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Title: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Pauspy on February 20, 2015, 01:25:28 PM
Does anyone have any favorite classic "end of the world" themed movies? A couple of my favorites are "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" and "When Worlds Collide". Even though these two take a different visual approach to the subject matter (W.W.C. going for the big special effects shots, T.D.T.E.C.F. going for a more literate and personal approach), they both evoke that feeling of creepiness and dread suitable for the subject matter.

Anyone have their own personal favorites?
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Haunted hearse on February 20, 2015, 07:02:41 PM
I wonder if "A crack in the World" counts.  Th world doesn't end, but a new moon is formed.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on February 20, 2015, 08:34:51 PM
I wonder if "A crack in the World" counts.  The world doesn't end, but a new moon is formed.

CRACK seems more of a disaster (a BIG one) movie. On the other hand, WWC is probably the only "end of the world" movie where the world actually ends. Most are more "end of people/civilization" movies.

I partial to the '50s - early '60s ones, like FIVE, DAY THE WORLD ENDED, THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL and THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Flower on February 20, 2015, 09:01:54 PM
I like "No Blade of Grass"  1970 as well as "The Day of the Triffids" 1963  ..  :D

*Oops .. I almost forgot "On the Beach" 1959



Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: mjaycox on February 20, 2015, 11:23:15 PM
I love all the titles mentioned so far, as well as:

1) The Day After (TV movie about nuclear holocaust )
2) Melancholia (a sublime, if occasionally silly art house movie by Lars Von Trier about a planet on a collision course with earth, and the parallels with the main character's depression)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mord on February 21, 2015, 12:21:27 AM
 I don't know if it counts, but I always liked "The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Jim Bertges on February 21, 2015, 03:57:40 AM
If you think about it, Beneath the Planet of the Apes is an "end of the world" movie because at the end Charlton blows the whole place up.

I am personally partial to Five.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Flower on February 21, 2015, 06:42:48 AM
I don't know if it counts, but I always liked "The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price.

I was thinking of that flick as well as the 2007  "I am Legend" which are both adapted from the same book. 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mord on February 21, 2015, 12:59:19 PM
I was thinking of that flick as well as the 2007  "I am Legend" which are both adapted from the same book.
...not to mention "The Omega Man" from 1971.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: geezer butler on February 21, 2015, 03:10:52 PM
I don't know if it counts, but I always liked "The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price.

Yeah I like this film a lot. I think "Last Man" inspired George Romero.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mord on February 21, 2015, 03:45:45 PM
Yeah I like this film a lot. I think "Last Man" inspired George Romero.
I always felt that way, too.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Dr.Cyclops on February 21, 2015, 09:44:05 PM
"When Worlds Collide"
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Haunted hearse on February 23, 2015, 10:13:18 AM
On the beach(1959) seems to end with all life gone.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Pauspy on February 23, 2015, 12:24:54 PM
On the beach(1959) seems to end with all life gone.

I believe so. This is one movie that has taken me some time to learn to like. It's much more of an exploration on how different people approach their inevitable demise, which is tends to be the main "human" theme of these movies (the other theme being how the disaster plays out visually). It's taken me a while and a few attempted viewings before I felt I could really become engaged in the stories of the characters. Having done so, however, I find it a very interesting and watchable movie, just not something to watch on a cold and dreary day!

I guess this is what might define "end of the world" movies, whether the world "ends" or is ultimately saved (or replaced by a new/changed world). How do a group of people personally react to the end of their existence? Do they try to fight it? Resign themselves to it? Try to go out with a bang? Mourn? It's a universal theme that we all have to deal with one way or another at some point, which I guess explains the on-going attraction of these movies.

With that in mind, I think I'll add 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" in this category of personal favorites, as the "burning Van Allen Belt" was certainly a threat that might have ended the world.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Hepcat on February 23, 2015, 12:48:39 PM
...as well as "The Day of the Triffids" 1963  ..  :D


Oh yeah! The Day of the Triffids for me as well, plus When Worlds Collide.

(http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/General%20Album%203/day_of_triffids_poster_02_zps7b935e17.jpg)

(http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/when-worlds-collide-poster-art-1951-everett.jpg)

 8)

Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Flower on February 23, 2015, 01:45:02 PM
I believe so. This is one movie that has taken me some time to learn to like. It's much more of an exploration on how different people approach their inevitable demise, which is tends to be the main "human" theme of these movies (the other theme being how the disaster plays out visually). It's taken me a while and a few attempted viewings before I felt I could really become engaged in the stories of the characters. Having done so, however, I find it a very interesting and watchable movie, just not something to watch on a cold and dreary day!

I first saw "On the Beach" when I was somewhere between twelve and fifteen years old .. if I remember correctly, it was an ABC Sunday Night Movie which I watched on channel 7 in New York.  I was shaken to my core and while I doubt if I got into the characters themselves .. I was upset by how possible it was that something like this could happen.  It was very real for me.

When I saw "I am Legend" in 2007, I had nightmares about it for a couple of weeks.  There was something about the movie that was very upsetting and 'real' .. maybe it was the townhouse on Washington Square Park as I knew the area so well? I don't know, I enjoyed the movie but it left a lingering effect.

Some of the "End of the World" movies are entertaining, some are scary but every now and again, one can really strike a nerve.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on February 23, 2015, 06:45:39 PM
Strangely enough, The World's End (2013) is not an "end of the world" movie.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Haunted hearse on February 24, 2015, 11:02:27 AM
Strangely enough, The World's End (2013) is not an "end of the world" movie.
Isn't that the name of the pub in the film?
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on February 24, 2015, 11:25:35 AM
Isn't that the name of the pub in the film?

It is. Very funny movie, from the makers of "Shaun of the Dead".
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Pauspy on February 24, 2015, 11:27:18 AM
Isn't that the name of the pub in the film?

