A wealthy bachelor builds a posh ski resort on the side of a mountain, despite the area being prone to avalanches. After a helicopter collides with the mountain, the inevitable disaster of the film’s title unfolds, leaving humanity to examine its own hubris. This chilly flick is made entertaining thanks to Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, and Robert Forster, and was one of the most expensive films ever produced by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. Despite its over-the-top entertainment potential, poor box office returns indicated a downswing in popularity of the massive disaster film boom seen in the early 1970s. 

DIRECTED BY: Corey Allen. WRITTEN BY: Corey Allen, Claude Pola. STORY BY: Frances Doel. WITH: Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, Robert Forster, Jeanette Nolan. 1978. 91 min. USA. Color. English. Rated PG. DCP.

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