Wall of Fire, a new disaster movie from Imagination Worldwide, is going into pre-production. Read on for plot details and the incendiary poster.
Directed by: Neil Kinsella
Starring: Vincent Spano, Alexandra Paul, Jay Pickett, Luke Eberl, Robert Pine
Let’s see, how should I put this? Oh, right: Landslide, re-titled Buried Alive when released on dvd in the U.S., is a snooze-inducing crapfest to make you long for the straightforward, unapologetic so-dumb-it’s-funny badness of a film like 2012: Supernova.
Directed by: Val Guest
Starring: Edward Judd, Leo McKern, Janet Munro, Michael Goodliffe
Admit it: Deep inside you’ve always wondered what His Girl Friday would be like if it had been a disaster movie. Well, here’s your chance to find out. The Day the Earth Caught Fire is largely set in a newsroom, and features lots of quick-fire witty banter between our hero and his love interest. Plus it has the cyclones that Hawks’ classic sadly lacked.
Directed by: Mikael Salomon
Starring: Christian Slater, Morgan Freeman, Minnie Driver, Randy Quaid, Ed Asner, Richard Dysart, Betty White
One could argue that Hard Rain shouldn’t be called a disaster movie because, plotwise, the disaster is incidental to the heist thriller. But since there is barely a scene in the entire movie where the pouring rain and the flooding of the town don’t play an integral part, I think it deserves to be included in the genre.
Just a quick post to tell you about three upcoming made-for-tv movies, promising to bring global destruction to your home screen in the not too distant future.
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Directed by: Dick Lowry
Starring: Thomas Gibson, Nancy McKeon, Chandra West, Brian Dennehy, Randy Quaid, Dianne Wiest, Ari Cohen, Nancy Anne Sakovich
The two-part miniseries Category 6: Day of Destruction was a big success for CBS at its original airing in 2004; the first part attracted about 19 million viewers, 17 million of whom tuned in for the second part. Sadly, a decent lineup of well-known actors can’t hide that this is a weak hodge-podge of genre clichés, cloying sentimentality and really terrible dialogue. When the show goes on for three hours (four if you add commercials) you have time to notice such things.
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As I haven’t yet seen it, I’m not sure how much of a disaster movie this is (as opposed to your standard action/thriller), but any film that features a jumbo jet slamming into the Washington Monument tickles my curiosity. The Asylum releases Airline Disaster today. Just thought you’d like to know.
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Starring: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Martin, Landau, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda, Richard Dysart
And speaking of the recently deceased Ronald Neame, let’s take a look at his other disaster movie, made seven years after the eminently entertaining The Poseidon Adventure. Sadly, Meteor is an inferior film in every respect.
I’m a couple of days late to notice this, but Ronald Neame, director of among other things the classic disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure, has died. He was 99 years old. During his career, Neame worked with both Hitchcock and David Lean, and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Besides The Poseidon Adventure, Neame directed one additional disaster movie: 1979’s Meteor with Sean Connery, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden. Guess it’s about time I got hold of a copy.
Directed by: George Fenady
Starring: Dennis Cole, Susan Sullivan, Leslie Nielsen, Ray Milland, Sheila Larken, James Olson
I’m getting my Irwin Allen chronology all messed up here. I know I should probably review his disaster movies in the order they were made, but I’m just not organized enough. So, I happened to watch Cave In!, which is basically his last disaster flick (acting only as producer here) . It was shot in 1979 (same year as Beyond The Poseidon Adventure), but sat on a shelf for four years before finally airing on television.