Well, folks, it’s Earth Day. Today is when we think about all of the terrible things humanity has done to the planet and try to figure out ways to atone for those mistakes. It’s sort of like the New Year’s Day of environmentalism. We make all of these pledges about how we’re going to do better and, let’s be honest, fail at keeping our collective words. Sure, some people make lasting changes for the good of the planet. More often than not, we’re just paying lip service to Mother Earth. Needless to say, there are a number of movies about what happens when Mother Earth gets pissed at us. Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Look, I know this is cheating because The Day After Tomorrow appeared in last year’s list of environmental movies, but it’s totally a movie about nature getting revenge. It has Ian Holm, Dennis Quaid, Emmy Rossum, and Jake Gyllenhaal at the cusp of his rise to superstardom. I still love this ridiculous movie.
Sharknado (2013) and Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)
Speaking of ridiculous movies, you know that these ironic “classics” were going to be on here. I mean. It’s Sharknado and its sequel. They’re so bad they’re almost good and I am so stoked about the next one. Shark weather, random celebrity cameos, bizarre amounts of gore? What’s not to love about these movies. Well, aside from, you know, the fact that they’re just awful.
I have a special place in my heart for this movie. A few years back, I was at an Iron Maiden concert and Alice Cooper was opening for them. My parents decided to send me a text during the concert to tell me that Alice Cooper just got punted by Bigfoot in the movie. I had to watch the rebroadcast the following day. It was necessary. All I can really say about this movie is that all Bigfoot really wanted was to be left alone by the jerk townspeople. They were such crap neighbors. No wonder he went on a rampage.
Not only is Snowmageddon what we’ve referred to a big snow storm in the past, it’s also the name of a fantastic disaster movie about – you guessed it! Snow! And lots of it. It’s such a wonderfully implausible movie. It’s really all about this kid and the supernatural snow globe he receives as a gift. It’s about as realistic as everything else you’ll find on this list.
Lake Placid (1999)
For people who have recently joined the Betty White bandwagon, she was always cool. Lake Placid is just one of many examples of her coolness. It’s about a giant crocodile that’s happily feeding off of tourists in Maine. Then, Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, and Oliver Platt get involved. Things go poorly, but Betty White is still awesome.
Ice Twisters (2009)
My mom watches a lot of SyFy channel movies. She’s particularly fond of the disaster ones which is why I’ve watched a fair few. I have seen Ice Twisters a few times and it never ceases to amaze me with it’s. . .everything. Failed weather experimentation results in the titular ice twisters that freeze everything in their path because that is precisely how they work. Really. It’s a terrible movie, but it’s fun in its wretchedness.
Jersey Shore Shark Attack (2012)
I have never watched “Jersey Shore.” I have no intentions of changing this fact. That said, I love how Jersey Shore Shark Attack skillfully skewers the show and the stereotypes displayed in it. It has so many laughably awful moments. Look, just because these movies are some of my favorites doesn’t mean that they’re actually good.
I was so excited about Sharktopus when I first heard about it. I mean. It’s a shark/octopus hybrid run amok, what’s not to love? The first time I watched it, I was hungover. I won’t go into any details about that, but I will say that watching Sharktopus definitely helped. I’ve subsequently watched it stone cold sober and still derived a great deal of enjoyment from it.
Dante’s Peak (1997)
Who doesn’t love a good volcano movie? Dante’s Peak definitely delivers with a dose of Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton. I’ve mostly watched this because my mother will sit through it any time that it comes on the TV. Well, unless there’s something better on.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Last year, I wrote about how Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a great environmental movie. This year, it just made sense to talk about how the second in that franchise reboot, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is a great tale of nature getting revenge. Okay, a lot of people and apes are getting revenge. There’s just a lot of revenge going around. It’s still a fan-freakin’-tastic film with an almost Shakespearean plot, but you’ve already seen me talk about how much I loved that movie before in its review.
I couldn’t compile a list of movies about nature getting revenge without talking about how Roland Emmerich decided to destroy the world as we knew it in multiple, exciting ways in 2012. It’s insane. It’s pure spectacle. It still has a crappy ending line. I love every stupid second of it.