|The first movie to run on the Interfilm system was Mr. Payback, which was billed as "The world's first interactive movie". It starred Billy Warlock and Christopher Lloyd as well as some other jokers, and was written and directed by Bob Gale (writer and producer of Back to the Future). Billy Warlock is part robot and runs around hurting thugs. That's basically the gist of the entire "movie". It's slogan was "Don't Piss Me Off". The thing is that Billy Warlock's character never seems pissed off, instead he enjoys torturing people in a manner that reminds me of a polite cashier. |
Each LaserDisc only contained one-half hour of video each, and the movie itself lasted about 20 minutes maximum. We had to start each show every half hour every day, and stop each show 20 minutes later. It was a pain in the ass to deal with. A second movie called Ride For Your Life starring Adam West was released many months later, but by then the public had already abandoned Interfilm. Heck, they never really embraced it in the first place! A third movie, "I'm Your Man" lasted less than a week before we were told to stop playing the movie and shut Interfilm off forever (either that or it was never released, I can't quite remember... but I do remember being told to cease InterFilm activities while we had a show). To my knowledge the Interfilm hardware still sits in the projection booth over at Greenwood, collecting dust. The joysticks came out of the auditorium long ago.