A security guard was so scared he 'wet himself' during a hair-raising trial for Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon.
Matthew Larmond was one of ten "fearless" human guinea pigs, who were specifically chosen due to their perceived ability to withstand shocks and fear.
From martial arts experts to army officers to ex-prison guards, the participants were all left visibly quivering by the latest spine-chilling footage.
Larmond was so terrified he jumped and threw water all over himself, while former prison guard Matt Sproit was left physically shaking.
Subjects’ heart rate reached a collective of 1,452 beats per minute [bpm], on average participant’s heart rates increased by 31.9 bpm.
Matthew Larmond was one of ten "fearless" human guinea pigs (Photo: Thorpe Park)
The security guard was so terrified he threw water all over his groin (Photo: Thorpe Park)
Derren Brown invited participants willing to test the new technology (Photo: Thorpe Park)
Footage, which was captured with the approval of the participants, shows the feted mind magician pushing the participants to their limits.
The subjects were the very first to preview the new VR additions to the park which will feature in the re-launch of the attraction this year.
The new VR content has been created following feedback from fans in 2016 demanding even more shocks.
Derren Brown invited participants willing to test the new technology, to take part in an experiment at his secret testing facility.
the conjurer has launched Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon (Photo: Taylor Herring PR)
Illusionist Derren Brown said: “Over the last few weeks I have been testing out the components of the attraction and decided to run scare tests on a selection of participants who claim they are totally fearless - the reactions have been incredible.
"Visitors to the Ghost Train will experience a heart stopping combination of next generation technology, grand illusion, live action and special-effects, completely unalike anything they will have seen before.
"We are making this bigger, better and scarier than last year.
"The changes and improvements that have taken place will scare the sh*t out of guests”.
The highest heart rate recorded was 183 beats per minute, using heart rate as an associated marker it’s been proven* that heart rates over 175 bpm induce irrational fight or flee behaviour, loss of depth perception, freezing and cognitive processing can deteriorate whilst afraid.
Matt Sproit, an ex-prison officer said: “I’m used to dealing with terrifying situations, so I was never expecting the VR footage to scare me that much. When I took off that headset I was physically shaking.”