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

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 22, 2014 at 3:05PM

To Live and Shake and Die in LA! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing "Earthquake."
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'Earthquake'
'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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.