Very funny movie! I think this might qualify as an EOTW movie, as there was a threat that the world, as the character knew it, was ending spoiler alert:

...(and eventually did end-they were in left a world with no power).

P.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on February 27, 2015, 01:38:02 PM

Usually the science is so bad, I like the little films that ignore the science angle altogether and go straight for the characters' reaction to the situation they find themselves in.  It's fun to see someone else's take on how people might deal with knowing when they will die.

I just watched "Seeking a Friend For the End of the World" and will be watching "Last Night" sometime today.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mord on February 27, 2015, 03:10:19 PM
 I agree Adam, I don't look to films for science, history or even logic. Just entertain me enough to get through the next 90 minutes is enough for me.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Dr.Cyclops on February 27, 2015, 06:04:03 PM
Not sure if this qualifies as 'Classic' but it's a great little cult sci-fi from Down Under from 1985:
The Quiet Earth
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3f/Thequietearth.jpg)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 11:10:17 AM
This should not qualify as a "Classic" since it's an '90s film, but it's a powerful entry for that decade's submissions.

MIRACLE MILE (1988) takes us back to the moments before nuclear oblivion occurs.  Good tension-filed film where Anthony Edwards is waiting for a girlfriend and, while wandering around a bit, answers a pay-phone which is from an Air Force enlisted, seeking his father's home, trying to warn Dad about the full blown nuclear launch in 45 minutes.  Anthony wants to blow it off, but hears the voice die from gunshots, and proceeds to tell the diner crowd about it.  Everyone scoffs, at first.  But more events add to their tension and final desperate attempts to escape somewhere, anywhere.

This film receives many comparisons to the TV movie THE DAY AFTER (1983) which deals with the moments before the nuclear war and 'the day after', although MIRACLE focuses on the events leading up to the "white screen" ending.  I think the smaller scope of MIRACLE helps it achieve a tension that DAY AFTER can't sustain with its variety of tales.

While ON THE BEACH has a cold, hard blanket thrown over the inevitability of earth's demise, and in a stunningly powerful way, MIRACLE is tense and we're speeding toward doom much faster than the second-hands tick away. 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 11:16:03 AM
Roger Corman's THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH (1960) is fairly hilarious in all plot issues, writing, acting and those vast 'action sequences'.  A gangster, his 'wife' and his accountant head for a Caribbean snorkling vacation.  They dive, come up 20 minutes later, and all life on earth has vanished.  Corpses have apparently merrily evacuated the planet's surface, too, so none of that silly odor, flies, deviant mushroom triffid types are needed. 

This film devolves into a love-triangle mess, where the Last Woman fans the flames of passion to have the meek accountant add 2 and 2 and come up with "kill my husband, please". 

(The reason for life-on-earth's demise is thought to be - among these three brainiacs - a temporary loss of all oxygen in Earth's atmosphere but, fortunately, plant life is busily replenishing that stock.  Even as the film crew rolled.  Whew.  We are soooo lucky.)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 11:28:52 AM
This should not qualify as a "Classic" since it's an '90s film, but it's a powerful entry for that decade's submissions.

1998's LAST NIGHT is the Canadian version of the end of the world. 

The film's a great mystery wrapped in an enigma of a riddle.  We don't get many answers.  We are simply thrown into a Toronto neighborhood or two while the last night of earth's existence is being lived out to whatever means people have.  Parties, crimes, suicide, depression, etc. 

We do have one of those mysteries finally exposed and because of the freshness of that writing, the film is more than a dull mass, which it seems to be in the first few minutes.  But in patience, there is a solid film-watching reward. 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 11:39:25 AM
1962's PANIC IN YEAR ZERO stars Ray Milland and Jean Hagan as a family fleeing LA just as the nukes drop in their rear view mirrors, and follows them in the countryside where outlaws threaten their lives and they start threatening anyone they can as food and shelter are reintroduced to modern society's lexicon.  This might be one of those Survivalist's Handbook kind of films.

Jean Hagan, by the way, is the very faithful girlfriend to a dying Sterling Hayden in the excellent ASPHALT JUNGLE, and she's the dental-drill-voiced *itch in the wonderful SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, which gets my vote as Most Favorite Musical.  Ray Milland needs no further introduction except to say he deserves every award possible for strapping himself to hot, sweaty Rosey Greer in THE THING WITH TWO HEADS.  Rosey Greer deserves all the same awards for lugging around a 70-year-old flatulent Milland for that same film.  Could any two actors ever endure a worse fate? 

(Milland has no excuses.  "I coulda stayed in an English prison after trying to kill my wife Grace Kelly.")
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 12:02:23 PM
It's interesting to see how other countries script out blame for end-of-the-world scenarios.

We have New Zealand's blaming a giant US corporation for the end of the world in THIS QUIET EARTH - which rapidly deteriorates into a Last Woman On Earth triangle, the same idiotic plot device attempted in FIVE and THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL.  (It's the end of the world, people - you'd think there would be a few more things at the top of the To Do lists rather than fight over who's got the last chick's fondest attentions!)

Back in the mid-60s, as Czechoslovakia was getting ready to stretch their anti-Soviet muscles (and be crushed for it in 1968), they delivered their version of the post-apocalypse world in LATE AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONA
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061879/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061879/)
which is the only Iron Curtain apocalyptic film I've ever found. 

The Italians offered up a spaghetti-apocalyptic film AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085125/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085125/)
which I can heartily recommend viewing just after you've seen every horrible Lee Van Cleef film made during his trek thru Spain and Italy.  If you haven't turned to total mush after those, then AFTER THE FALL might be your cup o' tea.  Or hemlock - which you might wish to have imbibed prior to watching any of them.

Already mentioned was the British notion expressed in 1962's THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE, when the USA and Russia coincidentally tested nukes at the same moment, throwing off the earth's rotation.  The Brits wouldn't leave well enough alone, of course, and in 1969 released the post-apocalyptic film THE BED SITTING ROOM.

