Roller­coaster

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV HIGHLIGHTS -

(Cine­max, astro Ch 412, 5pm) Older movie­go­ers like yours truly will fondly re­mem­ber the days of Sen­sur­round: deep bass sound, felt rather than heard, churned out by spe­cial huge-a$$ speak­ers. Only five films (two weren’t even bona fide movies, but TV episode com­pi­la­tions) ever utilised it: earthquake, Mid­way, the the­atri­cal re­leases of bat­tlestar Galac­tica and Mis­sionGalac­tica:Cy­lonat­tack, and this 1977 pro­duc­tion re­volv­ing around a psy­chopath who sab­o­tages amuse­ment parks. With­out the gim­micky sound, it’s ac­tu­ally an in­ter­est­ing lit­tle thriller with a cast that in­cludes Ge­orge Se­gal, Su­san Stras­berg, Henry Fonda, richard Wid­mark and a young He­len Hunt. The pro­duc­ers de­lib­er­ately kept the vil­lain’s mo­tives and iden­tity a mys­tery to make him seem more ter­ri­fy­ing and un­sym­pa­thetic. Ti­mothy bot­toms, who plays the bad guy, is cred­ited only as “young Man”. The fol­low­ing year, the Vil­lage People im­mor­talised him in the open­ing line of yMCa.Kid­ding.

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