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Toren’s Post Apocalyptic Movie Guide (a work in progress)

In which an attempt is made to catalog and compare all reasonably well-known post-apocalyptic films. Corrections? Comments? Additions? Email Toren!

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9 (2009)

9 (2009) starring Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C Reilly, Christopher Plummer and Crispin Glover. Dir: Shane Acker

9 (2009)    

Type of apocalypse: war/nerve gas
Location: America?
Number of humans: zero
How many years since apocalypse: less than 10
Monsters: robots (with animal bones)
Cannibalism? none
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating: 7/10
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12 Monkeys (1995).

12 Monkeys (1995) stars Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer. Dir: Terry Gilliam

12 Monkeys (1995)   

Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: Philadelphia
Number of humans: lots
How many years since apocalypse: 38
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating: 5/10
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28 Days Later (2002) stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston. Dir: Danny Boyle.

28 Days Later (2002) stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston. Dir: Danny Boyle.

28 Days Later (2002)

Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: London
Number of humans: lots
How many years since apocalypse: 28 days
Monsters: feral infected humans
Cannibalism? No
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating: 7/10
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28 Weeks Later (2007) stars Imogen Poots, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne. Dir: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

28 Weeks Later (2007) stars Imogen Poots, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne. Dir: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

28 Weeks Later (2007)

Type of apocalypse: virus
Number of humans: hundreds?
How many years since apocalypse: less than 3 years
Monsters: feral infected humans
Cannibalism? No
Ends on a positive? No
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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A Boy and His Dog (1975) stars Don Johnson. Dir: L.Q. Jones. Written by Harlan Ellison

A Boy and His Dog (1975) stars Don Johnson. Dir: L.Q. Jones. Written by Harlan Ellison

A Boy and His Dog  (1975)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Phoenix AZ
Number of humans: hundreds?
How many years since apocalypse: 17
Monsters: radiation victims (“Screamers”); robots
Cannibalism? Yes
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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After the Apocalypse (2004)

After the Apocalypse (2004)

After the Apocalypse  (2004)

Type of apocalypse: War
Number of humans: At least 5
How many years since apocalypse:
Monsters:
Cannibalism?
Ends on a positive?
Toren’s Rating: n/a
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After Earth (2013) stars Wil Smith, Jaden Smith and Zoe Kravitz. Dir: M. Night Shyamalan

After Earth (2013) stars Wil Smith, Jaden Smith and Zoe Kravitz. Dir: M. Night Shyamalan

After Earth (2013)

Type of apocalypse: Environmental cataclysm
Location: Undisclosed
Number of humans: 2 on Earth, multitudes in space.
How many years since apocalypse: 1000
Monsters: Aliens, evolved animals.
Cannibalism? No
Ends on a positive? Yes?
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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the bed sitting room (1969) stars Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman. Dir: Richard Lester

the bed sitting room (1969) stars Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman. Dir: Richard Lester

The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: London
Number of humans: dozens
How many years since apocalypse: 4
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? none
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Book of Eli (2010) stars Densel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson. Dir: Hughes

The Book of Eli (2010) stars Densel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson. Dir: Hughes

The Book of Eli (2010)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: San Francisco
Number of humans: hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: 30
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? Yes
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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Blindness (2008) stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo. Dir: Fernando Meirelles

Blindness (2008) stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo. Dir: Fernando Meirelles

Blindness (2008)

Type of apocalypse: mass hysteria
Location: unnamed city
Number of humans: billions
How many years since apocalypse: 0
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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Children of Men (2006) stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Dir: Alfonso Cuaron

Children of Men (2006) stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Dir: Alfonso Cuaron

Children of Men (2006)

Type of apocalypse: pandemic
Location: Britain
Number of humans: billions
How many years since apocalypse: 18
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? none
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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City of Ember (2008) stars Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Martin Landau. Dir: Gil Kenan.

City of Ember (2008) stars Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Martin Landau. Dir: Gil Kenan.

