Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rollercoaster (1977)

Universal Pictures
Directed by James Goldstone
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Shout! Factory)

Timothy Bottoms blackmails a group of amusement park owners by planting bombs on rollercoasters. Security inspector George Segal helps FBI agent Richard Widmark find him. Bottoms leads them to various other theme parks, eventually ending up at Magic Mountain in California for the Fourth of July holiday. Using a two-way radio, Bottoms instructs Segal on how to delivery the money, but the FBI manages to find the bomb and jam his signal. Bottoms is killed in an ironically appropriate way. Presented in Sensurround, the 1970s version of a subwoofer, it's a very entertaining film, especially if you watch it around the 4th. There are point-of-view shots from the front of the rollercoasters, plenty of 70s vibes in the amusement parks, and the band Sparks playing live! KISS was rumored to be offered to play, but you can watch them in their own movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, with the same rollercoaster!

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