Post-Apocalyptic Movies To Watch Out In 2013

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What are the upcoming post-apocalyptic movies in 2013? There is a growing trend of post-apocalyptic movies that in the last few years have been able to conquer the mainstream audience. And the 2013 seems to confirm this trend.

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A few big Hollywood post-apocalyptic movies, starring actors such as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster along with a good number of small indie productions will be released in 2013. Aliens seem to be rising as the most popular reason behind the apocalypse, in particular for the biggest productions such as Oblivion, After Earth, Pacific RIM and Enders’ Game. Zombies are still another popular theme (World War Z, Warm Bodies, Battle Of The Damned, and Heart Land).

Any other PA movies to watch out? Just let me know and I’ll add it to the list below:

Warm Bodies (February): an original take on the zombie theme. R – young and introspective zombie – meets Julie – human – and that’s the beginning of a strangely warm relationship. A classic love story in zombie twist.

The Last Days (Los Ultimos Dias) (March): an interesting Spanish production. A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces, an agoraphobia that causes instant death. The survivors are trapped inside buildings.

The Host (March): in this movie, based on Stephenie Meyer’s books and marketed as the post-Twilight saga, a species of aliens has taken over the humans’ minds, but some humans refuse to give up their minds. The soundtrack is by Antonio Pinto (I love his music!)

The Colony (April): a $16m sci-fi thriller indie production starring Bill Paxton, about a group of underground survivors after the next Ice Age, fending off an invasion of feral cannibals. We know so far that it has been shot at the decommissioned N.O.R.A.D. (North American Aerospace Defense Command base) of North Bay, Ontario, Canada:

Oblivion (April): Hollywood big production, based on the Radical Comics graphic novel Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski, and directed by Kosinski himself. Starring Tom Cruise as a drone repairman in post-apocalyptic earth, and other stars such as Morgan Freeman. The second official trailer has just been released a few days ago:

After Earth (June): American sci-fi thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring real-life father and son Will and Jaden Smith on a planet evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier:

After The World Ended (June): a story taking place on an alternate future time line of Earth. The path of different characters crosses in a post-apocalyptic world:

This Is The End (June): a dark comedy on the end of the world. Guests (Seth Rogen, Emma Watson and singer Rihanna among the others) at a celebrity party at James Franco’s house are faced with the apocalypse.

World War Z (June): based on World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, the great post-apocalyptic zombie novel by Max Brooks, this is one of the most looked forward PA movies of 2013. A U.N. employee (Brad Pitt) travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly zombie pandemic.

Pacific RIM (July): sci-fi invasion film directed by Guillermo del Toro. Humans build huge robots to defend themselves from huge aliens.

Snowpiercer (August): the few human survivors of an Ice Age post-apocalyptic future take shelter in a train, on which a revolt between classes begins to ferment. It sounds as one of the most promising post-apocalyptic movies of 2013, I’ll keep a special eye on it.

Snowpiercer - concept art

Elysium (August): starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9 director) movie takes place in the near future, when the very wealthy 1-per-cent lives on a space station while the rest of humanity survives on the ruined Earth.

The World’s End (August): this apocalyptic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost sees five friends, reunited to attempt again an epic pub crawl, becoming humankind’s only hope for survival.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November): the second movie of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Ender’s Game (November): based on the popular novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, this sci-fi movie starring Harrison Ford sees a gifted child sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion, 70 years after a horrific alien war.

Ender's Game - first image from the movie

The Zero Theorem (December): in the latest Terry Gilliams’s movie, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius, living in an Orwellian corporate world, works to solve a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning.

Heart Land (release date unknown): an indie production about a group of children struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic America.

The Wind Is Watching (release date unknown): in 2037, a woman travels through war-torn America looking for her brother, after a natural disaster has given rise to a new militarized America.

Battle Of The Damned (release date unknown): following a deadly viral outbreak, a private military soldier (Dolph Lundgren) leads a handful of survivors and a ragtag band of robots against an army of the infected.
Battle of The Damned

Dust of War (release date unknown): in a post-apocalyptic American frontier, a lone soldier fends off a brutal warmonger to rescue a girl fated as the savior of humanity. Another really promising movie to watch out!

Scorched Earth (release date unknown): a bounty hunter (Sean Bean) goes off in search of the most wanted criminal in ravaged wastelands, after the Earth suffered an environmental collapse and billions died.

Orion (release date unknown): a promising indie movie by the Canon Filmmaker Award winner Ariel Norton. A savage hunter fights his way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of his brother.

Sleep, Wake, Forget (release date unknown): a low budget production, in which years after civilization has fallen, two brothers who were able to survive this destroyed world thanks to their ability to look into the minds of others – defend themselves against the creatures that mankind had become.

