosed ride. Those onboard are kept inside a specially-designed creepy atmosphere, where Imhotep’s curse reigns supreme. He stalks riders and possesses ride attendants while cars hurtle around an indoor track rather quickly.
The Movie Connection: The ride takes place during production for a faux-sequel to the 1999 Universal reboot. In a nifty meta-version of events, the mummy pursues the crew including a diva-tastic Brendan Fraser.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When your car takes a sudden 40ft drop - while Imhotep is also screaming.
Men In Black: Alien Attack - Universal Studios Florida, USA
The Ride: An interactive laser tag game, players enter the Men In Black headquarters for training and collect weapons before boarding their vehicle. When a real alien attack is launched, the passengers must blast the aliens with their lasers to save New York city.
The Movie Connection: Slotting somewhere into the events of the first Men In Black outing, director of the program Zed (Rip Torn) pops up to warn of the imminent invasion. Agent J (Will Smith) has a recurring role towards the end, advising players of the first movie’s big bad: Edgar.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When those cheeky extraterrestrials fire back, causing your car to spin wildly out of control. Perhaps bring a sick bag.
Transformers: The Ride - Universal Studios, Worldwide
The Ride: A fixture at Universal Studios, this dark ride places you inside an motion platform autobot car with twelve other participants. You hurtle around a track, while thirteen screens project 3D images of the unfolding action.
The Movie Connection: It hooks into the Transformers’ hunt for the Allspark, a theme explored in the first flick. Your autobot, Evac, unites with his buddies Optimus Prime and Bumblebee to defend the cubic lifesource and battle the usual suspects - Megatron and his posse. No sign of Sam Witwicky.
Don’t Forget To Scream: When Megatron fires a missile directly at your autobot carrier.