''Night of the Twisters'' is a [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV]] DisasterMovie that first aired on The Family Channel (now Creator/{{Freeform}}) in 1996.

The movie follows a Nebraska 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 Rickman, which in turn is loosely based on a real-life 1980 tornado outbreak in Grand Island, Nebraska. Much of the movie omits these facts and alters them.

The plot follows a teenage boy named Danny Hatch (Devon Sawa), who along with his mother (Lori Hallier), stepfather (John Schneider), brother, and best friend find themselves in the middle of a unusual violent tornado outbreak at an unusual time. While at home babysitting, Danny's stepfather leaves to check on the grandmother and soon after a monster tornado bears down on the home. After the tornado has passed them Danny struggles to reunite his family as the night wears on and more tornadoes ravage the town.

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!!This Film Provides Examples Of:


* AnachronismStew: The Tornado warning sirens are old stock sound effects of air raid sirens from UsefulNotes/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.
* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: The last part of the movie violates this trope egregiously. The heroes outrun a tornado's funnel cloud that was literally right on their bumper during the finale. The film almost averted this during an earlier scene that had a tornado tear a wall off the protagonist's house while the funnel cloud was still hundreds of yards away.
* {{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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