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Best Nuclear War films.

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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 04:13 AM
I was in 8th grade when "The Day After" aired. I had a recurring nightmare about nuclear war for several weeks afterward. I remember it so well. The soundtrack to the dream was "If" by Bread. The last stanza still gives me the chills: "If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die, I'd spend the end with you, and when the world was through, then one by one, the stars would all go out and you and I would simply fly away..."

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 04:17 AM
reply to post by Shenon

The Road pictures a horrible senario thats not impossible; I watched it once and I'll be in no rush to watch it again.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 06:01 AM
I never found any of the movies to be that good.

I did find one book to be real good, that is Dean Ing's "Pulling Through"

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:01 PM
Oh, and I'm also surprised nobody has said The Sum Of All Fears
Such an epic movie, another Jack Ryan classic!

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:05 PM
Never seen any of those, maybe I'll check them out.
Terminator 2, that scene with the nuke going off, scared the hell outta me.
Probably because I was 5 or 6 at the time, but, it stuck with me.

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 06:10 AM

Originally posted by Vitchilo

Originally posted by marsend
The mother of all Nuclear films has to be Threads a BBC production, it made the Day After look like kinder garden.

Yep, the scariest one is Threads. The most realistic of them all... No wonder it was shown only twice in 20 years on the BBC.

The whole movie for free on google video...

Google Video Link

edit on 13-4-2011 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)

Thanks for the link
can watch it through the ps3 since its on google vid...sweet... big screen
movies like this scare the bajesus out of me
but gotta watch it

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 10:06 AM
So... in perusing this, I'm surprised no one mentioned Unthinkable. Its a scenario where a young man who has been schooled to resist torture puts together a series of nuclear bombs (low yields) and tries to force US extraction from Middle Eastern affairs.

there are elements of torture porn in it, as the terrorist is graphically tortured and loses body parts, is cut with a scalpel, and sees his wife murdered in front of here in order to get him to confess.

In the extended version, the terrorist originally confesses to three bombs, but had enough for a fourth bomb in case he broke on the first three. The fourth one gets to zero and the screen goes black before we find out if it worked or not.

very telling on the human level on what happens when someone has steeled himself to sacrifice himself in order to kill....

very scary.

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 11:27 AM
I saw this movie called "Invasion USA" once from the 50s. It's about the Soviets invading the US and dropping nukes along the way... though I guess I didn't really like the special effects of repetitive shots and portraying US stock military footage as Russians (but this was a 50s movie).

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 12:07 PM
I like:

RATS: Night of Terror


2019: After the Fall of New York

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 03:51 PM
The Day After and Threads are certainly two of the best. If you ever find it, look for Radio Bikini.
The scary thing about that one is, it's all true.

It's about the Bikini atoll tests, and what happened to the guys who went in after, etc.

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 03:53 PM
I just watched THREADS.
I don't recall ever seeing it before.
I didn't care for it. I think some of the soundtrack may have been used in snippets on some CRASS albums I have though.
The beginning of the film was good, interesting, charatcters and relationship settings...
But after the bombs hit, that all went out the window, and then it got real boring, realistic maybe, but still boring. Then the end part was just unbelievable to me.

The main problem with this movie, is it seemed to make the UK the entire world. After an exchange, sure there would be chaos and casualties, but there is still an international presence, and if the UK was a target, and had all those survivors, I would think many modern nations would not be effected at all. This is modern day, so I would expect international aid relief, food drops, removing people from the area, once able. But this film made it like the UK was it, and no one else was existing.

Realistic, maybe, to a degree... but overall boring, and well.. unrealistic overall in my opinion.

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 04:08 PM

And A Boy and His Dog. One of the best movies of all time. Really puts your priorities in place.
edit on 13-4-2011 by thisguyrighthere because: (no reason given)

This was the first one that came to my mind - I haven't seen it in ages, but I remember being profoundly impacted by it. I also heard rumors of a remake - that would be interesting.. And I just realized this is came from Harlen Ellison - never knew that..

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 03:35 PM
Great thread !

I've seen most of the nuclear war films mentioned. I have to defend the US movie Testament ... it's a little slow but I think it gives a factually correct account of how a nuclear war would affect Smalltown USA. It's such a sad movie, devoid of all hope. It makes "The Road" look like "The Sound of Music" ... Testament is just that dismal !

My interest in all things nuclear was sparked when BBC showed a documentary in 1982, a year or so before Threads, which frightened the heck out of me. It was called "A Guide To Armageddon" and very calmly (and in a terribly, terribly British way) detailed the effects of a 1MT nuclear weapon exploding over St. Paul's Cathedral in London. It also diced & sliced the British official "nuclear war survival guide" published by the Home Office & then Scottish Home & Health Department ... the famous (or notorious) "Protect & Survive" & "Advice For Householders" booklets. It's a great watch ! And Ludovic Kennedy adds a certain gravitas to the commentary.

Threads makes reference to the Protect & Survive videos which were to be aired in the UK in the run up to war. They're available on youtube too. I don't think they'd have done an awful lot for public morale, to be honest, my spine's chilled just watching them again tonight. If anything, I think you'd run for the hills if this kind of thing popped up on the tv.

