Thrillers can take on many terrifying subjects, from aliens to killer clowns – but nothing is as scary as thrillers about realistic, everyday fears. Storms, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters are genuine threats to many of us, making films that feature them all the more terrifying. Supercell is no exception.
Supercell promises another action-packed and thrilling natural disaster film for fans of the classics like Twister, Earthquake, and The Day After Tomorrow. Featuring the acting talents of Daniel Diemer, Skeet Ulrich, Alec Baldwin, and Anne Heche, we’re sure Supercell will excite audiences just like its genre predecessors. So let’s take a look at what’s in store for the upcoming disaster film Supercell.
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Supercell: The Plot
Short Porch Pictures
Supercell is a natural disaster film about storms – tornadoes, hurricanes, and “supercells,” which are storm systems that produce severe thunderstorms and feature high winds, hail, and tornadoes. It follows the story of the teenage son of legendary storm chaser Bill Brody, who runs away from home to chase storms himself. With an exciting premise like that, we can’t wait to see Supercell when it comes to theaters.
The full summary is even more thrilling:
“William, a good-hearted teenager, always lived in hopes of following in his father’s footsteps, the legendary storm chaser Bill Brody, killed by a massive super tornado. A mysterious package of his father’s old journals sparks William to run away from his still-grieving mother, Quinn. His father’s legacy has now been turned into a prestigious thrilling storm-chasing tourist business, managed by the greedy and reckless Zane Rogers.William takes the lead on a storm chase with his dad’s old partner Roy, but the tornadoes have only gotten bigger and Zane pushes his clients toward the heart of the uber destructive storms. William’s mother anxiously searches for her son to save him from the beast that killed his father not knowing that Zane is now using William, son of the great Bill Brody, as a tourist attraction and leads the group deep into the eye of the most dangerous supercell ever seen.”
Supercell: The Cast
Buena Vista Pictures
The cast of Supercell is star-studded, to say the least. The lead role of William Brody is played by The Half Of It star Daniel Diemer, with the father, Bill Brody, played by Richard Gunn, and mother, played by Anne Heche, in one of her last film projects before her passing in August 2022. Supercell also features the talents of Alec Baldwin, Skeet Ulrich, and Jordan Kristine Seamon. The cast is full of exciting new and well-known talent, but that’s not all.
Behind the camera, Supercell comes from the directing talent of Herbert James Winterstern, the director, editor, and producer of NBC’s Siberia. Supercell also comes from producer Ryan Smith, best known for his work on The Trial of the Chicago 7. Ryan Winterstern and Nathan Klingher (One Way, Infamous) will also produce.
So far, Supercell has had a warm reception with audiences, winning Best Cinematography at Newport Beach Film Festival. As it continues through the festival circuit, we’ll be looking out for more wins for this thrilling disaster film!
Production and Awards
Supercell was in production in 2021 and is just now making its way into film festivals. Its first screening was at the Newport Beach Film Festival in October 2022, where it took home an award for Best Cinematography. Following its win, the film has garnered a lot of positive press and attention.
Fans of shows like Storm Chasers and the film Twister are also excited about another storm-chasing action movie. Skip Talbot, the star of Storm Chasers, is even featured in Supercell – playing a cashier. The Easter egg is fun for fans of the natural disaster genre and has drummed up support and coverage of Supercell from weather-related publications.
Storm chasing is a popular subgenre, seeing many reality TV shows and films in the last few decades. Since Twister’s success, storm chasing has become a pastime and even a career for adventurous thrill seekers. Weather reporters have also taken on the task of reporting in real time as tornadoes and hurricanes rip across the U.S. – most notably, Jim Cantore. He appears wherever a hurricane or blizzard will hit the worst. The ubiquity of storm chasing means Supercell will release to a large fanbase of storm chasers and fans of disaster films that are hungry for more.
Fans are praising Supercell for its realism and director Herbert James Winterstern’s commitment to researching the life of storm chasers – and chasing some himself.
Supercell’s first screening was at the Newport Beach Film Festival on October 16th, 2022. While its official release date is yet to be announced, we can’t wait to see Supercell when it’s finally released to theatres.