Produced under the auspices of the Federal Civil Defense Administration in 1956, Warning Red is a little different from the myriad of other Civil Defense films in that it uses a dramatization of an atomic attack and its immediate aftermath to demonstrate the value of being prepared for such an event.
A Fire in the Sky debuted on NBC in 1978. It follows astronomer Jason Voight as he tries to impress on politicians and the public the danger of an impending comet strike on the city of Phoenix.
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If you call yourself a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre and you haven’t seen Threads, then something is wrong with you. Luckily, I can help with that.
On a recent episode of the Atomic Hobo podcast, Julie McDowall got to interview the director of the greatest post-nuclear war film of all time, Threads.
Released in 1946, One World or None is regarded as the first “atomic scare” film, and portrays the horrors of the use of nuclear weapons.
This “what-if” episode imagines what would happen in the event of a nuclear strike on Los Angeles.
Ark II is an American live-action science fiction series, aimed at children, that aired on CBS, beginning and ending in 1976, as part of its Saturday morning line-up. Only 15 half-hour episodes of Ark II were ever produced; however, these episodes were re-run by the CBS television network for several years.
Broadcast in 1982, A Guide to Armageddon was the eighth episode of the first season of the BBC science documentary series, Q.E.D., and demonstrates the effects of a one megaton nuclear bomb being exploded over London. It was written and directed by Mick Jackson, who went on to direct Threads two years later.
“On The 8th Day” is chilling, a result entirely consistent with its aim. The one-hour documentary explores the possible ecological and atmospheric consequences of nuclear war, particularly as they would be expressed in a ”nuclear winter.” Darkness would shroud the Northern Hemisphere; temperatures would fall. The planet would survive, but not as a hospitable place.
Another very early (1950), and overly optimistic, film downplaying the dangers of a nuclear attack, but stressing the importance of being prepared.
Released in 1958, The Day the Sky Exploded is regarded as the first Italian scifi film, The film tells how scientists discover that a group of meteors are hurtling on a collision course with Earth, causing global scale disasters: tidal waves, wind, fire storms and earthquakes.