City of Ember  (2008)

Type of apocalypse: Unspecified
Location: Somewhere in the United States
Number of humans: Presumably thousands
How many years since apocalypse: 241
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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Cloud Atlas (2012) stars Tom Hanks, Halle Barry, Hugo Weaving. Dir: Wachowskis

Cloud Atlas (2012) stars Tom Hanks, Halle Barry, Hugo Weaving. Dir: Wachowskis

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Type of apocalypse: unexplained.
Location: “Big Isle”
Number of humans: Presumably thousands if not millions or more.
How many years since apocalypse: 106
Monsters: no
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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The Colony (2013) stars Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Dir: Jeff Renfroe

The Colony (2013) stars Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Dir: Jeff Renfroe

The Colony (2013)

Type of apocalypse: ice age
Location: unknown
Number of humans: presumably at least 100
How many years since apocalypse:
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  n/a
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Cyborg (1989) stars Jean-Claude Van Damme. Dir: Albert Pyun

Cyborg (1989) stars Jean-Claude Van Damme. Dir: Albert Pyun

Cyborg  (1989)

Type of apocalypse: plague, anarchy, genocide, starvation
Location: New York, South Carolina, Atlanta
Number of humans: Presumably thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: Less than 25 years
Monsters: cyborgs
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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Damnation Alley (1977) stars George Peppard and Paul Winfield. Dir: Jack Smight

Damnation Alley (1977) stars George Peppard and Paul Winfield. Dir: Jack Smight

Damnation Alley (1977)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: California, Utah, New York
Number of humans: At least
How many years since apocalypse: 2
Monsters: giant scorpions, killer cockroaches
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  4/10
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Day of the Triffids (1963) stars Howard Keel. Dir: Steve Sekely

Day of the Triffids (1963) stars Howard Keel. Dir: Steve Sekely

Day of the Triffids (1963)

Type of apocalypse: meteor shower
Number of humans: billions
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: killer plants
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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The Day After (1983) stars Jason Robards Jr, Jobeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Lithgow. Dir: Nicholas Meyer.

The Day After (1983) stars Jason Robards Jr, Jobeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Lithgow. Dir: Nicholas Meyer.

The Day After (1983)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear
Location: Kansas, Missouri
Number of humans: millions
How many years since apocalypse: 0
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  7/10break
Day the World Ended (1955) stars Richard Denning. Dir: Roger Corman

Day the World Ended (1955) stars Richard Denning. Dir: Roger Corman

Day the World Ended (1955)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Southwest America
Number of humans: more than five
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: mutant
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  4/10
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Def-Con 4 (1985) stars Maury Chaykin. Dir: Paul Donovan

Def-Con 4 (1985) stars Maury Chaykin. Dir: Paul Donovan

Def-Con 5 (1985)

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Eastern Canada
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: 2 months
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  n/a
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Delicatessen
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: blern
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Doomsday – 3/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: blern
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Five  (1951) – 6/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: blern
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Goodbye World (2013) – 5/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Hardware (1990)- 3/10 of what I watched
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: robot
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blernbreak
Hell Comes to Frogtown – 3/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: anthropomorphic mutant frogs
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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  How I Live Now (2013) – 7/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blernbreak
I Am Legend (2007) stars Will Smith. Dir: Francis Lawrence

I Am Legend (2007) stars Will Smith. Dir: Francis Lawrence

I Am Legend
Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: New York City
Number of humans: less than 6
How many years since apocalypse: 3
Monsters: feral mutant humans and dogs
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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The Last Man on Earth
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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La Jetee -
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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Le Dernier Combat
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  n/a
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Logan's Run (1976) stars Jenny Agutter, Michael York, Farrah Fawcett. Dir: Michael Anderson. William F Nolan (novel)

Logan’s Run (1976) stars Jenny Agutter, Michael York, Farrah Fawcett. Dir: Michael Anderson. William F Nolan (novel)

Logan’s Run

Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: Washington DC
Number of humans: presumably thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: about 300
Monsters: robots
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Last Days (2013) stars Quim Gutierrez, Jose Coronado, Marta Etura. Dir: David Pastor, Alex Pastor

The Last Days (2013) stars Quim Gutierrez, Jose Coronado, Marta Etura. Dir: David Pastor, Alex Pastor

Los últimos días (The Last Days) (2013)

Type of apocalypse: virus
Location: Spain?
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  n/a
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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) stars Mel Gibson, Tina Turner. Dir: George Miller.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) stars Mel Gibson, Tina Turner. Dir: George Miller.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Type of apocalypse: War/resource shortage
Location: Australian desert
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) stars Sumi Shimamoto. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) stars Sumi Shimamoto. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: unknown
Number of humans: presumably thousands or more
How many years since apocalypse: 1000
Monsters: giant mutant insects
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  10/10
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Night of the Comet (1984) stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Kelli Maroney. Dir: Thom Eberhardt

