It’s the end of the world as we know it // Doomsday films to watch to death

If the Mayans are right, the world is going to end tomorrow. So as we approach our date with destiny spend all your and everyone else’s money, leave the dishes, tell everyone you love you love them and punch everyone you hate.

Most importantly, build a fort using your duvet and two chairs and spend your valuable last moments on earth binge watching these apocalyptic films while waiting for Will Smith to come and save you.

Logan’s Run (1976)

Logan's Run

Starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, and Farrah Fawcett. Set in a future utopia where everyone lives in a computer run sealed dome.

Everyone has crystals imbedded in their palms which change colour as they approach the end of their lives and are exterminated by the time they hit 30. Therefore making sure the world is a young and beautiful place much like the checkout queue at Topshop.

Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max

Back when Mel Gibson was Australian this film is directed by an ex-doctor so it’s gory. Gun toting bikers and car chases galore. This film has been a massive influence on pop culture; watch it and you’ll find it strangely familiar. Ke$ha has based a number of her tour costumes on Mad Max.

This is a great theme for a party, this is how you would want to dress if the world was ending. Tina Turner is in the third installment so I’m bagsying being her *starts backcombing*.

Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis (1927)

The 1927 Fritz Lang is a famous sci-fi silent film. If you studied film or media studies you’ll be sick to death of this film. I didn’t so I quite like it. It’s art deco urban dystopia has been the inspiration on many a catwalk ever since.

Janelle Monáe recreated the film’s poster for the cover of her ArchAndroid album.

Threads (1984)


This BBC film has been scaring the bejesus out of me since I was a kid and accidentally saw it while refusing to go to bed for whatever unfortunate babysitter my parents had left me with.

Sheffield is the setting for this nuclear fallout. It shows how civilization tries to cope and evolve with limited recourses. Disease and crime spiral out of control. The final scene is chilling.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

I saw this on a plane. Who doesn’t love watching apocalyptic films on planes?

This film has great examples of people just doing what the hell they like because they are all about to die. Sex drugs and rock and roll tamed down by casting Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as the leads.

Omega Man (1971)

Omega Man (1971)

Based on the novel ‘I am Legend’ by Richard Matheson. There is a distinct lack of Will Smith in this version.  Charlton Heston plays the sole survivor of biological warfare that has turned the rest of humanity into zombie vampire types.

I like this film as he spends a lot of time in abandoned ‘Are You Being Served’ style old school department stores. Which is, let’s face it, exactly what I would do.

If you survive this asteroid/ flood/ earthquake/ plague/ whatever, come find me. I’ll be spending the rest of my days divided between Selfridges and Harvey Nicholls rollerblading around in designer gowns eating chocolate.

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