It's A Mad, Mad, Mad Max World
Silver screen visions of the End and the Post-Apocalypse

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Legend

 
 

A - Alien apocalypse (UFOs, human look-a-likes, invasion, infection, supplantation)
B - Biological apocalypse (viri, bacteria, parasites, toxins, lethal mutations, etc.)
C - Cosmic apocalypse (comets, meteors, asteroids, solar flares, supernovas, etc.)
D - Dystopia (of the post-apocalyptic variety or otherwise)
E - Ecological apocalypse (pollution, over-population, bio-degradation, extinction)
F - Foreign Invasion (war, Commie take-overs, New World Order nonsense, etc.)
G - Biblical or other God(s)-ordained apocalypse
H - Human dissolution (anarchy, breakdown of the social order & moral codes)
M - Mother Nature's revenge (the Earth strikes back)
N - Nuclear apocalypse
P - Post-apocalypse
Q - NEW! Quantum apocalypse (time paradoxes, inversions, traps, loops, holes, etc.)
S - Supernatural apocalypse (zombie romps, ancient curses, monsters, magic, etc.)
T - Technological apocalypse (computers, programs, robots, misuse of tech, etc.)
$ - Economic apocalypse (financial collapse or corporate take-over of government)
 
 






Apocalypse In Action

 
 

