Are you currently huddled on your couch, shaking under the blankets while awaiting the rapture on Saturday? Why not watch a few end of the world films to pass your final hours? Here are a few lesser known selections for your viewing (dis)pleasure.
Panic in the Year Zero
Directed by/starring Ray Milland with an incredible Les Baxter jazz score. Milland is totally bad ass. Who knew that nuclear holocaust could be so cool? A family ventures out on a summer holiday, only to find themselves smack dab in the middle of a nuclear attack. It’s a fun survivalist romp in 1960s California – even Frankie Avalon is in this! Honestly, this family is whip smart and you could learn a lesson or two about how to survive should you find yourself in a similar situation.
The Quiet Earth
From New Zealand comes a unique take on the nuclear holocaust genre. Ultra slow paced, yet mesmerizing – it follows the three lone survivors of a nuclear attack. I don’t even know how to begin to describe this one, lots of brain games. It plays with your mind! Just see it.
This trailer gives the entire movie away, so watch at your own discretion.
The Last Man on Earth
Before the mediocre Will Smith I am Legend, before the better Omega Man, there was The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price. My favorite thing about this movie is that the vampire/zombies are slow and still shadows of their former human selves. They even speak. Not much action or plot to speak of here, but it still gave me chills.
In my depressive childhood years I had a VHS copy of this movie and tortured myself with it repeatedly. It’s chilling and terrifying – and I knew, even at a young age, that this is how the world would end. No fun cross country survivor adventure, no zombies, just cold hard suffering and lots of it. The kind of movie that will leave you sobbing for hours afterwards, lying in bed at night unable to sleep. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great one. Devastating.
It won’t be alright: