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Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby Tartanperil » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Inspired by Subcide's Cold War Nuclear Holocaust Scenario Movies thread:


What's you top Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films?

I love the genre/s, but no idea what my favorite is. They seem to fall into 2 camps for me: Trashy but entertaining, or more thriller like.


THX 1138. I've only seen it once on TV in the late '70s and it was awesome. A future totalitarian state where the government keeps the population sedated with compulsory drugs. And scary blank faced policemen.

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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hLXOVCZr-8


Local film Battletruck gets a mention. Not a brilliant film (really just an action film with a mild warning about oil consumption), but being 12 or so when it was released I loved it. Not as good as Quiet Earth.

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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxsFiVRX6BE


I Am Legend would have to be included. After the hype I thought it was going to be shite, but was a pretty good film.

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Being a Psyc major Clockwork Orange is of course in my list. Excellent work as a film even if the plot is a bit simple by today's standards.

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As an Orwell lover, Nineteen Eighty-Four is on my list.

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Here's a odd one, Zardos. Sean Connery in tight orange undies and a pervy 'stach. Saw it when I was maybe 10-ish and had no idea what it was about other than a comment on class with lots of iconography, and still don't. But liked it anyway.

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Maybe Code 46. I've never seem it in it's entirety, but stumbled on it a couple of times and looks like it'd be good.

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Likewise Children of Men seem good, but I haven't seen all of it.

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Survivors (a '70s BBC series, about life and society after a virus wipes out 99% of the population) was one of my favs as a kiddy, but it's not a film so, yeah. I guess 28 Days/Weeks Later was kind of similar (and not bad films).

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There's heaps more, I've had my say - what's in your list?












PS - Zombie films are mostly not post-apocalyptic, or indeed great in my experience.

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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby arkie » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:29 pm

Aside from what was mentioned;

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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Laputa: Castle in the Sky

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A Boy and His Dog

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Mad Max 's

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Postby Dead Kid » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:31 pm

I guess I'd pick a few well known ones like Planet Of The Apes if that counts, and The Terminator.

For the trashy but entertaining category, The Running Man and Death Race 2000.

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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby daggers » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:34 pm

Tartanperil wrote: A future totalitarian state where the government keeps the population sedated with compulsory drugs.


Equilibrium is good, sounds like the same storyline with flashier guns and kung-fu.
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Postby General Mutante » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:48 am

Definitely the most nightmarish dystopia envisioned.

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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby geneterror666 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:21 am

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Fuck yes! One of my top 5 favourite movies!

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Postby Phlegm » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:32 am

Watched this again for the first time in years last night.

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Noticed a carefully placed kia ora signed under a quotation "Imagination is better than Knowledge" that must have been Geoff Murphy's decision.
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Postby Marms » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:39 am

Battle Royale will always be a favourite of mine
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Blade Runner can't be missed out
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Escape from New York is great, but mainly because of my love of the Metal Gear Solid series
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Logans Run, I have been meaning to watch this for a long time. Maybe I'll give it a go today
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and lastly, Soylent Green
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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby FC » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:33 am

I was kind of disappointed with Soylent Green. I dunno, I guess I just expected more.

I've heard The Omega Man is better than I Am Legend because they stick to the actual ending, which is far more unnerving than the hollywood one they gave Will Smith.
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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby ghetto ninja » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:43 pm

geneterror666 wrote:
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Fuck yes! One of my top 5 favourite movies!

X2 I remember first seeing it when I was 13, fucked my shit up permanently.
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Postby dustbinflowers » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:53 pm

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Postby General Mutante » Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:31 pm

I fucking loved this show. Bleak as hell but darkly witty.

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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby Tartanperil » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:38 am

Dead Kid wrote:For the trashy but entertaining category, The Running Man and Death Race 2000.

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Yep, trashy, but indeed entertaining.

Speaking of Schwarzenegger, I'm surprised no one's included Total Recall. That wasn't bad actually.

BTW, Death Race 2000 was rebooted a couple of years ago, in this version they're prisoners racing for pay-per-view entertainment. It honoured the original in that it was shit. But mostly not entertaining shit.







FC wrote:I was kind of disappointed with Soylent Green. I dunno, I guess I just expected more.

I've heard The Omega Man is better than I Am Legend because they stick to the actual ending, which is far more unnerving than the hollywood one they gave Will Smith.

Totally agree about Soylent Green. I hadn't actually even heard of it until a few years ago, when my buddy made me watch as a sci-fi classic. Pretty much rubbish imho.


Likewise I know little about The Omega Man (I didn't even know it was based on I Am Legend, or indeed that I Am Legend was a novel), but after hearing that I'm keen to see it.