In 1979, the West Germans enticed Paul Newman to join them for a chilly bit o' film called QUINTET, set in some distant future where a new ice-age has overtaken earth.  Quintet's a board game but Paul Newman & Pals have devised a version where the board pieces are humans and the losers don't survive.  In an almost Solylent-Green mentality, they conclude that everyone's gonna die, so why not make sport of it?  Wait'll they see Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine in some spoofed-up dune buggies...

Then in 1984, back to the land of garlic and tomato sauce, Bruno Mattei went a hundred years past the apocalypse and delivered RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR where humans have evolved into an Eloi/Morlock division, and those furry li'l rodents seem to have an endless food supply.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 12:13:40 PM
I can recommend LAST WOMAN ON EARTH for several reasons, one of which should be "how not to make a film". 

FIVE is a tremendous disappointment, but I'd be loathe to not recommend it - it's an Arch Oboler film, and Arch is the rightful predecessor to Rod Serling for Arch's '30s and '40s radio scripts.  FIVE should have been much MUCH better because the majority of the weaknesses are Schtoopid Plot Holes - walking from East Coast to West Coast, for one.  Why not stay on the East Coast for just as much ocean water, and far more fresh water?  Du-uh.  Well, Arch couldn't find spiffy locations like he could in the Malibu hills, that's why.  "So why not have the participants be in LA instead of NYC?!!"  Sheesh, Arch...  read yer own scripts - fill in yer own holes.

THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL starts off powerfully and continues a tension-filling exercise for the first half, then quickly devolves into a 2-man-1-woman triangle.  Such a useless, time-wasting plot device that replaces Good Dialog & Scripting with gunfire and sniper positionings.  "I don't feel like writing dialog... just get on top of that building and look down.  There - that killed half-a-day's shooting schedule!"

This too is a Must-See Film, however, because it puts race, front and center, in 1959, although it is quickly submerged beneath evil when one male has a sole intent on killing the other. 

(I think Michael Corleone said it best: "It's not business, Sonny.  It's personal.")

NO BLADE OF GRASS was mentioned earlier, too, and I consider that Must-See because it takes us along with an English family's trek northward to a brother's farm.  Along the way, they escape bandits and killers, then decide to become predators themselves. 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 12:32:55 PM
The 1981 Brit mini series DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS is an excellent version of the tale, by the way.   And in the world where blindness has occurred en masse, then NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984) gets a mention too with a zombie-world chasing surviving Sighteds and there's a CDC-like subterranean enclave trying to cure the unbeknownst virus that's also spreading. 

And 1983's TESTAMENT with William Devane and a post-nuke-war San Francisco shows that side of life's possibilities. 

1974's CHOSEN SURVIVORS might get a look-at, too, since a motley collection of citizens are hidden, far underground, from the devastation of a nuked-out surface . Too bad the vast tunnels apparently included vampires.  Anyone seen a charred stake or enough garlic cloves to fill a man's mouth?
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 12:40:51 PM
There are Virus apocalypses - like the recent CONTAGION, or perhaps 1965's THE SATAN BUG - that don't involve some zombie plague afterwards.

The Virus films should probably also include IMPULSE (1984), THE CRAZIES (1973 and the recent remake (2012). 

Then the Virus-Zombie apocalypse films, including the 28 DAYS/WEEKS LATER.  Wouldn't a "high level of radiation then Zombies" fit into this Affliction-then-Zombie genre?  I hope so...

The Nuclear War films seem most effective when the film focuses primarily on Pre- or Post-Apocalypse.  THE DAY AFTER tries to do both, and is a vignette of tales, all of which could be interesting enough by themselves. 

We also have the Comet Apocalypse - which introduces Blindness, Triffids and Zombies in their passing.  BLINDNESS (2008) should also be mentioned at this point.

RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR (2006) is a dirty-bomb terrorist attack in LA, and poor Mark Ruffalo only follows the radio's instructions, and pay a high price.

So many films.. so little time...

Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 14, 2015, 01:05:00 PM
I watch monster movies for fun.  When I am feeling particularly morose, I watch end-of-the-world movies one right after the other.

I am a big fan of "Testament" with William Devane (briefly) but really starring Jane Alexander.  It and the Jason Robards TV movie "The Day After" show the steady deterioration of society and life after nearby nuclear strikes.

"Threads" is a much darker BBC TV entry which details the same events.  It is a fictionalization of a post-WWIII ordeal similar to the ones in the BBC docu-drama "The War Game" which purports to show the public where they might be heading, if they don't wise up.  "Threads" is as much of a downer as "The Road".

"The Noah" tells the story of the last man on earth through the tour-de-force performance of character actor Robert Strauss.  You may not place the name, but you will remember the face and voice.

For those of you who like the type of movies listed above, I would recommend a nice little dirty bomb drama titled "Right At Your Door".  But, please, don't tell anyone how it ends.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 14, 2015, 01:07:38 PM
...
RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR (2006) is a dirty-bomb terrorist attack in LA, and poor Mark Ruffalo only follows the radio's instructions, and pay a high price. ...

Argh!  You beat me to it.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 14, 2015, 01:18:29 PM

I do also like movies that have fun with the whole idea.

Like "The Bed Sitting Room", truly odd little British after The Bomb farce where everyone lives on a huge pule of broken pottery shards.

Or "Dead End Drive-In", an Australian oddity about post-apocalyptic society.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 03:54:39 PM
I didn't bring up THE LAST WAVE, either which is an '80s film - I sort of think the '60s is now the cut-off date for Classic Films.  I have a hard time accepting "classic" now including the decade in which I was born!  (Honestly, I think that's the problem I have with considering any '70s film as 'classic'.)

