To help prepare you for your final plans—which could range from efforts to secure your place in the afterlife to partying hard at Jamaica’s Hedonism Resorts—I’ve compiled a list of doomsday-related entertainment for your enjoyment.
The first, and probably the most important, form of entertainment to get you in the “we’re all doomed” mood is music. Here is my recommended End of the World Playlist:
What better way to get you ready for the “End of Days” then immersing yourself into good flick?
I’m sorry, but I won’t be recommending any of those cheesy Hollywood doomsday movies where humanity is sure to be wiped out until a last second remarkable, and impossible, act is performed by an unlikely hero. No oil driller single-handedly destroying a Texas-sized asteroid. Or a Mac laptop wiping out an entire alien civilization. Or an ex-cop whipping the Devil’s ass. No, I feel that my recommendations are far superior in quality.
Now if you’re looking for a little humor to bring in the complete destruction of mankind, I’ve got to put Dr. StrangeLove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb at the top of the list. Slim Pickens sure had the right idea! Not only wasn’t he afraid of The End, but he made damn sure he had a front row seat to witness it. Next, Zombieland! Bill Murray as a friendly, good-natured zombie—need I say more? My final funny or lighthearted pick is Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. I haven’t seen this one yet, though, so don’t hold me to it. But I am thinking of adding it to my list.
What? You don’t feel that humor is the appropriate way to face the end of existence. Have no fear, I have some good bleak cinema for you to choose from. First up, 12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam’s masterpiece. I don’t think Brad Pitt gets enough credit for his acting in this one and the scoring is brilliant. Children of Men is another dystopian drama that proved Clive Owen is leading man material.
In the horror genre, check out Danny Boyle’s fast-pace zombie flick 28 Days Later. Staying in the same sub-genre, I have to include the first of five Resident Evil movies, which my true love, Milla Jovovich, gets quite naked near the end. Last, but certainly not least is John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. Really, am I the only one who thinks this is the greatest apocalyptic/horror movie of all time? I still get chills thinking about the end.
My last movie recommendation is Francis Ford Coppola’s true masterpiece, Apocalypse Now. Okay, this isn’t really an end of world or post-apocalyptic film, but I’ve added it because the title alone is perfect for the theme and it’s also one of the best films of all-time. And it uses a particular song from my End of World playlist superbly.
Are you a quick reader and feel like spending your final hours sitting by a lake and feasting on some apocalyptic literature? Then check out Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It’s a brilliant novel and a quick read—you may even have enough time to pick something else out from my list. Although I’ve never read it, people in the past have implored me to read Stephen King’s The Stand. Now be careful with this one, it weighs in at around 1,200 pages. So you’d better be a speed reader or you’ll never to finish this one before the tomb of pages disintegrate in your hands. Another bleak end of world novel that a good friend of mine always raves about is On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Another one I haven’t read, but I may have just enough time if I download to my Kindle this morning!
Now…I know that there’s plenty of great end-of-world or apocalypse-themed entertainment out there that I didn’t think of or don’t know about. So, if you have some good titles to share, please leave me a comment about them. Who knows, I just may add one of them to my End of World entertainment queue.
T minus 2 people—get ready!!