Night of the Comet (1984) stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Kelli Maroney. Dir: Thom Eberhardt

Night of the Comet

Type of apocalypse: comet dust
Location: Southern California
Number of humans: dozens
How many years since apocalypse: 0
Monsters: “zombies”
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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Oblivion
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: Giant scorpions
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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Omega Man -
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: Giant scorpions
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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On the Beach (1959)
Type of apocalypse: Nuclear war
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: Giant scorpions
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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Panic in Year Zero! (1962) stars Ray Milland. Dir: Ray Milland

Panic in Year Zero! (1962) stars Ray Milland. Dir: Ray Milland

Panic in Year Zero!

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: California
Number of humans: dozens
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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Planet of the Apes (1968) stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter. Dir: Franklin Schaffner

Planet of the Apes (1968) stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter. Dir: Franklin Schaffner

Planet of the Apes

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: New York
Number of humans: hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: 2000
Monsters: advanced ape society
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Postman -
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  3/10
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The Quiet Earth (1985) stars Sam Pillsbury. Dir: Geoff Murphy

The Quiet Earth (1985) stars Sam Pillsbury. Dir: Geoff Murphy

The Quiet Earth

Type of apocalypse: experiment gone wrong
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
Number of humans: 3
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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Red Dawn
Type of apocalypse: war
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  5/10
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The Road (2009) stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall. Dir: John Hillcoat. Cormac McCarthy (novel)

The Road (2009) stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall. Dir: John Hillcoat. Cormac McCarthy (novel)

The Road (2009)

Type of apocalypse: undisclosed
Location: Southeastern United States
Number of humans: presumably at least thousands
How many years since apocalypse: 8
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? not really
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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Road Warrior – 7/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Salute of the Jugger (Blood of Heroes) – 5/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Screamers – 3/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: robots
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Six String Samurai – 5/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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The Sky Has Fallen
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  n/a
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Snowpiercer (2013) stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt. Dir: Bong Joon-Ho.

Snowpiercer (2013) stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt. Dir: Bong Joon-Ho.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Type of apocalypse: climate change
Location: global (train)
Number of humans: hundreds
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? yes
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  7/10
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The Stand
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: ??
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  4/10 (of what I watched)
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Tank Girl
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: yes
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  2/10
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Terminator Salvation (2009) stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin. Dir: Joseph Nichol

Terminator Salvation (2009) stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin. Dir: Joseph Nichol

Terminator: Salvation

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: California
Number of humans: thousands
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: robots/cyborgs
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive?
Toren’s Rating:  6/10
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Testament – 6/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: blern
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Threads – 8/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Tooth & Nail
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: blern
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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Wall-E (2008) stars Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, Fred Willard. Dir: Andrew Stanton.

Wall-E (2008) stars Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, Fred Willard. Dir: Andrew Stanton.

WALL-E 

Type of apocalypse: Mass consumerism
Location: Unknown
Number of humans: Zero
How many years since apocalypse: 800
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? None
Ends on a positive? Yes
Toren’s Rating:  10/10
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Water World – 3/10
Type of apocalypse: blern
Location: blern
Number of humans: blern
How many years since apocalypse: blern
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? blern
Ends on a positive? blern
Toren’s Rating:  blern
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When the Wind Blows (1986) stars Peggy Ashcroft and John Mills. Dir: Jimmy Murakami

When the Wind Blows (1986) stars Peggy Ashcroft and John Mills. Dir: Jimmy Murakami

When the Wind Blows

Type of apocalypse: nuclear war
Location: Sussex, UK
Number of humans: three
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? no
Toren’s Rating:  n/a
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The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) stars Harry Belafonte. Dir: Ranald MacDougall

The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) stars Harry Belafonte. Dir: Ranald MacDougall

The World, The Flesh and the Devil

Type of apocalypse: global radioactive cloud
Location: Pennsylvania, New York
Number of humans: At least 3
How many years since apocalypse: days
Monsters: none
Cannibalism? no
Ends on a positive? yes
Toren’s Rating:  8/10
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World Wildlife Federation of Justice “Eye Eye Eye” Comic Completed

I’m pleased to announce that the World Wildlife Federation of Justice comic I started working on in 2011 is finally done! At that time I had hoped to pull enough donations from friends and fans to pay for the writing chops of Ian Boothby, the lettering skills of Ed Brisson, and one page of pencils from Captain Carrot comic creator Scott Shaw!

