Toren’s Post Apocalyptic Movie Guide (a work in progress)

In which an attempt is made to catalog and compare all reasonably well-known post-apocalyptic films. Corrections? Comments? Additions? Email Toren!

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9 (2009)
9 (2009) starring Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C Reilly, Christopher Plummer and Crispin Glover. Dir: Shane Acker

9 (2009)    

Type of apocalypse: war/nerve gas
Location: America?
Number of humans: zero
How many years since apocalypse: less than 10
Monsters: robots (with animal bones)
Cannibalism? none
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating: 7/10
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12 Monkeys (1995).
12 Monkeys (1995) stars Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer. Dir: Terry Gilliam

12 Monkeys (1995)   

Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: Philadelphia
Number of humans: lots
How many years since apocalypse: 38
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating: 5/10
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28 Days Later (2002) stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston. Dir: Danny Boyle.
28 Days Later (2002) stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston. Dir: Danny Boyle.

28 Days Later (2002)

Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: London
Number of humans: lots
How many years since apocalypse: 28 days
Monsters: feral infected humans
Cannibalism? No
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating: 7/10
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28 Weeks Later (2007) stars Imogen Poots, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne. Dir: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
28 Weeks Later (2007) stars Imogen Poots, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne. Dir: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

28 Weeks Later (2007)

Type of apocalypse: virus
Number of humans: hundreds?
How many years since apocalypse: less than 3 years
Monsters: feral infected humans
Cannibalism? No
Ends on a positive? No
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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A Boy and His Dog (1975) stars Don Johnson. Dir: L.Q. Jones. Written by Harlan Ellison
A Boy and His Dog (1975) stars Don Johnson. Dir: L.Q. Jones. Written by Harlan Ellison

A Boy and His Dog  (1975)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Phoenix AZ
Number of humans: hundreds?
How many years since apocalypse: 17
Monsters: radiation victims (“Screamers”); robots
Cannibalism? Yes
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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After the Apocalypse (2004)
After the Apocalypse (2004)

After the Apocalypse  (2004)

Type of apocalypse: War
Number of humans: At least 5
How many years since apocalypse:
Monsters:
Cannibalism?
Ends on a positive?
Toren’s Rating: n/a
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After Earth (2013) stars Wil Smith, Jaden Smith and Zoe Kravitz. Dir: M. Night Shyamalan
After Earth (2013) stars Wil Smith, Jaden Smith and Zoe Kravitz. Dir: M. Night Shyamalan

After Earth (2013)

Type of apocalypse: Environmental cataclysm
Location: Undisclosed
Number of humans: 2 on Earth, multitudes in space.
How many years since apocalypse: 1000
Monsters: Aliens, evolved animals.
Cannibalism? No
Ends on a positive? Yes?
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Bed Sitting Room (1969) stars Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman. Dir: Richard Lester

The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: London
Number of humans: dozens
How many years since apocalypse: 4
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? none
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Book of Eli (2010) stars Densel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson. Dir: Hughes
The Book of Eli (2010) stars Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson. Dir: Hughes

The Book of Eli (2010)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: San Francisco
Number of humans: hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: 30
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? Yes
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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Blindness (2008) stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo. Dir: Fernando Meirelles
Blindness (2008) stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo. Dir: Fernando Meirelles

Blindness (2008)

Type of apocalypse: mass hysteria
Location: unnamed city
Number of humans: billions
How many years since apocalypse: 0
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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Children of Men (2006) stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Dir: Alfonso Cuaron
Children of Men (2006) stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Dir: Alfonso Cuaron

Children of Men (2006)

Type of apocalypse: pandemic
Location: Britain
Number of humans: billions
How many years since apocalypse: 18
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? none
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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City of Ember (2008) stars Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Martin Landau. Dir: Gil Kenan.
City of Ember (2008) stars Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Martin Landau. Dir: Gil Kenan.

