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.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on March 25, 2011