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Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 22, 2009 12:50AM
Hello everyone,

As strange as this may sound, whenever I get depressed, I sometimes find depressing, dystopian "end of the world" (sci-fi) movies to be strangely uplifting. To give some idea, I just got through re-reading John Christopher's Empty World ... highly recommended, by the way, it made a huge impact on me as a teenager (and in a weird sort of way, was comforting to re-read)... and in terms of movies, what am I talking about here:

Planet of the Apes (of course)

The Omega Man (I found the I Am Legend remake to be not horrible, but not great either)

1984 (the 1984 version)

28 Days Later

Logan's Run (ugh, remake coming)

Damnation Alley (goofy, but fun; gotta love the steel-plated cockroaches!)

Soylent Green

Testament (INCREDIBLY depressing)

... any others in the same vein I should see, that I might not have already? Links to the iMDB pages might also be helpful. TiA




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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Z
Date: April 22, 2009 01:02AM
Don't forget the sequel to 28 Days Later... 28 Weeks Later. Supposedly 28 Months Later is in the works.

There are, of course, others. Children of Men ended on a promising note, but wasn't necessarily uplifting throughout.

You could always read some Phillip K. Dick if you need a good shot of dystopia.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: April 22, 2009 01:09AM
Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" is a great flick, and especially with the original downbeat ending a real depressing experience.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: April 22, 2009 01:18AM
Twelve Monkeys (another Terry Gilliam great)

The Day After Tomorrow

Terminator (when I first saw it 20 years ago, I thought it was very depressing)

The Road (Read the book - movie is in the works)

The Stand (think it was actually a mini-series. Loved the book)

All I can think of now.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 22, 2009 01:29AM
Mad Max
A Boy And His Dog
When The Wind Blows
The Day Of The Triffids
Fail Safe
On The Beach
Five
Kiss Me Deadly
War Of The Worlds (1953)
Night Of The Living Dead
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
Radioactive Dreams
Night Of The Comet
Armageddon
Atomic Cafe
Colossus: The Forbin Project
Telefon
Topaz
Doomsday Machine (1972)
Doomsday (2008, not that great)
Escape From New York
When Worlds Collide
The Birds
Reign of Fire (2002)



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 22, 2009 01:35AM
[www.endofworld.net]





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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: April 22, 2009 01:35AM
Dr Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb

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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: April 22, 2009 01:39AM
Glitter
Battlefield Earth
Gigli
Spice World
From Justin to Kelly
Never ending story part 3
The Hottie And The Nottie



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Black
Date: April 22, 2009 01:41AM
I was just trying to figure this out today . . .
A book I read when I was a kid, came out around the same time as "The Stand"-- an after the blast kind of thing except it was a virus that killed all but a "superior" genotype/subspecies . . . among their traits- mutiple/diverse interests/hobbies, and prefered threesome arrangements to couples.
Ring any bells for anyone? I thought maybe Peter Straub but I don't see anything like it on his site.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: laarree
Date: April 22, 2009 01:41AM
I found "Reign of Fire" to be entertaining, in a crispy apocalyptic kind of way.




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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Black
Date: April 22, 2009 01:46AM
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laarree
I found "Reign of Fire" to be entertaining, in a crispy apocalyptic kind of way.

Love Is A Burning Thing
And It Makes A Fiery Reign
Bound By Wild Desire
I Fell Into A Reign Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Reign Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Reign Of Fire
The Reign Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Reign Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Reign Of Fire
The Reign Of Fire

The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
When Hearts Like Ours Meet
I Fell For You Like A Child
Oh, But The Fire Went Wild

I Fell Into A Burning Reign Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher
And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Reign Of Fire
The Reign Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Reign Of Fire
I Went Down(down), Down(down), Down(down)
And The Flames Went Higher Higher Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Reign Of Fire
The Reign Of Fire

And It Burns, Burns, Burns

The Reign Of Fire

The Reign Of Fire
Oh Yeah!
The Reign Of Fire
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: April 22, 2009 01:58AM
Great list, pRICE cUBE!



