“On The Beach” (1959)

“On The Beach” contains something that is unfortunately lacking in many films of the of post apocalyptic genre – story. Nearly the entire first half is nothing but characterization and exposition. Sure, it’s a slow start, but by the time we reach the climax (giggity), we actually give a shit about nearly ALL of the characters, and in the closing scenes of the film I honestly shed a tear or two. Continue reading

Five (1951)

“Five” is a very unique post apoc film, and film in general, and the first (that I know of) to portray a post-nuclear apocalyptic setting. The film is very different from the post-apocalyptic films that followed in that it takes place very soon after the event, and has almost no violent conflict in it whatsoever, save for one very brief scene in which a man is stabbed (but quite mildly, by today’s standards… a decaf stabbing, if you will). Continue reading