I did get all the funds I’d hoped for and more (thanks donors) and a script from Ian Boothby. Shortly after I started the project I was offered a full time job at Atomic Cartoons to work on character art for some Marvel motion comics, which naturally I accepted! That 7 month contract turned into three subsequent positions on 2 more projects which didn’t leave me with the time I had anticipated to work on the WWFJ story. Recently however, I found myself with a couple months off and an opportunity to include a story in the Cloudscape Comics anthology “Mega-Fauna” and this story seemed the perfect fit. Ed had moved on from lettering to writing, including Secret Avengers and Robocop comics, but he recommended another Vancouver local Christopher Barrett. I also drew from my Atomic Cartoons talent pool my friend Tanya Lehoux to colour the thing. The page from Scott Shaw fell through, unfortunately, but in the end I’m very pleased with the results.

Look for “Eye Eye Eye” in Mega-Fauna August 2014, and on worldwildlifefederationofjustice shortly thereafter. Preview below:

wwfj-boothby-p2_FINAL

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2014 is the year of 365 Movies

My goal this year is to watch a movie for every day of the year – a movie that I have not seen before. Here are the results so far:

SEPTEMBER

1. blern

AUGUST

31. Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014
30. Sleepless in Seattle 1993
29. The Color Purple 1985
28. How To Survive A Plague 2012
27. The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet 2013
26. Man of the Year 2006
25. The Great Buck Howard 2008
24. House of D 2004
23. Algiers 1938
22. Dragnet 1987
21. The Arrival 1996
20. The Night Listener 2006
19. Communion 1989
18. The Bed Sitting Room 1969
17. Frank 2014
16. Wall Street 1987
15. The Children’s Hour 1961
14. Rachel Getting Married 2008
13. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011
12. The Faculty 1998
11. Bonfire of the Vanities 1990
10. Snowpiercer 2013
9. Volunteers 1985
8. Guardians of the Galaxy 2014
7. The Money Pit 1986
6. The Ice Storm 1997
5. A Simple Plan 1998
4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
3. Bicentennial Man (1999)
2. Boyhood (2014)
1. Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

JULY

31. Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)
30. Sailor Beware 1952
29. Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989
28. Joe Versus The Volcano 1990
27. Knocked Up 2007
26. Julie & Julia
25. Sabrina 1954
24. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014
23. About Schmidt 2002
22. Hancock 2008
21. Garden State 2004
20. Life Itself 2014
19. Ironweed 1987
18. The Sunset Limited 2011
17. The Big Year 2011
16. This is 40 2012
15. Heaven Can Wait 1978
14. Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness 2012
13. Empire of Dreams 2004
12. Noah 2014
11. Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked 2003
10. The Comedy 2012
9. Stand and Deliver 1988
8. A League of Their Own 1992
7. Jeff Who Lives At Home 2011
6. Ordinary People 1980
5. Tammy 2014
4. I Know That Voice 2013
3. Battleship 2012
2. 25th Hour 2002
1. Edge of Tomorrow 2014

JUNE

30. Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014
29. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid 1969
28. Still Mine 2012
27. The Long Walk Home 1990
26. Meet the Feebles 1989
25. Perfect Sense 2011
24. Goodbye World 2013
23. Kramer vs. Kramer 1979
22. The Bucket List 2007
21. Driving Miss Daisy 1989
20. Short Cuts 1993
19. Revolutionary Road 2008
18. As Good As It Gets 1997
17. A Few Good Men 1992
16. A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
15. Altered States 1980
14. Her 2013
13. After the Dark 2013
12. No Place On Earth 2012
11. Trek nation 2010
10. Hitch 2005
9. Doubt 2008
8. Five 1951
7. the Killing 1956
6. Pineapple Express 2008
5. Riders to the Stars 1954
4. A Guide for the Married Man 1967
3. The Grapes of Wrath 1940
2. Small Time Crooks 2000
1. Daikaiju Gamera 1965