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 22, 2009 02:29AM
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laarree
I found "Reign of Fire" to be entertaining, in a crispy apocalyptic kind of way.

the DVD extras about the pyrotechnics were fascinating. They could see the fire plumes from space.

I second "Night of the Comet" Daddy would have bought us Uzis.........



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: April 22, 2009 02:37AM
One of the most fascinating 'the end is here' movies I've ever seen is "The Rapture".

It's a straightfaced, sincerely done telling of judgement day. Prophetic dreams, a young prophetic boy, Four Horseman riding in the sky, the works. But the storytelling is so unabashedly straightforward that it's possible to ignore any proselytizing and watch it like any other story.

It features David Duchovny and Mimi Rogers.



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 22, 2009 02:39AM
Waterworld
WarGames
Rosemary's Baby
The Omen
The Devil's Advocate
End of Days
Dogma
Outbreak
The Matrix
The Andromeda Strain (1971)



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: guitarist
Date: April 22, 2009 03:02AM
"Blindness"

Underrated, strange, definitely dystopian.

Also a movie people often don't think of: Handmaiden's Tale
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Doc
Date: April 22, 2009 03:15AM
Last Night.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 22, 2009 04:46AM
Battlefield Earth .. watch it and you will hope the world is ending before it finishes.



"On the Beach" is a very good choice



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: April 22, 2009 04:55AM
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Black
and prefered threesome arrangements to couples.



Was it porn?
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 22, 2009 06:12AM
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Ombligo
"On the Beach" is a very good choice

That was my first thought, too.





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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: msglee
Date: April 22, 2009 07:13AM
One of my favorite books "Lucifer's Hammer"



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Robert M
Date: April 22, 2009 07:20AM
Hi everyone,

Some great recommendations though sone of them are definitely not end of the world aka EOTW or post apocalyptic aka PA or futuristic society (sometimes mistaken for a EOTW or PA movies) movies. The Omen? One of the best horror movies ever made but definitely not an end of the world or PA.

Blood of Heroes is a definite recommendation.

Here are some links:

[en.wikipedia.org]

[www.volumen.net]

Being a fan of the genre, I've seen the majority of them. Same goes for reading an alarming amount of fiction in the genre, too.

Robert
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: volcs0
Date: April 22, 2009 07:26AM
It's not really end-of-world, but it has some apocalypse elements, and the end is one of the most depressing I've seen.

Stephen King's "The Mist"
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Mike Sellers
Date: April 22, 2009 07:28AM
John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness are a good feel-bad twofer.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 22, 2009 07:39AM
Well, there's always the Hitchiker's Guide, which STARTS at the end of the world. But only if you grok British Humour.

And Price- what a list ! I think you listed "Cause of Death of Film Making"
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: laarree
Date: April 22, 2009 07:42AM
PeterB, so does your request mean that ypu are depressed?




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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 22, 2009 07:43AM
No one mentioned The Day After? My mom made me watch this when I was 12 I think.

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A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Black
Date: April 22, 2009 07:57AM
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Lux Interior
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Black
and prefered threesome arrangements to couples.



Was it porn?

I was going to try to qualify that but didn't feel like typing it all out . . .
it was more like long term relationships with three instead of a pair bond.

There were no pictures that I can recall . . .
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: hal
Date: April 22, 2009 07:58AM
threads - makes 'the day after' look like fun

the day the world caught fire - a british classic
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: vicrock
Date: April 22, 2009 08:04AM
I know this thread is about movies - but if you like to read, I would recommend three series by S M Stirling

[www.smstirling.com]

Dies the Fire (Emberverse I)
S.M. Stirling's trilogy "Dies the Fire", published by ROC:

1. Dies the Fire
2. The Protector's War
3. A Meeting at Corvallis

The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse II)
S.M. Stirling's current project is the four-book series "The Sunrise Lands", published by ROC:

1. The Sunrise Lands
2. The Scourge of God
two more volumes to come

Island in the Sea of Time
S. M. Stirling has written the wonderful "Island in the Sea of Time" trilogy, where the island of Nantucket and the U.S. Coast Guard training ship "Eagle" are thrown back in time to 1250 BC.

