Andrew Collins: A classic disaster movie must follow five simple rules

Radio Times' film editor was first swept away by a disaster movie aged ten - this week he pays tribute to a genre that never dies

It was the unfortunate fate of a luxury liner in 1972’s The Poseidon Adventure – “the godfather of the 1970s disaster movie boom” – that first awakened Andrew Collins to the thrill of the disaster movie.


43 years later, Radio Times’ film editor is still a sucker for them: “Disaster movies are there to show us how bad things could get so that we feel better about our uneventful lives and say, when we stub our toe or stain the carpet, well, it’s not the end of the world.” 


So in this week’s vlog, he explains what makes a classic disaster movie…

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