post-apocalyptic

A group of haggard looking nomads shuffle across a half frozen field as grey snow spits out of the overcast sky. Makeshift winter clothes barely conceal the frigid exterior as their breath steams from their panting mouths. Their packs sag with wear and tear rather than from the dearth of survival gear. Each step proves more laborious than the next as they trek across what was once a vibrant, safe country. In the distance they spy an isolated, seemingly abandoned farmhouse and barn. Should they approach? Maybe there is food? Weapons? Supplies? Or worse?

To say apocalypse and post-apocalypse films are one of the spiciest sub-genres of the day may be more than a little obvious. And indeed it is an interesting, complex question many of these types of films ask us to consider. How does the world end for the only species on it that has so much at stake emotionally and psychologically?

As much as I try not to, I tend to judge screeners on appearance when they get sent to my apartment. I know, I know, that’s not good, but when you see as many movies as I do, you tend to notice patterns. Usually, the better, more professional quality films will get sent in actual DVD cases, have menus and press releases explaining what the film is about. Labors of love shot on weekends in backyards tend to come in jewel cases, but the film-makers will usually include a write up (usually hand-signed) about the film. But then there’s that third subset of screeners.

I've avoided the world of MMORPGS's (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, but you know that you nerd) for quite some time, mostly because I barely have time to play games that don't require me to meet real-time goals. With World of Warcraft blowing up to the point of inviting a parody on South Park, it's safe to say that MMO's have reached far beyond their previous demographic, which included for lack of a better term, basement dwellers.

It's unusual that low-budget movies take on post-apocalyptic themes, mainly because doing so requires more resources than they're usually privy to. This trailer for "Deadland", while perhaps a bit janky in parts, almost convinces me that I might enjoy it if I watched it. It looks more action/thriller than horror, but I'm usually down for a good end of the world romp if it's done well. Check it.