These are certainly interesting times we are living in. Society seems to have completely turned upside down. The world is being ravaged by a pandemic and financial markets are tumbling. We’ve seen many apocalyptic movies released over the years and with the ever growing possibility of a lockdown here in the US and mandatory isolation I wanted to make a list of these must see films for viewing while you’re stuck indoors. Of course there are many more than just the ones I’ve listed below, but I wanted to primarily focus on older films which might have been overlooked. I couldn’t pass up adding 28 Days Later to the list though because it’s such an interesting film which mirrors what’s happening to civilization around us at this time.
On the Beach
Released in 1959 this American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama depicts the aftermath of a nuclear war which has devastated the entirety of the Northern Hemisphere, killing all humans. After polluting the atmosphere air currents are slowly carrying the nuclear fallout into the only still habitable reaches of the Southern Hemisphere.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Released in 1961 this British science fiction disaster film is one of the classic apocalyptic films of its era. The story involves strange meteorological events which begin to affect the globe after the Soviet Union and the United States accidentally detonate simultaneous nuclear bombs during testing.
The Last Man on Earth
Released in 1964 this black and white post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film stars Vincent Price and is based on the 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. Dr. Robert Morgan lives in a world where everyone else has been infected by a plague that has turned them into undead, vampiric creatures that cannot stand sunlight, fear mirrors, and are repelled by garlic.
The Andromeda Strain
Released in 1971 this American science fiction thriller film is based on Michael Crichton’s 1969 novel of the same name. It involves a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin.
28 Days Later
Released in 2002 this British post-apocalyptic horror film depicts the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus.