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

Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:58 PM
If Rollercoaster is remade badly, hopefully it won't be as bad as the remakes of Rollerball and Swept Away... bombs!

-Danny

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 2:51 PM
Hey, don't diss Rollercoaster! In addition to some awesome camera work, it also features two Oscar winners and another two actors who were nominated for Oscars. Name them!

Plus, who can forget "Big Boy!"? Not even if you wanted to...

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Mike Miller

Intamin Fan says we have to behave. Let's bring this discussion back to coasters. Do you people think I have all day to dick around?

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 3:12 PM
jkpark's avatar Do you guys think there will ever be a Rollercoaster 2?
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Thursday, February 13, 2003 3:30 PM
I enjoy the movie for what it is even though the acting is mediocre. Heck, I like Godzilla movies and the acting in those movies are worse.

I do have a DVD copy of the movie. Shoot, I remember seeing it at the drive-in as a kid when it first came out.

I also have a copy of Airplane, which I find absolutely hilarious.

X Factor

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 3:31 PM
I don't think any movie with such a strong terrorist plot is what the american public wants to see right now so no I dont think a pert 2 is comming anytime soon

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It isn't so bad. . .
Once you're used to it

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 3:39 PM
2Hostyl - Don't forget Meet Joe Black! For 3 hours I sat through that damn movie. The only entertaining part of that movie lasted for maybe 5 seconds when Brad Pitt was hit by the van!

As for Rollercoaster!, its not that great... But it really isn't all that bad if you think about it. The whole "bomb on a coaster" deal is a great IMO... It just needs to be applied diffrently. I'll watch it again if I see it on the tube.

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Corey
"his rod and staff comforts me" - and catholics say that gay's are bad! :)

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 4:58 PM
The plot is hardly engrossing to me.

But I have watched the movie several times and own a copy of it for it's nostalgic sake. It is one of the few remaining reminders of Ocean View Park. I grew up in VA and was very familiar with the place. Ironically enough, just a year or so after "Rollercoaster" was filmed, OVP was demolished for the plot of a made for tv movie called "The Ending of Ocean View Park."

If you thought Rollercoaster was poorly acted.... sheesh! It has nothing on TEOOVP.

Actually I have only seen that movie (TEOOVP) once... when it originally aired on network tv. I think I was like 8 or 9 years old and I remember thinking even then that it was badly written.

However, I would love to see it again. It was such a sickening stupid plot about an unsafe park eroding into the ocean.... culminating with the park falling apart and collapsing... during a very busy day, of course! The Rocket Rollercoaster was destroyed for the filming and made national news because explosives, bulldozers etc couldn't hardly budge the thing.

Shaggy

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Shaggy

R.I.P. Maestro
Phantom Theater 1992-2002

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 5:13 PM

colincsl said:
:O how dare you insult naked gun and airplane


What??? I think both are two of the best spoofs ever made!
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WHAT'S THE MATTER COLONEL SANDERS? CHICKEN!?

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 5:16 PM
As I just received both the film & the soundtrack as a Valentines gift I feel obliged to say you're wrong,!- it might be an acquired taste but I for 1 love the film, the music, the footage of MM in its early days before the trees grew around Revolution. And the shots of the Paramount park (PKI?PKD?!) OK so the dummies in the car that overturns on The Rocket are a bit obvious!, and in slo-mo you can see the stunt guys in the cars ready to jump out! Give it a review for what it is, it aint a Discovery channel thrill ride docu, just a low budget 70's TV flick! I admit if I wasn't into coasters I prob wouldn't have been interested, but I am, & I love the film!

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 5:20 PM
As you said, it's aqcuired taste. I'll admit, it has some good footage, and that may be enough for some of you, but I have to like more than a few scenes to give the overall film a positive rating.

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WHAT'S THE MATTER COLONEL SANDERS? CHICKEN!?

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 6:20 PM
"Give it a review for what it is, it aint a Discovery channel thrill ride docu, just a low budget 70's TV flick!"

It was filmed and released in theatres, it was not made for TV.

The actual big hoo-la-la about "Rollercoaster" was that it introduced the world to "Sensurround" an new type of sound recording. It was supposed to be more realistic and cutting edge. For it's day maybe, but it never really caught one, obviously, and theatres dumped the system thearafter.

Shaggy

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Shaggy

R.I.P. Maestro
Phantom Theater 1992-2002

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 6:58 PM
Interesting discussion, in that I've never heard *anyone* call Rollercoaster a great film, ever. So I'm not sure where that came from. Enthusiasts like the film mostly for nostalgic reasons, most of us saw the film as kids. And because most of us will follow anything that has a coaster in it(do a search on topics involving coasters in commercials).

