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Let's twist again, like they did 20 years ago in that legendary film Twister. For those who haven't got wind of this disaster epic, it's somewhat of a cult classic, which was praised at the time for its impressive effects.

The story focuses on Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) and Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt), a pair of storm chasers who plan on planting an innovative measuring device into the eye of a massive tornado. Like a pair of lunatics.

Some of the trivia behind the film is as exciting as the plot itself, so strap in and breeze through the following:

1. The Production Was A Bit Of A Whirlwind

Joss Whedon worked as a script doctor.
Joss Whedon worked as a script doctor.

Joss Whedon — who most recently directed The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and co-wrote Toy Story (1995) — was brought in as a script doctor to improve the narrative.

However, Whedon fell ill with bronchitis, which meant another script doctor, Steve Zaillian, had to be brought in.

2. The Tornado Wasn't The Only Thing The Leads Didn't See Coming

Paxton and Hunt were temporarily blinded.
Paxton and Hunt were temporarily blinded.

In order to create a gloomy effect for the sky, high-powered lights were used during filming to create enough contrast. This had the desired outcome, but with one nasty side effect: Paxton and Hunt were left temporary blinded. Ouch!

3. But That Wasn't The Only Health Risk

The actors were put through their paces.
The actors were put through their paces.

In addition to temporary blindness, the pair also had to have hepatitis shots after filming in a filthy ditch for one particular scene. Furthermore, while on location Hunt repeatedly cracked her head against a bridge because she stood up too quickly.

4. The Noise Of The Tornado Was Made By Unconventional Means

Often to create sound effects for movies, technicians use some interesting means, such as smashing a melon to pieces or walking on eggshells (I'm no expert). To create the sound of the tornado, producers used the recording of a camel's moan and slowed the speed of the recording down.

5. While The On-Set Wind Was Produced... using the jet engine of a Boeing 707.

6. The Film Ushered In A New Era Of Media

In addition to being the first movie to be released on DVD, it was also the last to be released on HD-DVD, the fallen competitor of Blu-ray discs.

7. It Was Awarded At Both Ends Of The Spectrum

On one hand, Twister was nominated for an Academy Award for both Visual Effects and Sound (those camel moans worked wonders). On the other hand, it received a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Supporting Actress and won the Razzie for Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million.

8. There Was An Eerie Real-Life Tornado Similar To The One In The Film

Mooo-ve out the way, a storm is coming!
Mooo-ve out the way, a storm is coming!

The farmhouse in Fairfax, Oklahoma, which was used in many scenes in the film, was struck by a tornado years later, in 2010. Owner of the farmhouse J. Berry Harrison commented at the time that the tornado resembled the one in the film.

9. And An Exact Scene From The Film Happened In Real Life

This scene happened in real life, almost.
This scene happened in real life, almost.

Just two weeks after the film's release, a tornado struck a drive-in theater in Thorold, Ontario. The theater was set to show the movie later that evening. That's pretty creepy.

To make things even more uncanny, there's a scene in the film where the exact same thing happens at a cinema showing The Shining.

(Need a new reason to head to the cinema? Check out our list of 20 books you can still devour before they make it onto the big screen. There's sure to be a Twister-style epic among them!)

Have you seen Twister?

Via: IMDb


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