“Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Movies/Shows” by Leader K

Leader K

Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Movies/Shows!

In celebration for the World not ending just yet we going to count down the best movies and shows that also made it through the ends of their worlds but are still going.

10. The Twilight Zone (The Old Man in the cave) 

The Twilight Zone is one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and the apocalypse is one of there most recurring elements, usually through nuclear catastrophe.  But my personal favorite was “The Old Man in the Cave”,  where a small village of people manage to scrape by after the nuclear holocaust whips out most of the human race. Though they are often hungry and find it difficult living from day-to-day they manage to survive for ten years with the help of an “Old Man” living in a cave near town who informs them of when the toxic rain is about to fall, and what canned goods are suitable to eat. It is only when four soldiers arrive to take over the down do the people begin to question just who this Old man really is.

The story is like many of the Twilight Zone’s cautionary tales, and though it may be dated, it still holds up just as most of the show does.

9. The Last Man On Earth

The original I am Legend and of all the film adaptations the most accurate to the book. The last man on earth after the rest of the human race has become vampire like creatures finds that in his belief that these old world monsters should be exterminated he has become a monster of the new world, working against the greater population of the planet.

This is another old movie that stands the test of time despite some of its bad effects.

8. A Boy and his Dog

Harlan Ellison’s most popular story was a movie of great value as well. The premiss relies on our main character and his talking dog surviving the harsh world of post-apoclyiptia, and what’s in use is a unique leap into the clever mind of Ellison. When it first came out it was given awards for science fiction and considered one of the best of its time, but has sadly lost a lot of its fame. Regardless it is a great movie that you must watch.

7. Fist of the North Star

What this story lacks in well…story, it makes up for in sheer awesome brutal foolishness that i normally dislike but is done to such corny perfection in Fist of the North Star that i can’t help but love it! It’s just fun.

6. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 

I covered this film on my Top ten Miyazaki movies so there is no real need to repeat myself (http://riddlerreviews.net/2010/12/17/it-came-from-japan-the-10-miyazaki-films/). But what i didn’t mention much was the apocalyptic aspect of the movie. Set a thousand years after the worlds most advanced societies destroyed each other most of the world has turned to desert with many warring nation far away from each other separated by a jungle of poison air and giant insects. Some seek to live in harmony with the monsters while other are destined to repeat past mistakes by fighting the creatures they stand no chance against.

This movie is just about as pleasant and heartwarming a post-apocalyptic film can get, which sets it far apart from almost every other film of its genre i can think of.

5. Mad Max

The Mad Max franchise is THE apocalypse action film and the first or second film will be on just about every list of this type. I personally prefer the former as i prefer a slower pace to my movies as a whole, but the entire franchise is worth watching a hundred times over.

4. Now and Then, Here and There

Here is another show I’ve already reviewed and my opinions from before stand. This show while flawed still holds a lot of emotional resonance for me and if you haven’t seen it yet, there is no time like the present. (Full review Here http://riddlerreviews.net/2010/09/10/steampunk-week-now-and-then-here-and-there/)

3. Escape from New York 

Walt Disney’s last words were written on a piece of paper. Those Words “Kurt Russell” (True story). Kurt Russell is awesome, John Carpenter is awesome, this movie rocks! I am a big fan of John Carpenter’s movies, especially those with Kurt Russell, like The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, and Escape from New York. This is a film where ridiculousness in the norm and subtlety is frowned upon. There are so many memorable moments to this film it is not surprising that it remains popular even to this day.

2. Children of Men

It has been eighteen years since anyone has been able to have a child so right off the bat the apocalyptic part of this post-apocalyptic film is less drastic than others, when it comes the scale of destruction. It is an apocalypse where the world was unharmed, but the worlds people are slowly aging into dust with no future. It’s somber and realistic approach to how it deals with all of its action and drama puts it a cut above other films like it, that’s why it’s at #2.

This was Clive Owen’s last great drama performance before he just started doing typical lame action movies, but Children of Men is so good its worth seeing a hundred crappy action flicks.

1. Wolf’s Rain 

Wolf’s Rain is my favorite TV show of all time. It has it all, Studio BONES, Yoko Kanno, fantastic voice work, and above all a seemingly simply story filled with such enthusiasm and care that you can watch it a hundred times and still find something new.

The world in its majority has become a wasteland while utopian societies controlled by the nobles hold power over all who are protected behind their walls. Most of all animals have reached near extinction, especially the wolves, sacred and powerful beasts that were supposedly wiped out by the nobles to prevent the wolves from reaching paradise and leaving the human beings to disappear with their dying planet. But the wolves still live disguising themselves from the humans with their mystic power, but the idea of paradise has long since been thought to be no more than a myth.

The story plays like a Native-American folk tale that rather than be told through exposition treats us as though we are right there next to these creatures of legend. There are so many things to love about this show that if you have yet to see the full story through you are cheating yourself. It is a must watch.

Well that’s the top ten. What are some of your favorite post apocalyptic moves, shows. or video games? Comment, I’d like to hear them.


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