[Reader-list] The Disaster Film: A Cultural Phenomenon

Nilankur nilankur at cultureunplugged.com
Thu Sep 17 19:11:34 IST 2009

The genius of Welles’ “War of the Worlds” doesn’t merely lie in the  
production quality of the radio broadcast, but instead in the  
psychological effect it had on its listeners. More often than not,  
Hollywood disaster films offer minimal substance, non-existent  
character development and excessive high-concept destruction—the  
equivalent to a roller coaster ride with spiraling loops, dips and  
upside down twists. The characters are more like set pieces placed in  
peril so the studio can exhibit its state-of-art special effects  
sequences, resulting in the ‘WOW factor.’


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