City of Ember  (2008)

Type of apocalypse: Unspecified
Location: Somewhere in the United States
Number of humans: Presumably thousands
How many years since apocalypse: 241
Monsters: giant star-nosed mole
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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Cloud Atlas (2012) stars Tom Hanks, Halle Barry, Hugo Weaving. Dir: Wachowskis
Cloud Atlas (2012) stars Tom Hanks, Halle Barry, Hugo Weaving. Dir: Wachowskis

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Type of apocalypse: unexplained.
Location: “Big Isle”
Number of humans: Presumably thousands if not millions or more.
How many years since apocalypse: 106
Monsters: no
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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The Colony (2013) stars Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Dir: Jeff Renfroe
The Colony (2013) stars Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Dir: Jeff Renfroe

The Colony (2013)

Type of apocalypse: ice age
Location: unknown
Number of humans: presumably at least 100
How many years since apocalypse: less than 2 generations
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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Cyborg (1989) stars Jean-Claude Van Damme. Dir: Albert Pyun
Cyborg (1989) stars Jean-Claude Van Damme. Dir: Albert Pyun

Cyborg  (1989)

Type of apocalypse: plague, anarchy, genocide, starvation
Location: New York, South Carolina, Atlanta
Number of humans: Presumably thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: Less than 25 years
Monsters: cyborgs
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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Damnation Alley (1977) stars George Peppard and Paul Winfield. Dir: Jack Smight
Damnation Alley (1977) stars George Peppard and Paul Winfield. Dir: Jack Smight

Damnation Alley (1977)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: California, Utah, New York
Number of humans: At least
How many years since apocalypse: 2
Monsters: giant scorpions, killer cockroaches
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  4/10
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Day of the Triffids (1963) stars Howard Keel. Dir: Steve Sekely
Day of the Triffids (1963) stars Howard Keel. Dir: Steve Sekely

Day of the Triffids (1963)

Type of apocalypse: meteor shower
Number of humans: billions
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: killer plants
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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The Day After (1983) stars Jason Robards Jr, Jobeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Lithgow. Dir: Nicholas Meyer.
The Day After (1983) stars Jason Robards Jr, Jobeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Lithgow. Dir: Nicholas Meyer.

The Day After (1983)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Kansas, Missouri
Number of humans: millions
How many years since apocalypse: 0
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
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Day the World Ended (1955) stars Richard Denning. Dir: Roger Corman
Day the World Ended (1955) stars Richard Denning. Dir: Roger Corman

Day the World Ended (1955)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Southwest America
Number of humans: more than five
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: mutant
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  4/10

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Deathlands: Homeward Bound stars Vincent Spano and Traci Lords. Dir: Joshua Butler.
Deathlands: Homeward Bound stars Vincent Spano and Traci Lords. Dir: Joshua Butler.

Deathlands: Homeward Bound (2003)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: America
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: 120
Monsters: mutated humans and animals
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  4/10

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Def-Con 4 (1985) stars Maury Chaykin. Dir: Paul Donovan
Def-Con 4 (1985) stars Maury Chaykin. Dir: Paul Donovan

Def-Con 4 (1985)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Eastern Canada
Number of humans:  [pending]
How many years since apocalypse: 2 months
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive?  [pending]
Toren’s Rating:  n/a
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Delicatessen (1991) stars Dominique Pinon. Dir: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Delicatessen (1991) stars Dominique Pinon. Dir: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Delicatessen

Type of apocalypse: undisclosed
Location: France
Number of humans: presumably thousands or millions
How many years since apocalypse: undisclosed
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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Doomsday
Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: Scotland
Number of humans: millions or billions
How many years since apocalypse: 30
Monsters: no
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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Dune Warriors (1991) Stars David Carradine. Dir: Cirio H. Santiago
Dune Warriors (1991) Stars David Carradine. Dir:
Cirio H. Santiago

Dune Warriors (1991) 

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: unknown
Number of humans: millions or billions
How many years since apocalypse: 40-60 years
Monsters: only if desert dwarves count
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating: 3.7/10
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Equalizer 2000 (1988) stars Robert Patrick. Dir: Cirio Santiago

Equalizer 2000  (1987) 

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Alaska
Number of humans: presumably thousands or millions
How many years since apocalypse: 100
Monsters: no
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  2/10
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Five (1951) stars Charles Lampkin. Dir: Arch Oboler
Five (1951) stars Charles Lampkin. Dir: Arch Oboler

Five  (1951) 

