Underground fire: 12 spectacular films about volcanoes

There are such natural disasters when nature, having sneezed a couple of times, seems to hint to a person: “memento mori”. The lava flows of Vesuvius in ancient times instantly destroyed the flourishing city of Pompeii, and the volcanic ash of the Indonesian Krakatau in the 19th century even reached Europe. Our selection includes the best films about volcanoes, both based on real events and fictional, where the indestructible and sizzling power of the awakened fiery mountains was embodied.

Katla (TV series 2021)

An intriguing multi-part novelty movie from distant Iceland will capture the viewer’s imagination with bewitching northern landscapes and a mystical atmosphere permeated with growing horror. Not far from a small town, an under-ice eruption occurred. Residents are accustomed to extreme conditions and are not afraid of natural disasters, but after this natural disaster, the resurrected dead appear in the town , covered with volcanic ash.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Katla

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Gvyudrun Eyfjord, Iris Tanya Fligenring, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson …

Country:
Iceland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.0


Eruption (2019)

A new foreign disaster film about a volcano that woke up in North Korea. The consequences can be monstrous – the danger threatens the entire peninsula. The South Korean government, in order to minimize the threat, wants to arrange an underground nuclear explosion. But before starting work, the sapper team will have to steal specialists and technology from the DPRK.

Original title:
Baekdusan

Genre:
Action, comedy

Actors:
Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jong-woo, Ma Don-seok …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+


Heavenly Fire (2019)

The mother of a female seismologist died many years ago among the lava and ash in the anomalous island zone of the Pacific Ocean. A long-standing shock determined the vector of a scientific career: the heroine is engaged in forecasting volcanic activity. Another study brings a woman to a resort that has recently opened near a sleeping fiery mountain. The owner of the tourism business is convinced of complete safety, but scientific evidence suggests otherwise.

Original title:
Skyfire

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Hanna Quinlivan, Wang Xueqi, Sean Dou…

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.2

Age limit:
16+


Salt and Flame (2016)

In an interesting American film about a volcanic eruption, a female scientist blames the head of a large corporation for an environmental disaster. The conflict is tense and bitter, but the warring parties will be forced to join forces when a mountain wakes up in the vicinity with a deadly surprise and there is a serious threat to die in hot lava flows.

Original title:
Salt and Fire

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Veronica Ferres, Michael Shannon, Gael Garcia Bernal …

Country:
Germany, France, Mexico, Bolivia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.2


Volcano Ishkanul (2015)

A shy young girl lives and works on a coffee plantation at the foot of a mountain that sometimes exudes smoke and ash. A young beauty is predicted to marry a wealthy hard-working guy, but a naive dreamy nature dreams of a completely different life. Believing the tempting promises of moving to the United States, the heroine spends a night of love with a childhood friend. Secret intimacy leads to pregnancy .

Original title:
Ixcanul

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Maria Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún…

Country:
Guatemala, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.1


Pompeii (2014)

The list of the best feature films about volcanoes continues with a highly rated historical drama . A young gladiator , the son of a Celtic leader, shining in the arena of the city of Pompeii, falls in love with a noble girl who is engaged to a senator. The main events in the film with a love triangle unfold when Vesuvius erupts and the entire area turns into a nightmarish blazing chaos.

Original title:
Pompeii

Genre:
Action, drama, romance, adventure

Actors:
Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinoye-Agbaje, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss…

Country:
Canada, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Atlantis: End of the World, Birth of a Legend (2011)

For many hundreds of years, the myth of the mysterious island of Atlantis has been haunting minds. The powerful state, which, according to legends, owned secret knowledge, disappeared without a trace as a result of a grandiose catastrophe. A spectacular drama with stunning special effects, based on the hypotheses of modern scientists, recreates the picture of the death of the legendary island.

Original title:
Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Stephanie Leonidas, Rhys Ritchie, Langley Kirkwood …

Country:
UK, South Africa, Germany, USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.4


Volcano (2005)

Top popular movie about volcanoes continues the story of a scientist trying to develop a technique for predicting eruptions. Analysis of the data shows that the inhabitants of a small town can be destroyed at any moment by sudden emissions of ash and lava. Local authorities, fearing to sow panic among citizens and tourists, ignore warnings about an impending eruption, but a terrible catastrophe is inevitable.

Original title:
Nature Unleashed: Volcano

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Chris Martin, Antonella Elia, Marnie Elton …

Country:
Bulgaria, Canada, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 3.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Peak Fear (2003)

A businessman who is looking for unusual places for the rich to relax, at the invitation of a business partner, together with his wife and adopted daughter, goes to the famous Peak of Fear. While visiting an abandoned research station, the wife, a specialist in volcanology, notices alarming instrument readings. The awakened Peak of Fear can destroy travelers and nearby villages with a firestorm.

Original title:
Terror Peak

Genre:
Action, adventure

Actors:
Linda Carter, Parker Stevenson, Anthony Starr …

Country:
New Zealand, USA

Rating:
IMDb – 3.4

Age limit:
18+


Dante’s Peak (1997)

The protagonist of an exciting dramatic film, a volcanologist, is engaged in seismic research. Data obtained in the vicinity of a small town show that the inhabitants are in mortal danger if emergency peace is not taken. While the government hesitates, nature is preparing to unleash its withering fury on defenseless people.

Original title:
Dante’s Peak

Genre:
Action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Rene Smith…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
16+


Volcano (1997)

The grandiose disaster film, according to the reviews of sophisticated viewers, was ahead of its time with its realistic special effects. Los Angeles, which has survived many earthquakes, fires and floods , is facing something out of the ordinary. The city is threatened by hot gases and deadly lava. The head of the Department of Emergency Situations is trying to save as many people as possible from the fire element.

Original title:
Volcano

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Volcano: Fire Mountain (1997)

Manifestations of volcanic activity have been noted at the prestigious high-mountain resort. Experts conduct seismic measurements and make a disappointing forecast. Wealthy owners are in no hurry to take emergency measures, and in the meantime, a mountain collapse blocks the way and deprives people of the opportunity to escape from the impending rampage of the deadly elements.

Original title:
Volcano: Fire on the Mountain

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Dan Cortese, Cynthia Gibb, Brian Kerwin …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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