The Comet ( C ) 1910
The Comet's Come-Back ( C ) 1916
End Of The World ( H though C delivers the coup de gras ) 1916
Fin du Monde a.k.a. The End of the World ( C & H ) 1931
When Worlds Collide ( C ) 1951
The Day The Earth Stood Still ( A ) 1951
Invasion, USA ( F & N ) 1952
The War Of The Worlds ( A ) 1953
This Island Earth ( A ) 1954
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers ( A ) 1956
Terror from the Year 5,000 ( N, P ) 1958
Beyond the Time Barrier ( N, P ) 1960
Sekai Daisenso a.k.a. The Last War ( N ) 1960
Rocket Attack, USA ( F & N ) 1961
The Day the Earth Caught Fire ( N & C ) 1961
The Day of the Triffids ( C & A ) 1962
Dr. Strangelove ( N ) 1963
Ladybug, Ladybug ( N ) 1963
The Birds (M) 1963
Fail Safe ( N ) 1964
Seven Days in May ( N ) 1964
The Earth Dies Screaming ( A & S ) 1964
Night Of The Living Dead ( S, possibly G ) 1968 (Thanks to Brian Giffin for the info)
Rosemary's Baby ( G ) 1968
Zabil Jsem Einsteina, Panove a.k.a. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen ( N ) 1969
The Andromeda Strain ( B, A ) 1971
A Thief In The Night ( G ) 1972
The Final Programme ( N, T ) 1973
Chosen Survivors ( P, N, H ) 1974
Nosutoradamusu No Daiyogen a.k.a. The Prophecies of Nostradamus ( E, B ) 1974
The Devil Within Her ( G ) - 1975
Food Of The Gods ( M ) - 1976
The Omen ( G, S ) 1976
Demon Seed ( T ) 1977
Damnation Alley ( N, H, M & P ) 1977
End Of The World ( A ) 1977 (thanks to David Thiel for the info)
A Distant Thunder ( G ) 1977
Empire Of The Ants ( M, E ) 1977
Plague (a.k.a. M3: The Gemini Strain) ( B & A ) 1978
Damien: Omen II ( G, S ) 1978
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers ( A ) 1978
The Swarm ( M ) 1978
The Chosen (a.k.a. Holocaust 2000) ( G, N ) 1978
Dawn of the Dead (S) 1978
Meteor! ( C ) 1979
The China Syndrome ( N ) 1979
UFOria ( A, G ) 1980
Omen III: The Final Conflict ( G ) 1981
Image Of The Beast ( G ) 1981
The Dead Zone ( S, G ) 1983
Strange Invaders ( A ) 1983
A Prodigal Planet ( G ) 1983
Red Dawn ( F & N ) 1984
Lifeforce ( A, S ) 1985
Day of the Dead (S) 1985
The Manhattan Project ( N ) 1986
Whoops Apocalypse ( N, H ) 1986
The Sacrifice (Offret) ( N, G ) 1986
When the Wind Blows ( N ) 1986
The Seventh Sign ( G ) 1988
Nightfall ( C, H ) 1988 (thanks to MythikWolf for the info)
They Live (A) 1988
Miracle Mile ( N ) 1989
The Abyss (Director's cut) ( A, M & threats of N ) 1989 (thanks to Jack McDaniel for the info)
Millennium ( B, D, E & T with a little inexplicable G thrown in ) 1989
The Rapture ( G ) 1991
Child of Darkness, Child Of Light ( G ) 1991
Eve Of Destruction ( N, T ) 1991
Bis Ans Ende der Welt a.k.a. Until The End Of The World ( N, T & H ) 1991
Come Again? ( G ) 1994
Nostradamus ( S ) 1994
The Day Of The Beast (El Da de la bestia) ( G ) 1995
The Prophecy ( G ) 1995 (thanks to George F. Wible Jr. for the info)
Dragon Fury ( B, M & tourists from P ) 1995
Outbreak ( B ) 1995 (thanks to Deann aka StormChaser for the info)
Deadly Outbreak ( B ) 1995
The Alien Within ( A & B ) 1995
MD Geist ( T ) 1996
Independance Day ( A ) 1996
Mars Attacks! ( A ) 1996
The Arrival ( A & E ) 1996
MD Geist 2: Death Force ( T ) 1997
Falling Fire ( C, E ) 1997
Men In Black ( A ) 1997 (thanks to Raven for the info)
The Fifth Element ( A, C, D & G ) 1997
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (S & T) 1997
The Book Of Life ( G ) 1998
Deep Impact ( C ) 1998
Armageddon ( C ) 1998
Last Night ( ? ) 1998
The Minion ( G ) 1998
The Second Arrival ( A ) 1998
How To Get Laid At The End Of The World ( G... sort'a ) 1999
Invasion! (a.k.a. Top Of The Food Chain) ( A ) 1999
Virus ( B & A ) 1999
Bats ( M & E ) 1999
Roswell: The Aliens Attack ( A ) 1999
End Of Days ( G & S ) 1999
The Omega Code ( G & S ) 1999
Dogma ( G ) 1999
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut ( H, F & G ) 1999
Left Behind ( G ) 2000
Titan A.E. ( A ) 2000
Deterrence ( N ) 2000
Little Nicky ( S ) 2000
Tycus ( C ) 2000 (Thanks to Wynton Bluitt for the info)
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 ( G & S ) 2001
Thirteen Days ( N ) 2001
Hey, Happy! ( G & S ) 2001
The Sum Of All Fears ( N ) 2002
Men In Black 2 ( A ) 2002
K-19: The Widowmaker ( N ) 2002
Signs ( A, S & G ) 2002 (Thanks to Dave Bates for the info)
Resident Evil (B, T & $) 2002
The Core ( C, M, possibly A ) 2003
Shaun of the Dead (S) 2004
Hellboy ( S ) 2004
Constantine ( S & G ) 2005
War Of The Worlds ( A ) 2005
Resident Evil: Apocalypse ( B, T & $ ) 2004
Dawn of the Dead ( S ) 2004 (remake directed by Zack Snyder)
Land of the Dead ( S ) 2005
Resident Evil: Extinction ( B, T & $ ) 2007
The Mist ( S ) 2007
Diary of the Dead ( S ) 2007
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ( A & T ) 2007
City of Ember ( P, D & T ) 2008
Cloverfield ( A ) - 2008
Blindness ( H & T ) 2008
20 Years After ( N, H & P ) 2008
Mary Shelley's The Last Man ( B, T & H ) 2008
The Happening ( N ) 2008
The Day The Earth Stood Still ( A & E ) 2008
Hellboy II: The Golden Army ( S ) 2008
Day of the Dead ( S ) 2008
Survival of the Dead ( S ) 2009
Zombieland ( S ) 2009
Knowing ( C, but only in the utterly lame, numbingly retarded service of S ) 2009
Star Trek ( A, T & Q ) 2009
Carriers ( P & B ) 2009
2012 ( B, C, E, G, M, S, T, $... oh, and probably A, F & P too from what I saw in the trailer. Why the hell not?! ) 2009
Resident Evil: Afterlife ( B, T & $ ) 2010
Book of Eli ( P, H & S? ) 2010
Daybreakers ( P, B & H ) 2010

 
 




Post-Apocalypse

 
 

