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This horrifically plausible docudrama imagines a devastating nuclear strike on Britain – and came as a shocking warning during the cold war
Easily one of the most harrowing things ever to air on television, Threads is an unremittingly bleak and entirely plausible account of nuclear war and its aftermath. The BBC docudrama, broadcast in 1984 when nuclear paranoia was at its peak, takes its title from the notion that society – the everyday world we take for granted – is held together by mere threads, not unbreakable bonds. And when they go, the result is total collapse.
Written by Barry Hines, whose A Kestrel for a Knave was turned into the 1969 Ken Loach film Kes, Threads is presented as a social-realist drama about a young Sheffield couple, Ruth and Jimmy, as they prepare for married life following an unplanned pregnancy. While they and their families go about their unremarkable business, background news bulletins provide glimpses of an escalating crisis. »
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time around for one reason: that is, the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Written and directed by Peter Tscherkassky
Outer Space has gained a reputation over the years as being a key experimental film alongside the works of such legends as Stan Brakhage and Michael Snow. Horror buffs will recognise the actress in the short as Oscar nominee Barbara Hershey. »
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2 items from 2013
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