What Are Some Good Post Apocalyptic Movies
It is never too late to adequately prepare for the post-apocalypse. For example with a neat film marathon. Here are 10 recommendations from the list of the best end time movies of all time:
There are supposed to be people who have built an underground bunker with supplies. In the unlikely event that garden parties become too dangerous due to nuclear missiles, aliens or anti-social zombies. I try to see it a little more loosely and more positively. Because I hardly think that any apocalyptic scenario is in store for us in the foreseeable future. No matter how often Nostradamus, the Maya or some occultists have already written us off. And even if the worst-case scenario happens, I'll just stand in the garden in my underpants and face the fire roller with a crazy smile. I would like to hold a CD with German pop and my old Latin books in my hands, which should also burn up. Hui, ten thousand degrees and off the mouse. At least better than vegetating on an uninhabitable earth in a rabbit hole without internet and freshly tapped beer.
Nevertheless, it is of course always enjoyable to indulge in the idea of an end time in films. We humans are world champions anyway in not living in the here and now, but constantly looking worriedly into the future. So why not at least introduce ourselves to something entertaining? Maybe that we put on transparent plastic breastplates and knock each other over with silly cars? As in The New Barbarians, aka Warriors of the Wasteland, from 1983:
When you've laughed, I'd like to introduce you to some less ridiculous end-time films that I consider evergreens of their genre. The emphasis will really be on the POST apocalypse. Because the end-of-time film doesn't necessarily want to be lumped together with dystopia. As a dark sub-genre of science fiction, end-time films mostly show life to a catastrophe, while in dystopia the social conditions are only just going down the drain and moving towards a critical mass. This means that masterpieces such as Gattaca or Blade runner so off.
Disaster films, in which the end times are often only a few moments away, and which, especially recently, have tended to be mere eye-candy material battles, will also not be part of the following list. What fascinates me so much about end-of-life films is life to the big bang. When everything has changed and natural and social conditions have already been turned upside down. If we're going to pay with bottle caps to buy new polish for our wooden clubs and a couple of lizard tails for lunch.
Incidentally, this is also the reason why the celebrated Children of Men (2006) by Alfonso Cuarón doesn't make the list for me. Here, too, the catastrophe is still in progress and the earth has not yet died empty enough for my taste. But enough of the preface, please follow me into the desert or other uncomfortable settings of the end times.
10th place: Logan's Run (1976) by Michael Anderson
How much would it ruin your day if someone made a crystal in the palm of your hand blink red like a dead battery to indicate that your life was up? Exactly - Logan, who starred in Escape to the 23rd century, has laughed more often. The film could be mistaken for a flawless dystopia if it was set not long after the destruction of the earth, when nature has already recaptured the planet. From today's perspective, effects and storylines are sometimes very trashy, but the adventurous escape of Logan 5 is remembered by many science fiction fans. Probably he would never have fled the gigantic, underground swingers club if someone had not put his life light on the back burner. Now that a remake is coming up soon, Michael Hoh has put Logan's Run through its paces for us.
9th place: Waterworld (1995) by Kevin Reynolds
The production crew are said to have drowned several times back then due to bad weather scenes for the film. That's what I call apocalyptic conditions for a film shoot. Even if the film rather flopped at the box office back then, it will always remain a beloved adventure film for me. Perhaps because it turns the often found end-time film premise of a huge sandy desert into its opposite. Maybe because Kevin Costner was some kind of Aquaman before Jason Momoa even knew what a trident was. Yes, maybe because this “mariner” casts himself as bait to catch a giant fish. And maybe because of a ton of more silliness that just makes this movie a very entertaining curiosity.
8th place: The Blood of Heroes (1989) by David Webb Peoples
We find one of the lesser-known roles of the great Rutger Hauer in The Jugger - Battle of the Best. As a jugger Sallow he plays in a barbaric sport about food, alcohol and sex. While a hundred stones are thrown onto a metal disc, the aim is to spear an animal skull on a pole in the opposing field. That the film is an absolute cult is shown at the latest by the fact that jugger has established itself as a "nerd sport" for several years. I myself have played with padded “pompfen” (stick and chain replacement) here in Bonn on players from Bonn Flying Juggmen beaten up. The sport is more tactical and strenuous than you might think at first glance. At the Roleplay Convention in Cologne, the juggers have also become indispensable.
7th place: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) by George Miller
Mad Max 2 - The Executor, as it was called in Germany, should stand here as a placeholder for the entire trilogy. But especially the legendary car chase of the second part, which was considered groundbreaking for its time, is firmly anchored in the minds of end-time fans. Even if the plot of the film remains a mystery to me to this day: Why are the rival gangs racing around the clock through the desert in search of oil and gasoline? To get where? Doesn't the petrol-powered cat bite its own tail? Shouldn't water be the greatest good in the desert? Probably yes, but water just has less horsepower. Ultimately, Mad Max lives from his 60s outfits and the mentally derailed characters who carry the atmosphere with their mohawks and hockey masks.