Thanks for this note about the Aussie DEAD-END DRIVE-IN.  We collect this genre of film, and especially the non-USA ones because there doesn't seem to be too many of these.  I don't know why.  Corman's use of Bronson Canyon and a fog machine showed that fancy sets aren't needed at all.  Some silly raggedy-ann foam costume works fine for any radioactive goat-eatin' monster.

It's fascinating that Russian cinema - especially the Stalinist-into-Breshnev eras don't seem to have any apoco-films, nor any radioactive-monster films.  Reptilicus never swam up the Baltic, past Gdansk, pasts Talinn into Leningrad apparently.  Darn.  What fun that could have been!  There definitely was a Radioactive Film Gap between East and Wst.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 14, 2015, 04:28:18 PM
...  We collect this genre of film, and especially the non-USA ones because there doesn't seem to be too many of these. ...

I suppose you have "Atomic War Bride", the 1960 Yugoslavian film.  It can be had as half of a double-feature DVD along with "This Is Not a Test".

Neither is a "classic", but I have always liked the microcosm presented in "This Is Not a Test".  It feels like a small stage play done as a term project at a junior college.  Very intimate.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on October 14, 2015, 04:33:13 PM
There definitely was a Radioactive Film Gap between East and Wst.


Mr. President, we have a Radioactive Film Gap!!

(http://theredlist.com/media/database/settings/cinema/1960-1970/dr-strangelove/021-dr-strangelove-theredlist.jpg)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 04:34:51 PM
Oh yes!  THAT'S the name of the Yugoslav film.  We went to Croatia for Summer, 2014, and long-time penpals got us in touch with more of that film's fans.  It is available there in an elongated version but, once again, pan-and-puked down to 4x3. 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2015, 04:44:00 PM
I think RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR probably shouldn't be included in this list because, well, it's not quite an apocalypse unless you're that neighborhood's real estate agent. 

This was a film I - for some reason - didn't like the first time I saw it.  Talk about bad mood!  But a couple of years later, I plugged it in and I was quite taken with it.  Ruffalo.  His neighbor.  The phone call from his accusatory mother-in-law.  Everything about it hit a completely different tone. 

There are a few mad-bomber films, and maybe there should be a thread covering lists of those as well as more modern apocalyptic films.   Should we have one that segregates out Virus or Afflictions (ie, "Oh blinding light!  Oh, light that blinds!  Watch out for meeee-!  I cannot seeeee-!!" - ie, TRIFFIDS, DAY OF THE COMET, BLINDNESS, etc., plus all the zombie-resulting films like 28 HOURS-DAYS-WEEKS-MONTHS-YEARS ad nauseums)?

Then there'd need to be the Meteor Apocalyse films - those Ellies' - er, ELE - Extinction of Life on Earth events.  I think CRACK IN THE WORLD, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE might qualify, along with VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.  (I mean, any film that matches Jeannie, Joel Cairo and Joan Fontaine with Walter Pidgeon - why not?)

Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Sean on October 14, 2015, 08:02:32 PM
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Nosferatu79 on October 25, 2015, 08:01:23 PM
Sorry if it's been mentioned...but Roger Corman's "Day The World Ended" comes to mind:
(http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/0a/43/63/0a4363fc9cd300a480ece6cc4ad73345.jpg)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 25, 2015, 09:09:41 PM

I don't think anyone has mention this little film I have in my DVD collection:

"Glen and Randa", 1971.

Story of a young rural couple who live in times well after a world-wide nuclear war.  Most of the conveniences have disappeared and people live in a barter economy. 

They have never known what the world was like before the war.  They decide to travel to a big city to see what it was like.

This is a U.S. movie, shot in California for next to nothing.  But it has always felt like a foreign film to me.

Some nudity.

   
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 25, 2015, 09:18:13 PM
Sorry if it's been mentioned...but Roger Corman's "Day The World Ended" comes to mind:
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Funny, I don't think any has mentioned this one yet - AND WITH THAT TITLE, YET!

I saw the movie in 1955, when it was still new and I was only 8 or 9.

It was remade almost verbatim as "In the Year 2889" in 1967.  Didn't care for the remake as much as the original.  But, loving the genre as much as I do, I had to see it.

Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 04, 2016, 11:21:29 AM
Just acquired and watched this one:



"These Final Hours", 2013

This is an Australian movie that is sort of like "On the Beach" but has nothing to do with radiation.  No, I guess it is really more like "Seeking a Friend For the End of the World".  The Aussie accents are pretty strong and much of the dialog is delivered a bit fast.  Even though this was in English, I watched it with the subtitles on.  It helped a lot with a couple of the actors.

(Advisory - Nudity and sexual situations.)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike...In 3-D! on March 04, 2016, 11:42:11 AM
I don't know if it counts, but I always liked "The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price.

That's my #1. I'm also a huge fan of The Road Warrior and Turbo Kid. Turbo Kid pretty much being a newer version of The Road Warrior on BMX.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on March 04, 2016, 03:29:28 PM
"These Final Hours", 2013

Thanks for this note.  I'm looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 04, 2016, 03:34:14 PM
Thanks for this note.  I'm looking forward to it.

I remembered that you like finding foreign "end of the world/mankind" films so I posted this here as well as in the What Did You Watch thread.

Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on March 04, 2016, 04:02:24 PM
I've liked seeing how Other Cultures view apocalyptic events, and how they'll focus the blame.  In the last ten years or so, we've seen more virus-attacks than nuclear winter scenarios (I'm thinking of the 28 DAYS - WEEKS - MONTHS - LA DE DA DA series, the well-constructed CONTAGION, WORLD WAR Z). 

There was a previous mention of the Mark Ruffalo film RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR.  There's a film of similar theme - DEAD AIR (2009, with David Moscow, Corbin Bersen and Patricia Tallman who played 'Barbara' in Romero's 1990 remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) - where a dirty bomb carrying a mutated virus spreads zombie-death out from an NBA arena, and we're joining a late-night radio shock-jock crew for their evening's experience.

