(Post-)Apocalyptic Film Showings

Teaching Associate: Patrick Mooney
Fall 2015

In order to get us some extra familiarity with the genre of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narratives, and because film representatives of this genre are often so much fun even when they're awful, I'm scheduling a series of additional (and, again: completely optional) film screenings on Thursdays this quarter. You are welcome to bring friends and/or snacks if you'd like; you're also welcome to skip the films entirely if you're busy or disinclined to come.


Date, time, location Title Notes
22 Oct 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Old Little Theatre
The Day of the Triffids (1963) A rather ridiculous and very loose treatment of John Wyndham's novel, this adaptation makes Bill Masen into an American submarine captain, has him driving around Spain with Susan in an ice cream truck, and introduces a subplot involving an alcoholic scientist in a rocky island lighthouse.
29 Oct 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Old Little Theatre
28 Days Later (2002) Four weeks after the rage virus transforms the UK into a wasteland swarming with the infected, a small group of survivors bands together on a journey in search of sanctuary.
5 Nov 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Old Little Theatre
The Day After (1983) Residents of Lawrence, Kansas, and surrounding areas cope with the aftermath of a limited nuclear war. Perhaps the most-watched made-for-TV movie ever. You might also be interested in seeing what Wikipedia has to say about its effects on U.S. government policy.
12 Nov 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Old Little Theatre
Mad Max 2 (1981) In a future postapocalyptic Australia, Mel Gibson helps a small community save their gasoline stash from a gang of bandits.
19 Nov 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Old Little Theatre
Deep Impact (1998) A meteor strike in the Atlantic Ocean causes enormous waves and social unrest. Morgan Freeman's voice helps the American people remain calm even as they are about to die.
26 Nov 2015 No film. It's Thanksgiving!
3 Dec 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Old Little Theatre
Children of Men (2006) Not far in the future, after two decades of human infertility, the United Kingdom has the last functioning government, which harshly opposes immigration by limiting it and oppressively controlling the lives of immigrants. But that's before a refugee-rights group is discovered to have the first pregnant woman in eighteen years in hiding.
10 Dec 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Old Little Theatre
Shaun of the Dead (2004) The zombie apocalypse is the perfect opportunity for underachiever Shaun to work out his relationship problems with his girlfriend and his mother.