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blankczech 12/21/2012 10:57:15 AM

 I liked the "The Day the World Ended" from 1955 and 1959's On the Beach...which both fed on the nucleur war hysteria of the period 

If you hate Nicolas Cage (or if you watch "Touch" which partially stole the idea) you won't like this movie, but i enjoyed  "Knowing."

I agree that "The Road" was great, though quite depressing as most of these movies are that don't offer a glimmer of hope

I've heard great things about McKellar's "Last Night" but haven't seen it yet. 

thezillaman 12/21/2012 12:58:52 PM

 Romeros original Dawn of the Dead, @F.J. no dude not the end of anything except the aztec calendar thats all and good luck to your mom with finding a job, times are fucking hard..

keithdaniel 12/21/2012 1:09:28 PM

Yeah, the list itself is fine but another one that could've been added perhaps is The Miracle Mile starring a then pre-ER Anthony Edwards.  I thought it was interesting seeing how society was collapsing just before the nuclear holocaust  even began.  BTW, The Day After came out in 1983.

VTGamehendge 12/21/2012 1:09:33 PM

Seriously, has anyone seen Threads?  Brutal movie.  Almost impossible to find on disc, but I actually watched it on youtube.  Basically it plays out from beginning to end what would've happened had NATO and the Warsaw Pact went to war, from the point-of-view of a town in England.  Done in a very accurate and realistic way.  I'm a huge fan of apocolypse movies, I've seen The Road and I actually have On the Beach at home right now from Netflix, but Threads is just brutal.  War Game is also a good one, though it's more of a short film.  It was like an hour long film that was made for BBC, but the BBC banned it from TV during the Cold War.  Also available streaming on Netflix.

keithdaniel 12/21/2012 1:13:38 PM

I forgot to mention that Miracle Mile came out in 1989 in the US and it's score was done by Tangerine Dream, who did Legend.

VTGamehendge 12/21/2012 1:32:16 PM

Nice, keithdaniel!  Miracle Mile was also a good one.  Still gotta go with Threads, though.

Lex0807 12/21/2012 1:44:15 PM

 I always thought the world would end with us being buried in tribbles...

just kidding. See you next year people! Hope to get some friends on Mania for 2013!

doublec 12/21/2012 1:58:41 PM

 Lotta good movies here. Threads is certainly the best nuclear war movie ever. It's the movie The Day After wanted to be but didn't have the balls to be.
But the absolute all-time best end of the world movie is a film made in 1981 in New Zealand called The Quiet Earth. It stars the late great Bruno Lawrence is a man who wakes up one morning to find himself virtually alone in the world. This is not only the greatest end of the world movie ever but one of the most literate, well-written scfi movies of all time. It has an ending that rivals 2001. This movie is hard but not impossible to find and well worth the search!

mellowdoux 12/21/2012 2:37:08 PM

 Jedibanner   Glad to see you share the love for 'Last Night'. :)

Blankczech  (Hahaha... just got your name! Classic!) 'Last Night' is worth hunting down. There's no crazy action or adventure... just a handful of great performances and a story that really makes you sit back and evaluate what's important in your life; a story that makes you think "How would I spend my last hours if the world was ending?"

VTGame   I am British so Yes, I've seen "Threads". I concur with your opinion... it's shattering and very difficult to watch, but excellent nonetheless. "The War Game" was good too.

scifi1972 12/21/2012 4:10:48 PM

There have been some REALLY sad/depressing apocalyptic movies. The Road is just brutal in it's simplicity. Testament, a movie I've only seen twice, once in 1984 & again last year, is just gut-wrentching. The remake of On the Beach is an emotional powerhouse, offering a glimmer of hope, only to have that hope ripped away leading to one of the most depressing last hours of all time.

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