THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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ROLLERCOASTER (1977)










#78 on the movie countdown is 1977's Rollercoaster, beautifully remastered by Shout Factory on Blu-Ray. Usually lumped in with the disaster films of the 70s, Rollercoaster is actually a decent thriller that starts off with a horrific bombing of a roller coaster at night. It's a tad nasty that reportedly had to be toned down when the movie was originally released. Anyway, safety inspector George Segal takes a personal interest in the case because he's the one who inspected t...hat coaster. Soon we find out that Timothy Bottoms is blackmailing the five conglomerates that own a bunch of amusement parks across the country. He wants a million bucks or he will blow up more. Segal ends up in the middle of things, including carrying that million dollars for a drop taking place in Kings Dominion amusement park in Richmond. Segal gives an amusing performance as he generally does (with a subplot that sees him trying to quit smoking), getting serious when the film demands it. Richard Widmark is the fed in charge of the case. There are a number of interesting appearances in Rollercoaster, including the group Sparks (remember them?), 13-year-old Helen Hunt as Segal's daughter, the late great DJ Charlie Tuna and an unbilled, impossibly young Steve Guttenberg as a messenger. Rollercoaster has a pretty decent script thanks to screenwriters Richard Levinson and William Link (creators of Columbo) and the music by Lalo Schifren is outstanding. Only disappointment is that the Sensurround effect doesn't really pay off via DVD. Oh well. Release date is June 21st.

TLA one-word review: thrilling

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