Here are ten disaster films that perfectly capture the fear of freak weather on the big screen.
When it comes to catastrophe films, bad weather is usually the deciding factor. Everyone, regardless of where they live, experiences some form of poor weather at some point in their lives, thus they may relate to the stories in these films. There’s a horrible weather movie out there for everyone, whether it’s a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, or more.
But the quality of these films varies greatly. From extraterrestrial invasions to global weather disasters, Roland Emmerich has made it his mission to annihilate the entire planet. Filmmakers have already worked with quakes and tsunamis in their films. Even smaller-scale stories have been employed to great effect by weather. Here is a list of the top 10 best weather movies.
It’s possible that there are other movies that better match this list than Sharknado, but this disaster film was so popular that it deserves to be mentioned. As crazy as this notion is, there have now been six Sharknado movies and some high-profile cameos from some of the biggest names in the business.
The concept is straightforward, though a little ridiculous. Two married people who find themselves in the path of sharks are played by Tara Reid and Ian Ziering. Sharks are flung into the air by tornado-like winds, with their teeth wide and ready to eat everything in their path.
2. THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
Roland Emmerich is the king of weather-related disaster films. Despite the fact that some of his films (2012) are abysmal, others work effectively because of the characters. Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal star in The Day After Tomorrow, a film about a new ice age.
Using the concept of climate change, the film depicts a series of extreme weather events. The U.S. administration ignored experts’ warnings about the impending apocalypse, resulting in the deaths of millions. In this film, the focus is on a family’s struggle for survival and reconciliation.
3. THE FOG
The 2005 adaptation starring Tom Welling and Maggie Grace should be avoided at all costs. On Rotten Tomatoes, it gets a 4% rating, and it’s well-deserved. This ghostly tale was John Carpenter’s follow-up to Halloween, his revolutionary 1978 slasher picture, which was released in 1980.
A dense fog creeps into a small seaside town in The Fog, starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, and Janey Leigh. There are ghosts of shipwrecked sailors who perished in the mists of time. This is a cult classic with one of the greatest horror music scores ever.
4. STORM OF THE CENTURY
As a native of the state of Maine, Stephen King is well versed in the perils of the weather. That’s why he’s so fond of incorporating it into his work. Storm of the Century is unique among King films because it was never a novel and King wrote the screenplay from the beginning. The film was released in 1999, and the screenplay was later published by King.
While vacationing on the coast of Maine, a severe storm strikes, cutting the town completely isolated from the outside world, including their ability to communicate with each other. Once Andre (Colm Feore) comes, he has access to everyone’s secrets and demands one of the town’s kids as a price for its survival.
5. THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
The Poseidon Adventure, a 1972 film about the SS Poseidon, a luxury ocean liner headed to the scrap yard, tells the story of its final journey. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan. The ship is hit by a tsunami and overturns, leaving the survivors scrambling to find a way out before it’s too late.
The film won two Oscars and a Golden Globe Award, making it a major hit. Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, and Red Buttons make up a stellar cast. A excellent recreation of Poseidon was done by Wolfgang Peterson in 2006.
6. THE MIST
It’s the second Stephen King movie on this list that deals with a fog sweeping into a tiny town. The Mist, unlike The Fog, saw the town invaded by monsters and enormous creatures. There are, however, certain folks who are pure evil in this situation, which makes things much more perilous.
While Marcia Gay Harden was depicted as a fanatic who believed God was punishing them for their sins, Thomas Jane played a father stranded with his son. It was directed by Frank Darabont, who previously directed King’s Shawshank Redemption, and the black and white version is excellent.
7. THE PERFECT STORM
For the iconic Poseidon Adventure remake, director Wolfgang Petersen had already constructed a weather-driven seascape. Based on Sebastian Junger’s novel, “The Perfect Storm,” George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg play fishermen caught up in the 1991 Perfect Storm.
On October 28, 1991, there was a major storm that lasted until Nov. 2. 13 people were killed and almost $200 million was lost as a result of the actual storm. Despite their best efforts, the boat’s small crew is unable to return to dry land.
Storm chasers in Oklahoma are featured in the film Twister, which depicts an outbreak of tornadoes and the heroic men and women who risk their lives to track down the dangerous twisters. Speed director Jan de Bont helmed the film, which has since garnered a cult following.
In contrast to Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt is the ex-wife of a tornado chaser who survived an F5 tornado as a child and lost her father in the process. When a new F5 tornado hits Oklahoma 27 years later, they reunite to try to get a research device into the twister’s center in order to learn more about it and save more lives in the future. There are flying cows, as well.
In Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-ho directs a film based on the French comic book of the same name (The Host). However, this time the governments of Earth are aware of the impending ice age and have taken the necessary steps to prepare for it. They develop a world-spanning train track and a self-sustaining locomotive.
The wealthy and privileged are then sold seats on the train. The wealthy sit in the front of the train, while the working class rides in the middle. A group of underprivileged people who try to get on a train in the back are only allowed to do so if they are in cattle cars. Finally, the movie depicts how people at the back begin to defy this system.
10. THE SHINING
On this list, the third and final Stephen King film is one of the greatest horror films ever made. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is a masterwork of terror, despite King’s disdain for the picture.
The weather is typical of a Colorado winter storm. A sober Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) and his family settle into the Overlook Hotel for the duration of the winter to look after it. Although he has relapsed into alcoholism, the ghosts of his hotel haunt him as the snow closes in around them, driving him insane.