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Apocalypse Now


Post-apocalyptic movies have been perennial since the dawn of the Cold War, tapping into fears that don’t seem to die even as political climates transform. These three standout examples of the genre offer a glimpse at the darker edges of humanity with distinct visions that range in both subject and form. Featuring a cerebral drama about survival in The Quiet Earth, The Last Man on Earth, an off-the-wall, bleak adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic 1954 novel, “I Am Legend,” and the terrifying nuclear warfare docudrama Threads, the trio present unforgettable depictions of calamity.

The Last Man on Earth

Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow Amerika Syarikat, 1964

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Next up in our series of films set after the apocalypse is Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow’s adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic 1954 novel, “I Am Legend.” Starring the great Vincent Price, the film surpasses other Matheson adaptations through its bleak vision of urbanity shot in barren Rome.


Mick Jackson United Kingdom, 1984

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Mick Jackson’s unforgettable docudrama closes our series of dystopian stories with a bang. Reaching millions of viewers during its original airing at the end of the Cold War, Threads presents the effects of nuclear warfare in stirring detail, terrifying audiences in fear of political escalation.

The Quiet Earth

Geoff Murphy New Zealand, 1985

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We launch our series of post-apocalyptic movies with Geoff Murphy’s pensive The Quiet Earth. Standing opposite the norms of the genre, the film takes a serene approach, centering its conflict—internal, racial, sexual—among the survivors rather than any external forces.

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