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: California
Number of humans: 5
How many years since apocalypse: months
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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 Future Hunters  (1986)
Type of apocalypse: tbd
Location: tbd
Number of humans: tbd
How many years since apocalypse: tbd
Monsters: tbd
Cannibalism? tbd
Ends on a positive? tbd
Toren’s Rating:  tbd
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The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) stars Sennia Nanua and Glenn Close. Dir: Colm McCarthy

The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

Type of apocalypse: fungal disease
Location: Home Counties, Britain
Number of humans: hundreds or thousands
How many years since apocalypse: 20
Monsters: infected humans
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? debatable
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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Goodbye World (2013) stars Adrian Grenier. Dir: Denis Hennelly
Goodbye World (2013) stars Adrian Grenier. Dir: Denis Hennelly

Goodbye World (2013)

Type of apocalypse: computer virus
Location: undisclosed
Number of humans: billions
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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Hardware (1990) stars Dylan McDermott and Iggy Pop. Dir: Richard Stanley
Hardware (1990) stars Dylan McDermott and Iggy Pop. Dir: Richard Stanley

Hardware (1990)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: unknown
Number of humans: unknown
How many years since apocalypse: unknown
Monsters: robot
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987) stars Roddy Piper and Sandahl Bergman. Dir: Donald Jackson
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987) stars Roddy Piper and Sandahl Bergman. Dir: Donald Jackson

Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: undisclosed
Number of humans: presumably thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: unknown
Monsters: anthropomorphic mutant frogs
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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How I Live Now (2013) stars Saoirse Ronan. Dir: Kevin Macdonald
How I Live Now (2013) stars Saoirse Ronan. Dir: Kevin Macdonald

How I Live Now (2013)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: English Countryside
Number of humans: presumably millions
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
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I Am Legend (2007) stars Will Smith. Dir: Francis Lawrence
I Am Legend (2007) stars Will Smith. Dir: Francis Lawrence
I Am Legend (2007)
Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: New York City
Number of humans: less than 6
How many years since apocalypse: 3
Monsters: feral mutant humans and dogs
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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It Comes at Night (2017) stars Joel Edgerton. Dir: Trey Edward Shults

It Comes At Night (2017)

Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: American wilderness
Number of humans: less than 6
How many years since apocalypse: 0-1
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  6.5/10
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Land of Doom (1986) stars Deborah Rennard. Dir: Peter Maris
Land of Doom (1986) stars Deborah Rennard. Dir: Peter Maris

Land of Doom (1986)

Type of apocalypse: war
Location: unknown
Number of humans: unknown
How many years since apocalypse: unknown
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  n/a

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The Last Man on Earth (1964) stars Vincent Price. Dir: Sidney Salkow
The Last Man on Earth (1964) stars Vincent Price. Dir: Sidney Salkow

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Type of apocalypse: plague
Location: Rome or California
Number of humans: 1-2
How many years since apocalypse: three
Monsters: vampiric plague victims
Cannibalism? yes and no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  6/10

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The Well (2014) stars Haley Lu Richardson. Dir: Thomas S. Hammock
The Well (2014) stars Haley Lu Richardson. Dir: Thomas S. Hammock

The Last Survivors / The Well (2014)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Oregon Valley
Number of humans: presumably at least hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: years to decades
Monsters: non
Cannibalism?
Ends on a positive?
Toren’s Rating: 5/10
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La Jetée (1962) stars Jean Négroni. Dir: Chris Marker.
La Jetée (1962) stars Jean Négroni. Dir: Chris Marker.

La Jetee (1962)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Paris
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: unknown
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes and no
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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Le Dernier Combat (1983) stars Jean Reno. Dir: Luc Besson
Le Dernier Combat (1983) stars Jean Reno. Dir: Luc Besson

Le Dernier Combat (1983)

Type of apocalypse: unknown
Location: France?
Number of humans: dozens at least
How many years since apocalypse: unknown
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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Logan's Run (1976) stars Jenny Agutter, Michael York, Farrah Fawcett. Dir: Michael Anderson. William F Nolan (novel)
Logan’s Run (1976) stars Jenny Agutter, Michael York, Farrah Fawcett. Dir: Michael Anderson. William F Nolan (novel)

Logan’s Run (1976)

