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« on: August 31, 2014, 05:28:33 PM »

Posted a while back about disaster movie cliches, so I thought I'd revisit that with a tighter focus.  We've been on a tornado movie kick lately, with the following recent viewings:


We'll add some others soon, too.

Between these and some other recent viewings, such as DAY AFTER TOMORROW, we are seeing the trends in 'weather disaster movie cliches.'  Thought it was a joke at first, but really, it now strikes me as some sort of "rule."

"If you want to write a weather related disaster movie, the following must be at least mentioned or included:"

  • The Jet Stream
  • Global Warming / Climate Change
  • Hook Echo on radar (at least if a tornado movie)
  • Super storm, or some similar superlative descriptor
  • Past or present marital problem(s) for the 'hero'
  • Storm chaser(s) / meteorologist(s) must have uncanny ability to 'sense' storms / tornadoes
  • Corporate greed elements must be present
  • Golf ball (or bigger) sized hail
  • "They had no warning!"
  • A dog (usual, but not required)
  • Early 20's, teen or even pre-teen does something heroic; maybe more than one (usual but not always)
  • At least one main or secondary character gets trapped / pinned
  • At least one automobile must get airborn
  • At least one main character is 'driven' by past event wherein a family member was lost in tornado/storm
  • At least one scene where main characters hide from tornado under a bridge or in a small tunnel

Any I missed?

There you go.  Wanna write a tornado movie?  That's the formula...or at least a big chunk of it.


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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014, 08:01:19 AM »

I'm not real big on disaster movies, but from the ones I have seen you always need:

Ex-husband and ex-wife have to work together, going through the usual friction and first and finding the inevitable true love at the end.

Resentful kid has to have a heart-to-heart with dad to pad out the runtime.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 09:13:48 AM »

The storm sounds and sometimes even acts more like an animal then a weather phenomenon.   

At least, that's what Gary Busey told me...

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2014, 10:24:31 AM »

The storm sounds and sometimes even acts more like an animal then a weather phenomenon.

Yeah, like a shark for instance. TeddyR
Actually all those cliches fit in very nicely with the SHARKNADO movies.

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 05:43:19 PM »

a bit of quick snogging, during a 3 minute lull in the MegaStorm (TM)

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