A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide To Entertainment
I think I’m slowly coming to terms with the reality that I may just be a closeted doomsday prepper. I have an emergency go bag in the closet. I’m aware of the nearest emergency exits at all times. I go to bed every night with a flashlight, shoes, fully charged cell phone and battle plan in mind with the notion the big one may finally hit at 2am. Oh, and don’t get me started on my airplane boarding ritual…
All that said, I suppose I’m enthralled by the concept of an apocalyptic event happening. By my calculations, we only have a matter of months until the end of our world (yadda yadda The Mayans yadda yadda), I figured there was no better time than now to share my favorite pieces of entertainment that show different takes of the end of civilization as we know it.
Pay attention, you might learn something.
This here is easily one of my favorite movies of 2009. I went into the theater knowing nothing more than the stellar cast, which includes Viggo Mortenson, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall and a brief but memorable performance by Charlize Theron. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s acclaimed novel by the same name, The Road is directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless) and let me tell you…if you have not seen this movie, you’re missing out on one fantastic, yet very depressing film.
Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero
After the 2005 release of With Teeth, Mr. Reznor decided to focus his writing attention on things other than his own emotional anguish and that resulted in 2007′s Year Zero. A dystopian presentation from the year 2022, Year Zero is a sort of “what if” scenario inspired by our social, political and religious landscape. The release of the 2007 album, also brought with it a very engaging Alternate Reality Game. And yes, I played along.
It’s been a very VERY long time since I’ve read The Stand. Actually, upon adding it to the list here, I think it’s about time I relive that epic novel. Simply put, Stephen King’s The Stand is a story about the battle between GOOD and EVIL amidst the backdrop of the world’s end due to a man made flu that was accidentally leaked to the public. They made a TV movie adaptation of the book. It was awesome for 1988. And much like most things from 1988, it’s now corny as Hell!
The Road Warrior
I first saw The Road Warrior on TV when I was 8 years old back when I didn’t know what the term “post apocalyptic” even meant. It was much later in my teens, when I got to start from the beginning with Mad Max and cap it off with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Seriously, no apocalypse themed entertainment list is complete without a mention of The Mad Max Trilogy. I just happen to love The Road Warrior the most.
It is very common to have a post apocalyptic backdrop in video games but one franchise stands out above the rest for me and that’s the brilliant Fallout series. Each installment takes place in a different city, from the first Fallout happening in Southern California, to the most recent Fallout: New Vegas taking place in…well….Las Vegas. The best, though, is still Fallout 3. Taking place in The Capital Wasteland (Washington D.C. and it’s outlying areas), you’re faced with everything from mutated cockroaches to giant green mutant thugs, from crazy robots to crazier bandits. Here we are, four years after its release and it’s still an awesome video game to play.
I’m a bit irked that The Discovery Channel has not brought back The Colony for a third season. What is The Colony, you ask? Well, it’s a controlled experiment where a select group of volunteers with different backgrounds, skills and personalities come together to face and survive the struggles they’re faced with in the aftermath of a global catastrophe.
The entire series is available on Netflix Instant. I highly suggest checking it out.
You might be wondering why Bellflower made this list. Well, technically this is not a movie about the end of the world. More-so, it’s a film about the inward destructive end of one man’s world. Evan Glodell not only wrote and directed this film, he stars as Woodrow. His love affair with Milly (Jessie Wiseman) ultimately leads to the inner destruction of his world. This destruction holds up a mirror to the ultraviolent daydreams he shares with best friend Aiden (Tyler Dawson) of the coming apocalypse where they will reign along with Lord Humungus and their badass flame throwing muscle car, Medusa.
I’ll be honest here, I hated the movie when I first watched it until the final act where it all suddenly made sense. I even admitted this in an interview I conducted with them back in 2011.
Love it or hate it, it’s definitely a movie to behold.
The Walking Dead
This one’s kind of a given. You can’t mention an apocalypse without mentioning zombies! Right? Right!
I’m not going to go on and on blathering about AMC’s hit television show or Robert Kirkman’s comic because I’m pretty sure you all have been inundated enough about the entertainment juggernaut that is The Walking Dead. I am however going to post the trailer for Season 3 below, so if you’re for some reason not caught up at all, or even remotely familiar with the characters from the comic books, and wish to remain in the dark…AWOOGA AWOOGA! SPOILER ALERT! Don’t press play.
Hands down, one of my favorite shows on TV, The Walking Dead returns to AMC with all new episodes on Sunday October 14th 9/8c.