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"It's a twister! It's a twister!": Rating movie tornadoes

  • IFC
Creating a tornado in a film has always been a test of the limits of special effects, but most people, luckily, haven't gotten up close and personal with enough of them to spot the differences.

Keith Cecere and Rich Ruggiero, both active storm chasers (and co-stars in IFC's storm-chasing mockumentary "Funnel of Darkness"), have.

That's why they've offered their judgments on five movies known for their wicked weather sequences, which they've rated (both for the effects and the acting -- hey, everyone's a critic) on the Fujita scale, a scale for rating tornado intensity, from f1 (weakest) to f5 (strongest).

"Twister" (1996)

Directed by Jan de Bont

Rich Ruggiero: This classic gets an F5. The effects are really good -- and it came out 13 years ago! In special effects time, that's like 200 years. There've been a lot of advancements since then, but the filmmakers did a sick job with what they had back then.
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