Timeline of Post Apocalyptic Films

By amaiak
  • Metropolis

    Silent film set in an industrial world in the year 2026. The city of Metropolis has an ongoing battle between man vs. machine and class struggle.
    - This links with the fear in the 1920s of industrialisation and technological advances.
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Set in a California town where extraterrestrial invasion of human beings, replicating their appearance and having no human emotions or inviduality. A doctor uncovers the invasion and tries to stop them.
    - This is around the period of the cold war where people feared invasion from an unknown force.
  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes
    An astronaut crew crash land on a mysterious planet in the future, they find intelligent species of apes which dominate the planet and enslave humans.
    - 1960s fears of post-apocalyptic worlds in the future.
  • Logan's Run

    Logan's Run
    After a nuclear war in the future, people live in a city where everyone dies at the age of 30. People who escape are hunted down by Sandmen and killed. A sandman named logan is forced to find sanctury in a place where people have supposedly escaped.
    - around the 1960/70s people feared nuclear war, and the impact of destruction that nuclear weapons could have on our world.
  • The Terminator

    The Terminator
    A cyborg terminator from the year 2029 is sent back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, who will one day be a mother of a son that will lead the resistence movement against the evil cyborg's leaders of the future.
    - Influenced by the fear of technological advances turning on us and taking over - 1980s
  • 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later
    28 days after a mysterious virus spreads throughout the United Kingdom, a group of survivors try to survive the incurable disease.
    - Plays on the fears of 'playing god' and science medelling with nature.
  • The Day After Tomorrow

    The Day After Tomorrow
    The world suffers catastrophic effects of global warming. Sam (son of a climatologist) and his friends try to survive in New York with the freezing cold temperatures of an ice age while his father sets himself a mission to reach them.
    - As warnings of global warming increase, this post-apocalyptic film brings fourth the fears people feel about envrionmental disasters if we continue to be unsustainable.