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Watch Johnny Knoxville in a movie based on N.J.'s notorious 'Action Park'

It is unclear if the Cannonball Loop ride is featured. Watch video

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood capitalized on an amusement park that once injured 110 people, including 10 fractures and 45 head injuries, in just one summer.

Yes, we are talking about the infamous Action Park, or as you may know it as "Traction Park" or "Class Action Park" or "Accident Park," in Vernon.

On Wednesday, a trailer for "Action Point," a fictitious movie based on the wild and dangerous amusement park of the 80s and 90s starring Johnny Knoxville was released.

Based on the trailer, Knoxville, presumably based on Action Park's infamous owner Eugene Mulvihill, is the owner of "Action Point" and has to step up the craziness of his raggedy amusement park because of local competition.

"No rules. No speed limits. Just pure fun," is how Knoxville describes the park in the movie that hits theaters on June 1.

Depending on your definition of fun (there were six confirmed deaths at the park), that's an almost perfect encapsulation of what Action Park was in its heyday. An example: The ride that injured all of those people in the summer of 1985, the Cannonball Loop, was reportedly designed by Mulvihill on a napkin and to see if it worked his son, Andy, tested the ride dressed in hockey pads. 

The notorious amusement park is talked about as if it is an urban myth, but the craziness of it was reality. 

Just look at how Chris Gethard, a writer for Weird NJ describes it:

"Action Park was a true rite of passage for any New Jersey kid of my generation. When I get to talking about it with other Jerseyans, we share stories as if we are veterans who served in combat together. I suspect that many of us may have come closest to death on some of those rides up in Vernon Valley. I consider it a true shame that future generations will never know the terror of proving their grit at New Jersey's most dangerous amusement park."

The original water park, which opened in 1978, closed in 1995 after a slew of lawsuits and filing for bankruptcy. 

This movie, which was originally titled "Action Park," but changed the name for unknown reasons, is not the first time people outside of New Jersey will get a look at Action Park, as it has been portrayed in pop culture for years, for good and bad reasons.

Joe Atmonavage may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jatmonavageNJFind on Facebook

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:18:25 UTC

What to know about the gun protests happening in N.J. Saturday

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Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:10:06 UTC

Is your spring break screwed because of the snow? It depends

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Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:21:59 UTC

Vintage photos of historic women in N.J.

Unquestionably, this gallery SHOULD go on and on.

To be certain, reference books should provide a more balanced view of the historical contributions made by women. 

Writing for in 2016, Anita Sarkeesian and Laura Hudson pointed out that "if we were to judge by the history books, it would be easy to think that men were pretty much the only people who mattered in history -- or at least, the only ones worth remembering. That isn't true, of course, but that's the story we're accustomed to hearing about the past: one where the presence of men is taken as a given, and the presence of women is exceptional." 

As an example, history books refer to "Molly Pitcher" as a person in New Jersey, usually Mary Ludwig Hayes, who assisted her husband and others in the Continental Army by carrying water to soldiers in battle and helping the wounded and injured. But notes that "there is some debate among historians as to who the 'real' Molly Pitcher was. Most believe that the title is a composite character of all of the women who fought in and supported the Continental Army."

MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

There were likely scores of "Molly Pitchers" during the Revolutionary War, yet they were summed up in history books by one character, while heroic men were remembered as individuals. 

As Sarkeesian and Hudson noted, "Regardless of what our cultural narratives tell us, women as leaders, heroes and rebels isn't unrealistic -- either now or throughout history. It's reality -- just not a reality we get to hear about often enough." 

In this gallery, we highlight just a handful of women from New Jersey who have impacted history, including computer pioneer and Navy officer Grace Hopper, agricultural scientist Elizabeth Coleman White, playwright Ntozake Shange and entertainer Dionne Warwick. Unquestionably, this gallery could go on and on.

And here are links to other galleries you'll enjoy.

Vintage photos of women and the war effort in N.J.

Vintage N.J. photos that are works of art

Vintage photos from N.J. that are works of art

Greg Hatala may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:30:00 UTC

Sussex County school closings, delayed openings for Thursday (March 22, 2018)

The nor'easter snowstorm caused hundreds of school closures on Wednesday and cleanup spilled into a second day Watch video

The spring nor'easter that hit the state Wednesday with snow, coastal flooding and strong winds forced many schools across the state to call for closures and delayed openings for Thursday.

With that in mind, the following Sussex County school districts have made announcements for Thursday, March 22:


  • No announcements yet


  • Northern Hills Academy - 90 minutes
  • Hopatcong Borough Schools - 90 minutes 
  • Sussex Tech
  • Verona Public Schools
  • Andover Regional Public Schools - 2-hour delay

If you know of any delays or closures not on this list, let us know in the comments.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:48 UTC