I'm sorry, but the movie ROLLERCOASTER is awful!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2003 12:58 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this piece of crap called "Rollercoaster" is quite possibly one of the worst films out there? For what the film tried to accomplished, it was too predictable to enjoy, very boring, badly acted, and feels just so damn pointless. Does anybody agree with me? I just can't see how anyone can think this film is great. All it has going for it is a couple of decent shots of Revolution and other rides. That's it.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:04 PM
Did you ever think you are awful? The movie isn't great becasue of the acting which is poor or the action which was not cutting edge even at that time.

But what makes the movie great is that there is a defunct coaster, and a movie about rollercoasters period. That's something that was a great accomplishment at that time, seeing as though coasters were enjoying a great boom. I seem to think if you are a real coaster fanatic you would see that. Guess not.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:06 PM
I don't think I could outright say that "Rollercoaster" is the worst movie ever, but from a non-coaster standpoint, I couldn't argue with such a claim. My Physics teacher, who is a movie guru, thinks that "Rollercoaster" was an awful movie as well.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:08 PM
So what if the movie has a defunct coaster in it. So what if it is about coasters. If I were to make a home video at SFoT and show a pic of Big Bend, does it have to be good?

If you understand film, you would know a few decent shots of the rides don't make a film. It is bad in almost every way.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:09 PM
As darienlakefan said, the movie is appreciated by coaster enthusiasts for the coasters in it. But even more....

The movie was the catalyst for a group of people to form a roller coaster enthusiast group, which I believe was the beginning of ACE. I believe it was also instrumental in the movement toward coaster preservation.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:09 PM

astrosgp said:
I don't think I could outright say that "Rollercoaster" is the worst movie ever, but from a non-coaster standpoint, I couldn't argue with such a claim. My Physics teacher, who is a movie guru, thinks that "Rollercoaster" was an awful movie as well.

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When I said one of the worst ever, I mean it would be in the top 25 worst.
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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:10 PM
Yeah, I'll be honest, "Rollercoaster", was definiety "B" material. The whole thing was rather corny. I dont know if it's just the way I am looking at things having seen much better stuff, but the whole feel to the movie was right along side "Halloween" and "Killer Clowns from Outer Space".

And if someone brings up pre-pubecent Helen Hunt....

lata, jeremy

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:10 PM
CPLADY for President! Thank you for opening the eyes of the blind. Amen.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:13 PM
I'm not gonna sit here and mindlessly defend the film, as it's not a good enough film to do that. But think of it in terms of the genre. It's a disaster movie, though a rather different type of disaster movie, as it's a somewhat predictable sequence of events. But it's not about the plot line. It's a study of a few characters, more than anything else. The good thing about it is that it's very well shot, very well crafted, and when I finally managed to watch "Dirty Harry" I was surprised to find out how much two guys named Harry C. in 1970's movies with scores by Lalo Schifrin had in common with one another.

It's by no means a great film. But I have seen a whole lot worse. When you compare it with its peers, it's a pretty good film. Compared with the whole canon of filmmaking in the past 30 years, it's kinda mediocre.

Edit: The things you think of after you hit {Reply}...If Rollercoaster were a roller coaster, I'd say it might be the Hersheypark Comet. A thoroughly decent coaster, but neither the best nor the worst around...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
*** This post was edited by RideMan 2/13/2003 6:17:38 PM ***

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:18 PM
Of course it's not good. Just like a LOT of other movies are not good, but have still achieved cult status. I don't watch the movie to be moved or to see some engaging suspense. I watch because it is a hilarious time capsule of the beginning of the modern age of roller coasters. It's also a kick to see how much (or how little) some things have changed in regards to the amusement industry.

You want an excellent film that achieves all the best in filmmaking? Go rent American Beauty, or Ghandi, or Casablanca, or Citizen Kane.

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*** This post was edited by Fafolguy 2/13/2003 6:19:44 PM ***

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:19 PM

darienlakefan said:
CPLADY for President! Thank you for opening the eyes of the blind. Amen.

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Someone Who Hopes Their Homepark wakes up and smells the coffee!

Is it a requirement for a coaster fanatic to like this movie? I can tell you that I am also a fan of film, and it is easy to identify a bad movie.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:21 PM
I thought the plot didn't suck, but was rather cheesy almost. I really enjoyed seeing the now defuct coaster that used to be in Virginia (i dunno the name).

Revolution looks like a great ride, but all ive heard is that it is awful...

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:21 PM
Since when are cult classics supposed to be good? They should play the theme music from that movie in the carousel at SFMM. I could listen to it over and over and over...

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:23 PM
Of course it is predictable, but at the time it wasn't. I was watching it with my step-sister, and she thought that he was actually going to blow up Revolution. I told her it wasn't going to happen, because I've seen some other diaster movies and they all end with the bad guy getting caught before massive bad stuff happened. But hey, I thought it was pretty uncalled for when he got hit by the train while he was trying to jump the track. That's what's good about most movies that seem predictable. Something twists a little in the end. It's no Harry Potter, but it a'int bad.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:23 PM
Dave, I think even when compared to its contemporaies like "Airport '77", "EarthQuake" and "The Posiedon Adventure" "Rollercoaster" makes a weak showing. All around I dont think it was that great of a movie.

However, in its defense, I *will* say that it was much more enjoyable than either "Ishtar" or "The English Patient" :)

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:26 PM

SquishyMon said:
Since when are cult classics supposed to be good? They should play the theme music from that movie in the carousel at SFMM. I could listen to it over and over and over...

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Cult films are great when done right. Starship Troopers, Airplane, and Naked Gun were bad films that were so bad you had to enjoy it. Rollercoaster is not one of them.
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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:33 PM
Well, if you're gonna bring Airplane into the discussion...it's a bad movie because if it weren't it would violate the spirit of the films it was making fun of (Airport, Airport '75, Airport '77, Airport '79...)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Who wonders how Petroney got left out of Airplane... :)

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:40 PM
LOL Jeremy, Ishtar is one of the worse comparisons to make to prove a movie is good or even decent. It's ok though. ;)

Sadly, I haven't even seen this movie *surprise surprise*.

-Danny

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:40 PM
:O how dare you insult naked gun and airplane
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Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:45 PM
I would definitely have to agree that Rollercoaster isn't the best movie ever made, but I don't think that it's the worst either. The only reason I watch it is, of course, due to the ride footage, but George Segal did some exceptional acting in it IMO.

I, for one, think that the movie needs to be remade.... BADLY!

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