‘Twister’ Is 20: These Facts About The Thrilling Classic Will Literally Blow Your Mind

Let’s twist again, like they did 20 years ago in that classic film, Twister. For those who haven’t got wind of the movie, it’s somewhat of a cult classic, which was praised at the time for its impressive effects. The story focuses on Bill Paxton and 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 movie itself, so strap in and breeze through the following:

Joss Whedon worked as a script doctor

Joss Whedon worked as a script doctor

Joss Whedon — who most recently directed The Avengers (2012) and 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 a further script doctor, Steve Zaillian, had to be brought in.

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; Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt were left temporary blinded. Ouch!

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, Helen Hunt repeatedly cracked her head against a bridge on location because she stood up too quickly.


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 not an 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.
…by using the jet engine of a Boeing 707.


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.


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 Golden Raspberry nominations for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million.

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 the tornado resembled the one in the film.

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. Via: IMDB