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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on L.A. Leveling ‘Earthquake’

Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on L.A. Leveling 'Earthquake'

To Live and Shake and Die in LA! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing “Earthquake.”

A-listers Mark Robson, Jennings Lang and Mario Puzo (!)
steal a leaf (and more) from the Irwin Allen playbook with this turgid smash
hit about a devastating LA temblor which painstakingly copies stunt shots from
The Poseidon Adventure. If not for the sternum-rattling sound effects of
Sensurround, an alarming audio process that duplicates the trembling sensation
of theater walls coming down around your ears, this prototypical ’70s disaster
epic would be remembered only as an archaic soap opera that would have seemed
risible in 1954, let alone ’74. Clifford Stine and Albert Whitlock were among
the team of visual effects masters who helped level Los Angeles in such
convincing fashion.

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