7 June 2011 5:28 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The new J.J. Abrams film Super 8 opens this week, and it stars Kyle Chandler as a small town sheriff who has to cope with mysterious happenings and inexplicable events that could foretell an alien invasion, or worse ... the end of the world.

That got us thinking about other apocalyptic heroes throughout the years, and how their glowing hotness was used as a beacon to help guide us through to safety.

Or was the last thing we saw before the world ended.

Either way, we're glad these guys were on our side, and present this tribute to the Hunks of the Apocalypse!

Note - You may be wondering why two of the most popular end-of-the-world films, Armageddon and War of the Worlds are not included.

Well, Armageddon sucks. And after watching that scene where Ben Affleck rolls animal crackers on Liv Tyler's naked stomach while "I Don't Want To »

- snicks

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