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I’m on a mission to work my way through as many post-apocalyptic movies as I can and report back here with my thoughts (check out the tag Post-Apocalyptic Movie Club). This week a recommendation from reader Paige Topinka – 2011 indie horror, THE DAY.

Here’s a brief synopsis snatched from IMBDA group of five people working to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic future discover what they think is a safe, abandoned farmhouse, but they soon find themselves fighting to stay alive as a gang of bloodthirsty predators attack. And I’ll keep my thoughts equally brief, because that’s pretty much all there is to it.

I’m on the fence with this one… whilst I thought it looked the part (definite muted shades of the movie adaptation of The Road) and it established an interesting (and interestingly vague) post-apocalyptic world, the performances were pretty standard and the story felt frustratingly linear, very much by-the-numbers. I read elsewhere that the film is part of a planned trilogy, and I’m interested enough by this first part to want to know how the story pans out.

All in all, though, I found THE DAY to be entertaining, but nothing special. It’s filmed with a very grey, washed out and grimy colour palette with occasional flashes of colour, and that really summed the movie up for me: relatively formulaic, but with very definite hints that there’s much more to be seen in this rain-soaked, dying world.

The film’s available now on DVD and Blu-ray. UK folks can stream THE DAY on Lovefilm and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Any PA films you’d like to recommend? Please let me know. And thanks again to Paige for the tip!

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  • Stepping back for a broader view one could ask why so many apocalyptic, secret government/corporation/rich people/computers controlling the world, invaders from space, vampires, zombie movies... True, film makers, business people like to feed our fears but why so many of these films? In the 50's and a couple of years in the 60's, On The Beach being more the most cerebral of the bunch, the theme centred on the results of a nuclear war. With such a plethora of movies feeding on our fears, one could ask 'Just what is it we truly feared? What, in the deep recesses of our minds, the place we deny even exist, what are these movies feeding upon?

  • Thanks everyone for the excellent suggestions here, much appreciated. Some I hadn't heard about, so I'll definitely be looking those up shortly. Fantastic. And William Fred Ball - you pose a very interesting question which merits further thought/discussion. Watch this space!

  • This one slipped my mind, Found it realy intense as the landscapes go on forever and the zombies just keep cominghttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386925/

  • Dave...There's a TV film from the 1970's I have fond memories of from when i was a kid...its called Where Have All The People Gone...it was quite chilling, mankind has been wiped out everyone turned to dust apart from a few survivors. Also I suppose The Matrix.

  • I think a lot of people, me included, are not afraid of a zombie apocalypse but would welcome it. You know, just a little twist on a Monday morning to set your week off to a good start.

  • Funny, those who have witnessed the real world's equivalent seldom seem to be so joyous at the prospect of seeing it again. It's the smell if anything else.

  • Maybe not considered post apocalyptic, depends on the veiwers opinion but I am a big fan of "Cult Films". The original Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 followed by Army of Darkness. Sam Raimi is crazy and shows in these classics! Who doesn't like a little humor to break up the monotony of apocalyptic films? Oh and Bruce Campbell completely nailed the role. The remake "Evil Dead" wasn't bad either. Raimi and Campbell produced the 2013 remake but in a much darker manor vrs the the original with a twist! Enjoy! "Klaatu Barada Nikto".