6th place: Zombieland (2009) by Ruben Fleischer
I would certainly have included the shocking variant of the zombie apocalypse at this point 28 days later perpetuated. But since light-hearted entertainment always comes before sheer horror for me, this list is allowed Zombie land Hold up the brain eater flag. Who doesn't remember the funny “Zombieland rules”? Or a worn-out Bill Murray who is mistaken for a zombie? The film made me go jogging again for the sake of my health. Because whoever neglects rule number 1, "Cardio", is simply too easy prey in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Now I even run a zombie app (Zombies Run), which forces me to accelerate when imaginary zombies are on my mind. Quite motivating.
5th place: Oblivion (2013) by Joseph Kosinski
Oblivion is certainly one of the most visually impressive end-time films. When I look over Tom Cruise's shoulder as he flies his slim dragonfly spaceship through canyons and valleys of the devastated earth, I start to dream. Although aliens have destroyed the moon and thus caused devastating natural disasters, the tankers lying around and the rubble deserts are pleasantly picturesque. Even if the film is just a mixture of well-known concepts and the twist adorns dozens of other science fiction films in the end, I like to return to Jack Harper's apartment in the clouds every now and then and try to imagine whether I'm brave enough for the Infinity -Pool with glass bottom would be.
4th place: Turbo Kid (2015) by Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
It has long been no secret that the Fantasy Film Fest brings genre pearls to light for us every year. Three years ago, the trashy Endzeit flick was particularly popular Turbo Kid talk about yourself. In it, a boy cycles his BMX bike through a post-apocalyptic 1997 and has to defend himself against bad guys who also ride bikes while collecting garbage. A wonderful alternative to the oil and exhaust-pregnant woman Mad Max. But the film only takes off into really trashy (read: grandiose) spheres when our end-time resident finds the equipment of his favorite comic hero "Turbo Rider". With his “Turbo Glove” the tide turned in the wasteland. I can only warmly recommend this bloody but wonderfully trashy fun.
3rd place: A Quiet Place (2018) by John Krasinski
The duration of this horror thriller is a clear 90 minutes. Which is not surprising, since the lines of dialogue between the actors are rather few and far between. The Abbott family is trying to survive on a post-apocalyptic earth that has been overrun by aliens who respond to noise. Needless to say, the result is a film with intense images, telling looks and tense calm. Did you know that you can have a child without making a lot of noise? Neither do the Abbots. A quiet place was able to convince me especially in his quiet moments (no pun intended). By that I mean loving non-verbal communication between family members. Especially when there is a conflict and the waterfall is too far away to scream. Great film with a dramatic and abrupt ending, but one that is very satisfying.
2nd place: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) by Dan Trachtenberg
Technically, the disaster is at the beginning of 10 Cloverfield Lane not done yet. But when an entire film takes place in a Fallout bunker, I kiss it and add it to my list of the best end-time films. And therein lies the genius of the film: For a long time we do not know what exactly this film is, whether it has anything to do with its monster predecessor and what it is all about. Because Michelle suddenly wakes up after a car accident in the underground shelter of ex-military man Howard, who claims to have saved her from the apocalypse. Going out and see if that's true could be dangerous if the detail about the toxic air is right. So she prefers to embark on uncomfortable board game evenings with strangers before the air in the bunker gradually becomes too thick. I really don't want to reveal more at this point, but if you want to experience a wonderfully eerie John Goodman and some unexpected plot twists, you shouldn't miss this end-of-life film.
1st place: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) by George Miller
The only negative point I can think of about this diabolical masterpiece of fire and gasoline is that it is its original Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior almost superfluous. Will I ever look at the taciturn Mel Gibson again if I can also put a living hell painting by Hieronymus Bosch in the Bluray player? Rarely, I say diplomatically. The film simply tops all aspects of its predecessor by far: the grotesque characters, the cast of the main role with the furious one Charlize Theron as Furiosa, the apocalyptic optics and of course the famous car chase scene, which almost takes on an art-house character in its explosive madness. This film is liquid dynamite injected into the main artery. I think I'll watch it again this weekend. Be my witnesses!
Kapp beside it is also over: The Honorable Mentions
12 monkeys (1995) by Terry Gilliam
I am legend (2007) by Francis Lawrence
The Book of Eli (2010) by Albert and Allen Hughes
And no, The Road is not on this list - and not even in the Honorable Mentions - because it is arguably the most perfect post-apocalyptic film in the universe. The author's vision Cormac McCarthy is just too gloomy and joyless for me. This is more of an end-of-time documentary than a film. For me, this film lacks something that makes going to the cinema entertaining: joy. Joy in some form! For medical reasons, I cannot advise anyone whose mood is already slightly sad to watch this depressing film.
So that was my 50 cents in radioactive bottle caps. What are your favorite end-of-time films? And why is there still none fallout-Movie?
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