If you call yourself a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre and you haven’t seen Threads, then something is wrong with you. Well, at least if you have even the slightest interest in the nuclear war category of the genre.
Given that it came out in 1984, and wasn’t shown in the US until 1985, there’s a good chance that the movie is older than you are. But in any genre, there are certain pillars that stand above the rest in terms of quality and impact, and need to be experienced to be able to appreciate the effect they had on what came after.
Threads is that to post-nuclear war films. The Day After from 1983 is also great, and should be considered essential viewing, but it’s just not in the same league as Threads in terms of grit and realism.
Threads has been called “the film which comes closest to representing the full horror of nuclear war and its aftermath, as well as the catastrophic impact that the event would have on human culture.” And that is why you need to watch it.
The film is no longer available on YouTube, but luckily, it’s available in its entirety on Archive.org.
So, if you have never seen it, I really do urge you to set aside the time to rectify that. And after you do, drop a comment to let me know what you think of it.
Did I over-hype it, or does it really deserve the title of Greatest of All Time?