Type of apocalypse: unknown
Location: Washington DC
Number of humans: presumably thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: about 300
Monsters: robots
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Last Days (2013) stars Quim Gutierrez, Jose Coronado, Marta Etura. Dir: David Pastor, Alex Pastor
The Last Days (2013) stars Quim Gutierrez, Jose Coronado, Marta Etura. Dir: David Pastor, Alex Pastor

Los últimos días (The Last Days) (2013)

Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: Spain?
Number of humans: [pending]
How many years since apocalypse: [pending]
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? [pending]
Ends on a positive? [pending]
Toren’s Rating:  n/a

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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) stars Mel Gibson. Dir: George Miller
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) stars Mel Gibson. Dir: George Miller

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Type of apocalypse: War/resource shortage
Location: Australian Desert
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: about five
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  7/10

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) stars Mel Gibson, Tina Turner. Dir: George Miller.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) stars Mel Gibson, Tina Turner. Dir: George Miller.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Type of apocalypse: War/resource shortage
Location: Australian desert
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: about 20
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10

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Mad Max Fury Road (2015) stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Dir: George Miller

Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

Type of apocalypse: War/resource shortage
Location: Australian desert
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: unknown
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) stars Sumi Shimamoto. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) stars Sumi Shimamoto. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: unknown
Number of humans: presumably thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: 1000
Monsters: giant mutant insects
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  10/10

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I nuovi barbari (1983) stars Fred Williamson. Dir: Enzo G. Castellari
I nuovi barbari (1983) stars Fred Williamson. Dir: Enzo G. Castellari

New Barbarians (I Nuovi Barbari) (1983)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: unknown
Number of humans: unknown
How many years since apocalypse: unknown
Monsters:
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive?
Toren’s Rating: to be determined
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Night of the Comet (1984) stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Kelli Maroney. Dir: Thom Eberhardt
Night of the Comet (1984) stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Kelli Maroney. Dir: Thom Eberhardt

Night of the Comet (1984)

Type of apocalypse: comet dust
Location: Southern California
Number of humans: dozens
How many years since apocalypse: 0
Monsters: “zombies”
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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Oblivion (2013) stars Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. Dir: Joseph Kosinski
Oblivion (2013) stars Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. Dir: Joseph Kosinski

Oblivion (2013)

Type of apocalypse: war
Location: Northeastern United States
Number of humans: Hundreds or thousands
How many years since apocalypse: 60
Monsters: aliens
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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The Omega Man (1971) stars Charlton Heston. Dir: Boris Sagal
The Omega Man (1971) stars Charlton Heston. Dir: Boris Sagal

Omega Man

Type of apocalypse: biological warfare
Location: Los Angeles
Number of humans: one
How many years since apocalypse: 2
Monsters: albino mutants
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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On the Beach (1959) stars Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins. Dir: Stanley Kramer
On the Beach (1959) stars Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins. Dir: Stanley Kramer

On the Beach (1959)

Type of apocalypse: Nuclear war
Location: Australia
Number of humans: dozens
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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Panic in Year Zero! (1962) stars Ray Milland. Dir: Ray Milland
Panic in Year Zero! (1962) stars Ray Milland. Dir: Ray Milland

Panic in Year Zero!

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: California
Number of humans: dozens
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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Planet of the Apes (1968) stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter. Dir: Franklin Schaffner
Planet of the Apes (1968) stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter. Dir: Franklin Schaffner

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: New York
Number of humans: hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: 2000
Monsters: advanced ape society
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Postman (1997) stars Kevin Costner and Olivia Williams. Dir: Kevin Costner.
The Postman (1997) stars Kevin Costner and Olivia Williams. Dir: Kevin Costner.