MAY

31. The Spanish Gardener 1956
30. The Hunt 2012
29. Six Days Seven Nights 1998
28. Doctor At Sea 1955
27. Father’s Little Dividend 1951
26. World’s Fastest Indian 2005
25. Thunder on the Hill 1951
24. Rebecca 1940
23. Anatomy of a Murder 1959
22. The Trip 2010
21. Hello, Dolly! 1969
20. Role Models 2008
19. X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014
18. Dazed & Confused 1993
17. Saving Mr Banks 2013
16. Philomena 2013
15. Dear Mr Watterson 2013
14. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough 2012
13. Sightseers 2012
12. Primer 2004
11. Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey 2012
10. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
9. Valhalla Rising 2009
8. Godzilla 2014
7. Solomon Kane 2009
6. Pretty In Pink
5. The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology
4. Say Anything 1989
3. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2010
2. Deceptive Practice 2012
1. Robocop 2014

APRIL

30. Beware of Mr. Baker 2012
29. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan 2011
28. Side By Side 2012
27. Bigger Than Life 1956
26. The Divide 2011
25. All the President’s Men 1976
24. Synecdoche, New York 2008
23. Divergent 2014
22. Confessions of a Superhero 2007
21. Best Worst Movie 2009
20. Step Brothers 2008
19. The Dictator 2012
18. Pandora’s Promise 2013
17. Jodorowsky’s Dune 2013
16. The Troll Hunter 2010
15. Super 2010
14. Windscale: Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Disaster 2007
13. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 2011
12. The Big Blue 1988
11. That Guy…Who Was In That Thing 2012
10. Heckler 2007
9. Tom Segura: Completely Normal 2014
8. Inequality for All 2013
7. Dykket (1989)
6. The Improv: 50 Years Behind The Brick Wall
5. Captain America: Winter Soldier
4. Skyfall
3. Doctor Strange 2007
2. Battle Beyond the Stars 1980
1. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

MARCH:

31. The Music Never Stopped 2011
30. Shutter Island
29. How I Live Now 2013
28. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 – The Battle For Doldrey
27. Twelve Years a Slave
26. No Way Out 1950
25. Lonely Are the Brave 1962
24. Falling Overnight 2011
23. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014
22. A Face in the Crowd 1957
21. Strangers When We Meet 1960
20. Prince of the City 1981
19. Gulliver’s Travels 2010
18. Rise of the Guardians 2012
17. Big Top Pee-wee 1988
16. Haywire 2011
15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013
14. Fruitvale Station 2013
13. Charade 1963
12. Before Midnight 2013
11. Before Sunset 2004
10. Too Big to Fail 2011
9. Carnage 2011
8. Bully 2011
7. Looper 2012
6. The Hunt for the BTK Killer 2005
5. Tape 2001
4. Death Race 2000 1975
3. The Gift 2000
2. The Wind Rises 2013
1. Safety Not Guaranteed 2012

FEBRUARY – 28 MOVIES

Before Sunrise 1995
3:10 to Yuma 2007
Safe 1995
3:10 to Yuma 1957
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2013
Night on Earth 1991
Intact 2001
Exam 2009
Vanity Fair 2004
The King’s Speech 2010
The Night of the Hunter 1955
Lincoln 2012
Buried 2010
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012
The Truman Show 1998
Some Like It Hot 1959
The Winning Season 2009
This Is the End 2013
Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949
Sullivan’s Travels 1941
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947
Metallica Through the Never 2013
Attack of the Giant Leeches 1959
Shattered Glass 2003
No Escape 1994
Monsters University 2013
Despicable Me 2 2013
Ender’s Game 2013

JANUARY – 31 MOVIES:

The Lego Movie 2014
Nebraska 2013
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – The Egg of the King 2012
Blackfish 2013
Brave 2012
The Life Zone 2011
The Thing 2011
Citizen Ruth 1996
Cocaine Cowboys 2 2008
Immortals 2011
Vulgar 2000
Cyborg 1989
Kick-Ass 2 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011
The Hunger Games 2012
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009
Shakes the Clown 1991
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007
Willow 1988
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013
Mud 2012
It 1990 Mini-Series
World War Z 2013
Frozen 2013
A Night to Remember 1958
Titanic 1953
After Earth 2013
Ma and Pa Kettle 1949
The Inspector General 1949
Coal Miner’s Daughter

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Caustic Soda Season Five Indiegogo Fundraiser Campaign

My beloved-by-all podcast Caustic Soda is doing a fundraiser for Season Five. Feel like contributing? No pressure but we’re all counting on you!