Bollywood's two recent zombie contributions - THE DEAD and THE DEAD 2 - both use non-Indian Westerners in prominent roles as those two lead actors are dumped by their cold-hearted company pals who supposedly escape and our heroes are left to save women and children first.

ON THE BEACH remains a most interesting study of its time, and perhaps my favorite character-study that Gene Wilder's Dr. Fronken-Steen once claimed - "Quiet Dignity & Grace". 

But so is the heartbreaking MORNING DEPARTURE (1950) where sub captain John Mills takes his crew out for sea-trials and is left with Richard Attenborough to demonstrate the virtues of great writing, strong acting and the transformation from jackass to man.  It's not end of the world.  Except theirs.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 10, 2016, 02:33:31 PM
1962's PANIC IN YEAR ZERO stars Ray Milland and Jean Hagan as a family fleeing LA just as the nukes drop in their rear view mirrors, and follows them in the countryside where outlaws threaten their lives and they start threatening anyone they can as food and shelter are reintroduced to modern society's lexicon.  This might be one of those Survivalist's Handbook kind of films. ...


For those who don't already own it:


PANIC IN YEAR ZERO

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1490/25586638101_a659727bff_c.jpg)

This little gem is getting the Blu-Ray treatment.  Newly re-mastered with

1.  An Intro by director Joe Dante
2.  Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
3.  Trailers

(The same features are available in both Blu-Ray and DVD editions.)


Release date is April 19, 2016 - It is available for Pre-Order on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Panic-Year-Zero-Blu-ray-Milland/dp/B01AVMS8VO/ref=sr_1_1_twi_blu_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1457637090&sr=1-1&keywords=panic+in+year+zero (http://www.amazon.com/Panic-Year-Zero-Blu-ray-Milland/dp/B01AVMS8VO/ref=sr_1_1_twi_blu_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1457637090&sr=1-1&keywords=panic+in+year+zero)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on March 10, 2016, 05:17:48 PM
MONSTERS, I pulled out THESE FINAL HOURS and remembered seeing it a couple of years ago, almost immediately as it unfolded after the credits.

I always call this the Man With The Little Girl movie, and it's an interesting character study between our Central Guy who has a not-so-committed romance with one woman, and a long-lost love in another.  And of course, now he wants to track her down.  That's the unsatisfying substory line because he waffles, goes back to Girl #1 and has a bad time after dumping her for #2, then showing back up and finally heading out, more determined than ever for #2.  And picks up an orphaned child in the midst of this, which takes the most poignant turn.  Wow.  That was  unexpected. 

I don't know if I could have left her there.  Even if my long lost true love beckoned around the corner. 

That was a pretty hard turn of the tale.

The whole thing was 'unsatisfying' to some extent...

...as if an end of the world movie would have elves and butterflies escorting us from the theater, whistling while we go.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Haunted hearse on April 28, 2016, 09:25:09 PM
It's hard to believe, but one of greatest of the apocalyptic films has failed to be entered in this thread.  A film which if it was ever remade, only a master Thespian like Keannu Reeves or Nicolas Cage could do justice to.  The one, the only ROBOT Monster!
(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss267/Baronscrypt666/Horror%20History/robot-monster-1953-4_zpsxcuk57jk.jpg)
This classic american work of cinema, is only approached by Plan Nine from Outer space, when it comes to telling a gripping story, with what was for it's time state of the art special effects.  In this photo, we see the Ro-man, who uses the dreaded Calcinator deathray to bring about Mankinds destruction.
(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss267/Baronscrypt666/Horror%20History/worst-robot-monster-1953-630-75_zpsngdgaxth.jpg)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: horrorhunter on April 28, 2016, 10:07:39 PM
It's hard to believe, but one of greatest of the apocalyptic films has failed to be entered in this thread.  A film which if it was ever remade, only a master Thespian like Keannu Reeves or Nicolas Cage could do justice to.  The one, the only ROBOT Monster!

Excellent point, Hh. The Ro-man suit could bring a new dimension to the staggering skills of master thespian Keanu. He's one actor whose facial emotive abilities wouldn't be hampered in the least by the Ro-man helmet.  :D

(http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01731/Keanu-Reeves--620_1731467a.jpg) (http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss267/Baronscrypt666/Horror%20History/worst-robot-monster-1953-630-75_zpsngdgaxth.jpg)

That's one remake I wouldn't miss for the world.. even at the end of it!  :P
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 19, 2018, 10:15:44 AM
Just got through re-reading this old thread and noticed that a movie is missing:

"Melancholia", 2011  - A modern take on "When Worlds Collide", but with no escape or heroic missions to divert the inevitable.


What else needs to be added, guys?
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on March 19, 2018, 02:07:08 PM
SEEKING A FRIEND, MELANCHOLIA... I think we're getting a pretty complete list.  I wanted to also echo the general thumbs-up rating on that DVD double-feature of THIS IS NOT A TEST and ATOMIC BRIDE (or whatever the original Czech name was).   Neither film is, well, 'good' but both are interesting for fans of the genre, I suspect. 

DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and NIGHT OF THE COMET are weirdo entries because both herald the world's-end-as-we-know-it and with a variety of predicaments: in the TRIFFIDS book (and the 1981 BBC series), we have blindness AND a mysterious disease AND these walking, talking plants as enemies of the people.  And NIGHT OF COMET has reduced most folks to ashes - leaving a huge drycleaning and vacuuming bill, I suppose, along with some disease that will kill/zombie-ize all those who aren't immune. 

