Back during the height of the cold war I remember “The Day After” causing a stir across the country. It’s a movie about a nuclear war with Russia and what happens to Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas. The movie was so raw and influencing that even President Ronald Reagan was affected by it. He said he changed his whole thought process about nuclear war because of the movie.
Is the acting perfect? No, are the special effects good? ehh for 1983 they weren’t bad. I remember that the movie scared the hell out of me as a kid. Years later I re-watched the movie and thought to myself what if this scenario or something similar played out now? It was part of the inspiration for my novel “Wormwood.” I really recommend the film and it’s on youtube now.
The second movie I’d like to talk about is one of my all-time favorite horror movies. 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead.” To me it’s the gold standard for which all other zombie movies are measured. The movie has such a feeling of dread. You really feel like the world is ending from the opening at the television studio to the mall that they hide out at. I think the movie was so far ahead of it’s time.
Again, the acting isn’t perfect and the special effects are simply good. I mean the zombies are blue, but the gore is top notch. Again this movie is on Youtube and I think that if you haven’t seen it it’s 100% worth it. The score is iconic and like I said pay attention to the overall mood of hopelessness.
So “Dawn of the Dead” and “The Day After.” Two great apocalyptic flicks...
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