[quote=“flynnparadox, post:4, topic:712”]Ah, Post-Apocalyptic Cinema, how I love thee. Let me count the ways:
They’re cheap to make. All you need is some swarthy-looking guys and gals, dress 'em in strange clothes, give them some weapons and let them wander around whatever desert is nearby. Add some slightly modified or exotic vehicles, come up with an unoriginal, Mad-Max-rip-off script and you’re off…
They tend to have hot, punky chicks in them. Of course, not all of them do. Some are almost entirely male-oriented, but many have some badass warrior-women in them (starting, perhaps, with the lovely Virginia Hey in The Road Warrior; aka Mad Max 2.) Think about it. Molly Ringwald, all dirty and yummy in Starhunter (all right, all right, so Starhunter takes place on another planet, I admit it! But, it’s definitely in the genre we’re talking about.) Kathleen Kinmont in Phoenix the Warrior (aka She Wolves of the Wasteland.) Lois Ayres and Sharon Mitchell in The Load Warrior (oh, wait - does porn count? The Load Warrior and The Load Warrior 2 are both excellent porno versions of the post apocalyptic flick, with just about as good production values as most of the low-rent flicks we’re talking about.)
A refreshing nihilistic approach to storytelling. Even in the worst, lowest-budgeted examples of the genre (I’m thinking here of dreck like City Limits and Amerika 3000 - yes, the ‘K’ is intentional), these films are dark, hard-hitting action pictures. They have a twisted, almost satanic world-view. Again, we owe a lot to Australia and the Mad Max series (especially The Road Warrior.) I remember reading somewhere that Max was inspired by the dark, brutal anti-heroes of Australian comics of the period (I guess that would be the 1970s.) If this is true, I wonder what some of the titles were and if anyone is familiar with them…
Escapism. Yes, I know, this is an easy one. Most “genre” pictures offer their own kind of escapism but there’s something about a blasted-out, post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by tough men and (sometimes) tougher women. I suppose it’s a bit like the Western in that regard. There’s a mystique about these films…
And there you have it. Give me the cheapest, worst-made piece of post-apocalyptic cinematic garbage (cough Robot Holocaust cough) and I’ll be happy to sit back, put up my feet and enjoy…or, at least, laugh.
Think you hit the nail right on the head there! You just listed everything i love about these films, and reminded me of a few i had forgotten about! I would much rather watch this kind of stuff (and a whole slew of 70’s/80’s sci fi, horror and action films), than about 99% of what Hollywood churns out these days.
Just out of curiosity; this “Starhunter” film you mentioned starring Molly Ringwald. When i was a kid i saw a film at the cinema, in 3D (had to hold those damn glasses all the way thru cos they wouldn’t stay put!). It featured Molly Ringwald, and Michael Ironside (as a character called Overdog i think) and had the slightly cumbersome title “SpaceHunter; Adventures In The Forbidden Zone”…is this the same film you’re talking about?