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Damnation Alley (1977) Post-Apocalyptic Journey Through The Radioactive Wastelands

Yeah, sure, it looks sorta like a made-for-TV movie, but it’s burned into my brain because it was on heavy rotation on HBO back in the day. I’m a sucker for anything post-apocalyptic, especially if it has Jackie Earle Haley in it.

Lt. Jake Tanner (Jan-Michael Vincent), an unorthodox Air Force officer, shares ICBM silo duty at an Air Force missile base in California with Major Eugene “Sam” Denton (George Peppard). When the United States detects incoming nuclear missiles, Tanner and Denton “turn the key” to launch part of the retaliatory strike, initiating Doomsday. After launching their entire arsenal of nuclear missiles, Tanner and Denton witness nuclear devastation rain down all around them.

Two years later the Earth, tilted off its axis by World War III, radiation has mutated insect life and is constantly wracked by massive storms that cover the entire hemisphere. Military order at the base has broken down. Tanner resigned his commission and Denton is considering going to Albany, New York to find the source of a lone radio transmission. Before they are ready to abandon the base a rocket fuel explosion kills all but four men – Denton, Tanner, former Airman Keegan (Paul Winfield) and Airman Tom Perry (Kip Niven).

They set out in two Air Force “Landmasters” (giant 12-wheeled armored personnel carriers capable of climbing 60-degree inclines, and can operate in water) across “Damnation Alley” considered “the path of least resistance” between intense radiation areas. On their journey, they pick up two survivors, fight a band of crazed, savage shotgun-toting mountain men and encounter mutated “flesh stripping Madagascar hissing cockroaches” before reaching their destination.

-Wikipedia

 

 

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Damnation Alley

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A Guide to Armageddon (1982) BBC Pre-Threads Nuclear Attack Docudrama

A GUIDE TO ARMAGEDDON was part of the BBC science show QED that seemed to be marketed to an audience that had no interest in science . There was an edition where the production crew showed what happens when you explode gas canisters , or set fire to a cloud of custard powder ( It explodes like napalm ) , or what happens to a lift when the braking system fails . There was also an edition with a young boy with an unfortunate condition that makes him swear without being able to control it so the cameras followed him and his mother out shopping in a crowded supermarket . You can guess what happens next can`t you . QED often seemed to have a voyerism to it .I digress

A GUIDE TO ARMAGEDDON is a speculative documentary of what would happen if Britain suffered a nuclear attack . We`re shown via specially shot scenes and still pictures of the damage and terminal consequences wrought upon the people of Britain with the narration ending that ” Would the survivors envy the dead ? ”

Has it rung any bells yet ? Let me remind you of a few scenes featured: Meat cooking in a butchers window due to the heat generated from the initial nuclear flash , milk bottles melting on door steps along with childrens toys. That`s right , much of the footage shot and stills used were expanded , edited or re-used by director/producer Mick Jackson in his nuclear holocaust docudrama THREADS a year later . A couple of points

1 ) Some of the footage seen here is absent from THREADS ( Like the meat cooking in the butcher shop ) down to the fact that it interferes with the context of the docudrama . People have been panic buying for days before the bomb drops in THREADS hence meat cooking in shop windows contradicts this scenario

2 ) It`s clearly stated that the smoke and dust from a thermo-nuclear war would lead to a ” nuclear winter ” . Considering both A GUIDE TO ARMAGEDDON and THE DAY AFTER were produced at exactly the same time it`s clear that THE DAY AFTER has ignored the concept of a nuclear winter on purpose since it would have been known to the scientific community . One can`t help thinking TDA has ignored the nuclear winter on purpose rather than through ignorance. Indeed on its broadcast critics of TDA like Lord Denis Healey pointed out that the American TVM didn`t go far enough pointing out the consequences of global nuclear war and I couldn`t help thinking that was a straight referrance to this documentary

A GUIDE TO ARMAGEDDON is even more obscure than its offspring THREADS which still has a small but very hard core fan base . It would have been perfect as a companion piece on the THREADS DVD but like the cold war seems to have been consigned to forgotten history

-IMDb


A Guide to Armageddon

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The War Game (1965) An Enormous Door Slamming In The Depths Of Hell


The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city.

