''Night of the Twisters'' is a made for TV movie released in 1996. The movie follows a family struggling for survival during a long night full of violent tornadoes and the relationship building that comes from it. The movie is based on a novel by the same name by Ivy Ruckman which loosely is based on the Grand Island Nebraska Tornado outbreak. Much of the movie omits these facts and alters them.

The plot follows a teenage boy Daniel Hatch his mother, Stepfather and brother along with his best friend find themselves in the middle of a unusual violent tornado outbreak at an unusual time. While at home babysitting Dan's father leaves to check on the grandmother and soon after a monster tornado bears down on the home. After the tornado has passed the Dan struggles to reunite his family as the night wears on and more tornadoes ravage the town.

!!This Film Provides Examples Of:


* AnachronismStew: The Tornado warning sirens are old stock sound effects of air raid sirens from WorldWarII
** Possibly TruthInTelevision, as "used" sirens might well have been installed from Army Surplus.
* AStormIsComing: Done often with seeing tornadoes on a rampage with mileage distance from the town where the movie is set.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was filmed in Ontario, Canada but is set in Nebraska.
* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: The last part of the movie violates this trope egregiously. The heroes outrunning a tornado's funnel cloud that was literally right on their bumper during the finale. The film almost averted this during an earlier scene had a tornado tear a wall off the protagonist's house while the funnel cloud was hundreds of yards away.
* DuelingMovies: Came out the same year as the big budgeted theatrical movie {{Twister}}.
* {{Jerkass}}: The father's response to his son avoiding a pedestrian, crashing his bike into a curb, and nearly cracking his head open on a fire hydrant? "You are ''not'' going to avoid finishing this race! You drag your bike across the finish line!"
* ShoutOut: [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "It's Twister Auntie Em!"]]
* TruthInTelevision: Tornadoes are often associated with early spring but can happen all year round. This film is set in Autumn.
** The characters opening windows when the sirens sound off. It has often been thought (but thoroughly debunked) that opening windows equalizes air pressure reducing damage to the house.
** Taking shelter under an overpass, also a common and potentially dangerous tornado myth but played straight in this.
** [[http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]] also does advise hiding in a windowless room with some form of padding. While the Hatches' home did have a basement, any windowless room and/or interior hallway or closet is also safe places for a home that doesn’t have a basement. Hiding under the stairs is effective as well.
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