A subgenre which flourished in the '70s, the disaster film revolves around some great natural or man-made catastrophe, such as an earthquake, fire or airplane crash. Generally the casts were made up of a virtual army of washed-up stars and familiar character actors. Once the disaster has commenced, the cast of stars is usually confronted with human weaknesses, often falls in love, and almost always finds a bad guy to blame. In the '90s, a whole new surge of disaster films hit the cinema, boasting increased technical know-how and huge budgets. Forgoing the more star-centered human dramas of the '70s, films like Dante's Peak and Armageddon turned up the volume and crushed lots of digitized people under acres of famous landmark rubble.