Ahh, yes. One of my favorite, if not the favorite, genre - the post apocalyptic theme. Always loved this concept as far back as I can remember. The idea of man not being 'King of the World' anymore - to being just a supporting cast member in the ruins of his once might civilization has always thrilled me.
Maybe it was those Kamandi comics I read as a kid? Planet of the Apes infinite loop stories? Soylent Green? Omega Man? These are the images and stories I loved as a kid. Will man burn-out or fade away? Most likely fade away - with a whimper.
One common thread in most of these stories is society breaking down - and quickly at that. Martial law, chaos, riots, mass shootings, mass graves…Grim world indeed but probably true if humanity faced the end of it's civilization. Face it, we're pussies in the scale of the universe.
What's usually left is a scattering of humans roaming the ruined wastelands. Rules? There are no rules. It's survival, man!
So here's a list of some of the movies and stories that really capture the good and bad of this future world. If you haven't yet, go watch the books and read the movies!
Kamandi - Jack Kirby's comic about the last boy on earth. Great inspiration but by this time, Kirby's high-octane writing can leave you breathless. Must read.
Judge Dredd - 2000AD hero of Megacities and the Cursed Earth. One of the best comics (the movie sucked ass). Must read.
Daybreak 2250 A.D. (Andre Norton) 1952 novel full of mutants and a small population of humans. Gamma World inspiration. Good read.
Thundarr the Barbarian - Saturday morning cartoon. Best portrayal of a post 1994 Mutant Future!
Star Barbarian - Great Sci-Fi concept of humanities colonization of the stars only to revert back to barbarism. Great concept but didn't like the book that much.
I Am Legend (1954 Richard Matheson) and it's various film adaptations Omega Man, I Am Legend, Last Man On Earth) Good stories in either form.
Alas Babylon (1959 Pat Frank) Post Apocalyptic radiation = bad. Good read.
The Day After - 1980's American television program about the hopeless doom after a nuclear war. Meh.
The Day After Tomorrow - I haven't seen this post-climatic apocalyptic story. Written by Whitely Strieber
The Stand (Stephen King) The plague and the fall of humanity and the traveling across country is great stuff . Didn't get much into the battle of good and evil. Movies, book, comic - all good.
The Road - This ain't no beatnick journey! I haven't read the book but the movie was quite depressing and horrific. Not the post-apocalyptic world I want to live in. Bleak! Bleak! But watch it anyway.
The Planet of the Apes - The infinite loop concept of the movies is great in an of itself. Very good.
Plant Guy - Comic book written by me! Mutant plants, the Roctopus! A must read!
Soylent Green - Part of Chuck Heston's 1970's gun toting apocalyptic fury. Nuff said.
The Road Warrior Trilogy - "A fella' , a smart fella might have a weapon under there." Must see.
Night of the Living Dead and it's sequels - The classic first film captures the quick descent into savagery better than almost any other story. Oh and don't forget the zombies! Must see many times.
The Walking Dead - Speaking of zombies, these series is pretty gruesome and hopeless but the humans fight on. The comic is good too. Must See.
Ever Since The World Ended - Survivors in a post plague world eek out a society in this documentary style film. Very good.
The War Game - A banned documentary from 1965 showing society's breakdown despite best efforts of the government in post nuclear Britain. Depressing but must see.
The Quiet Earth - Last man on earth movie. Very good.
A Boy And His Dog - Young Don Johnson's foray into the post Apocalypse. Good.
Children Of Men - Sterile humanity - End Of Line. Distopian must see .
Blindness - Blindness messes with humanity in a big way. Heavy and depressing.
Knowing - If you love the ancient astronaut theory this movie's for you! I loved this.
28 Days Later - Romero inspired end of the world zombie flick. Must See
Delicatessen - What's the post apocalypse without cannibalism? Weird
Night of the Comet - Valley girls go shopping at the end of the world. Fair, very 1980's
If anyone has any other suggestions, please let the world know before it's too late.
UPDATED: This just in....To coincide with this blog post was the release of the teaser trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Sometimes we're our own worst enemy...