The Last Man On Earth ( B ) 1924
Sur un Air de Charleston ( F & H ) 1927
It's Great To Be Alive ( B ) 1933
Things To Come ( first F, then segue from P to D) 1936
Five ( N ) 1951
World Without End ( N ) 1956
The Day the World Ended ( N ) 1956
On The Beach ( N ) 1959
The World, the Flesh and the Devil ( N ) 1959
The Time Machine ( N, B, Q ) 1960
The Last Woman On Earth ( N??? ) 1960
Rat ( N ) 1960
Dai-Sanji Sekai Taisen: Yonju-Ichi Jikan No Kyofu a.k.a. The Final War ( N ) 1960
Panic In Year Zero ( N ) 1962 (thanks to Susan C. Mitchell for the info)
Lord Of The Flies ( H ) 1963
The Last Man On Earth ( B & S ) 1964
The Time Travelers ( N, T ) 1964
In The Year 2889 ( N ) 1966
Konec Srpna V Hotelu Ozon a.k.a. The End of August at the Hotel Ozone ( N ) 1967
The Doomsday Machine ( N ) 1967
Planet Of The Apes ( N ) 1968
The Bedsitting Room ( N ) 1969
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes ( N ) 1970
Omega Man ( B ) 1971
Glen and Randa ( N ) 1971
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes ( pre-N & Q ) 1971
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes ( B, H, M, T, $ and pre-N ) 1972
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes ( N, hint of Q ) 1973
A Boy and His Dog ( N ) 1975
The Ultimate Warrior ( E & H ) 1975
Mad Max ( H & D segueing into P ) 1979
The Road Warrior ( never specifies, but one presumes N ) 1981
I Nuovi Barbari a.k.a. The New Barbarians ( N ) 1982
Yor, The Hunter From The Future ( N ) 1982
Battletruck a.k.a. Warlords Of The 21st Century ( N & $ ) 1982
Turkey Shoot (P & H) 1982
Animales Racionales a.k.a. Human Animals ( N ) 1983
Stryker ( N ) 1983
Gli Sterminatori Dell'Anno 3000 a.k.a. Exterminators of the Year 3000 ( N ) 1983
2019: Dopo La Caduta di New York a.k.a. 2019: After the Fall of New York ( N ) 1983
Ratti: Notte di Terrore a.k.a. Rats: Night Of Terror ( N & M ) 1983
The Terminator ( T, N & Q ) 1984
The Quiet Earth ( T & Q ) 1985
She ( N ) 1985
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ( suggests N ) 1985
Night Of The Comet ( C, B and P ) 1985
Def-Con 4 ( N ) 1985
Population One ( N ) 1986
Radioactive Dreams ( N ) 1986
Land of Doom ( N ) 1986
America 3000 ( N ) 1986
Pisma Myortvogo Cheloveka a.k.a. Letters From A Dead Man ( N ) 1986
Hokuto No Ken a.k.a. Fist Of The North Star ( N ) 1986
Hell Comes to Frogtown ( N & B ) 1987
Steel Dawn ( N ) 1987
Grave Of The Fireflies ( H and F with the USA as the F, this time ) 1988
In the Aftermath ( E ) 1988
Desert Warrior ( N ) 1988
World Gone Wild ( N ) 1988
Warlords ( N ) 1988
The Blood Of Heroes ( N ) 1988
Kuroi Ame aka Black Rain ( N ) 1989
Future Hunters ( N with added G for color ) 1989
Deadly Reactor ( N ) 1989
Sons Of Steel ( N ) 1989 (Note: A musical!)
Lord Of The Flies ( H ) 1990
Mindwarp ( D, N & T ) 1990
Hardware ( T ) 1990 (thanks to Brian Giffin for the info)
Delicatessen ( could be any reason, they never actually say. Loads of H, tho' ) 1991
Terminator II: Judgment Day ( T, N & Q ) 1991
Raiders Of The Sun ( B ) 1992
Neon City ( C ) 1992
Twelve Monkeys ( B & Q ) 1995
City Of Lost Children ( bits of B, H, T and E abound, but who's to say? ) 1995
Tank Girl ( C, E ) 1995
Waterworld ( E? M? T? Who knows? Not the only thing the film's confused on) 1995
Steel Frontier ( N ) 1995
Terminal Virus ( B ) 1995
Screamers (P, H & T) 1995
Starlight ( A ) 1996
Omega Doom ( T & N ) 1996
The Postman ( N ) 1997
Doom Runners ( N ) 1997
Six String Samurai ( N, F, H & S ) 1998 (thanks to Lindsay for the info)
Soldier (P, T & H) 1998
The Matrix ( T ) 1999
Battlefield Earth ( A ) 2000
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within ( A, C, D, E & S ) 2001
Planet Of The Apes (Tim Burton remake) ( T, C & Q ) 2002
The Time Machine ( H, C, T & Q ) 2002
Reign Of Fire ( N?, M & S ) 2002
Red Dwarf: The Movie ( After 3 million years, who smegging cares? ) 2002
Revengers Tragedy ( P & H ) 2002
28 Days Later ( B ) 2002
The Matrix: Reloaded ( T ) 2003
The Matrix: Revolutions ( T ) 2003
Terminator III: Rise Of The Machines ( T, N ) 2003
The Day After Tomorrow ( E, M ) 2004
Aeon Flux ( P, D, B, H, T & $ ) 2005
Children of Men ( P, E (with a twist) & H ) 2006
Southland Tales ( P, N, $ & E ) 2006
28 Weeks Later ( B ) 2007
WALL-E ( P & E ) 2008
Doomsday ( B, H & T ) 2008
Terminator: Salvation ( T & N ) 2009
I Am Legend ( B & H ) 2009
9 ( P & T ) 2009
The Road ( P, N & H ) 2009

