Every day for the month of October I am watching and reviewing a horror movie that I haven’t seen before. Here’s today’s:
Mick Jackson, United Kingdom, 1984
This made have been made for TV in the UK but, holy shit, is this well done. Some may argue if this fits the definition of a “horror” movie but I can’t think of anything more terrifying than nuclear war from the perspective of us average people that would have to suffer through it. And, holy shit, this is easily one of the scariest movies I’ve seen in a long time.
It takes the concepts of nuclear war and starts a few days before the conflict (in a brilliant turn we never find out what exactly sets off the war) and goes for years detailing the effects of dropping the bomb. This movie is unrelentingly cruel and bleak and it tells its story through the normal citizens that find themselves dealing with the horror that our leaders bring upon us. There is nothing to understand or dissect, there is only suffering.
The movie takes on even more horrifying implications when you realize that one of candidates for the current U.S. Presidency has been actively campaigning on using nukes (hint – it’s Trump).
This is the way the world ends – not from a bang or a whimper but when all of us normal people just aren’t paying attention. And then suddenly, it’s all over…