So I broadcast a message to friends through Twitter:
Anyone wanna come over and watch the movie Twister? Seems appropriate tonight... -@ericcastillo
To my surprise I actually got a response and so the night eventually turned into a Twister watch party with a few friends. (Not to be confused with a Twister party which I'm sure could be fun as well but kind of awkward)
Now, I vaguely remember watching this 1996 film all about chasing down tornadoes across Oklahoma back when I was kid but last night was like seeing it for the first time, complete with enhanced commentary from my fellow Oklahoman friends.
Some things I've learned from watching this movie...
- Enid is mentioned in the movie just before everyone leaves Aunt Meg's when the broadcast issues a warning for "Garfield County, including the city of Enid." (source: Wikipedia)
- The truck belonging to Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) was parked in Waukomis for some time. (source: Lyndsay B who says she has sat in the truck before)
- Universal Studios featured the attraction "Twister... Ride it out" simulating the drive-in theater scene.
- Many of the news reports spread throughout the movie are actual weatherman from Oklahoma news stations, including Gary England and Rick Mitchell. (source: Wikipedia)
- They really did basically destroy parts of downtown Wakita, OK for the movie and then helped rebuild after. (source: IMDB)
Anyone else got some more trivia?
It was a lot of fun and maybe just a little eerie recognizing the names of towns and highways all over Oklahoma. I even recognized a lot of the storm related jargon and weather formations. I guess it's all just part of living in Oklahoma...
What have I gotten myself into?