|Caminante Nocturno - 2007-09-12 |
I was too young to fully comprehend what was going on in this movie the first time I saw it, so I just thought this scene was cool-looking. I don't remember that Invisible Man character being in the movie, either.
I saw this when I was nine, about three and a half years after my family moved to Connecticut from Lawrence, Kansas (where most of THE DAY AFTER is set). Friends of my parents were used as extras, one family we knew got paid to let their barn blow up on screen.
After seeing familiar settings and faces (I still identified as being "from Lawrence"), and seeing my Dad's name on the Eagle Scout monument in the opening credits, I went to my room because my (War Resister's League) parents realized it might be more than I should see. I came back into the living room via the kitchen about three minutes before this footage, and saw a bunch of people I thought of as "friends" die.
It scared the absolute shit out of me, and finding out that my new locale was likely to be one of the first strikes in an actual thermonuclear exchange didn't help.
I wonder if the children who are, say, twelve now will be as terrified of terrorism as I was terrified of The Bomb up through the fall of the Berlin Wall...
Hooray, I'm not the youngest person here!
Spoiler: after the war the invisible man is elected president of the New United States and single handedly rebuilds all of our ruined cities. The catch? They too are invisible.
|simon666 - 2007-09-12 |
kinda creepy, but i think the scariest anti-nuclear war movie that came out of the 80s is Amazing Grace and Chuck and the scene where the AF guy explains how if chuck's sister and mother were washing dishes (haha) and a nuke went off 50 miles away and the same time chuck's sister dropped a fork, the both of them would be vaporized before the fork hit the floor.
i mean at least i remember it being a creepy movie, but the last time i watched it i think was on laser disc *shrug*
|Jeriko-1 - 2007-09-12 |
Five'd for nostalgia and for the black guy running away.
"Man, FUCK this SHIT!"
|zatojones - 2007-09-12 |
This came on when I was seven and it made me deathly afraid of nuclear war with the Russians. Then a few years later Amerika came out and that made me afraid they were going to invade. As far as I can tell the 1980s were a race between the right and the left to scare the shit out of me.
|papercut_junky - 2007-09-12 |
The generation of kids who grew up as teens in the early to mid 80s was probably the one most seriously fucked up by the idea of nuclear armageddon. It was everywhere, from The Day After showing it happen to The Road Warrior showing what was bound to come (though I think Damnation Alley was sooooo much cooler). And then the Cold War ended and we were left almost feeling like we'd been lied to.
Now ask yourself why the majority of these kids went on to do very little in the 90s.
|bizzaro - 2007-09-12 |
way to bomb kansas, stupid russians
most of our missile silos were there and other parts of the midwest
Bombing the breadbasket also makes some sense in a totally evil way.
But yeah, the missile siloes and the armed forces bases would go first in case of an actual structured attack -- I grew up in CT about fifteen miles from the Navy submarine base AND the factories that made the Trident and Seawolf subs.
Our elementary school drills included a nuclear-attack drill (not a duck-and-cover thingie, we were far too close for that) which consisted of "when you hear this siren, go outside and think of the people you love."
I went to college in Kirksville, MO, and took Russian for a language course. The teacher's aide was a woman from Russia whose husband had been involved with the nukes in one way or another. She took delight in telling us that Kirksville was included on strategic maps of America (which did NOT include St. Louis).
Kinda gave me the willies.
|sosage - 2007-09-12 |
I grew up in the 80's and spent my teens in the 90's with the threat of the bomb being a constant reminder. To add to things, my family lived next door to an obvious first strike target. My father's rational for living so close to it? "When the world hits it's breaking point and the nukes drop, being one of the few that gets instantly vaporized will be a blessing".
Yeah, that's basically what we heard as well ("go outside in case of a strike, you'll die a much easier death")...
|mouser - 2007-09-12 |
-1 because it's obviously faked CGI footage: no camera would survive a nuke. Bad Hollywood, bad!
(And before you answer, get a sense of humour)
|Roachbud - 2007-09-12 |
This shit is still going to happen. We'll get in a nuke fight with the Chinese once the oil runs out.
The Chinese aren't capable of launching a trans-Pacific missile strike.
|yoyo1 - 2007-09-12 |
There was a website listing russian targets on american land and the number of missiles they would each receive. It was very intersting, mostly everything greater than a small trailer park would be under nuclear fire, that included road and train junctions, big cities, small cities, etc,etc...
Can't remember the URL
This one's a little crackpot but it's got some interesting things
|minimalist - 2007-09-12 |
I don't know, now I'm even more afraid of the Invisible Man
|bang to buck ratio - 2007-09-12 |
I saw this on TV a couple months ago. You see the stock footage so often that it's kind of meaningless even in context like this.
|Fingasmcgee - 2007-09-12 |
What can I say I was pretty scared of this in my early teens which wasn't too far back, so I'm a young one too, and Roachbud your reassuring optimism is a shining light to all of us
|Bort - 2008-09-08 |
I grew up pretty certain I was going to die in a nuclear war one way or another, and the instant vaporizations always struck me as the thing to hope for. So, this part of "The Day After" didn't weird me out; the best part is at 0:31 when the guy says "I see BMs ... numerous. I see BMs".
Nuclear war may yet destroy us all, but potty humor will live on.
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