Stupidity: Jo's dad builds a tornado shelter but uses a simple bathroom stall type lock for the door. How did he expect that to be strong enough?

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Stupidity: In the opening, it's surprising that Jo and her family have to actually go outside and run even a short distance to get to their cellar. Farm houses, especially in tornado prone areas like rural Oklahoma, would typically be built overtop of the cellar, which would be accessible from inside the house. Furthermore, Jo's cellar door seems to be secured with what seems to be little more than a latch much like those used for restroom stalls! Not very practical for a door intended to protect the interior from outdoor elements.

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Suggested correction: Their storm cellar is made of an old septic tank, which is very common to do. It's half buried into the ground so it provides maximum protection, unlike under the house because an F5 tornado would simply rip the entire house away, removing all the protection the cellar would have had. Also the door has several latches, not just one.


A cellar under the house would likewise be buried into the ground, often more than halfway, so it would offer just as much protection, if not more. Looking at the scene again, the door has two latches, both the same size and woefully insufficient.

Visible crew/equipment: When Melissa dodges the truck that has fallen from sky and Dusty rushes to open a door and help Melissa get out of the truck, the reflection of a camera is seen in the bottom right corner of the truck window. As they move out and pan to the right, you can see a reflection of the same camera and cameraman at the bottom right corner of the truck door as they move away. (00:33:50)

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Trivia: While he enjoyed the finished film, star Bill Paxton admitted he wished "Twister" was a bit darker and edgier. For a while around 2010, he tried to get a sequel off the ground to deliver this more intense vision, and he was even interested in potentially directing the follow-up. Little is known about what the sequel would have been about, although Paxton hinted he wanted to utilize 3D filming techniques (which had been re-popularized by James Cameron's "Avatar") to really put the audience into the tornado chases. Unfortunately, the sequel never came together.

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Question: When Jo and Bill seek shelter in a barn and see a lot of sharp objects, Jo asks, 'Who are this people?' and Bill replies, 'I don't think so!' Is there supposed to be some meaning to this?

Answer: No double meanings. Jo just sees the lethal-looking farm equipment (which is ordinary equipment that many farmers have) and in her panicked state wonders who would have such dangerous things in their barn, as though they were serial killers or something. Bill's "I don't think so!" just means they're not hiding in the barn where they could get impaled or decapitated at any second.

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