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Old 03-16-04, 11:57 AM
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Interactive movires, anyone?

I remember mid 90's, theatres used to have lots of "interactive' movies. I think it was, the seat had a set of buttons, and the audience voted what would happen..

I never got to do it, but did any of you ever? How was it? Any good? Just a gimmick? Or an excuse to show alternate endings?
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Well..no..they used to show them as features on big screens..few theatres had them, they were a dollar or two more expensive...and they were usually Hollywood titles..so...does anyone know about them?
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Originally posted by sararekuforever
...does anyone know about them?
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I don't think that's what sararekuforever is talking about... those are interactive DVDs aren't they? Different from the theater experience. I kinda remember what you're talking about with the movie theater thing and the button - but can't remember much about it.
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"...Different from the theater experience..."

...but... but... but... how could that work in a theater setting ? I mean, say I push the button for X leaving the room, while someone (or several someones) else push(es) the button for X staying in the room... or something... will X be leaving or staying...?...

I just don't see how a group of people in a room, each provided with "a set of buttons", can influence the "route" a movie will follow --- unless it's on a "first push, first served" basis...?...

...but, hey! what do I know...!?!...

(Actually, I confess I'm kinda glad I never ran into this during my moviegoing years... seems like sort of a doomed-to-failure "development" (as it appears to have been) - both in theaters and on DVD...)

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I'm sure it was majority rules.
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...ah...!... so it's a most push, first served basis... ah...!... (should've thunk of that myself!)

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I remember those. Never caught on. There was a William Castle film where he would have the audience vote on whether the villain lived or died. I think he only ever filmed the death version, because he never expected the audience to vote for keeping the villain alive.
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Re: Interactive movires, anyone?

Originally posted by sararekuforever
I remember mid 90's, theatres used to have lots of "interactive' movies. I think it was, the seat had a set of buttons, and the audience voted what would happen..

I never got to do it, but did any of you ever? How was it? Any good? Just a gimmick? Or an excuse to show alternate endings?
What - you mean like Mr Sardonicus, with the thumbs up/thumbs down to vote on if the main character could live or die?

Oh yes - William Castle, the master of the movie gimmick! How about $ 1,000 Fright Insurance policy from Lloyd's Of London in Macabre? Or the MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! to allow cowards to flee the theatre in Homicidal? And who could forget The TINGLER! and it's electrified theatre seats!

Yeah, they dont make them like that anymore.

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