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Trailers from Hell Rides 'Rollercoaster'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood August 4, 2014 at 1:11PM

Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer talks 1977 Hitchcock-inspired "Rollercoaster."

Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer talks 1977 Hitchcock-inspired "Rollercoaster." Director James Goldstone’s disaster thriller about a mad bomber’s plot to destroy an amusement park was the third film presented in the seat-shaking audio process known as Sensesurround. Though it stars such personable actors as George Segal and Richard Widmark and boasts some spectacular action scenes, the film was only a modest success, perhaps due in some part to its main competition that summer of 1977, "Star Wars."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.