Twister was released into theaters on May 10th, 1996. Filming locations include Pilot Mound, Ia. and Kaw City, Maysville, and Wakita, Ok. It was directed by Jan de Bont. The lead of Bill Harding was played by Bill Paxton, who has been in a plethora of great films through the years. Some of which include Aliens, Near Dark, Nightcrawler, Predator 2, The Terminator and Tombstone. Sadly, he passed away on February 25th, 2017. After his death, Spotter Network choreographed 200 storm chasers to spell out "BP" with their GPS tracker blips on a radar display to honor him. This kind of tribute had only been done five times before, and it was the first time it had been done for someone who wasn't a storm chaser. The score was composed by Mark Mancina. The films first DVD release was on March 26th, 1997. It was one of the first movies ever released onto digital video disc.
Cafe - just before* Hwy. 19 and N3120 Rd. Maysville, Ok. 73057
The cafe building was only constructed for the film, and was removed after filming had concluded. The service station across the street still remains.
All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.
Waterspouts - E. Furguson Ave. Kaw City, Ok. 74641
The scene took place on a bridge crossing Kaw Lake.
All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.
Aunt Meg's house - Apache St. and Elm St. Wakita, Ok. 73771
The house is no longer there because it was actually destroyed in the film, as were other houses on the same street. Warner Brothers, looking for an authentic looking Oklahoma town it could tear up, found Wakita after it applied for a demolition grant to help it recover from a devastating hail storm two years prior. The storm had dropped grapefruit sized hail through the roofs and windows of Wakita's homes and businesses, and many uninsured vacant buildings had sat deteriorating, ever since. The movie studio offered to do more than $100,000 worth of demolition work and said they would clean it all up when they were done. They used the materials from the tear downs to fill five blocks of Wakita with waist-high debris, making the town look like it'd just been devastated by a tornado. There are actually homemade red stands that are part of Wakita's "Twister Walking Tour". The town also has the Twister Movie Museum, located at 101 W. Main St.
Awesome. I think this movie and Bill inspired many people to become storm chasers and meteorologistsReplyDelete
I am one for National Weather FORCE - Find on FB as well - I also tornado chaseDelete
I don't know about chasing storms, but it did inspire me to buy RAM pickups over the last 2 decades.ReplyDelete
RIP, Bill Paxton.
That’s crazy, they find a spot over 500 miles away from Wakita for what, one shot? I continue to be blown away on how filming locations are found and chosen.ReplyDelete
They did a lot of filming in the central Iowa counties of Boone and Story.Delete
The house in the final scene was done in Eldora, Hardin Co. I believe its currently a private residence.Delete
That’s false. They used Ice from Iowa for the hail scene but the entire film was done in Oklahoma. Go to the museum and actually learn before posting false information.Delete
Due respect, but the previous poster is correct - the house in the finale is in Eldora, IA, and was once owned by the county historical society. Many scenes were filmed in Iowa, although most was filmed in Oklahoma.Delete
I love "Learn before posting false information" guy. LOL! Dude, you are wrong. How about sourcing the information from https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117998/locationsDelete
That's what i thought, it's crazy just for one shot !ReplyDelete
Bill Paxton happens to be my distant cousin-in-law!ReplyDelete
Bill Paxton was a great actor and from what I've heard a very nice person as well. I recently visited the locations from his movie, Frailty, and plan on posting those soon.Delete
Where was the scene with the first tornado they chased filmed? Where the yellow Jeep & Dorothy were destroyed and Bill & Helen hid under that wooden bridge? I've been looking for that field/location foreverReplyDelete