This brings up the 2009 film BLINDNESS (Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo) where a city's viral outbreak blinds the population except for a few.  Poor ol Mark has a tough career - he's listening to authorities in RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR and suffers for it, then in BLINDNESS he's suffering, and the best follow-up role he gets turns him green and huge and he's CGI'd out of these films.  At least Scarlett Johansson seems to like him, though.  I guess he should count his blessings - he could have been a fumbling magician instead.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 24, 2018, 04:26:16 AM

4:44 Last Day On Earth, 2011 - It turns out Al Gore was right and the Earth's ozone layer will dissipate at 4:44 tomorrow morning, at which time we will all be Aurora Borealised to death.

Willem Dafoe and girlfriend wait out their last few hours together in an older 4-story building in Manhattan.

This is another one of those movies that assigns a specific time to the end of the world, but makes to mention about non-local times.  If the effect is rolling around the planet to this location, why are there no reports about those who are getting it first - like on New Year's?

Dull.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on March 24, 2018, 06:37:47 PM
4:44 Last Day On Earth, 2011... but makes NO mention about non-local times.

Oh, that's sooo simple to answer.  WE are the unworthies!  We the audience are too dumb to be told, and even too dumb according to the filmmakers to even THINK of such wasted script time.  Do you realize how much time George Romero wasted talking about other townships outside of PittsB in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - wow, he probably wasted 30, maybe 50 seconds out of the whole film on that highly-skilled dialog! 

But yes... the answer would have been soooo simple: "City by city is being fried, and we lose contact almost immediately with every location affected As The World Turns."

Wouldn't a line of dialog like that, somwhere in the 8th or 10th or 15th minute soothed our fevered brows?  I know it would have, mine.  "I'm trying to call Auntie Emm, and she just won't pick up the phone!!  Oh, Auntie Emm - please answer!"
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on March 24, 2018, 09:39:32 PM
I'm no scientist, but I don't think our ozone protection is going from comfortable to aarrrggggg! in a matter of minutes. 4:43, fine. 4:44, dead!
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on March 28, 2018, 12:41:11 PM
I'm thinking of that building-contractor's foam-insulation... put in a buncha SPF-8800 and coat giant tarps over the earth.  That'll do it.  Maybe have something like hemispheric-sized Macy's Day Parade tarps... "Who didn't hold down Underdog's cape?!!  It's flapping and frying Detroit!"

Or maybe the Beach Boys get their wish, finally... "All the girls get so tanned"?  Of course, having them morph into Kenny Rogers' baked chicken-skin might not be exactly what the New California Girls should look like. 

Holy Sun Demon, Batman!
(http://wrongsideoftheart.com/wp-content/gallery/posters-h/hideous_sun_demon_poster_01.jpg)

(I gotta admit... I can understand crusty skin, but abberant manicures and dental reactions, too?   Well... what if they mix in Listerine with that SPF 8800 and dayglo nail polish?)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 19, 2018, 11:07:57 PM
Re-reading this thread, I noticed that the 1959 classic "On the Beach" was referenced several times.  But I didn't notice any specific mention of the made-for-TV remake.


On the Beach, 2000 -  The U.S. imposes a blockade against Taiwan.   World tensions escalate into a nuclear war - with the expected radioactive result.  Stars Armand Assante, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown in the roles originally filled by Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire.

This 3 hour movie was presented in two parts, mini-series style.  Not a bad remake.  I never did warm to Armand Assante's character.  He has the perpetual pout of someone who is holding a jawbreaker against the inside of his lips, delivers his dialogue like Rocky Balboa and has stern, unfriendly eyes. 

Best thing about the remake:  You don't have to hear "Waltzing Matilda" until you are ready to take The Pill along with the cast.


I think it is worth a watch.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Memphremagog on May 20, 2018, 06:46:02 AM
I'm adding this one:

FIVE(1951)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hganya7R8SU/Ti8ZqUndaqI/AAAAAAAABIg/QH3aWVzH3Ew/s1600/19.-Five.jpg)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on May 21, 2018, 07:53:38 AM
Back on Page 2, I'd lamented FIVE's unsatisfactory writing and this above poster (thanks, MEMPH) has the reason for my complaint: "Celebrated Radio Dramatist" Arch Oboler, who enacts a script with way-too-stupid of plot-holes: the Woman starts on the East Coast when the disaster happens, and then casually saunters over to the West Coast for the majority of the film.  Also, the bad-guy 'sails from China' and lands at our Last 4 People On Earth's very remote community as opposed to sailing from Europe into a far more populated and more easily located Big City.  It's just dumb writing, and my high expectations for Oboler is due to the very many excellent works he's done.  I'll never understand these huge off-putting decisions.

I also brought up the Last 3 On Earth, known as WORLD, FLESH & DEVIL (1959) where One Of The Last Men On Earth decides he must kill the other Last Man On Earth so he can 'have' the Last Woman on Earth.  I hoped for more, especially after the nifty film's beginning 'end of the world' event.

MONSTERS brought up the Armand Assante problems in the 2000 remake of ON THE BEACH.  He IS the problem with that film, I think, the reason I can't warm to his version.  Armand's lamenting delusion of a time with his family isn't appealing to me, like Gregory Peck's delusional moment is - that's purely the Actor vs. Actor and how one is received by an audience.  But when stacked up against all remakes, this is a fairly decent one. 

And so far, all of the films mentioned have been worth my time to watch (and often rewatch).  South Korea's producing some interesting films, too - there's a world tsunami disaster film that's Youtube'd and often presented as "world's largest wave" destroying Seoul, I presume; and 2016's TRAIN TO BUSAN with the now ubiquitous zombie-virus theme. 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Wicked Lester on June 06, 2018, 11:01:50 PM
Two movies that are not very old but could really happen,especially now.
1983 The Day After. What would happen if a nuke hit Kansas.
The pretty depressing 1984 movie Threads and a timeline of Nukes hitting the UK. For its time it was pretty disturbing and I think still holds up.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 21, 2018, 02:52:23 AM

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1763/41734806680_5ddaa08552_c.jpg)

The End of the World, 1934 - The world is on a collision path with a comet that has the potential to wipe out all of mankind.


