Monday, April 23, 2012
An Apocalyptic Appendix N, Part 4
And then they spend the rest of the movie dying.
Seriously, that's it. And then they die. Sorry, I try and avoid spoilers in these, but it's hard to avoid in this case. The purpose of the film was to raise anti-war sentiment, and they were not too ashamed to resort to emotional manipulation to do so. Seriously, a horrible, horrible movie that just depresses you. Or at least, it depresses me.
On the bright side... um.... it has music by Roger Waters, David Bowie and Genesis?
The Grand Daddy of scary Apocalyptic fiction, though is...
The Plant People - I read this on vacation on Cape Cod as a boy of maybe 8 or so, and it damn near ruined my vacation. It terrified me then, and still gives me the creeps to this day. A fog blows through what I remember as being a southwestern town. People start acting strangely, then they disappear. One intrepid young lad sets out to find out what's going on, and discovers that the townsfolk are actually turning into cacti! It sounds silly, but the book includes photographs, which were doctored to go along with the story, lending a horrible sort of authenticity.
As you can see by the spacing of the text, it's very obviously written for a younger audience, but the pictures just give it a creepy vibe that, literally 25 years later, keeps this story at the forefront of my mind when I think of apocalyptic fiction. Seriously - keep your kids away from this book unless you want to scar them for life!