Adrenaline junkies have made pilgrimages to the fastest, highest, and craziest roller coasters since the rides were invented. None of them are likely to take on the new coaster that’s been taking the internet by storm as of late.
In a new brutally dark short film, writer/director Glenn Paton tells of a wealthy but terminally ill man who decides to end his life in a convoluted but unique way before his disease painfully and messily takes him out.
Titled H Positive, the film has the suicidal plutocrat erecting a mammoth rollercoaster ending in a series of consecutive loops that would starve the rider’s brain of oxygen and end his life in a painless and swift death.
This concept isn’t Paton’s originally. The “Euthanasia Coaster” was originally conceived by Julijonas Urbonas, a Lithuanian designer and PhD student at the Royal College of Art in London as a conceptual piece.
The coaster starts off with a climb up a 1,600 peak before dropping the car down the hill and into a series of loop-the-loops that get smaller and smaller, sending the rider into a state of brain hypoxia (which is really just a fancy term for lack of oxygen), which will end their life.
While most coasters max out at somewhere around 6.3 Gs of force, this death coaster puts the rider through 10Gs for well over a minute.
In Urbonas’ hypothetical model, riders are forced to hit a “yes” or “no” button of consent at the top of the hill before ending it all, just to keep everything on the up and up.
As humane and progressive as this seems, there’s just something disturbing about the whole thing so let’s hope no real life kooky billionaires try to actually bring this ride to fruition.