This 60-minute movie originally started out life as the 105-minute film "La Fin du Monde, 1931".  It pretty much bombed in France and was edited down by a whopping three quarters of an hour and re-issued in the U.S.  It still seems to last forever.  The French dialogue is presented with English subtitles only about 50% of the time.  There is also a sprinkling of dialogue in other languages that lacks any subtitles at all.

Mostly, this story is wringing of hands over what is expected to happen and reactions of the masses to almost certain doom.  The last segment of the film is a combination of staged scenes and stock footage of fireworks, tsunamis, etc., largely presented in double-exposure montages.

The 2016 Alpha Video DVD is from a print that is in terrible shape.  The deteriorated image, combined with all the dissolves from one double printed image to another in seemingly endless montages makes this movie a tough watch.
 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on July 21, 2018, 08:48:48 AM
The End of the World, 1934

Thanks for the warning! I'll be sure to spend my $5 somewhere else.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on July 21, 2018, 11:14:27 AM
These reviews are why I love film-forums.  Thanks, Monsters.  I'll go along with Mike and save up my last $5 for something else.  Aren't Doritos approaching $5 a bag now? 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on July 21, 2018, 11:39:25 AM
Aren't Doritos approaching $5 a bag now?

Probably the jumbo family size bags. I buy the $2.50 size bag.  :)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: LugosiFan25 on July 23, 2018, 02:39:33 PM
Roger Corman's THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH (1960) is fairly hilarious in all plot issues, writing, acting and those vast 'action sequences'.  A gangster, his 'wife' and his accountant head for a Caribbean snorkling vacation.  They dive, come up 20 minutes later, and all life on earth has vanished.  Corpses have apparently merrily evacuated the planet's surface, too, so none of that silly odor, flies, deviant mushroom triffid types are needed. 

This film devolves into a love-triangle mess, where the Last Woman fans the flames of passion to have the meek accountant add 2 and 2 and come up with "kill my husband, please". 

(The reason for life-on-earth's demise is thought to be - among these three brainiacs - a temporary loss of all oxygen in Earth's atmosphere but, fortunately, plant life is busily replenishing that stock.  Even as the film crew rolled.  Whew.  We are soooo lucky.)

I know it's not very good, but I enjoy the heck outta this film for some reason. Just something about it, maybe my crush on Betsy Jones Moreland. I just love these super low budget films.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on July 23, 2018, 05:05:20 PM
Oh yes.  I mean, the sheer stupidity of the CONCEPT of The End Of The World is what I both attack and love.  It's sooo stunningly stupid.

AND AUDACIOUS.  And, I mean, isn't that what Corman films are all about?!!  Just daring us to like them EVEN at their most stupid levels?   This is why that film is so memorable - "I can't get over how DUMB the wipe-out of all humanity is in just a few moments!"  No other film demands that I remember it for that sole reason.  It's almost a perfect "Must Remember This!" film.  At least that segment.  (I admit, I don't remember too many other scenes - two men fighting each other, a woman on the run from both or one, willing to help whichever will let her live longer, etc.)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 03, 2018, 10:20:39 PM
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1973/44167169255_93a1b2d12b_c.jpg)
I Think We're Alone Now, 2018  - BLU-Ray - Sony - Scheduled Release Date:  October 23, 2018

Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning.


After the human race is wiped out, the Last Man creates an ideal existence for himself in a small, deserted town.  He thinks his life is perfect.  Then, someone else shows up.


I think the setup on this is very interesting.  Also, this is one of those films with nearly equal percentages for all each of the five star ratings.  Makes me want to see it.


Forgive me for quoting myself, but it is so much easier than writing a whole new post - and I am almost criminally lazy.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Haunted hearse on October 04, 2018, 07:15:08 PM
Oh yes.  I mean, the sheer stupidity of the CONCEPT of The End Of The World is what I both attack and love.  It's sooo stunningly stupid.

AND AUDACIOUS.  And, I mean, isn't that what Corman films are all about?!!  Just daring us to like them EVEN at their most stupid levels?   This is why that film is so memorable - "I can't get over how DUMB the wipe-out of all humanity is in just a few moments!"  No other film demands that I remember it for that sole reason.  It's almost a perfect "Must Remember This!" film.  At least that segment.  (I admit, I don't remember too many other scenes - two men fighting each other, a woman on the run from both or one, willing to help whichever will let her live longer, etc.)
I know Corman produced and directed a ton of crap. But I enjoy "Fall of the House of Usher". Not ironically, as a bad film that's fun to watch, but as a good well made movie.  Just my two cents.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 07, 2018, 06:20:31 AM
I know Corman produced and directed a ton of crap. But I enjoy "Fall of the House of Usher". Not ironically, as a bad film that's fun to watch, but as a good well made movie.  Just my two cents.

I think USHER is a fairly good film on many levels.  NOT OF THIS EARTH, the original, is pretty decent, too.  IT CONQUERED THE WORLD - absolutely crappy special effects but a fun and memorable film.  STAKEOUT ON DOPE STREET - a far harder-edged cops vs gangs vs dope peddling masterminds than anything similar for years and years.  BUCKET OF BLOOD is a pretty strong film, too.  There are a dozen more that earn my Rewatchable Points.

ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS / GIANT LEECHES are favorites because of their individual Audaciiousness - CRAB has the villain telepathetically narrating the film's main story to us, gobbling up the po' widdle humans and then speaking in their voices.  LEECHES has some really gory sound-effects and displays of writhing, being-bled-alive scenes.  These seem 'gory' even in 2003 or 2004, when I first saw the DVD.

