Avalanche (1978 film)

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Avalanche1978 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Corey Allen
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by Corey Allen
Gavin Lambert as "Claude Pola"
Based on story by Frances Doel
Starring Rock Hudson
Robert Forster
Mia Farrow
Jeanette Nolan
Rick Moses
Steve Franken
Barry Primus
Music by William Kraft
Cinematography Pierre-William Glenn
Edited by Larry Bock
Skip Schoolnik
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date
  • August 30, 1978 (1978-08-30) (U.S.)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6.5 million[1]

Avalanche is a 1978 American disaster film, directed by Corey Allen and starring Rock Hudson, Robert Forster, Mia Farrow and Jeanette Nolan. The taglines for the film included "A Winter Wonderland Becomes A Nightmare Of Destruction" and "Six Million Tons Of Icy Terror."

Many avalanche scenes in the film were actually stock footage; parts of this film's avalanche scenes were in turn utilized as stock footage in the film Meteor.[2]

The film is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.[3]




The film was originally budgeted at $6.5 million but producer Roger Corman cut it before production.[4] It was directed by Corey Allen who had previously made Thunder and Lightning for Corman. Allen rewrote Gavin Lambert's script extensively and received a script credit. (Lamber later claimed Allen "dewrote" the script.[4])

However Allen was unhappy with the budget cuts and stated that "I don't feel the aims of the film were fulfilled... there were heavy pressures on Paul [line producer Paul Rapp] to bring the film in ahead of schedule, and these I feel were detrimental to the film."[4]

The film was shot at a ski resort in Durango, Colorado over eight weeks.[5] It was one of the most expensive films ever made by New World Pictures and was not a success at the box office.[1]


  1. ^ a b Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 143
  2. ^ IMDb - Movie connections
  3. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0. 
  4. ^ a b c THE YOUNG DIRECTORS: WHO IS USING WHOM? Goldstone, Patricia. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 17 Dec 1978: o6.
  5. ^ IMDb - Filming locations

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