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Aye, Blakes 7 was of my favourites as well, though probably more sci-fi than Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian film. Either way you'll be interested to know it might be being remade/rebooted: http://io9.com/5936811/will-syfys-blake ... -galactica

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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby General Mutante » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:45 am

The Federation was pretty dystopian and it was heavily implied that Earth was ecologically devastated.
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Postby Little Miss Twoshoes » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:25 pm

I liked the Omega Man a lot, but yeah, got a bit of a Heston thing. Wana see this version:

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Postby The Ost » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:20 pm

I have seen all three (I Am Legend, Omega Man and Last Man On Earth) and liked all three. Each one is different enough to not feel like a sub-par version of the other.

I watched a really good one the other day called 'The Day The Earth Caught Fire', the dialogue was so well written and intelligent it was a refreshing change.

Some others in this category:

Dark City
Brazil
Stalker (Russian)
Alphaville (French)
Farenheit 451
Westworld and Futureworld
The Day of the Triffids
Rollerball (the Norman Jewsion one)

When I was younger I loved the TV series "The Tripods"

There were a ton of bad post-apocalyptic movies when I used to go to the video store for my movie fix, the funniest were probably
- 1990: The Bronx Warriors (I think I rented this out in 1990)
- Exterinators from the Year 3000 (the year 3000 looked very similar to the year 1990 in Bronx Warriors)
- The Raiders of Atlantis (perhaps the worst trailer of all time, check it out on Youtube)
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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby Matt » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:55 pm

The original Rollerball rules, as does Dark City and Stalker and pretty much all the ones Ost listed.

For terrible-but-cheesy, my vote is:

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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby Tartanperil » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:09 pm

The Ost wrote:- The Raiders of Atlantis (perhaps the worst trailer of all time, check it out on Youtube)

The Ost is not lying. That's 3 minutes I'll never get back:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ0m-idDCLg[/youtube]




Annoyingly Battletruckwas in the above's "if you like that, you'll like this" links on youtube:

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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby FC » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:15 pm

Does the road count as post apocalyptic? I mean it lacks the hair dye and giant machine guns of many post apocalyptic films, but it's definitely verging on the world getting completely fucked, and is fucking terrifying in it's accuracy.
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Postby Drax » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:25 pm

Awesome thread.

I'm gonna chuck this in, even though in the movie it's mainly only suggested that it's the Bronx that's all fucked up, it still seemed pretty dystopian to me:

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Italian, b-grade as fuck, quite amusing. Kinda like a cross between a shithouse, Italian version of The Warriors and a shithouse, Italian version of Escape from New York. And they never explain why there's a dude playing drums in this scene:

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Postby the croc » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:53 pm

FC wrote:Does the road count as post apocalyptic? I mean it lacks the hair dye and giant machine guns of many post apocalyptic films, but it's definitely verging on the world getting completely fucked, and is fucking terrifying in it's accuracy.


Def post apocalyptic. McCarthy never exactly explains what happened but I think it's generally agreed its either post nuclear world war or post asteroid hence all the ash, no vegetation and animals and always overcast.

Other more out there theories such as George Monbiot wrote, "It could be the most important environmental book ever. It is a thought experiment that imagines a world without a biosphere, and shows that everything we value depends on the ecosystem."
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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby Dan Last » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:07 am

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I reckon not included, everything about the world they live in screams that it's a comment and what's happening right now, instead of being a future dystopia. Still so fucking rad though.

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Is this based on the children/young adults books by some british writer? I remember loving the books when I was a kid, love to see it as a series.

and x1,000,000 for Akira. It's no. 1 and has been for a long time.

Ost's list is mean though. Dark City always seems to be forgotten, but that was my favourite dystopian film before the Matrix came along and did very much the same thing, but without the fun/paranoia. Although the first Matrix film is still a favourite, despite time and awful sequels.

Also, I reckon A Scanner Darkly counts as dystopian. Fuck Big Brother, everybody is watching you.
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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby [Tim] » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:46 am

The preferred Bronx Warriors sequel. Henry Silva tears it up as the villain.

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Endgame was fucking rad too. Bronx Warriors crossed with Rollerball and The Running Man.

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Cyborg rules especially if you dig your 80s action flicks. Always liked how grim the setting was and how the villain is a totally ruthless cunt.

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Postby FC » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:45 am

Yeah cyborg rules!

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Re: Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian films

Postby Matt » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:11 am

^^^ YES. Also with Ministry on the soundtrack and cameos by Lemmy and Iggy Pop as a radio DJ. ("The good news today is...there is no fucking good news!")


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