LAST WOMAN's audacious decision remains hilarious and stupid, but ultimately Corman's choice was correct: "Do I need realism to show numerous bodies laying about?  All those extras?  All that money wasted on extras who might flinch on-camera and create a re-take?"  No.  He didn't 'need' to.  He was correct that HIS target-audience didn't give a flip about such mundane things as "sensibility" or "correct sets".  He's a fascinating Thinker for that reason - this shrewd if not crude understanding of His Audience.  "And if they don't like it, they're not MY audience." 
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on October 09, 2018, 09:52:08 PM
IT CONQUERED THE WORLD - absolutely crappy special effects . .

Don't you listen to her, Beulah!
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: horrorhunter on October 10, 2018, 12:43:15 PM
Don't you listen to her, Beulah!
Bev got a kick out of Beulah, and Beulah got a kick out of Bev, literally. Beverly Garland thought the thing looked so ridiculous she went up and kicked it over while laughing at it.  ;D

(https://i.pinimg.com/236x/50/fe/e5/50fee54724a16e227e2374d4f98abc80--it-conquered-the-world-beverly-garland.jpg)

Poor old Beulah, the Rodney Dangerfield of monsters. Or, one of anyway...the Giant Claw gets it's share of chuckles as well.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Ugly_Thing on October 10, 2018, 08:11:17 PM
My favorites, always...

The Omega Man
Soylent Green
Time Enough at Last
The Last Man on Earth
Threads

Honorable mention:

Lifeforce 

Laserdisc:

(http://i65.tinypic.com/oqjgis.jpg)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 12, 2018, 06:35:40 PM
How do fans rank the Last Man On Earth tales?  Vincent Price's Italian LAST MAN... Heston's OMEGA MAN... and Denzel's  recent I AM LEGEND? 

(I've never seen the I AM OMEGA video (2007.)

I avoid I AM LEGEND because of the killing of the dog.  We can slaughter humans right and left, but when movies portray pet killings, no no no.  Won't ever re-watch it.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on October 12, 2018, 07:47:04 PM
and Denzel's  recent I AM LEGEND? 

Do you mean Will Smith?
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Ugly_Thing on October 12, 2018, 08:03:49 PM


I avoid I AM LEGEND because of the killing of the dog.  We can slaughter humans right and left, but when movies portray pet killings, no no no.  Won't ever re-watch it.

This!  Exactly!  Glad I ready your post beforehand -- I was gonna post nearly the same thing, verbatim! 

Your second statement immediately brought to mind an interview snippet from a documentary.  In one of the later Friday the 13th sequels, they'd written a scene where Jason is supposed to enter the camp and -kick- a barking dog.  Actor Kane Hodder refused to do the scene, saying (paraphrasing slightly) "No way, not even JASON is THAT evil!"
Also:  "One of the MAIN rules of horror films is that you can kill as many PEOPLE as you want to, but you NEVER kill a PET!"  - Joe Bob Briggs.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 12, 2018, 10:54:36 PM
...  "One of the MAIN rules of horror films is that you can kill as many PEOPLE as you want to, but you NEVER kill a PET!"...


But I really love "Re-Animator", especially because of the cat.

Not to mention "A Fish Called Wanda".  -  ("Don't eat the green ones; they're not ripe.")

Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: horrorhunter on October 12, 2018, 11:07:59 PM
The Last Man On Earth and The Omega Man are both great flicks, even though Last Man... has been worn out by nearly every horror host to sling a tiresome catch phrase, and inclusion in nearly every PD DVD box set known to geekdom.

I've never watched I Am Legend with that Denzel Smith guy.  :D  Even though it is named after the original work, enough is enough with the remakes already. I have little desire to watch most remakes from the '90s on. I try to avoid rewarding Hollywood for lack of creativity.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on October 13, 2018, 10:25:57 AM
But I really love "Re-Animator", especially because of the cat.

Not to mention "A Fish Called Wanda". 

Or, "Pet Cemetery".
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: ChristineBCW on October 14, 2018, 04:24:10 PM
and Denzel's recent I AM LEGEND?

As Mike pointed out, that's WILL SMITH.  No wonder I wasn't so fond of this film.  Denzel did the more interesting kung-fu-master BOOK OF ELI saloon-a-thon.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Mike Scott on October 14, 2018, 05:54:12 PM
Denzel did the more interesting kung-fu-master BOOK OF ELI saloon-a-thon.

Good one! Directed by the Hughes Bros.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Ugly_Thing on October 14, 2018, 06:18:27 PM
Or, "Pet Cemetery".


Man, Fred Gwynne stole every scene he was in.  Really good stuff.

(https://beersonfilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Pet-Sematary-9-Copy.jpg)

John Lithgow is playing Jud in the remake, so I guess we'll see how that turns out....

(http://www.joblo.com/newsimages1/pet-sematary-lithgow.jpg)
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 14, 2018, 06:39:35 PM
Man, Fred Gwynne stole every scene he was in[Pet Sematary].  Really good stuff. 

They are remaking Pet Sematary for 2019.  From what little I have seen about casting, I am guessing that John Lithgow will be playing Jud.  (aa-yep)

Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Ugly_Thing on October 14, 2018, 06:41:27 PM
They are remaking Pet Sematary for 2019.  From what little I have seen about casting, I am guessing that John Lithgow will be playing Jud.  (aa-yep)

(Yep, I mentioned this in the lower portion of my post.  ;))
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 14, 2018, 06:44:38 PM
(Yep, I mentioned this in the lower portion of my post.  ;))

Uh, yeah...  I saw that.  I was just checking to see if you were paying attention.

Yeah, that's the ticket.
Title: Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 19, 2020, 05:49:48 PM

Considering current events (and those being anticipated) I thought it was time to brush off this dormant thread and give this topic a re-think.

Maybe I'll drag Andromeda Strain, 1970 off the shelf and give it a watch - it's been a while.