After watching The War Game, I realized where Discharge got the sample for the starting of

The Possibility Of Life’s Destruction (at 16:11)

Can you hear the sound of an enormous door slamming in the depths of hell?!


The War Game (1965)

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The Atomic Cafe (1982) Cold War Propaganda Films Remixed Into Anti-Nuke Propaganda

One of the defining documentaries of the 20th century, THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982) offers a darkly humorous glimpse into mid-century America, an era rife with paranoia, anxiety, and misapprehension. Whimsical and yet razor-sharp, this timeless classic illuminates the often comic paradoxes of life in the “Atomic Age,” while also exhibiting a genuine nostalgia for an earlier and more innocent nation.

Narrated through an astonishing array of vintage clips and music–from military training films to campy advertisements, presidential speeches to pop songs–the film revolves around the threat–and thrill–of the newly minted atomic bomb. Taking aim at the propaganda and false optimism of the 1950s, the film’s satire shines most vividly in the clever image splicing, such as footage of a decimated Hiroshima alongside cheerful suburban “duck-and-cover” routines. More than anything else, THE ATOMIC CAFE shows how nuclear warfare infiltrated the living rooms of America, changing the nation from the inside out.

Immensely entertaining and devilishly witty, THE ATOMIC CAFE serves up a revealing slice of American history: the legendary decade when we learned to live in a nuclear world.


The Atomic Cafe

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Threads (1984) The Creepiest Nuclear War Film Ever Made!

…And you thought The Day After was bad…b-b-but wait it gets worse!

Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long run affects of nuclear war on civilization.

-IMDb


Threads (1984)

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The Day After (1983) America Gets Nuked On 80’s TV

Here’s a made-for-TV movie that helped fuel my nightmares as a kid.

My fellow Americans… While the extent of damage to our country is still uncertain, and shall probably remain so for sometime. Preliminary reports indicate that principal weapons impact points included military and industrial targets in most sectors of the United States. There is at the present time a ceasefire with the Soviet Union, which sustained damage equally catastrophic. Many of you listening to me today have suffered personal injury, sudden separation from loved ones, and the tragic loss of your families. I share your grief for I too have suffered personal loss. During this hour of sorrow, I wish to assure you that America has survived this terrible tribulation. There has been no surrender, no retreat from the principles of liberty and democracy for which the free world looks to us for leadership. We remain undaunted before all but Almighty God… (sound of transistor radio adjustment)…offer our prayers…(static)…government functioning under certain extraordinary emergency options. We are prepared to make every effort to coordinate relief and recovery programs at the state and local level. During the next two weeks, my staff and Cabinet will relocate to the National Emergency Re-Construction Headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. At the present time, and until radiation pattern reports are made available over the Emergency Broadcast band or through your local authorities, I urge you to remain in areas offering maximum shelter protection from radioactive fallout and obey all local curfews. We are counting on you, you see—on your strength, your patience, your will and your courage to help rebuild this great nation of ours. God bless you all – Post-Atomic Strike Presidential Speech

The Nuclear Attack Scene

“Get out of my house!”

The Full Movie


The Day After

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Nostradamus The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981) & The Late Great Planet Earth (1979)

Doomsday Double Feature!

They usta pump these movies on HBO when I was a kid. Orson Welles narrates over tons of stock footage. The prophecies of Nostradamus ‘n the Bible say were fucked…countdown to Armageddon.

Poor guy, he went from ‘the greatest film ever made‘ to tripe like this in his later years.

Beware of the Antichrist in the blue turban.

Watch New York City get nuked! The whole nuclear holocaust part scared the shit outta me.

Nostradamus The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

The Late Great Planet Earth


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