A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way.Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
The magnificent epic of five people who survive the nuclear holocaust and their incredible odyssey through the nightmare world it created. And now, you will not only see it, you will feel it, live it--in "Sound 360"--a revolutionary sight and sound experience. See more »
The infamous armor-plated "killer cockroaches" are in fact Madagascar "hissing" cockroaches. In reality, they are three-inches long (as seen in the film), and are quite benign. They make the "hissing" sound to communicate with one another, and when they are agitated. Live roaches were used in close up shots, but rubber mock ups were used in the wide and group shots. See more »
Several times during the flood, the voice audio is incorrect or missing completely. See more »
All the dead are dead - and the living are dying.
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Opening credits prologue: 123rd STRATEGIC MISSILE WING TIPTON AFB, CALIFORNIA See more »
I saw this film at the local cinema when it was released ...
and what a great film it seemed. (and in context, still is!).
The context is this - in 1977 we were in the middle of the 'Cold War', and we lived expecting the USA and the USSR to start throwing nukes at each other, which we expected to be the END OF THE WORLD. So a film about the end of civilization was bound to be a hit.
btw if you read the original novel 'Damnation Alley' then I can't recommend this film, because the tie-in is VERY tenuous
back to the film - WWIII devastates the planet, and a group of survivors from a military base build a seriously tasty all terrain vehicle with which to explore the remains of the planet. Damnation Alley - a devastated stretch of the USA - is populated by (among other things), giant scorpions :-) wow!
What would the survivors of WWIII be like? Well maybe they'll retain some semblance of whatever passed for normal before the nuclear strike, or maybe they'll degenerate - the survivors from the base meet a few along the way.
The ending? Was (in my opinion) quite a let down - but you can make your own decision about that
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