Oldies but Goldies Post-Apocalypse Movies

12/05/2015

2015 is a big year for post apocalypse blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator Genisys, Insurgent, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, etc. Let’s take a look back at old movies about the world and humanity in a desolate future.

1.    The Quiet Earth (1985)

In this cult New Zealand sci-fi chin-stroker, Zac Hobson wakes up to find that he is apparently the only person left on Earth. Soon, however, he meets others - Joanne, a pretty young woman, and Api, a huge Maori tribesman. They survived the apocalypse (a malfunction of a government project in which Zac was involved) because all three were at the moment of death, Zac's attempted suicide, Joanne's exploding hair dryer, Api fighting with another man, when the apocalypse occurred. Soon, however, Zac and Api begin fighting over Joanne, and the trouble begins..

2.    Children of Men (2006)

Even when the world population is still booming, but have you ever wondered what would happen if mankind stopped reproducing? Children of Men is the answer for that terrifying question. Set in 2027, when there has been no more babies born in the last 18 years, and science is at loss to explain the reason, African and East European societies collapse and their dwindling populations migrate to England and other wealthy nations. In a climate of nationalistic violence, a London peace activist turned bureaucrat Theo Faron, joins forces with his revolutionary ex-wife Julian in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously became pregnant.

3.    Zombieland (2009)

In order to have such huge success on TV nowadays, Walking Dead has to send tons of thanks to Zombieland for attracting the audience's attention on the zombies. Unlike other post apocalypse movies, Zombieland is filled with laughter from humorous situation throughout the movie.
The horror comedy Zombieland focuses on two men who have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Columbus is a big wuss, but when you're afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee is an AK-toting, zombie-slaying' bad ass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. As they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.

4.    The Road (2009)

Not a film to watch if you’re feeling at all delicate, this gruelling adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s equally bleak 2006 novel follows a father and his son when they walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food, and each other.

5.    Dr. Strangelove (1964)

You wouldn’t think a film satirising the madness of humanity possessing the means to systemically destroy itself could be such a chuckle-fest, but that’s Dr. Strangelove for you. The movie concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

6.    The Omega Man (1971)

The most fun of the three adaptations of Richard Lester’s vampire-plague novel I Am Legend, The Omega Man revolves around army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.

7.    The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Never have lab coats, microscopes and petri dishes felt so nerve-wracking. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film follows a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that threatens all life on Earth. As the film’s poster had it: “The picture runs 130 minutes! The story covers 98 of the most critical hours in man’s history! The suspense… will last through your lifetime!”

8.    12 Monkeys (1995)

This summer, superstar Brad Pitt will participate in a post apocalypse movie named World War Z, a blockbuster with the budget up to 200$ million. In the past, Brad used to be in another post apocalypse movie, 12 Monkeys, which brought the first Oscar nomination to the handsome actor.
The movie revolves around Cole, a convict volunteer, who is sent back in time to find information on a deadly virus that will destroy 5,000,000,000 members of the human race in 1996-1997. But Cole mistakenly arrives in 1990. After explaining his plea to Dr. Kathryn Railly, he is placed in a mental institution. In 1996, he kidnaps Railly, using her to find the 12 Monkeys, a group of revolutionists that are planning to release the virus into select cities. But, he is wanted by the authorities for murder and kidnapping, plus he refuses to return to the future; he is in love with Railly.

9.    A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Released under the unfathomable tagline “A rather kinky tale of survival”, A Boy & His Dog starts off odd and only gets odder. The movie tells the story of a boy who communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society where the old society is preserved. The daughter of one of the leaders of the community seduces and lures him below, where the citizens have become unable to reproduce because of being underground so long. They use him for impregnation purposes, and then plan to be rid of him.

10.    Threads (1984)

Threads was the BBC’s feature-length faux-documentary on a nuclear conflict and its after-effects on one Yorkshire town. It forever scarred anyone fortunate/unfortunate enough to have seen it at the time, and it’s since lost none of its power to shock and disturb. Horribly plausible and grimly meticulous, Threads will give you nuke-bombed nightmares for weeks.

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