The Postman (1997)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Oregon
Number of humans: thousands or millions
How many years since apocalypse: 15
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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The Quiet Earth (1985) stars Sam Pillsbury. Dir: Geoff Murphy
The Quiet Earth (1985) stars Sam Pillsbury. Dir: Geoff Murphy

The Quiet Earth (1985)

Type of apocalypse: experiment gone wrong
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
Number of humans: 3
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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A Quiet Place (2018) Stars Emily Blunt. Dir: John Krasinski

A Quiet Place (2018)

Type of apocalypse: alien invasion
Location: ___
Number of humans: ___
How many years since apocalypse: ___
Monsters: Aliens
Cannibalism? ___
Ends on a positive? ___
Toren’s Rating:  TBD
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The Road (2009) stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall. Dir: John Hillcoat. Cormac McCarthy (novel)
The Road (2009) stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall. Dir: John Hillcoat. Cormac McCarthy (novel)

The Road (2009)

Type of apocalypse: undisclosed
Location: Southeastern United States
Number of humans: presumably at least thousands
How many years since apocalypse: 8
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? not really
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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Salute of the Jugger (1989) stars Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen and Vincent D'Onofrio. Dir: David Peoples
Salute of the Jugger (1989) stars Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen and Vincent D’Onofrio. Dir: David Peoples

Salute of the Jugger (Blood of Heroes) 1989

Type of apocalypse: war
Location: undisclosed
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: presumably scores or hundreds.
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) stars Dylan O'Brien, Rosa Salazar, Alan Tudyk and Lily Taylor . Dir: Wes Ball
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) stars Dylan O’Brien, Rosa Salazar, Alan Tudyk and Lily Taylor . Dir: Wes Ball

The Scorch Trials (2015)

Type of apocalypse: solar flares and “zombie” virus pandemic
Location: America, possibly San Fransisco?
Number of humans: Possibly millions
How many years since apocalypse: unclear, presumably less than two generations
Monsters: insane cannibalistic virus-infected “cranks”
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? n/a
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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Screamers (1995) stars Peter Weller. Dir: Christian Duguay
Screamers (1995) stars Peter Weller. Dir: Christian Duguay

Screamers (1995)

Type of apocalypse: war
Location: The planet Sirius 6B
Number of humans: unknown
How many years since apocalypse: 10
Monsters: robots
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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She (1982) stars Sandahl Bergman and Gordon Mitchell
She (1982) stars Sandahl Bergman and Gordon Mitchell

She (1982)

Type of apocalypse: apparently nuclear war
Location: unknown
Number of humans: at least hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: 23
Monsters: robots, mutants
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  4/10
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Six-String Samurai (1998) stars Jeffrey Falcon. Dir: Lance Mungia.
Six-String Samurai (1998) stars Jeffrey Falcon. Dir: Lance Mungia.

Six String Samurai (1998)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Las Vegas
Number of humans:
How many years since apocalypse: 40
Monsters: none
Cannibalism?
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Sky Has Fallen
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  n/a
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Snowpiercer (2013) stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt. Dir: Bong Joon-Ho.
Snowpiercer (2013) stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt. Dir: Bong Joon-Ho.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Type of apocalypse: climate change
Location: global (train)
Number of humans: hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  7/10

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Solarbabies (1986) stars Richard Jordan and Alexie Sayle. Dir: Alan Johnson

Solarbabies (1986)    

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: unknown
Number of humans: unknown
How many years since apocalypse: 1000
Monsters: alien
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? Yes?
Toren’s Rating: tbd
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The Stand
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: ??
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  4/10 (of what I watched)
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Stryker (1983) stars Steve Sandor. Dir: Cirio H. Santiago

Stryker

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: presumably tbd
Number of humans: tbd
How many years since apocalypse: tbd
Monsters: tbd
Cannibalism? tbd
Ends on a positive? tbd
Toren’s Rating:  tbd
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Tank Girl (1995) stars Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice T and Malcolm McDowell. Dir: Rachel Talalay
Tank Girl (1995) stars Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice T and Malcolm McDowell. Dir: Rachel Talalay

Tank Girl

Type of apocalypse: comet
Location: presumably Australia
Number of humans: thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: 11
Monsters: kangaroo DNA-spliced supersoldiers
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  2/10
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Terminator Salvation (2009) stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin. Dir: Joseph Nichol
Terminator Salvation (2009) stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin. Dir: Joseph Nichol

Terminator: Salvation

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: California
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: robots/cyborgs
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive?
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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Testament – 6/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: blern
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Threads (1984) stars Karen Meagher. Dir: Mick Jackson
Threads (1984) stars Karen Meagher. Dir: Mick Jackson

