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The Aftermath (1982)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1982 (USA)
Two astronauts return to Earth to find that it has been destroyed by nuclear war. L.A. has been taken over by Cutter and his gang of outlaw bikers. Cutter rapes and pillages. There are also... See full summary »


Steve Barkett


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Barkett Steve Barkett ... Newman
Lynne Margulies Lynne Margulies ... Sarah
Sid Haig ... Cutter
Christopher Barkett Christopher Barkett ... Christopher
Alfie Martin Alfie Martin ... Getman
Forrest J. Ackerman ... The Curator
Jim Danforth Jim Danforth ... Williams
Linda Stiegler Linda Stiegler ... Helen
Laura Anne Barkett Laura Anne Barkett ... Laura
Larry Latham Larry Latham ... Mathews
Carole Scott Carole Scott ... Newman's Wife (as Carol Scott)
Nelson Ackerman Nelson Ackerman ... Newman's Son
Eric Caidin Eric Caidin ... Dead Broadcaster
Dick Miller ... Broadcaster (voice)
Mark Crum Mark Crum ... One of Cutter's Men


Two astronauts return to Earth to find that it has been destroyed by nuclear war. L.A. has been taken over by Cutter and his gang of outlaw bikers. Cutter rapes and pillages. There are also mutants. The astronauts hook-up with the only normal people left: two women, a boy and a girl. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Hell in the aftermath. Who will survive? See more »


Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

1982 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Forrest J. Ackerman wears both Boris Karloff's scarab ring from The Mummy (1932) and Bela Lugosi's ring from Dracula (1931). See more »


The yellow sticker on the tape recorder at the radio station has director/writer and star Steve Barkett's name on it. See more »


Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Steve Barkett is the MAN! (8 out of 10)
15 August 2011 | by dominion76251See all my reviews

As a very early entry into the post-nuke game, this one was kind of a genre-defining film for what would follow. Yes, it was insanely low budget, and corny at times, but what really makes it work is Steve Barkett. You know he wasn't a pro, but his amount of enthusiasm for the project more than made up for his lack of skills. He's rolling, jumping, kicking, driving, shooting; no stuntmen here! Flicks like this probably inspired others to get into movie making. It just looks like they had a hell of a lot of fun doing it. This was a movie with a lot of spirit- something the 150 million dollar pictures can't say.

A group of astronauts is in space when WWIII goes down, and they return to earth of find a burnt-out, zombie-infested, wasteland. Criminals run loose, raping and pillaging at will. This film was blatantly copied by Def Con 4 several years later, which was good also. Sid Haig is great as Cutter, the ruthless leader of the filthbags. There is a good amount of decent gore and some nudity to keep you going, but the main plot is the good vs. evil and the battle with Cutter and his band of evil-doers. One thing: this movie will be hard to find. It took me a couple years to find it. UPDATE: I just saw that they have now released this on DVD as Zombie Aftermath! I need to go upgrade my old VHS copy at once!!

If you like B-movies and the post-nuke genre, you will not be disappointed. You may even want to go out and try to make you own movie! This one is a slice of tasty cheese. Recommended. Also, check out Survival Zone (another rare bird).

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