World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies
by David J. Moore
Release Date: June 28, 2014
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Ah, the end of civilization as we know it. What better subject matter for a movie? Hollywood has long embraced the post-apocalyptic (PA) concept, and new movies are coming out every year with this as its basis. These films are fascinating glimpses into what might be, should the end arrive during our lifetime. WORLD GONE WILD is an amazing, comprehensive look at over 800 titles in this favored genre, making this book a definite Must Own for fans of cinema!
If you are not familiar with WORLD GONE WILD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Schiffer Books:
A loving ode to a universal genre of film. An entire subculture of end-of-the-world themes was spawned from films like The Road Warrior, Escape From New York, and The Terminator. While those films are still being emulated today, film makers all around the world continue to produce radically unique films with startling perspectives of humanity facing the end of all things. This book offers pointers and a frame of reference on how the characters behaved when their worlds were on the brink of desolation. It covers the genre’s biggest blockbusters like The Hunger Games, I Am Legend, Oblivion, and World War Z, while devoting equal time and attention to smaller, more obscure films that really deserve to be discovered. Containing over 800 movie reviews, 60 exclusive interviews with filmmakers and actors who’ve made films in the genre, and a vast subgenre index, World Gone Wild is a chronicle of humanity’s struggles through nuclear war, global natural disasters, and the zombie apocalypse in film.
Regardless of whether your are a diehard PA Film fan or if you’re just a casual watcher, this book needs a spot in your library. It is an exhaustive guide to all things PA, and it even includes several titles you might not thing to look for. Take, for example, Disney’s WALL-E. Yup, it’s in there. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s a look at life after the Earth has succumbed to mountains of trash. This shows you the deep depths to which this book goes.
WORLD GONE WILD lists each movie in alphabetical order, gives a detailed description and review, and then rates the movie using a comprehensive scale. It’s also chocked full of interesting information about the films, as well as interviews with cast and/or crew. I can’t stress enough: there has never been a book about PA films this inclusive.
WORLD GONE WILD is the final word on post-apocalyptic cinema, and it is a book you should snatch up at all costs. There are many films in it that I have never seen, but I am certainly adding them to my To Watch list now. The book is available now, so check it out!