Like so many others, I adored the 1996 film Twister, now a classic in the “disaster porn” genre and still in frequent weekend and holiday rotation on broadcast and cable networks nearly 30 years later. We’re finally getting a follow-up with Twisters, directed by Lee Isaac Chung (Minari). Universal Pictures dropped the official trailer during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
(Some spoilers for the original film below.)
Twister rocked the 1996 box office, racking up $495 million worldwide and snagging an Oscar nomination for special effects. Critics’ reactions were more mixed. The film earned well-deserved praise for its special effects and sheer entertainment value. Who can forget the flying cows, the jaw-dropping CGI twisters, and that classic scene when a tornado suddenly rips through a drive-in movie screen right in the middle of The Shining? But others criticized the thin character development and dismissed the film as “loud,” “dumb,” and “a triumph of technology over storytelling and the actor’s craft.”