Threads (1984)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Sheffield, UK
Number of humans: billions
How many years since apocalypse: from days to 13 years
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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Tooth & Nail
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: blern
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Turbo Kid (2015) stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Laboeuf and Michael Ironsides. Dir: Francois Simard
Turbo Kid (2015) stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Laboeuf and Michael Ironsides. Dir: Francois Simard

Turbo Kid (2015)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: unknown
Number of humans: scores or possibly hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: Somewhere between 20 and 1
Monsters: robots
Cannibalism? Yes (in a way)
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating: 6/10
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Wall-E (2008) stars Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, Fred Willard. Dir: Andrew Stanton.
Wall-E (2008) stars Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, Fred Willard. Dir: Andrew Stanton.

WALL-E 

Type of apocalypse: Mass consumerism
Location: Unknown
Number of humans: Zero
How many years since apocalypse: 800
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? None
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating:  10/10
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Warriors of the Wasteland (1985) stars Michael James. Dir: Bobby A Suarez

Warriors of the Wasteland AKA Searchers of the Voodoo Mountain (1985)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Possibly South America
Number of humans: hundreds or thousands.
How many years since apocalypse: 90 or more
Monsters: jungle dwarves with healing powers
Cannibalism? unclear
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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Waterworld (1995) stars Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper. Dir: Kevin Reynolds
Waterworld (1995) stars Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper. Dir: Kevin Reynolds

Waterworld (1995)

Type of apocalypse: climate change
Location: Denver, CO and Mount Everest
Number of humans: hundreds or thousands.
How many years since apocalypse: hundreds
Monsters: mutants
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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Wheels of Fire (1985) stars Gary Watkins. Dir: Cirio H Santiago

Wheels of Fire (1984)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: unknown
Number of humans: Likely thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: tbd
Monsters: mutant subterranean”sandmen”
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  4/10
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When the Wind Blows (1986) stars Peggy Ashcroft and John Mills. Dir: Jimmy Murakami
When the Wind Blows (1986) stars Peggy Ashcroft and John Mills. Dir: Jimmy Murakami

When the Wind Blows

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Sussex, UK
Number of humans: two known
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  6/10

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World Gone Wild (1987) stars Bruce Dern, Catherine Mary Stewart and Adam Ant.

World Gone Wild (1987)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: xxx
Number of humans: at least thousands
How many years since apocalypse: 28 days
Monsters: xxx
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? xxx
Toren’s Rating: xxx
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The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) stars Harry Belafonte. Dir: Ranald MacDougall
The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) stars Harry Belafonte. Dir: Ranald MacDougall

The World, The Flesh and the Devil

Type of apocalypse: global radioactive cloud
Location: Pennsylvania, New York
Number of humans: At least 3
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  8/10

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Young Ones (2014) stars Elle Fanning, Michael Shannon and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Dir: Jake Paltrow
Young Ones (2014) stars Elle Fanning, Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult. Dir: Jake Paltrow

Young Ones (2014)

Type of apocalypse: drought
Location: USA
Number of humans: presumably millions or billions
How many years since apocalypse: possibly less than a generation
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  7/10

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Z for Zachariah (2015) stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Dir: Craig Zobel
Z for Zachariah (2015) stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Dir: Craig Zobel

Z for Zachariah (2015)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Rural area USA
Number of humans: At least 3
How many years since apocalypse: about 1 year
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  7/10

6 Replies to “Toren’s Post Apocalyptic Movie Guide (a work in progress)”

  1. I can’t believe you rated 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later the same. 28 Days Later is so far superior. However, you redeem yourself with Blindness, I think you and I are the only two people in the world who liked that movie.

  2. I can’t believe you thought salute of the Jugger was better than Mad Max: beyond the Thunderdome. I disagree strongly on that one.

    I don’t think I will watch Zardox.

  3. I’d see 12 Monkeys again sometime. I think I only saw it one the time (when it came out on video). Sheri really liked Delicatessen.

  4. If you do find Hardware make sure you don’t watch it with your brother.

    I went with your brother, Colin and I think Jeffyboy to see it in the theatre. I remember it because there is a part of the movie that is quite colourful and I think your brother yelled out “I’m tripping out man!” and the entire theatre (minus myself) laughed.

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