Ah, the Apocalypse. I want it. I need it. I gotta-gotta have it. On screen, that is. Without the Apocalypse, there’d be no post-apocalyptic world and without a PA world, there’d be no PA movies. Whether caused by weapons of mass destruction (On the Beach), radiation (Night of the Comet), geologic (2012) or climate change (The Day After), celestial collision (Armageddon), machines (The Terminator), wooden acting (Waterworld) or who-knows (Night of the Living Dead), what happens after the event is an urban planner’s worst nightmare, a survivalist’s wet dream and fertile ground for writers and directors. PA movies cater to the nihilistic best in all of us by serving up thick slices of ghoulish fun for our consumption . . .
We all have our favorite(s), and I have my mine. Hints: my “hero” carries a cut-down Springfield 1903 fitted to a Mannlicher Schönauer carbine stock, and a Webley WG Army Model .455 break-top revolver. That boy knew his guns. So, what are your picks for top cinematic PA weaponry? I’m talking about actual, theatrically-released movies wherein the excrement hits the air velocity accelerator big time. C’mon. Tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine.