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

Friday, February 14, 2003 4:48 AM
Tom Jones played a great part. When Vegas is in any movie, it is a good thing.

"Every Man Has Got to Know His Limitations"

Friday, February 14, 2003 5:59 AM
What makes movies popular "B" movies and especially ones with a cult following what the are is that only a certain portion of the population appreciates them. Rollercoaster is one of those corny disaster B movies that, for me anyways, is just plain fun to watch. I know it's not terribly thought provoking, but its enjoyable and sometimes that's all that is needed.
Friday, February 14, 2003 6:47 AM
Like there were many GOOD movies durring that time frame? Common, If you look at Jaws today, It kinda looks Cheesy. Towering Inferno? Earthquake?

I thought Rollercoaster was OK, A madman and amusement parks.

Charles Nungester.
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Friday, February 14, 2003 8:14 AM
janfrederick's avatar Jaws??? Robert Shaw was great in that!! What are you talking about. That movie had one of the greatest payoffs ever. And Close Encounters of the Thrid Kind, Star Wars?? Apocalypse Now?? Godfather? Bad movies during that time frame?

Anyway, in regards to Rollercoaster being bad...a big "Duh!" Of course it's bad. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy it! We find ourselves enjoying campy amusement park stuff...why not a movie?

"Know thyself!"

Friday, February 14, 2003 9:18 AM
Jeff's avatar As you point out, there were many good movies in that time frame. Let's not chalk it up to the decade. It's just not a very good film!

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Friday, February 14, 2003 9:26 AM
Mamoosh's avatar The 70's are not the only decade with good and bad movies. Every decade has them and will continue to have them. For every "Chicago" or "Lord of The Rings" there will be a "Just Married" -- aka "Dude, Where's My Wife?"


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Friday, February 14, 2003 9:32 AM
rollergator's avatar I can't pass up this level of irony....'Moosh, I thought you were sending me an e-mail telling me how to format properly....

bill, trying not to laugh and wake his *co-workers*

Friday, February 14, 2003 9:42 AM
"Jaws" is in no way cheesy. The scene where Robert Shaw tells the story of the soldiers being picked off one by one by the sharks is one of the most chilling scenes of all time.

"Rollercoaster" is not even close to what you'd call a "good" film. But I wouldn't blame the decade. I could never dis a decade that gave us "Holy Grail" and "Life of Brian." ;)

A day is a drop of water in the ocean of eternity. A week is seven drops.

Friday, February 14, 2003 9:44 AM

"Dude, Where's My Wife?"

That's hilarious.

Friday, February 14, 2003 9:49 AM
Moosh, Even with an "Adaptation", "Punch-Drunk Love", and "Minority Report", there's absolutely no excuse for a "Kangaroo Jack". ;)

I agree about every decade having its good and bad. In general, it seems that people think Rollercoaster is mediocre to average in the film world. I've never seen anyone say it was one of the greatest films ever either, so I don't think there's much to argue, lol.

I've heard that there's a scene at the beginning of the movie where a roller coaster crashes that was originally a lot gorier and graphic to begin with. I think the fact that a major film "stars" coasters is the biggest reason why the enthusiast community like it so much and I'm not surprised at all about that.

Shaggy, you're the first person I've found to have seen The Death of Ocean View Park. I've been trying to get to see it as well. For some reason, I thought I saw it playing on Lifetime a while ago, but I may just be nuts. ;)

-Danny, "Ride it... in Sensurround"

Friday, February 14, 2003 9:49 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar All this thread made me do was pull out my "Warriors" DVD and skip ahead to the 1:20:24 mark and check out the late 70's views of Coney Island. MAde it more interesting since I've actually been to Coney Island since I last watched it.

Still one of the best movies ever :)


Friday, February 14, 2003 9:56 AM
Somewhat related - but They Might Be Giants has a great song about Sensurround. Sample lyrics:

If mom had known she was expecting,
She might have gone to see "Jaws,"
Instead of picking the film where the sound FX
Came right up from the floor,
And I'd be differently formed.

Sensurround, down at the bottom,
Sensible, to ear and sternum,
Made the fakeness seem realistic,
When the action went ballistic,
One degree shy of sadistic,
And the world first spoke to me in Sensurround.

A day is a drop of water in the ocean of eternity. A week is seven drops.
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Friday, February 14, 2003 10:01 AM
Coney Island is everywhere in movies. Check out Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Object of My Affection, and Death to Smoochy just to name a few. One of my favorite movie titles has always been "Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God... Be Back by Five", but I can't find it anywhere.