It's a B-movie for sure, it's also alot of fun(or at least it was the first time I saw it). I remember when it opened, I wanted nothing more than to get to MM and ride Revolution.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 7:43 PM
Rollercoaster is not a great film. But I think it is something of an acquired taste. There are some interesting things done in the film that you can easily miss the first time around...the details are (with a few glaring exceptions) well done, and it's those details that make the film...and they are easy to overlook. For us, people who live and breathe amusement parks, some of the plot points are blindingly obvious.

I think the film is very much a product of its era. It's been referred to as a "B" movie, but what you have to remember is that at the time it was introduced, there were no "B" movies. The days of the double feature were long over, and the theaters were beginning to split themselves in half, creating the duplex theaters. With screens doubling up (well, one theater here in Columbus actually went to three screens, but one of those screens was devoted to Star Wars for the first half-dozen years) there was a need for lots of product, but no market for "B" movies anymore. So what did the studios come up with? They came up with these cheaply made formula movies, but they filled them with enough star-power to sell a few tickets. Rollercoaster looks like it was fairly cheap to produce, but it does have Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark and Helen Hu...oh yeah, right. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 7:56 PM
Vater's avatar The last time I watched this movie, I tried to objective as possible, and quite frankly I didn't find that it was all that bad. Sure, there are definitely some cheesy parts, and much of it is outdated, but for the stylized 'disaster'-type flick it is, it does have some merit. I found the acting to be decent, as well.

The primary reason I enjoy it, however, is because Kings Dominion is my home park, and I have many fond memories of it as it appeared in Rollercoaster.

No offense to coastergoose when I say this, but age may play a factor, as well. For example, when I was younger, my dad showed me War of the Worlds, which he had seen as a kid, and which I thought was pretty lousy. For its day though, it was a science-fiction breakthrough.

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-Vater
Take a ride...

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 8:03 PM
Rollercoaster used to be on KDKA in Pittsburgh every New Years morning from like 1980 to about 1985. The Sting was on at 12:30 am, then about 2:30 am Rollercoaster was on, and I watched it every freakin year. Why, I don't know.

But my grandparents always went to LA, and they rode the Revolution. And really I watched it because I love parks. So much I have been working for over 11 years at this farce.

And anyone who is getting paid and has stood atop a lift hill and walked the structure of a big wooden coaster sometimes may wonder what it would be like to be Harry Caulder and travel around to inspect the rides.

And as a plus you get to see Ocean View Park before ABC blew it up.

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"Every Man Has Got to Know His Limitations"

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Thursday, February 13, 2003 9:20 PM
john peck's avatar Pardon me while I quote a passage of literature from "Naked Gun"

"Nice Beaver!"
"Thanks, I just had it stuffed"

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Friday, February 14, 2003 12:32 AM
I never thought the film was bad, it was just okay. If you want bad, go watch "Shanghai Surprise".

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Friday, February 14, 2003 3:06 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar Is Rollercoaster a bad movie? Yes

Can bad movies be good? Yes

There are few good reasons I enjoy watching this movie. It features parks that I've visited and I find it very intersting to see what has changed over the years. Just look at the Kings Dominion sequence. What ever happened to the singing mushrooms?? That stuff is priceless. Another reason I enjoy this movie is because it is a cheesy disaster movie. If you enjoy that genre, you'll probably enjoy Rollercoaster.

The big reason I enjoy Rollercoaster is that it was the catalyst for ACE. For those who don't know the saga (and please correct me if I have any of this wrong), Kings Dominion and Universal held a publicity stunt riding marathon on Rebel Yell to mark the opening of the movie. This was truly a marathon because it didn't take a break overnight. Some of the contestants got together afterward and talked about the idea of a national roller coaster club. The rest is history.

Someone in a previous post asked should they remake this movie? I say no! Call me a special effects purist, but I'd hate to see what they would do to this movie if some CG artist got his/her hands on it.

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Scott W. Short, "A-Lister"
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com

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Friday, February 14, 2003 4:16 AM
Jeff's avatar Purist!

You said to do it. ;)

I thought the movie sucked. Even with actual rides it really didn't hold my attention. I don't think it has anything to do with the time it was made, it's just not interesting.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
"The world rotates to The Ultra-Heavy Beat!" - KMFDM

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Friday, February 14, 2003 4:46 AM
To whomever said they thought War of the Worlds was lousy, but good when it was first released, I still think it is the best old chessy alien movie. The best new one is Mars Attacks!

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WHAT'S THE MATTER COLONEL SANDERS? CHICKEN!?

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