Sunday, February 15, 2015

Avalanche!

Now, this is why I'm doing this, movies like last night's Avalanche (1978) starring Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow and Robert Forster.

It was awful.

Standard set up, people arrive at a ski resort, relationships are defined, the threat is recognized, then all hell breaks loose.

Hudson owns the resort and is building a home on the mountain. Farrow is Hudson's ex.  Forster is a friend of Hudson.  Hudson wants to build on the mountain, Forster warns him against it.  Building and removing the trees makes the mountain more vulnerable to avalanche. 

Someone made a house payment thanks to this thing.

The effects were... cheap.  When you realize it was a Roger Corman production and they'd managed to get the budget for Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow, the effects were practically Star Wars caliber.  Apparently, the majority of the footage of the avalanche was stock footage. 

Now, I've got to find a copy of Meteor from 1979, since they use that stock footage as well.