Disaster Movies: A Loud, Long, Explosive, Star-Studded Guide to Avalanches, Earthquakes, Floods, Meteors, Sinking Ships, Twisters, Viruses, Killer Bees, Nuclear Fallout, and Alien Attacks in the Cinema!!!!

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Complete with a foreword by Mike Nelson, host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this dynamic guide to one of Hollywood's most popular and enduring genres provides a history of the disaster genre, descriptions of its trends and unusual traits, portraits of famous stars, and reviews of more than 150 disaster movies. The films reviewed include everything from famous titles such as The Poseidon Adventure, Titanic, and The Towering Inferno to more obscure movies such as The Night the World Exploded, Terror on the 40th ...

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Complete with a foreword by Mike Nelson, host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this dynamic guide to one of Hollywood's most popular and enduring genres provides a history of the disaster genre, descriptions of its trends and unusual traits, portraits of famous stars, and reviews of more than 150 disaster movies. The films reviewed include everything from famous titles such as The Poseidon Adventure, Titanic, and The Towering Inferno to more obscure movies such as The Night the World Exploded, Terror on the 40th Floor, and War Between the Planets. Casual disaster-movie fans, as well as die-hard lovers of the genre will benefit from the rating system, which ranges from "Highly Recommended" to "Avoid at All Costs," and the dubious "Recommended for All the Wrong Reasons."

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Entertainment Today
"The book is fun and entertaining. It would be a great addition to the coffee table in a vacation house or the bookshelf in the family room."
Sci-Fi
"[Kay and Rose] produce a fine read."
Library Journal
The disaster movie genre is an "ever-changing showcase for the terrors we face," according to coauthor Rose's introduction to this informative, detailed, and often whimsical look at more than 150 disaster movies dating from the 1930s to the 21st century. Writer/filmmaker Rose and film reviewer Kay divide these movies into such categories as airplane disasters, earthquakes, volcanoes, fires, storms, radiation, and aliens and rate them accordingly (e.g., "highly recommended," "so bad it's good"). Longer reviews for the key films in each category explore plots, scenes, stars, and memorable quotes and end with a note on the film's "most spectacular moment of carnage." Essays interspersed throughout focus on different traits of disaster movies over the decades, and the volume ends with the authors' "ultimate disaster movie lists." With enthusiasm, extensive knowledge, and a keen sense of fun, Rose and Kay chronicle our love affair with disasters on the big screen. Recommended for larger public libraries and highly recommended for libraries with collections on film and popular culture. Jim Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. P.L., NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Adult/High School-An engagingly snarky introduction to the genre, including film reviews that range from "Highly Recommended" to "Avoid at All Costs" and "So Bad It's Good." The critiques are divided into categories that pretty much match the subtitle. The longest are of easily obtained movies, while those that are more obscure have shorter reviews. Each one includes the film's "Most Spectacular Moment of Carnage." The extras, like "Don't Be a Hero: The Disaster Movie's Hardest Lesson" or "The Most Ridiculous Disaster Movie Concepts Ever," are also entertaining. Art includes black-and-white stills, movie posters, and cartoons, as well as a color insert of some remarkable posters. For anyone who loves a good disaster flick-or a bad one, for that matter-this is an invaluable resource.-Susan Salpini, formerly at TASIS-The American School in England Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781556526121
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Kay studied film at Ryerson University and has reviewed films for local newspapers and on local television. Michael Rose is a writer and filmmaker who studied film at Ryerson University.

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