Thursday, December 20, 2012

Top 6 Apocalyptic Movies to Watch at the End of the World

Our countdown to Armaggedon starts with "Planet Terror," a vicious, brutal gore fest full of big named actors and  so many memorable, albeit cheesy, one-liners that would make even the baddest B-movie maker proud.

6. Planet Terror (2007)

Cherry Darling and the love of her life, El Wray struggle to survive a zombie epidemic started by disgruntled soldiers.

Remember, "It's go go, not cry cry."

5. The Cabin in the Woods

A stereotypical group of college kids goes to a cabin the woods. There they discover that things aren't what they seem, and they begin to die off, one by one. 

Behind the scenes we see a world wide organization attempting to kill them. Turns out that they are chosen to be human sacrifices meant to satiate an uncaring god. When the college kids decide that they don't want to become sacrifices and start to fight back, a bloodbath ensues. Unfortunately, when the sacrifices aren't made, it triggers the end of the world. Oops.

3. Pontypool (2008)

"Mrs. French's cat is missing. The signs are posted all over town. "Have you seen Honey?" We've all seen the posters, but nobody has seen Honey the cat. Nobody. Until last Thursday morning, when Miss Colette Piscine swerved her car to miss Honey the cat as she drove across a bridge. Well this bridge, now slightly damaged, is a bit of a local treasure and even has its own fancy name; Pont de Flaque. Now Collette, that sounds like Culotte. That's Panty in French. And Piscine means Pool. Panty pool. Flaque also means pool in French, so Colete Piscine, in French Panty Pool, drives over the Pont de Flaque, the Pont de Pool if you will, to avoid hitting Mrs. French's cat that has been missing in Pontypool. Pontypool. Pontypool. Panty pool. Pont de Flaque. What does it mean? Well, Norman Mailer, he had an interesting theory that he used to explain the strange coincidences in the aftermath of the JFK assassination  In the wake of huge events, after them and before them, physical details they spasm for a moment; they sort of unlock and when they come back into focus they suddenly coincide in a weird way. Street names and birth dates and middle names, all kind of superfluous things appear related to each other. It's a ripple effect. So, what does it mean? Well... it means something's going to happen. Something big. But then, something's always about to happen." 

"Pontypool" is quite possibly the most unique take on a zombie epidemic ever to occur in a movie.

A virus has infected the human language, it lives in words, but the words it lives in changes, much like a virus rapidly mutates. The movie is an intense roller coaster ride, with the scares broadcast over the radio as shock jock Grant Mazzy gets an in person narrative of the events of the outbreak from their traffic reporter Ken Loney.

This bleak zombie apocalypse is one of the most sophisticated and intelligent horror movies I have ever seen.

2. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Ana, a nurse, struggles to survive after a zombie attacks her family. She eventually finds her way to a mall and has to figure out a way to get a band of people to work together to survive the zombie apocalypse.

"Dawn of the Dead" is the best remake of a zombie movie I have ever seen. It ups the ante on every single level, from a great portrayal of the initial zombie outbreak to the bitter end, with the heroes sailing off into the sunrise to find a safe island sanctuary to live on.

1. The Mist (2007)

The last movie on our countdown to Armageddon is a real gut-wrencher.

Fans of "The Walking Dead" will find that Frank Darabont took several actors from this film to join him on the TV show, including Laurie Holden (Andrea), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale), and Melissa McBride (Carol).

A freak thunder storm rips through a sleepy New England town, causing a power outage that leaves people scrambling to get to the local supermarket before it gets dark.

Dave Drayton takes his son Billy and his cantankerous neighbor Brent Norton with him to pick up supplies at the store while a thick mist engulfs the area. After a strange earthquake occurs, they soon find themselves under attack by weird indescribably creatures that are quite possibly from another dimension.

The end of this tragic movie is so gut wrenching, it'll stay with you for a lifetime, or at least, until midnight tonight.

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