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My Favorite Nuclear Nightmare Movies

  • Aug 20, 2009
DVD cover for the movie.
Is the truly terrifying story of what happens to two British families when an event in the middle east sparks an all out nuclear war.  This film doesn't hold out the silly promise of hope that THE DAY AFTER did. This is the real stuff, and the people who were vaporized in the initial attack really were the lucky ones. Made in the 70s, released on video in the US in 1985, THREADS did have a DVD release in 2005, Just try and find a copy though!
13 Days

THIRTEEN DAYS tells the story of the Cuban Missle Crisis and reveals exactly how close we did come to nuclear war. MY nightmares come from the thought of having another president like Dubyuh Bush in office when such a situation arises again!

Poster for the film.

A movie that asks the question; is it really happening or is it just a sick practical joke?

See the full review, "Is it the End of the World or Just a Sick Joke?".
Similar things HAVE in fact happened. The armed services aren't exactly known for their keen intellect and any sharp kid with enough motivation and the right equipment could STILL probably hack into anything the Pentagon's got.
Who can possibly not love a movie about giant mutated ants that has Fess Parker in it too? This really was The Best of the Giant Bug flix in all respects.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

Nuclear testing awakens a very large, very lonely dinosaur, and  in Ray Bradbury's story "The Foghorn", he mistakes the horn's sound for the call of his own species. That could get messy. They do actually have a shot on the dino standing with his front legs against a lighthouse in the film.

Movie poster
The book was better, it went into a lot of things the movie couldn't.
It Came From Beneath the Sea
Ray Harryhausen's 6 armed octopus wreaks havoc on San Francisco, but Kenneth Tobey is an old hand at taking care of this sort of ..."thing"  =)
The Giant Behemoth
 There's big trouble off the British coast .  Must be because there's a monster who's glowing the dark because as apex predator he's been scarfing up radiation the same way WE'RE scarfing up mercury when we eat fish.
Fiend without a Face
What can I say ? What you've got here is your standard movie about an invisible, radioactive  brain (with antennae attached) and spinal cord flying around and latching onto people's necks in order to--well, you know the rest.
Panic In The Year Zero

Did you ever go start out on a camping trip with your family one morning only to have a nuclear incident blow up certain unspecified areas, like your house in Los Angeles for instance? That's what happens to Ray Milland. But he's a real take charge guy who thinks of everything so we know they'll make it through okay. Except for the water. He never thought about the fallout getting into the water.  Oops.

I Was a Teenage Caveman
All of you fans of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. picture Napoleon Solo (a very young but still suave Robert Vaughn) decked out in a loincloth and after you stop laughing, get back to me.

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August 30, 2009
I'm totally going to have to see some of these movies.  They all look pretty interesting.  This is why I love Lists, I get a chance to explore things I've never even heard of!
August 30, 2009
If you an possibly find a copy of THREADS by all means snap it up!
August 30, 2009
Hm. Nice list. Where's that movie about two people who met on the eve of a nuclear war?
August 30, 2009
You mean MIRACLE MILE. It was supposed to be on here. I wonder what happened to it. Oh well. I'll just have to tack it on. Actually it IS on the list now that I've checked.
August 20, 2009
Didn't Godzilla awaken in the first film from some nuclear testing?
August 21, 2009
Oops. Gojira was supposed to be on the list.
August 20, 2009
Threads still creeps me out. A very powerful BBC teleplay. Another that's really good is Testament.
August 21, 2009
I'm not familiar with TESTAMENT. Tell me about it. I do remember one from "Play house 90" when I was a kid based on "Alas Babylon". That really got me too because it took place in Florida where I happened to live.
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