The series published in 1998 - 2000 by ROC consists of:

1. Island in the Sea of Time
2. Against the Tide of Years
3. On the Oceans of Eternity

I've read them all in hard copy and have just started listening to the audiobook versions.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: wickedsteve
Date: April 22, 2009 08:48AM
The Day After Tomorrow

Reign of Fire
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: April 22, 2009 09:05AM
Taxi Driver
Network
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 22, 2009 09:12AM
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jdc
[www.endofworld.net]

Is that a prank or an inside joke of some sort? I have seen files that big load faster over dialup.



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: MikeF
Date: April 22, 2009 09:15AM
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 22, 2009 09:16AM
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bazookaman
No one mentioned The Day After? My mom made me watch this when I was 12 I think.

I meant to add it but I skipped over on one of my edits because it was a TV movie.



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 22, 2009 09:47AM
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msglee
One of my favorite books "Lucifer's Hammer"

First thing I thought of, too.



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 22, 2009 10:00AM
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Filliam H. Muffman

Is that a prank or an inside joke of some sort? I have seen files that big load faster over dialup.

neither, just an "end of the world" movie

arent all "end of the XXXX" movies depressing?

i mean they are the "end" of XXXX





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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: April 22, 2009 10:04AM
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Filliam H. Muffman
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bazookaman
No one mentioned The Day After? My mom made me watch this when I was 12 I think.

I meant to add it but I skipped over on one of my edits because it was a TV movie.
Did somebody say TV?

One of the best treatments of EOTW I've seen in any medium is the British series from the 70's "Survivors", by Terry Nation of Doctor Who and Blake's 7 fame.

It's was recently remade but it hasn't run in the U.S. yet. I may have to bittor... um, see if I can find it available online.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: davester
Date: April 22, 2009 11:28AM
A great non-mainstream movie is "The Quiet Earth", made in New Zealand. It's better than many of those mentioned above and most people don't even know it exists.

I can't believe somebody mentioned "The Day After Tomorrow". That was a truly awful movie.



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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Z
Date: April 22, 2009 11:32AM
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rgG
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Ombligo
"On the Beach" is a very good choice

That was my first thought, too.

Is BunBun trying to channel Neil Young?





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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 22, 2009 11:48AM
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Z
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rgG
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Ombligo
"On the Beach" is a very good choice

That was my first thought, too.

Is BunBun trying to channel Neil Young?


Too funny, but BunBun is more of a Led Zeppelin kinda girl. grinning smiley
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Schpark
Date: April 22, 2009 02:40PM
I am Legend.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: particleman
Date: April 22, 2009 03:13PM
On the Beach came first to mind. I though of a few more after a while.

The Last Man On Earth with Vincent Price
Blade Runner (One of my favorite movies)
Time Enough At Last with Burgess Meredith (Admittedly not a movie)
Dark City
Brazil
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: Sam3
Date: April 22, 2009 08:06PM
How about a TV series? Blake's Seven was a 4-season BBC sci-fi series that was quite popular and had a dark theme to it.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: BobC
Date: April 22, 2009 08:56PM
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Doc
Last Night.

That's one of my favorite movies ever. Without giving too much away, it's about how Canadians would handle the end of the world. Low-key, poignant, very funny at times, and spectacular character moments.
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Re: Recommendations for depressing "end of world" movies
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 23, 2009 09:37AM
Looking back, I note the request was for depressing EOTW movies. That distinction narrows the field down to only one movie: Armegeddon.

Oh, wait - that was a depressingly bad movie. Sorry for the mix-up.



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