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Old 02-20-03, 04:38 AM
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"End of the world" scenario movie reccomendations? (ex.-Signs, NOTLD, Body Snatchers)

I love "end of the world" scenario movies. It's just something that always fascinates me. The question of how the world would react if this devestating event happened:

Alien invasion
Zombie infestation
etc...

Dawn of the Dead
Night of the Living Dead
Day of the Dead
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Signs

Those are all end of the world type films that I really love (well, I don't really like Day of the Dead...).

Does anyone have any suggestions for any others? It doesn't just have to be aliens or zombies, it could be from any end of the world scenario.

Added: I guess 12 Monkeys would be one also. And the upcoming film 28 Days Later.
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Old 02-20-03, 05:59 AM
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The Quiet Earth
Miracle Mile

Neither of which has a DVD release! Sometimes, I feel like I'm the only person that's seen these two movies.
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Also, anyone who answers, could you give a very brief plot synopsis, WITHOUT spoilers, just so I can get an idea of what it is about. Thanks.
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How's this for a double feature?

The Seventh Sign
and
The Rapture
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Old 02-20-03, 08:13 AM
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I suppose it depends on how you define end of the world. Some titles I enjoy that fall roughly in this category are:

• War of the Worlds--Classic alien invasion: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0046534
• The Day After--Nuclear holocaust: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0085404
• Fail Safe(1964)--Cold war apocalypse: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0058083
• The Rapture -- Biblical apocalypse : http://us.imdb.com/Title?0102757
• Silent Running-- A small crew protects the remnants of the earth’s ecosystem aboard a spacecraft : http://us.imdb.com/Title?0067756
• The Day The Earth Caught Fire--Classic sci-fi tale; a newspaper reporter records the final days on the earth: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0054790
• On The Beach--Cold war apocalypse: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0053137
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What? No one's mentioned Night of the Comet? C'mon people...

The 50's and the 80's seem to be the golden decades for this type of film. The 50's it's all monsters and aliens, and in the 80's it was all science and nuclear war related.

For more recent fair we get things like Armagedon and Deep Impact. I like this genre as well, and I prefer watching movies about what happens after the end of the world instead of watching movies about people trying to stop the end of the world.
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I agree with The Quiet Earth, and also want to add The Stand, a mini-series based on a Stephen King book about a plague that wipes out 99% of the population, and how the survivors merge into 2 opposing groups.
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Forgot to mention A Boy and His Dog based on Harlan Ellison's short story about survival in the aftermath. Off beat & campy: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0072730
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Originally posted by darkflounder
Miracle Mile


One of my favorites, and one certainly deserving a DVD release.

(Great Tangerine Dream soundtrack, to boot)


Miracle Mile synopsis:
Anthony Edwards answers a ringing payphone in downtown LA in the middle of the night to find out that the missiles have been launched, and Armageddon is a-coming in an hour..........

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Agree with the Stand, a great mini-series and also one of the most engulfing novels I have ever read.
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Originally posted by audrey
The Day The Earth Caught Fire--Classic sci-fi tale; a newspaper reporter records the final days on the earth:
Anchor Bay released a wonderfully restored DVD version of this Val Guest classic.
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Testament is a rather great film about what happens in a small town when a nuke is detonated in a nearby major city.

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Last Night

A Canadian film about the last night of the planet's existence. We are never told why the earth is ending or what is causing its destruction. It's just a given fact and the population of the planet has accepted it; the initial panic happened long before the film begins. The film examines what some people decide to do with their last hours. Sex, suicide, family gatherings, etc. It's the anti-Armageddon.
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I'll second last night, I had a chance to watch it with the writer/director, and excellent film.

Also, Wim Wender's "Until the End of the World"
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Count that THREE for Last Night. Quite a fantastic film on so many levels. More of an arthouse flick and difficult to find on video (plus the DVD is fullscreen ).
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Originally posted by Neitzl
Testament is a rather great film about what happens in a small town when a nuke is detonated in a nearby major city.
Testament is a great movie. I actualy meant to list it, but somehow pulled The Day After out of my memory instead. Testament is far better than The Day After.
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Well, I see "Last Night" is already well spoken for. First one I thought of as well!
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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE - some now-laughable scientific mumbo jumbo (well, it is an early 50's flick) , but solid acting and a very good take on how various people deal with their imminent demise.
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Nobody mentioned The Road Warrior yet, which kicked off a million post-apocalypse action films in the 80's. Don't know if that's a good thing, but the original rules.
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The Last Combat (aka Le dernier combat).
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GHOSTBUSTERS
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Old 02-20-03, 04:20 PM
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A few great ones already mentioned -- Night of the Comet, The Quiet Earth, The Stand...


If you can manage to find the 1981 Day of the Triffids BBC miniseries, that's a great choice. You'd probably have to swap in a newsgroup for a VHS tape recorded off TV, though. To my knowledge, this has never been released on home video. And certainly not on DVD.

Another great choice is The Last Man on Earth available in several budget DVDs, most of them watchable. Make sure you get the widescreen version.
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The Omega Man
Planet of the Apes
Soylent Green....hell, what's up with Charlton Heston and the end of the world business?
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"28 days later" also comes to mind
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