Jerry J Jameson


Biography

If catastrophe struck and it had a large ensemble cast, Jerry Jameson was probably responsible. From triple-digit temperatures to killer comets, scenarios for catastrophe are virtually inexhaustible -- and the director proved it. Jameson made his feature directing debut with "Brute Corps" (1972), a hippies-vs.-soldiers exploitation pic. He soon graduated to filming episodes of the crime ...

Biography

If catastrophe struck and it had a large ensemble cast, Jerry Jameson was probably responsible. From triple-digit temperatures to killer comets, scenarios for catastrophe are virtually inexhaustible -- and the director proved it. Jameson made his feature directing debut with "Brute Corps" (1972), a hippies-vs.-soldiers exploitation pic. He soon graduated to filming episodes of the crime shows "The Mod Squad" and "Canon." Jameson's flood of low-rent Irwin Allen productions was released with the 1974 broadcast of "Heat Wave!." But that wasn't all. Also released in 1974 were the made-for-TV movies "The Elevator" (or: "Lifeboat" in an office building), "Hurricane," and "Terror on the 40th Floor" -- a shameless rip-off of "The Towering Inferno," which itself was a rip-off of "The Poseidon Adventure." Jameson's pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance arrived with the theatrically released "Airport '77," better known as the disaster flick that supplied the raw material for the spoof "Airplane!" Next year's "Superdome" -- in which a roaming killer adds much excitement to the Super Bowl -- was later lampooned in "Mystery Science Theater 3000."

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