Greatest Moments in Disaster Porn Finally Revealed!

Greatest Moments in Disaster Porn Finally Revealed!

From the Urban Dictionary, the definition of Disaster Porn is as follows: "A movie with lots of destruction and explosions and disasters. For example: Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012."

 
 
This weekend 2012 hits theaters, and based on the commercials and trailers it looks to be the biggest and baddest disaster porn ever assembled in the history of films where lots of cities and monuments and parks and famous buildings blow up for no other reason than to get the kid in the third row to go "Whoa!" And while you probably think filmmaker Roland Emmerich is all to blame (I mean, he did give us the trifecta of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012), think again.
 
Those end-of-the-world fanatics over at Moviefone's Inside Movies blog have pieced together the ultimate video list featuring the very best disaster porn to hit the big screen over the years. According to them, our obsession with all things explosive and destructive goes as far back as 1968 when Planet of the Apes first debuted one of the most spectacular and talked-about endings of all time. Once computer effects became the norm, things got a little out of control – as evidenced by scenes from Armageddon, Knowing, Independence Day, War of the Worlds and The Day After Tomorrow.
 
My personal favorite, though (and one that's also featured on the list), comes from the film Deep Impact – a disaster flick that sort of went unnoticed in a year that also saw the much flashier (and star-studded) Armageddon hit the big screen. In the scene below, watch as a deadly meteor strikes earth, causing a massive tidal wave to destroy New York City. Tell me that image of Tea Leoni and her pop embracing one another while the wave draws closer and closer doesn't send just the slightest shiver down your spine.
 


 

 
 
Head over to Inside Movies to check out the rest of their picks, and let us know your favorite disaster movies in the comments below.
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