While I’m on an old movie kick here’s another one you got to see if you’re into, um, lots of people dying from a weaponized virus. Sam Waterston delivers a great performance as the sheriff of a small town whose wife is trapped inside a biological research laboratory where something goes wrong. Well written, well acted, tense, scary and pretty realistic, too.
“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.” Catch Night of the Living Dead free on YouTube here.
Besides DAWN OF THE DEAD, the best movie Romero made in my opinion.
Another perfect movie from the ’70s: ROLLERBALL starring James Caan. What a great movie, Brave New World meets Gladiator. Somehow though I don’t think the corporate superstate is going to be as benevolent as it is in the film, asking for obedience in exchange for peace and plenty; the real corporate state will impoverish the majority and enrich a tiny elite while also requiring obedience.
Now THIS is more like it. More 1970s Charlton Heston apocalyptic goodness: OMEGA MAN, where we all die from germ warfare.
SOYLENT GREEN is just as good now as it was in 1973 and if you never seen it, boy are you in for an experience. Environmental collapse is my least favorite form of apocalypse (as a writer of apocalyptic fiction), probably because it’s the one that’s most likely to actually kill us all. Click the image below to see the opening titles at YouTube.