“Ski Troop Attack” Movie Review

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | July 13, 2011      

If you like grade-B movies, this post’s for you.

It’s the movie that won’t go away. Check out Ski Troop Attack for the infamous ski pole javelin spear throw. but remember: it’s not worth everything you pay for it.

Ski Troop Attack is one of grade-B movie master Roger Corman’s early works (circa 1960). Other amazing alpine related productions by Corman include the must see Mountaintop Motel Massacre and the ever popular, but hard to find, Avalanche.

And not to deprive anyone of Corman stories, some trivia:
During the filming of Ski Troop Attack in South Dakota, Roger Corman had his actors positioned for a ski run down a mountain of untracked snow. When he called for action on his bullhorn, however, the sound waves started an avalanche. There was only one thing he could do. Corman raised the bullhorn to his mouth and ordered his crew to “STOP THAT SNOW!”


2 Responses to ““Ski Troop Attack” Movie Review”

  1. Chet Roe July 13th, 2011 12:02 pm

    Lou…….the trailer is Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got more than I paid for it!! PS. I remember my father saying he went to gradeschool with Roger Corman (in Detroit) ….vaguely remember him saying that he was a pretty nice kid…..I didn’t know the outdoor aspects of his art………I actually don’t know much else about him or his art either……….thanks for sharing, Chet

  2. Greg Louie July 13th, 2011 3:21 pm

    More Corman trivia:

    Roger used to cruise the streets of Venice and Santa Monica in a Lotus with personallized plates that read “ON SKED.”

    Corman never cared much about what went on in the films or at his studio, so long as it didn’t cost much money. The studio looked and operated like a hippie commune, with people and animals camping on the lot year ’round. The New World facility was where the bus in the movie “Speed” blew up on Main Street, perhaps an intentional nod to the master.

    When he sold the name “New World Pictures” in the eighties, there was a contest among the employees to rename the company. The winning concept included changing the name to “Jolly Roger Productions” and flying the skull and crossbones from the building flagpole. Roger nixed the idea and went with the more sedate “Millennium” . . .

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