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Krampus Miniature Design

Not long ago I designed a Krampus miniature for Uncle Mike of Strange Aeons Miniature Skirmish Game.

Here’s the drawing (click to embiggen):

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And here’s the sculpt (not by me):

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The finished mini will be available in December here

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Hexmas Wish List 2013

I’m easy to shop for. Just follow the instructions below!

  • A theremin!****
  • Kickle Snifters original 1976 paperback printing if possible (NOT library binding)! (Alvin Schwartz)
  • Star Trek (original series) Remastered edition (must be the remastered edition). Used is fine!***
  • Gift certificate for RX Comics (because I love supporting my local comic book retail outlet!) **
  • Stripey socks (any colour, just NOT ankle socks)***
  • This Star Trek shower curtain
  • Spock socks**
  • Dye my purple hoodie a darker purple****
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Post-Apocalyptic Diner

This hex-grid post-apocalyptic Diner battlemat is something I put together from stuff I found online. It’s a full-colour pdf!

Post Apocalyptic Diner ready to print

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Building a Better Spaceship

Why build a model of Spaceship Zero? To keep on the shelf as a cool toy? To use on the tabletop during SSZ roleplaying games? Because I can? Yes is the answer to all of these. Let’s have a look…

Rob Baxter Spaceship Zero side viewRob Baxter SSZ Top ViewUnPopular-Mech-72dpiRob Baxter Spaceship Zero

These are files from when the CD “Spaceship Zero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” came out around 1999/2000.

The antennae-looking things are actually coming out of the ass end of the ship, and they are sensors. When not in use (for example when the ship is landing) they retract into the ship. On the front of the ship are 3 graviton tines, which are part of the Better-Than-Light Drive system (like warp drive).

SSZ cutaway cross section from roleplaying book

This above image is the cross section I drew for the roleplaying game that came out in 2000 or so. What this shows that isn’t in the first images (besides the interior)  is what the ship looks like with the xenon thrusters out (they pop out from the middle of the ship and swivel so the ship can navigate in any direction) and the landing gear extended. The landing gear are curved like the ship itself and indeed retract into the hull of the ship so as to be more or less seamlessly hidden. FOR THE MODEL I want the xenon thrusters out (they don’t need to swivel), and the the landing gear out, because otherwise the ship will not stand up! The landing gear do not need to retract into the ship on the actual physical model, but they should look like they could do.

SSZ comic page 2

The above page from the SSZ comic shows another view of the ship, and you can see kind of where the landing gear would come out of the ship towards the bottom.

spaceship zero model plan

Above are some scribbles as to how I envision the model working under the best case scenario. I think that if the model is about 20″ tall (originally I thought 17 inches but better slightly too big than slightly too small) then it will be to scale with the game miniatures I use during SSZ rpg sessions. Eyeballing it, I think the width at the widest point on the ship body (not counting the tines or landing gear) would be 7″ inches, maybe 7.75″ tops?

I think the main concern is going to be how big will the landing gear have to be to ensure that the model doesn’t topple over in a stiff wind.

It would be super cool if the ship were to be cut up in sections for some of the main decks so that at the gaming table it could be doubled as a battle mat kind of a deal. But it looks like that will be more expensive and would compromise the structural integrity of the model overall.

It would also be really cool if there were little blue LED lights in the tines. But again, that’s gravy.

For comparison, here are some images shared by Cliff Raeder, who made his own SSZ model out of two 2L soda bottles. Pretty great! Note that the figures he is using are kids toys that larger than traditional gaming minis that I would be using.

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Toren’s Dull & Obvious Tips on Naming Characters for Roleplaying Games (Fantasy or Otherwise)

In my many aeons of running and playing roleplaying games like D&D, Call of Cthulhu, Spaceship Zero and Mutilator, I’ve witnessed and experienced firsthand the trauma and heartbreak of coming up with a name for a character. As a GM and a player, it’s important for me to choose names that are (1) memorable, (2) easy to say, and (3) add to the enjoyment of the game. Having the name evoke a feeling or idea that supports what the character is or does is an added bonus.

