First clowns, then mental patients, now this...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 3:42 PM

http://www.coneyislandusa.com/creepshow.shtml

Coney Island USA is presenting Creepshow at the Freakshow 2010: The Ride Inspector's Nightmare. The web site says...

Audience members will take a "tour" of several amusement park ride "NYPD Crime Scenes" including a deadly collapsed roller coaster and will meet living-dead performers along the way including drunken incompetent ride inspectors, creepy ticket sellers and lots of dead and decapitated bodies of innocent tourists. At the conclusion of the show, the audience will also get to partake in a courtroom trial of the negligent ride inspector and will be sworn in for horrific jury duty

To the best of my knowledge, neither the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials nor the New York Department of Labor is planning to protest this one. :) I mean, this will do for ride inspectors what Alton Towers' "Carnival of Screams" is doing for clowns! :)

Seriously, I think it's an interesting concept, and I think it's the first time that an amusement ride inspector has entered the consciousness of the popular culture in any way since "Harry Calder" showed up on the silver screen in 1978!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:55 PM

"Harry Calder" showed up on the silver screen in 1978!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

ROLLERCOASTER came out in 1977, not '78..in SENSURROUND! And Timothy Bottoms was one of the great movie villains of the 70's (or any decade, for that matter.) But does anyone remember the OTHER two movies of the period that were released in SENSURROUND?

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:56 PM

The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 7:52 PM

I am pretty sure "Earthquake" was one, not sure of the other. "Towering Inferno" maybe?

(I could cheat and Google it)

Last edited by Bozman, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 7:53 PM
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:18 PM

I don't know about Sensurround, but I do remember "Feel-around" from Kentucky Fried Movie.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:59 PM

Bozman said:
I am pretty sure "Earthquake" was one, not sure of the other. "Towering Inferno" maybe?

(I could cheat and Google it)

Earthquake WAS one of the others. Remember Victoria Principal in that tight yellow tee-shirt as Richard Roundtree's sidekick?

Towering Inferno (with Fred Astaire!) was not in Sensurround, but I did see it in Jersey City's Journal Square on a double feature with Earthquake ...billed as Shake and Bake.

I'm proud of you for not cheating.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:12 PM

I thought there were two more, Midway and Battlestar Galactica. I'm pretty sure I saw all four at the old Mercury Theater in Middleburg Hts. I remember the big speakers in the back of theater that produced all the rumbling.

Last edited by Jeffrey Seifert, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:24 PM
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 4:37 AM

I thought one was Tora Tora Tora.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 4:44 AM

I guess I'm wrong! I just looked it up and I obviously got it mixed up with Midway.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:33 AM

Jeffrey Seifert said:
I thought there were two more, Midway and Battlestar Galactica. I'm pretty sure I saw all four at the old Mercury Theater in Middleburg Hts. I remember the big speakers in the back of theater that produced all the rumbling.

There's never been a Battlestar Galactica big-screen theatrical movie. In 1976 and '77, when the three Sensurround movies came out, Galactica hadn't even hit the SMALL screen yet. And yes, Midway was the other.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:56 AM

They took the 1978 made-for-TV pilot and turned it into a theatrical release in 1978/1979, and yes, it was in sensurround. I remember my friends dragging me to the theater to see it.

More info (scroll down to "different versions").

Last edited by Jeffrey Seifert, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:05 AM
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:07 AM

Jeffrey Seifert said:
They took the 1978 made-for-TV pilot and turned it into a theatrical release in 1978/1979, and yes, it was in sensurround. I remember my friends dragging me to the theater to see it.

More info (scroll down to "different versions").

Well, I learned something today.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:12 AM
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I would have bet on "Poseidon Adventure". I'd have been wrong, though... ;)


You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:40 AM

^ That would have been in "Slosharound." ;)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 1:41 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

Earthquake WAS one of the others. Remember Victoria Principal in that tight yellow tee-shirt as Richard Roundtree's sidekick?

Are you kidding? I was a teenager at the time. It was my first conscious introduction to my hormones.

I never would have guessed Midway, Which is odd considering it is one of my favorite movies.

Last edited by Bozman, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 1:42 PM
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