A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema

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Preface

With the end of the millennium, there grew a heightened interest in, and awareness of, the future last days of humankind itself. In motion pictures, however, interest in this topic increased dramatically throughout the second half ixof the twentieth century; consequently, this body of films can be considered a distinct genre. The purpose of this book is to examine this genre by focusing in detail on fifty films that illustrate the variety, range and different categories of apocalyptic cinema. The volume begins with an overview, which provides a basic definition and considers how the genre both relates to and differs from a similar category of films that is sometimes called post-apocalyptic. Seven major types of apocalyptic films are presented with examples, which are later explored in depth. The criteria for the selection of the entries are also considered.

The entries themselves are arranged alphabetically by title. This is followed by a subjective rating by the author, which should be interpreted in the following manner:

*

Poor to Fair

**

Fair to Good

***

Good to Very Good

* * * *

Very Good to Excellent

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No half stars are used in these ratings, which are meant to apply exclusively to apocalyptic films and should not be compared to other general film ratings. The individual threat contained in each film is described in a few words. The next section provides standardized production information including studio, screenwriters, cinematographers, special effects directors, editors, composers,

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