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Doomsday Movies

I am fascinated by this topic. How many doomsday movies can you name?

On the Beach
The Stand
The Day After Tomorrow
2012
Panic in Year Zero!

Velvet Voice

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The Day After (1983)

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Fail Safe
Dr, Strangelove
Earth v the Flying Saucers
When Worlds Collide

The list from the 1950s alone is a long one. In the 1950s, most of those who weren't alive then fail to comprehend that many of the alien invasion movies were allegories for the 'Red Menace,' a film genre that survived through the 1980s with such ludicrous films as Red Dawn.

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I haven't seen a few of these. Thanks!

Velvet Voice

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You could add "Miracle Mile" to the list, although personally I found this one to be pretty awful.
OTOH "By Dawn's Early Light" was well done, and a decent take on how a nuclear war could easily start and escalate, "when things get out of control".

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Don't Forget:

The Road (2009) - More post Apocalyptic, but pretty Doomsdayish to me. Oh, & very dark & Bleak.

If your interested do a search for post apocalyptic films on google, theres loads of em :)

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A couple from the 50's these being "Five" (1951) as well as "Invasion USA" (1952) clips & trailer of which can be seen on youtube.
And one from the 60's-Try 1964's "The Earth Dies Screaming"-Enjoy! (Maybe not quite the right word!)

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There's the "World The Flesh and the Devil" (1959) which was similar to "Five".

There was the ultra depressing movie "Testament".

"A Boy and His Dog" which is strange, but certainly post apocalyptic.

"The Book of Eli".

"Panic in the Year Zero" and "This is not A Test" from the early sixties if no one has listed them yet.

The original "Red Dawn" (1984) about a Soviet invasion after Washington DC and other command and control centers have been nuked off camera.

"Damnation Alley" which addresses such post nuclear threats as man eating giant cockroaches.

"Captive Women" from the early fifties about tribes fighting it out in the ruins of New York City a thousand years after a nuclear war. It was original untitled "Three Thousand AD" but after Howard Hughes bought the US rights to the British film it got its more suggestive title.

"Teenage Caveman" about survival generations after the nukes had been used.

The first movie to attempt to depict the after effects of a nuclear weapons was "Rocket Ship XM" of course in that case the war had taken place on the planet Mars.

If you into things that are really strange or happen to be a unreconstructed Rowdy Rodney Piper fan there is "Hell Comes to Frog Town" with the eighties pro wrestler as one of the few fertile men alive after the bomb drops. It is definitely not a movie to be taken seriously but those mutant frogs are a real hoot.


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I liked the "nuclear apocalypse" B movies from the 50s, especially those with mutants. Sir Graves (detroit) played them during the 60s.

The giant ants one is classic, but I can't recall the names of any with mutant humans. One image I remember is mutants with huge eyeballs.

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The Day After
This is Not a Test!
By Dawn's Early Light
Twilight's Last Gleaming
Panic in the Year Zero
Control (okay, not actually Doomsday but it's close)


I have a whole pack of the Apocalypse/Doomsday movies but the only one of them I can remember IS This is Not a Test!, which for all it's vintage cheesiness by today's standards, the ending of it STILL freaked the hell out of me. It's just *cringes*.

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Threads!

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The most numbing and bleak nuclear holocaust film I've viewed.


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The 1961 Toho produced film, "The Last War" (which almost works as an OTB prequel if you use your imagination just a little. The Japanese filmmakers were clearly ripping it off when they came up with their own ending).

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The Quiet Earth (1985) is a really interesting end of the world movie from New Zealand. The ending is just shattering.

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10.5: Apocalypse
Armageddon
Atomic Train 1999 not end of the world but still about a nuclear blast
Crack In The World 1965
Damnation Alley
Ice 1998
Inferno 1998
Meltdown: Days of Destruction
Polar Storm 2009
Supervolcano 2005 BBC
Testament 1983
The Last Train 1999
Impact 2008
Jericho CBS Show
When Worlds Collide

Not all end of the world films but these are my best disaster films.
Ive yet to see this one so don't know what its like but did sky+ On The Beach last night from TCM and have heard a lot about this.



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I saw "The Quiet Earth" when it first came out. The only part I remember is the amazing ending. You can't forget that.

Someone else mentioned "The Last Wave," which is Australian. I don't know if it implied the end of the world, or just Australia. I love that movie. It has a great ending too.

An American movie that depicts Armageddon is "The Rapture." It is very strange.

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A lot of the movies mentioned in this thread aren't doomsday per se, i.e. the world goes on and humans survive.

One not mentioned was Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Taylor blows the world up at the end.

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"The Day The World Ended" is one of my favorites. :-)

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Hi Velvet, not a movie but a show, have you watched Jericho? Initially made in 2006, it has had a rabid fan following ever since.

Doomsday Movies

A good one from AU or NZ is "Quiet Earth" (difficult to locate)

saw a corny/campy one the the other day(Corman flick from '56) "The Day the World Ended", w/ plenty of laughs

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The one with the giant ants is called THEM!

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LAST NIGHT

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No one listed the two best doomsday movies of all: Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe. (Be sure to see the original version of Fail Safe, with Henry Fonda.) Also find Threads, a movie for the BBC that was shown on American cable and is now available on video.

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Learn to lurk, both Dr Stranglove and Fail Safe have been mentioned above.

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If you have not seen Threads then please watch it. It is a UK film by BBC from the 1980's - watch it and come back to me if your nerves are not gone

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THREADS is by far the best movie made about this topic.

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire from the 1960s.

Nuclear weapon tests by American and the Soviet Union have disrupted the Earth's orbit, and it's spiraling in closer to the sun ("Midnight Sun" an episode of the Twilight Zone, which aired fairly close to when the movie was released, had a similiar idea, with a cool twist at the end). This movie could potentially be a good candidate for a remake.





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Testament. Another doomsday movie that had me sobbing.

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Not sure if anyone has mentioned a TV movie from 1974 called "Where Have All the People Gone?" Movie gave me nightmares...

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I have now made a long list here if anyone wants to have a look

http://www.imdb.com/list/8tj432RN-IQ/



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War of the Worlds (1953)

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There is the 1956 film called World Without End. Low budget, to be sure, but certainly worth watching. Good plot, script, and performances, although the special effects were, to put it kindly, rather lacking by the standards of today.

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Melancholia (2011)

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I don't believe anyone yet mentioned "Day of Resurrection" released in 1980. A very similar movie to "On The Beach" in many respects with lone survivors in the Southern Hemisphere, submarines and a doomsday weapon. "Day of Resurrection" is interesting in that it is a Japanese movie, but with an international cast (including many American stars) and filmed on five continents. The production values aren't quite as high as "On the Beach" and the story not as tight, but a worthy contender.

The uncut Japanese version can be seen on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntTNfcZnRLA

The movie is in multiple languages with subtitles, but 80% in English.

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The Twilight Zone episodes "Time Enough at Last", "Two", and "The Old Man in The Cave." All about nuclear holocausts.

Also "Where Is Everybody?"

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I have not seen any Twilight Zone I should check it out some time.



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28 Days Later (2002).

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I noticed no one mentioned my favorite, "The Omega Man" with Anthony Zerbe. Also, there is an original of it with my favorite scary star Vincent Price, "The Last Man on Earth" in black and white.

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Threads(BBC 1984) is probably IMHO the most realistic, depressing and at the age of 10 scariest film i'd ever seen. It's just meant to make you feel bad.
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