Curio Shop (release date unknown): on their Facebook page, it’s described as a post-apocalyptic acid western, about two brothers who struggle to avenge the wrongs done to their family.

Re-entry: Grey Zone (release date unknown): in 2018, many parts of the worlds are contaminated by an unidentifiable life form from the space. The human civilization is facing extinction. A scientist and a guide enter illegally into a contaminated area.

The Philosophers (release date unknown): a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.


6 responses to “Post-Apocalyptic Movies To Watch Out In 2013”

  1. Thanks for this GREAT list of movies. I am a BIG fan of this genre. Even though I have already seen about half of them….The other half was unknown to me. Keep up the information about these underappreciated movies!!

    • Thanks Devin for your feedback, I love this genre too. Would you like to write some reviews or posts on PA movies (or anything else on this topic) and publish them on postapocalyptica? I would appreciate that.

      • There are a lot of Wikipedia entries that list all the aapyolcptic books, but they don’t tell you which ones are worth reading. I love that particular genre, so here are my favorites:- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: 200 years after a zombie apocalypse, survivors lived inside a fenced compound with the zombies outside. When the fence is breached, the teen heroine must escape to the zombie wilderness with friends to survive.- The Shore of Monsters by David J. Nix: 100 years after a horde of monsters destroyed humanity, the survivors live on islands off the shore. All the men are dead or ruined by a monster plague, and women maintain the race through medical means. Words live father’ and romance’ have lost meaning. When 17-year old Sky joins an expedition to the monster-infested shore, and it fails, she must survive in the ruins amongst the creatures. She gets very unexpected help from a surprising source that changes everything.- World War Z by Max Brooks: Another zombie apocalypse, told in documentary style. Soon to be a Brad Pitt movie.- The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier: When you die you go to a city where you exist as long as others are living on earth that remember you. The city suddenly begins shrinking, and the residents try to determine why. Spoiler: dark ending.- The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Dark story of a father and son surviving in a wasteland after a nuclear war has poisoned the planet. Very grim, with just a glimmer of hope at the end. This novel will hurt, but it will make you think.- Z for Zechariah by Robert C. O’Brien: A teen girl in an oasis in a nuclear wasteland might be the only survivor. However, a man arrives in a radiation suit, lifting her spirits. Soon the girl begins wondering if being alone wasn’t better. This is a classic.- Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: Survivors rebuild after a comet smacks Earth and destroys civilization.- The Stand by Stephen King: After a plague destroys most of humanity, the survivors split into two camps: good and evil. They struggle against one another for the soul of the future. King wrote this before he became the master of horror, and it is still his best.- A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.: Priests protect documents centuries after a nuclear war destroyed everything. It turns out the documents are the only remaining remnants of advance science. Another classic.- The Postman by David Brin: A loner brings hope to the survivors of a nuclear war. Hard to describe, but a fantastic book.Others to look up on Amazon that I liked: Earth Abides, The Long Tomorrow, The Vault of Ages, Kelwin, Riddley Walker, I Am Legend, Daybreak 2250 A.D., Eternity Road, Shipbreaker.

      • Hello, Jerry! Yes, I know about TheWalking Dead episodic game from Telltale it is also cmoing on PC and that is the version I plan to get. I really hope it lives up to the expectations fans have from it!

    • Day by Day Armageddon by JL BourneCell by Stephen KingDying to Live by Kim PaffenrothWorld War Z by Max BrooksPlague of the Dead by ZA RechtThe Living Dead 1 and 2 are fantastic short story claiiomtpons including stories by many of today’s top authors. It’s edited by John Joseph Adams. All the stories are zombie, but there is a lot of variation on the zombie apocalypse theme.If you’re interested in something young adult, try The Enemy by Charlie Higson.You might also try I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (nothing like the movie) and The Strain by Guillermo del Toro. They’re both categorized as vampire, but they are not your normal vampires (no sparkling). They are apocalyptic tales and both are excellent.There’s a lot of good suggestions for straight up apocalyptic fiction above. My personal favorites:One Second After by William ForstchenThe Road by Cormac McCarthyThe Postman by David BrinThe Stand by Stephen KingSwan Song by Robert McCammonEarth Abides by George R StewartDies the Fire by SM STirlingOryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (and Handmaid’s Tale and The Year of the Flood)Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry NivenYoung adult:Chaos Walking series by Patrick NessBlood Red Road by Moira YoungLife As We Knew It by Susan Beth PfefferEvery time I think I’ve finished a list of post apocalyptic favorites, I’ll remember another one, so I’m stopping. I’m sure there some I’ve read that I’ve missed typing here.

  2. I love this genre. It has fast become my favorite genre of cinema. Even more so when it is hard to find good movies that I have not already seen at least once.

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