For obvious reasons they've never released the "four minute warning" emergency broadcast, warning of impending missile attack. From the little I know of it, I think Peter Donaldson of BBC Radio 4 was to be our final radio host before Armageddon arrived. The text of the post attack BBC script has been released ... it makes sombre reading.

This is the Wartime Broadcasting Service. This country has been attacked with nuclear weapons. Communications have been severely disrupted, and the number of casualties and the extent of the damage are not yet known. We shall bring you further information as soon as possible. Meanwhile, stay tuned to this wavelength, stay calm and stay in your own house. Remember there is nothing to be gained by trying to get away. By leaving your homes you could be exposing yourself to greater danger. If you leave, you may find yourself without food, without water, without accommodation and without protection. Radioactive fall-out, which follows a nuclear explosion, is many times more dangerous if you are directly exposed to it in the open. Roofs and walls offer substantial protection. The safest place is indoors. Make sure gas and other fuel supplies are turned off and that all fires are extinguished. If mains water is available, this can be used for fire-fighting. You should also refill all your containers for drinking water after the fires have been put out, because the mains water supply may not be available for very long. Water must not be used for flushing lavatories: until you are told that lavatories may be used again, other toilet arrangements must be made. Use your water only for essential drinking and cooking purposes. Water means life. Don't waste it. Make your food stocks last: ration your supply, because it may have to last for 14 days or more. If you have fresh food in the house, use this first to avoid wasting it: food in tins will keep. If you live in an area where a fall-out warning has been given, stay in your fall-out room until you are told it is safe to come out. When the immediate danger has passed the sirens will sound a steady note. The "all clear" message will also be given on this wavelength. If you leave the fall-out room to go to the lavatory or replenish food or water supplies, do not remain outside the room for a minute longer than is necessary. Do not, in any circumstances, go outside the house. Radioactive fall-out can kill. You cannot see it or feel it, but it is there. If you go outside, you will bring danger to your family and you may die. Stay in your fall-out room until you are told it is safe to come out or you hear the "all clear" on the sirens. Here are the main points again: Stay in your own homes, and if you live in an area where a fall-out warning has been given stay in your fall-out room, until you are told it is safe to come out. The message that the immediate danger has passed will be given by the sirens and repeated on this wavelength. Make sure that the gas and all fuel supplies are turned off and that all fires are extinguished. Water must be rationed, and used only for essential drinking and cooking purposes. It must not be used for flushing lavatories. Ration your food supply--it may have to last for 14 days or more. We shall be on the air every hour, on the hour. Stay tuned to this wavelength, but switch your radios off now to save your batteries. That is the end of this broadcast.

Just realised, these aren't really movies as in the OP. But I find these little documentaries to be even more horrific than tv movies ... because these are the real deal !

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 04:25 PM
reply to post by tom502

Threads shows a world nuclear war but focuses on the affect on Britain (They have to focus on somewhere right?) so your points about international relief wont count but accepted if it was just Britain hit (which it wasn't) Snippets of text from the movie:-

"East - West exchange 3000 megatons"
"210 megatons fall on the UK"

They showed this to me in school at the height of the cold war when I was about 13, scared the living stuff out of me, I seriously think I've suffered from some kind of PTSD since, with constant nightmares and "flashbacks" and anxiety.

I think it was scarier because our gorvernment did actually produce those "protect and survive pamphlets"

Scary also when you think it revovles around a war starting in Iran.

posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 04:56 PM
And here's another British child who was born in te early 70s who was also traumatised by Threads....

I remember watching The Day After as well around that time, and found it nowhere near as harrowing as Threads.. I remember at the time the Protect and Survive leaflets were still widely available at libraries and so on, so a friend and I went on a nuclear weapon research stint, giving ourselves nightmare material for years to come into the bargain.

A good book from around that era was War Plan UK : The truth about civil defense in Britain, by Duncan Campbell. Full of facts perfectly designed to stop a 13-year old or so from sleeping soundly in his bed...

All it would take was a momentary flash of headlights into my bedroom window to cause my stomach to tighten...

Some of the old air raid sirens would still be tested on occasion around that time. I remember one morning being off school with a stomach bug and sitting on the toilet. They chose this particular time to test the local siren...

Put it this way, it's a good job I was sat on the toilet...

posted on Apr, 27 2011 @ 03:44 AM
It's War Games for me, I liked the senario based theme, reply value is high for me also. Another one I liked but wasn't really a war movie was The Manhattan Project where the kid breaks into the Plutonium mfg. plant and steals enough for a 50 KT nuke with 99.97% pure Plutonium and tries to display it at a science fair.

posted on Apr, 27 2011 @ 03:55 AM
Threads scared the hell out of me for ages when I first saw it.

Mad max has to be my fave "after the bomb" film though...always fancied raising hell on a zed 1

posted on Apr, 27 2011 @ 05:05 PM
Best Nuclear War film - "Terminator 2"

posted on May, 14 2011 @ 04:46 AM
reply to post by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi

I only know the Charles Norris movie of the same name, dude, but the original, it sounds awesome! I'll have a look for it on Netflix!

posted on May, 14 2011 @ 04:52 AM
reply to post by ZXCVB

Yes, yes, yes!! Dude I saw that movie like ten times in the theater, it rocked my world. I had the same feeling a couple years ago when I saw that Zeetgest movie online. Not totally about a nuke war, but had that same end of the world feel.

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