Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!
Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
We’ve talked before about January and February being dumping grounds for movies the studios at one point perhaps thought were good ideas (at least good enough to sink millions of dollars and hundreds of hours into) and now are having second thoughts about but can’t really afford to shelve completely.
So, let’s just imagine that at some point in the last few years, someone came to a bunch of studio executives and said, “Hey, here’s an idea: since heist flicks are huge right now, how about we make one, but instead of having to run from the cops, the bad guys have to carry out and escape in the middle of a huge hurricane!” This was of course immediately followed by the executives replying “Yes! How much money do you want?”
And so, opening this weekend we have Hurricane Heist, one of the most imaginatively titled movies since Snakes On A Plane. Oh, well, at least the producers can’t be accused of false advertising.
After all, I think we proved long ago that you can’t sue a studio for claiming their movie is worth seeing.
Here, have a trailer”
So where shall we go for a double feature with Hurricane Heist? Well, how about to the year 1974? Apparently the early 70s were a time rife with disasters both natural and man-made. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Airport, Avalanche, Meteor, and oh, so many more.
Why so many disasters? Well, there are many possible reasons, among them a distrust of government’s ability to control or handle pretty much any kind of happening, a heightened belief in the kind of conspiracies that would lead to these disasters, and a feeling of a general lack of control which led to a sense that anything could happen at any time and that that “anything was likely to be horrible.
Also, these movies were a great way to get a huge number of stars together, get a few days’ work out of each of them, and promote on the poster and in trailers a gigantic all-star cast.
Plus, it was a great way, especially in those pre-CGI days for special effects houses to wow audiences with the mayhem they could create.
The 70s were also, of course, the time of Charlton Heston. And if your disaster flick could boast Heston at the head of that all-star cast, well then you might as well get out of the way of the box-office stampede.
All of which bring us to today’s pick for a second feature to show alongside Hurricane Heist: 1974’s Earthquake.
So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Hurricane Heist? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!