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Old 08-10-05, 08:09 AM
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Horror/Survival/End of the World, etc...film suggestions?

I love films such as:
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Signs
My Little Eye
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Cube
The Thing
28 Days Later
etc....

What do those films have in common?

Isolation. People in trouble against terrible circumstances (zombies, aliens, killers, the unknown, etc...) and they are shut off from the outside world. Stuck in a house, a cube, an abandoned city, a shopping mall....No contact with anyone else. Who knows, maybe they're the last people on earth.

I love scenarios like that.

Anyway...I just signed up for Blockbuster online rentals, and i'm wondering if there are any of these types of movies I should rent. Doesn't matter how new or how old they are...I'm hoping I can stumble upon some good ones that I didn't even know existed.
Old 08-10-05, 08:18 AM
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didn't we just have a similiar themed question just a few weeks ago?? (without the survival aspect thrown in)
Old 08-10-05, 08:23 AM
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I searched...found nothing. I'm sure it's there, but I couldn't find it.

So, anyone else have movie suggestions?

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Miracle Mile
a cool and rather under rated little end-of-the-world themed flick about the panic that happens once the missiles have been launched toward the United States


Time of the Wolf
somewhat less mainstream and more open-ended, this one still fits within your genre.

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Old 08-10-05, 08:37 AM
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Hmm, rather left-of-center recommendation here, but still fitting--have you checked out RESERVOIR DOGS?
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Some Old & New, leaving out obvious choices such as the Alien films.

I'm a big fan of isolated people battling malignant forces so a few of these are guilty pleasures:

Day of the Triffids
Deep Star Six
Dog Soldiers
Island of Terror
It, The Terror From Beyond Space
Killer Shrews, The
Last Man on Earth, The
Leviathan
Omega Man, The
Pitch Black
Red Planet
Screamers
Sound of Horror, the
Target Earth
Zombie
Old 08-10-05, 09:26 AM
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Thank you so much, I just added a ton of these movies to my list.

Okay, a question for those of you who use blockbuster.com to rent movies....

Do their movie descriptions ALWAYS give away the entire film? I've noticed that a few movie descriptions go way too in-depth. For 'Last Man on Earth' it says this:
Spoiler:

In a post-epidemic nightmare world, scientist Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is the only man immune to the plague which has transformed the entire population of the Earth into vampire-like creatures. He becomes the monster slayer that vampire-society fears. Curing one of them, Ruth (Franca Bettoja), with a transfusion of his blood gives him hope for the future. It is a short future, however, since the other vampires quickly find and kill him.


Uh...gee, thanks Blockbuster! The last sentence seems like they gave away the ending.
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Try the Japanese film "Kairo" (English title: Pulse) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
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When I think of isolation, I think of THE SHINING.

CABIN FEVER and EVIL DEAD have parts of isolation as well. Bloody ones.
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How about Resident Evil or In the Mouth of Madness? The latter's better than the former, imho.
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Night of the Comet

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The Day After....... (not the day after tomorrow)


this one is about nuclear warfare on all fronts of the US and how crazy it gets
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"On the Beach", both versions, is the best of the end of the world stories.
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Robinson Crusoe (the Luis Bunuel version)
The Spiral Staircase (A young, deaf-mute servant girl is alone in a big, scary house with a homicidal maniac on a stormy night. Trouble brews.)


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What were the two versions of on the beach?
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I just signed up for online rentals, and I have 60 movies in queue.
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Originally Posted by Seantn
Isolation. People in trouble against terrible circumstances (zombies, aliens, killers, the unknown, etc...) and they are shut off from the outside world. Stuck in a house, a cube, an abandoned city, a shopping mall....No contact with anyone else. Who knows, maybe they're the last people on earth.

I love scenarios like that.
From your above description, the first movie that sprang to my mind (and surprisingly has not been mentioned yet) is Testament. Depressing and realistic.
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Originally Posted by Seantn
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...It is a short future, however, since the other vampires quickly find and kill him.


Uh...gee, thanks Blockbuster! The last sentence seems like they gave away the ending.

I'm still laughing at that last synopsis line. Every frikkin time I read it.

My suggestion is not everyones' favorite. It is a bit dry, slow and dated, but I love Phase IV. Not the action movie that is available on DVD, rather the super smart (normal size) ants VS scientists movie that you have to find on VHS.

Good ending, unique story and who doesn't love adorable little ants.
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There's a little known film called The Quiet Earth that I remember liking.

As for On the Beach, the original is from the 50s, and then I think Showtime did a miniseries version a couple years ago.
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I'd suggest Cemetery Man (a.k.a. Dellamorte Dellamore). There should be a region 1 release before the end of the year.

Rupert Everett plays the caretaker of a cemetery where the dead inexplicably come back to life about a week after they died.
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dstrauss beat me to The Quiet Earth, which is a terrific little film but not avail. on DVD.
How about A Boy and His Dog?
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The aforementioned Last Man on Earth is paired on an MGM DVD with the end-of-the-world themed Panic in Year Zero!, which would make a good double feature.

It isn't on DVD, but The World, the Flesh, and the Devil is another last-people-on-earth movie. The beginning features Harry Belafonte wandering through a very impressively deserted Manhattan; I still wonder about the logistics of this (I know, probably shot as early as possible on a Sunday morning in summer, but still, quite a feat to get shots of NYC so empty).
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I figured i'd bump this thread in case anyone has any suggestions that haven't been mentioned.

I'm looking forward to the new show "Jericho" that deals with a small town of survivors after a big chunk of the US is wiped off the map. It'll be on CBS this fall.

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