 
 




Dystopias
(The polar opposite of a Utopia)


 
 

Metropolis ( T, $ & H ) 1926
1984 ( H abetted by T ) 1956
Creation of the Humanoids ( N, P, T & H ) 1962
Farenheidt 451 ( H ) 1966
Wild In The Streets ( H ) 1968
THX1138 ( T with N hinted at ) 1970
Silent Running ( E, $ ) 1971
A Clockwork Orange ( H, $ and T ) 1971
Z.P.G. (D, E & T) 1972
Soylent Green ( E, $ ) 1973
Fantastic Planet ( A & H ) 1973
Zardoz ( N & H ) 1973
Sleeper ( T ) 1973
Rollerball ( $, H ) 1975
Death Race 2000 ( $, H ) 1975
Logan's Run ( N & T ) 1976
Escape From New York ( H ) 1981
Blade Runner ( $, E, H & T ) 1982
1984 ( H abetted by T ) 1984
Brazil ( E, H, $ & T ) 1985
The Running Man ( H, $ & T ) 1987
Robocop ( $, H, E & T ) 1987
Cherry 2000 ( E, N, P & T ) 1987
Akira ( H, B, T & S ) 1988 (thanks to digitalsensorarray for the info)
The Handmaid's Tale ( H, B & T ) 1990
Robocop 2 ( $, H, E & T ) 1990
Megaville ( $ & T ) 1990
Class of 1999 (D, H & T) 1990
Prayer Of The Rollerboys ( H ) 1991
Demolition Man ( $, H & T ) 1993
Robocop 3 ( $, H, E & T ) 1993
Fortress ( H, E & T ) 1993
The Trial (D) 1993
Judge Dredd ( E & T )1995
Ghost In The Shell ( T & H )1995
Carver's Gate ( E, T & H )1995
Johnny Mnemonic ( T, B, $ & H )1995
Strange Days (T & H) 1995
Escape From LA ( H & E ) 1996
Gattaca ( H ) 1997
The Truman Show ( $, H, T and quasi-G ) 1998
Dark City ( T, A, B, S ) 1998
The Thirteenth Floor ( T ) 1999
eXistenZ ( T ) 1999
A.I. Artificial Intelligence ( H, T, $ & M ) 2001
Rollerball (John McTiernan remake) ( $ & H ) 2002
Metropolis (anime remake) ( T & H ) 2001 (2002 US release)
Minority Report ( T, $ & D ) 2002
Equilibrium ( D, H & $ ) 2002
Banlieue 13 a.k.a. District 13 ( D & H ) 2004
Serenity ( D, B, H & $ ) 2005
V for Vendetta ( D & $ ) 2005
The Island ( B, T, H & $ ) 2005
Land of the Blind ( H & D ) 2006
A Scanner Darkly ( D, T, H & $ ) 2006
Idiocracy ( D & H ) 2006
Repo! The Genetic Opera ( D, H, B & $ ) 2008
Babylon A.D. ( D, T, H & S ) 2008
Death Race ( D & H ) 2008
Watchmen ( D ) 2009
Banlieue 13 Ultimatum a.k.a. District 13 Ultimatum ( D & H ) 2009
District 9 ( D, A (with a twist), H & $ ) 2009

 
 




Documentaries

 
 

The Beginning Or The End ( N ) 1947
The War Game ( N ) 1965 (Note: The winner of the 1965 Academy Award for "Best Documentary", this film is actually a docu-drama and is almost wholly scripted.)
The Hellstrom Chronicle ( M ) 1971 (thanks to Albert Cat for the info)
The Late, Great Planet Earth* ( G ) 1979
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow* ( S, N, C, T, etc. ) 1980
The Atomic Cafe ( N ) 1982
Trinity And Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie ( N ) 1995
An Inconvenient Truth ( E ) 2006
The 11th Hour ( E ) 2007
Collapse ( $ & E ) 2009

(*I use the definition "Documentary" veeeery loosely, here.)

 
 




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