Disaster Films are sometimes a sub-genre of Science Fiction, but not always. These films focus on some type of physical devastation (to property, humanity, the environment, or a world).
Catastrophes can take many different forms – but they are mostly man-made or natural. They can be either impending or ongoing, or they can exist locally or globally. The most commonly portrayed disasters in films are:
- Natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tidal waves, etc.).
- Accidents (skyscraper fires, plane crashes, ocean liners capsized or struck by icebergs).
- Biological/Environmental – viruses unleashed, the Earth fights back against humanity.
- Nuclear-related crises (usually related to man made war).
- Criminally-instigated (bombs planted in planes, terrorist conspiracies).
- Failed technology or technology-gone crazy (computers running amok or machines vs. man).
- Extra-Planetary-related (asteroids or meteors off-course).
- Alien invasions and rampaging creatures (often mutant).
- Apocalyptic (the end of the world as we know it tales).
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Dirks, T. (n.d.). Disaster films. Retrieved from http://www.filmsite.org/disasterfilms.html