Kirsten Dunst

Tower of Terror

QUESTION:  In 1997, Disney released a made-for-tv film inspired by the Twilight of Terror ride. Which of the following actors starred in it?
A). Ted Danson
B). Tom Selleck
C). Steve Guttenberg
D). Bubba Smith

The Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling, was a television staple between 1959 to 1964. For five years, fans of the odd and thought provoking would get their weekly dose on CBS' science-fiction/fantasy/psychological-supernatural horror anthology. Now, well over fifty years later, the show continues to have its influence. One perfect example of this is the ride Tower of Terror that Disney designed and placed in three of its international theme parks. First introduced in the Summer of 1994 in Disney's Studios (then known as Disney-MGM Studios) in Walt Disney World, Florida, it would open also in Tokyo, Paris, and California parks - although the one in California closed early in 2017.

The ride is all about an elevator ride taken in 1939 by five people. They never reached their destination and, it's said, haunt the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Visitors to the hotel are taken through a neglected lobby, through some rooms, and into an oversized elevator as Rod Serling's voice leads them on an experience from which they may never return. Okay, fine. It's Disney, so they will most certainly return, but if they have trouble with free fall rides, they may return without part of their lunch. Using a torque equal to that of 275 Corvette engines, the ride is able to achieve its top speed (right around forty miles per hour) in one-and-a-half seconds. Riders shoot to the top of the tower, then plunge down as far as 157 feet.  May not sound like a lot, but it's not recommended for the weak of stomach. Fortunately, you don't have to go to a Disney park to see a fun interpretation of the ride: come to the American Treasure Tour! Bob Omrod created a miniature version of the ride out of cardboard and pencil crayons, a homemade piece of art dedicated to the first thrill ride ever to inspire its own television movie!

ANSWER:  C). Steve Guttenberg, along with Kirsten Dunst, Via Peeples, and a whole slew of other performers.


QUESTION:  What was the "spiritual sequel" to Jumanji?
A)  Xanadu
B)  Zalthura
C)  Battlefield Earth
D)  Galaxa

The posters displayed in our Music Room conjure up memories of moviegoing experiences over the years. Granted, some of them might only be available in revival theaters, like 1928's Beggars of Life, or the much more recent Jumanji.  Released in 1995, this fantasy/action/comedy stars Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, and Kirsten Dunst and yes, it revolves around a board game. In 1869, a mysterious chest is buried by two brothers with the hope that it will never resurface. One hundred years later, a boy named Alan discovers the chest and inside it is Jumanji the board game. Alan plays, is told to wait in the jungle, and is promptly sucked into the game. Gone. Poof. Disappeared.

It's twenty-six years after Alan's disappearance when Jumanji is re-discovered, this time by Judy and Peter Shepherd. When they start playing, things quickly get out of hand when giant mosquitos and a group of monkeys appear.  Havoc ensues, things get even more out of hand, and the adventure leads to conflict, resolution, and more conflict.  George Lucas' company Industrial Light & Magic created many of the special effects for the movie. Although they look a little rough now, they were considered amazingly innovative back in '95. And it was a huge hit. The critics may not have embraced it, but the audiences did. It made four times its production budget, becoming the tenth bestselling film of the year. So good it inspired a sort-of sequel, a television spin-off, and a forthcoming sequel.  Due at the end of the year, the new Jumanji will star Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. So stay tuned! 

ANSWER:  B)  Zalthura