Friday, February 14, 2003 10:07 AM

I also am not going to get up here and say that Rollercoaster is a top-shelf film, its not even a middle-shelf film.

But consider the film did serve three purposes:

1) It allows movie studios and theaters to unleash yet another movie fad gimmick on an unsuspecting public. (Sensaround)

2) It served as a great PR piece to educate the public that "Hey, looping rollercoasters ARE in fact possible and here" Remember in the day and age of the movie they were extreemly rare and cutting-edge technology, so the movie served as a great commerical for Magic Mountain and "The Great American Revolution"

To a lesser extent it helped a fledgeling new amusement park (King's Dominion) show off a lot of what they had to offer (Rebell Yell, Safari Ride, Efifel Tower, cool landscpaing, a wide variety of rides, even an attractive kiddieland).

To an even lesser extnet, and following the adgae that "No publicty is bad publcitiy", Ocean View got one last hurrah in the movies, which may have helped get a few more people through the turnstiles. (I have a Roy Brashers' movie titled "Roller Coaster Weekend" that shows Ocean View park witht he "Car from Rollercoaster!" proudly on display)

Kennywood missed out on this free publicty by not playing along, therefore the terrorized park in Pittsburgh is the fictional park Wonderland. (Filmed at Kingd Dominion, I mean while a crew is on-location.....)

3. It led to the formation of ACE. While ACE may have been formed at a later date in another set of circumstances, the movie Rollercoaster! can be directly attributed to the history of the club.


Its a cult classic, whose cult happens to be coaster enthusiasts, I now I got hooked on it before I was a coaster buff, because hey just how many movies are there that feature amusement parks like that. In fact I would say "Rollercoaster!" is *directly* responsible for me visiting King's Dominion, even before I realized I was a fanatic. I saw that park so many times, by watching the tv-edited version so much, (had it on tape) I just had to see it. In fact I had seen the made-for-tv tape version so much the tape broke, and I bought an official version when Goodtimes sold it. I was totally in awe when the PKD sequence played because the made-for-TV verion cuts that sequence way down.

(Besides it was better than a couple movies I see on TV every now and then I can't even name, all I know is one is about this round the world car race, the only thing that makes it stand out is that they get into lots of messy situations, and the stars freshly pressed white suit never gets spotted or even wrinkled, the other is some crazy movie about a guy who has like every cop car in the nation chasing him, he eludes the police, but some other unforseen circumstance gets him), Clue, Million Dollar Mystery, Svavenger Hunt, the list goes on and on.

David Bowers
Mayor, Coasterville

Friday, February 14, 2003 10:09 AM
rollergator's avatar 'tis true chris, but the *real fun* right now is below, in the Miler thread....;)
Friday, February 14, 2003 10:37 AM
Mamoosh's avatar I fixed that post, 'Gator. And no, you *still* don't know how to quote ;)

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Friday, February 14, 2003 10:46 AM
rollergator's avatar I got your quote right here...;)
Friday, February 14, 2003 11:30 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Coasterville Dave said:

Clue, Million Dollar Mystery, Svavenger Hunt, the list goes on and on.

I must just have notoriously bad taste. Clue is another of my all time favorties that I've seen more times than I'm willing to admit. Scavenger Hunt (used to be a staple on stations like TBS, WOR) is great fun. Not necessarily a "favorite" but one I'll watch when I catch it. I also like Rollercoaster.

...and just because, let me plug The Warriors again.


Friday, February 14, 2003 11:52 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar If you think Rollercoaster! is corny and horrible, yet funny to watch, rent KISS Meets the Phantom of The Park......the CHEESE is just almost intolerable.


Rollercoaster! is OK. I have seen much, much worse.

Maybe you guys need to watch it in "sensurround" sound like we did at the Con last year............hee hee.

Ah, who cares. It's just a movie guys! I liked it.


Feel The Adrenaline....

Friday, February 14, 2003 12:07 PM
Oh heck... It's not a movie but anyone remember the WonderWoman episode "Phantom of the Theme Park" set at Magic Mountain? ;) Hey T!

Back on topic though, I loved that film - the UK was pretty stagnant on the coaster front back then and I loved the George Segal anti-hero attitude LOL - The dirty harry of the coaster world ;)

life is sweet :)

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