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June 5 in Sci-Fi History: All Manner of Cyclones

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Zac Hug
Jun 5, 2017

Today is World Environment Day.

Designated by the UN General Assembly in 1972, the annual event is meant to foster discussion on how human beings should or should not interact with the environment on a global scale. So here are a few notable science fiction bits that really drive that point home.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004): Silly and fun and weird. There are wolves on a boat in midtown Manhattan at one point. But if environmental disaster is your bag, this is probably the movie you'll love best.

 

The Happening (2008): M. Night Shyamalan proves that it's possible to be bored and scared at the same time. Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel are chased by nature.

 

Twister (1996): Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton chase down some tornadoes. Hilarity ensues.

 

And look, while it's always fun to watch the environment attack people, there are notable environment successes in science fiction. None greater than the third act of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).

 

Interestingly, it was also on this day in 1987 that Cyclone premiered. Basically, Heather Thomas saves the ultimate weapon (a motorcycle) from falling into the evil clutches of Martin Landau. It has a pretty sizable cult following and is actually worth skipping through if you've got some time and love the genre.

 

The 1987 Cyclone is not to be confused with the 1978 Cyclone, a Mexican disaster film about an actual weather event. It's got everything you hope it has. Water. Sharks. Cannibalism.

 

Tomorrow: Kate Capshaw leads teenagers to space.