5 Disastrous Errors in Volcano Movies

5 Disastrous Errors in Volcano Movies

Lava is deadlier than Hollywood would have you believe.

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Geeze, when you put it like that, 2d6 damage from being near lava just seems silly.

You could do one about the way "Biologists" handle diseased animals, like in The Bay (2012). As a Marine Biologist myself I just got angry at the two "Scientists" that investigated the fish deaths in that movie...

Something that bothered me in Dante's Peak was something near the end: Jeeps can't overrun pyroclastic flows like that!

About the #4 in Volcano. My grandfather was in the mexican army when the Paricutin appeared. He told me about a soldier who lost his leg because of a lava bomb. It took less than a second, passed clean through the leg and cauterized the wound before he could even feel pain (like if it just melted its way through the leg). Probably that kind of things inspired that creepy scene (if you ignore that the kinetic force was the responsible).

I am a computer network engineer and its frustrating to see some of the basic stuff commonly done wrong.

Rockbottom87:
You could do one about the way "Biologists" handle diseased animals, like in The Bay (2012). As a Marine Biologist myself I just got angry at the two "Scientists" that investigated the fish deaths in that movie...

Yay, a fellow Marine Biologist!

I knew about number one easily, it was obvious that volcanic ash is deadly, and I knew that Lava is super hot, and that you should stay as far away from it as possible. I did not know there were different types of lava, and if I did learn it I forgot. After explaining the viscosity, it became obvious that one would float in it and not sink. However, I can let the sinking part go for dramatic effect, especially if it's in a fictional world. It's like me enjoying the various shark movies even though sharks don't hunt down people to kill them. The main shark that is aggressive enough to attack people is bull sharks. Beyond that, just keep a safe distance and don't be a dick towards it.

Forget lava, it's the pyroclastic flow you have to worry about. Super heated volcanic gas and ash that explodes outward from the volcano hugging the ground that can reach 450 mph and flash fry anyone caught in it.

Out of curiosity, anyone else around here live near an active volcano?

I always like in one of the early eps of Southpark, the town practiced the "Duck & Cover" methodology of surviving a lava flow, it was hilarious.

But here's the thing about Hollywood; Facts have no place in a movie.

It's how we got such cinematic gems as Die Hard 4 and The Core.

008Zulu:
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It's how we got such cinematic gems as Die Hard 4 and The Core.

Egads, man, The Core??? That's my #1 worst movie of all time. So... much... wrong... Argh...

Rhykker:

Human beings don't melt. They burn. Lava isn't some special substance that melts things - it's just really, really hot.

Oh no?

Rhykker:

008Zulu:
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It's how we got such cinematic gems as Die Hard 4 and The Core.

Egads, man, The Core??? That's my #1 worst movie of all time. So... much... wrong... Argh...

Ah yes, The Core, the movie that accidentally got moved from the "SyFy movie" bin into the "real movie" bin. A movie that made Michael Bay look like Oliver Stone.

Seriously. That movie would be a decent SyFy made-for-TV movie, but I am still trying to figure out how they got full funding for it.

Argh, yes, this sort of thing has been bugging me for ages.

So many movies forget that molten rock (or steel/gold/whatever) is a bit hot.

wetfart:
Geeze, when you put it like that, 2d6 damage from being near lava just seems silly.

Houseruled to 2d8. Fixed.
It'll be decades until someone finds another unrealistic depiction of table top gaming vs reality.

Rhykker:
Hollywood action movie writers wouldn't have a 9mm bullet shoot out of a sniper rifle, so disaster movie writers shouldn't have the wrong type of lava come out of a volcano.

Given how consistently terrible Hollywood is at getting anything about guns vaguely accurate, that's probably not the best comparison to make.

And nobody mentioned "Krakatoa, East of Java", when it's actually West.

 

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