Things to avoid

  • Overly long, or complicated names (it’s okay to have a long full name for the character’s last will and a concise first name or nickname that the other players will use);
  • Names that nobody but you are going to remember. Tolkein was great at this (Amandil, Adanel, Alatariel, Arvegil, and Anfauglir you say? Got it);
  • Names that other players are going to twist in a way that infuriates you (unless you’re okay with that);
  • Random name generators. These are SO DULL. Although, they could be a good starting point if you have absolutely no idea. In which case, just keep reading;
  • Racism! Aunt Mammy Blackface and Chief Heapbig Redfeather are probably not okay.

Remember, there are always exceptions. Sometimes you want a character’s name to rhyme with penis, because that character is a dick.

Put a twist on it!

One starting point is to take an average or well known name and put a twist on it to make it unique. This could be a mundane Western name and zazzing it up (Sarah becomes Sarahi, Christopher becomes Christopheles, Jack becomes Grimjack or Jackslacker) or taking a famous character from fiction or mythology and tweaking it (Prometheus becomes Brometheus, Prothemeus or even Antimetheus). This can have the advantage of being easy-to-remember for other players (most people are familiar with Red Sonja, so they shouldn’t forget Gold Sonja’s name, especially if your gaming miniature is wearing gold armour).

“On the nose”
Name your character after her physical attributes (Scar; One-Eye; Slouchy, Meatface) or skills (Cookie, Bowyer, Cardsharper, Windjammer).

Translations

This is like the above, using a descriptor as a character name, but to make it a little more exotic you might plug the adjective into a translator and see what comes up. For example, if you want to have a fire wizard, plugging ‘fire’ into google translate comes up with fuego, incendio, zjarr (Albanian), fajro, masunog (Filipino) and Brandstelle (German).

Alliteration Adds Amemorability

Think about it: Peter Parker. Bilbo Baggins. Doctor Doom. J Jonah Jameson. ‘Nuff said!

Add an Epithet

Fortran the Black; Hogmeal Wundersniff the Elder; Richard the Duckhearted; Kilwich the Sunderer; Bob the Great. Udon Haddock the Third.

Here are some more jumping off points…

Place names.

Think Indiana Jones, Hanna Montana and Carmen Sandiego, but better. Load google maps, pick a spot on the planet, zoom in and look at some of the place names. I just zoomed into northern Pakistan and in less than 3 minutes found Mingora, Battagram and Sukai Sar, all of which I’m now going to use so hands off!

Food, spices and drugs

Think about your favourite (or most hated) foodstuffs. It’s especially fun to name siblings or groups of characters after specific related consumables. For example, you could have in your favourite tavern three halfling serving wenches named Fennel, Anise and Caraway – these are all ingredients in a popular tea blend. A court of nobles could all be named after fancy cheeses (Lord Camembert; Earl Roquefort; Tyrolean Grey; Cherise Chevre; Casu Marzu; Sir Hedwig Havarti) or a trio of hirelings could be dishes you’d find in an Indian restaurant (Palak Paneer, Malai Kofta, Aloo Ghobi).

Gems & Precious Metals.

Amber, Sapphire, Ruby, and Jade are always popular, but there are many other less well known gemstones and minerals such as Alabaster, Beryl, Bismuth, Borax (sounds like a dwarf to me), Cadmium, Celestine, Corundum, Coltan…and I’ve only gone through A-C.

Plants & Animals (and parts thereof)

Got a druid, shaman or ranger? How about Talon, Fangfoot or Greywing to start with? Mammals and birds are a common go-to (Flynn Falconhelm, Nighthawk Emberblade, Tyr Bloodfox, Ursa Windsinger – notice how I dipped into the Latin name for bear) but let us not forget fish, reptiles, and our invertebrate friends! Marlin Smelt, Octus Snakeblade, Coral Greentooth, Snails McPhee, Dargh Brittlestar, and Tarantalus Rex come to mind. For a more feminine angle, flowers and plants work great: Greta Greenleaf, Forsythia Hollyhock, Ivy Monkshood, Lily Snapdragon, Belladonna Nightshade, Fern Azalea are all easy pulls.

Colours

I wouldn’t even mention this, except for the following: Fuchsia, Azure, Cerulean, Sienna, Taupe, Teal, Mauve, Carmine, Celadon, Cerise, Chartreuse, Vermillion, Cinnabar, Magenta, Drab, Ecru, Glaucous, Tawny, Fulvous and of course Aurometalsaurus. See also epithets above.

Thanks to Jay H, Andrew B, and all the other nerds on Facebook for your help!

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