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A bi-weekly breakdown of dystopian and apocalyptic movies and what, if anything, they have to say about us.

 

Complete list of Doomsday Reels articles: Link.

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New Doomsday Reels is up! This time, it's the cuckoo-bananas J-horror zombie flick Helldriver.

 

http://www.chud.com/162084/doomsday-reels-helldriver/

 

post #3 of 23

Nice! This is the kind of series that CHUD needs more of. 

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"To build an authentic sense of dread, each animal would go through three and a half hours of vigourous beatings prior to filming a scene and were often fed ground glass and lemon Jolly Ranchers to make their despair extra convincing."

 

http://www.chud.com/162283/doomsday-reels-the-adventures-of-milo-and-otis/

post #5 of 23

Bahaha! This was incredible.

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"Nick Chinlund’s Daxus says 'I have 700 soldiers here with me, what do you think you can do against that many men?' and Violet replies, 'I can kill them.'"

http://www.chud.com/163442/doomsday-reels-ultraviolet/

post #7 of 23
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The Ultimate Warrior

"On today’s Doomsday Reels we watch Max von Sydow and Yul Brynner stumble through the English language like it’s a briar patch on a foggy day."

post #8 of 23

It would be cool if Night of the Comet was on Doomsday Reels. It is the most 80s post apocalyptic flick.

post #9 of 23
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Well I don't have a movie planned after my next one so yeah, it's time I finally tackled that one.  So after Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell I'll review Night of the Comet.

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Cool and thanks.

 

  I agree that Cooties was awful.

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post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Iambaytor View Post
 

Night of the Comet!

 

http://www.chud.com/171997/doomsday-reels-night-of-the-comet/



A blast from the past! I found the review very spot on. I watched this a couple of years ago - my first viewing since the late 80s, I am pretty sure. While the film should be lauded for giving the two leads some depth, overall the film has not aged well (so many shots have obvious lens filters used, that synth score). The big story on a small budget doesn't help, either. 

 

I do think Catherine Mary Stewart should've been a bigger star, though.

post #13 of 23
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I didn't mind the dated quality.  It kind of turns the movie into a time capsule within a time capsule.  I also have a pretty deep appreciation for large scale ideas on a small scale budget when they're well-done.  I had never given a thought to how they got the empty streets and the fact that they did it early on the weekends, between stop lights, and on Christmas morning made me appreciate what they managed to accomplish more. 

post #14 of 23

I always thought this would be the perfect movie to remake.  It's on ok movie with a great premise.  Beef up the comedy and horror aspects and you'd have a winner.

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Originally Posted by Iambaytor View Post
 

I didn't mind the dated quality.  It kind of turns the movie into a time capsule within a time capsule.  I also have a pretty deep appreciation for large scale ideas on a small scale budget when they're well-done.  I had never given a thought to how they got the empty streets and the fact that they did it early on the weekends, between stop lights, and on Christmas morning made me appreciate what they managed to accomplish more. 

 

I will say I was impressed by how empty they made the city feel.

post #16 of 23

  While I enjoyed the movie more than Ryan, it was still a well written analysis. I can't deny how dated it is, but I think that works in the movie's favor; its the most 80s apocalypse ever. I couple of months ago I got this on blu-ray and the movie always puts a smile on my face. The comentary track with Stewart and Maroney is good.


Edited by Chaz - 4/2/16 at 6:17pm
post #17 of 23
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Kyle MacLachlan, Elisabeth Shue, adn Dermot Mulroney take on a massive blackout and the darkness that lurks in the heart of man in The Trigger Effect!

http://www.chud.com/172059/doomsday-reels-the-trigger-effect/

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All hail president Frankenstein! 

 

Doomsday Reels: Death Race 2000!

 

 

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 I saw Death Race 2000 a year or two ago on IFC and I enjoyed its quirky black comedy vibe.

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Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race remake!

http://www.chud.com/172156/doomsday-reels-death-race/

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post #22 of 23

In honor of the terrible Resident Evil movies, I present the one good Milla Jovovich performance:

 

A Perfect Getaway.

 

She really is excellent in it, playing to her strengths, and even adding in some genuinely surprisingly effective turns.

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I love that movie and everyone in it, even the lady who was terrible in that 30 Days of Night sequel.

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