Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

“Hell Comes to Frogtown” is not a piece of shit. Let’s start there. Imagine if John Carpenter had shot a sequel to “Big Trouble in Little China” , only it took place after a nuclear apocalypse, and they couldn’t afford to get Kurt Russel or Kim Cattrall back… that movie might have been this movie. Continue reading

Black Velvet (2011)

Back in September of 2010, Tim Pape planted the seeds in my brain of a film he was working on called “Black Velvet”. Today, a strange and discordant shrubbery burst from my skull and all over my television screen. “Black Velvet” (or at least the festival cut that I watched) is 85 minutes of oddity, confusion, and poetry. Have you ever met someone that was so disconnected that attempting to follow a conversation with them made you feel as if they were pulling you into madness? “Black Velvet” is the film equivalent of that. Continue reading

“Nuclear Coleslaw” Episodes 1-4, by Last Escape Productions

I stumbled across this web series today that purports to be inspired by the Fallout franchise. The series is clearly amateur, but I admire the obvious effort and the contribution to the genre. In fact, this actually has higher production value than some of the post apoc films I’ve watched lately. Continue reading

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

“A Boy and His Dog” is probably one of the most sexist post apocalyptic film ever made, but also one of the most influential. This movie is so purely representative of the genre that if I could reduce it to a powder, I’d snort it through a rolled up page from a Max Brooks book and evaporate into a tiny mushroom cloud – the six foot empty space between my face and the TV just dilutes the experience. Based on a 1969 short story by Harlan Ellison, it has influenced everything from the “Mad Max” series to “Fallout 3”. In essence, ABAHD (so good it needs a hip acronym) is the ultimate buddy film spanning everything from a desolate surface wasteland to a surreal underground vault community with despotic social engineers and android enforcers. Continue reading

Waterworld (1995)

Waterworld is the first of the infamous duo of post apocalyptic films starring Kevin Costner that came out in the mid 90s. As of the writing of this review, Waterworld has a score of 41% on Rotten Tomatoes. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive Hollywood production to date, costing $175 million, but only made $88 in U.S. theaters. Personally, it is one of my favorites of the genre. Continue reading