Posts Tagged ‘post apocalyptic’
The strange thing about Polphail is that it was never occupied:
Keys still dangle on a board waiting for tenants who would never arrive. Coat hangers remain in cupboards and rusting washing machines stand idle, dreaming of their first spin cycle.
There’s a definite post-apocalyptic feel about the derelict houses lying empty and unused. There are some excellent images of the abandoned Polphail at local photographer Philippa Elliott’s website:
And on Flickr:
Found via Dark Roasted Blend, here’s another site showcasing some incredibly beautiful photography of abandoned buildings before the wreckers move in:
Preservation Photo dedicates itself to documenting architecture through photography in an effort to preserve a building’s history.
Some illustrative examples:
The massive Bancroft Mill complex was the largest and longest running mill in Delewares Brandywine Valley before it went bankrupt in 2003.
At it’s peak the several hundred acre campus housed over 3500 patients (known as “clients”) and began suffering from overcrowded conditions. Sexual abuse, neglect, and appalling living conditions led to a class action lawsuit against the school in 1977. The school was found guilty of violating patients rights and was officially shut down a decade later in 1987.
Tim Burton is the big-name producer behind this very nice looking post-apocalyptic animated flick featuring rag-dolls (apparently), 9:
Shane Acker is the director. A quick IMDB search reveals he’s not done a great deal before, though he was involved as an animator in WETA which did most of the visual effects for the Lord of the Rings films.
The trailer is undeniably gorgeous, though I wasn’t sure about the prog metal soundtrack. But, all quibbling aside, this is tagged “Tim Burton” and “post-apocalyptic”: just show me where to sign up!
Check out this blog post for some awesome pictures of post-human London. Er, or, to put it more accurately, London on Christmas Day this year:
No traffic, no people, just eerily empty streets.
The remix of Terry Nation‘s classic 1970s post-apocalyptic series, Survivors aired last night on BBC1. The first episode was a fairly impressive feature-length update of the original storyline: a virus destroys 95% of humanity within about a week, and a disparate bunch have to work together to survive.
Here’s the trailer:
Of course, as a BBC production there were bound to be some cheesy moments and I spotted at least one continuity error at about 50 minutes in – another car flashes past the camera in what was supposed to be an abandoned housing estate.
Nevertheless as a die-hard fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, I can’t help but be impressed by the scope of the programme. The resurgent eco-friendly 70s commune themes are also strangely pleasing, if a little naive, such as the outdoor retreat leader who chastises Western society for becoming disconnected from the land and complains because the central character, Abby Grant, can’t milk a cow or kill a pig or something equally “practical”.
Next episode is tomorrow night. If you missed it, you can catch up on BBC’s iPlayer. To whet your appetite, here’s a documentary from BBC Four on the appeal of the original 70s show:
Current Metacritic score 94%
So the consensus seems to be it’s awesome, but perhaps not breathtakingly so. Still I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Check out the video below to get a sneak preview of some of the first parts of the game, where you’re a baby and discover the SPECIAL book!
For an apparently balanced take on it, you could watch Gamespot’s video review which is mostly positive but points out the graphical deficiencies in the PS3 version.
I’ve been finding that there’s a strange beauty in photos of abandoned buildings, lonely places, slow deterioration and the gradual reclamation of the highest works of man by nature.
For me, it allows a vision of a post-apocalyptic planet without the pain and horror of the apocalypse. It’s always been the aftermath – not the disaster – that enthralls me.
To that end, why not dine on the following delights:
I must’ve been filing my nails or something when this was announced, but in any case, last week Bethesda posted a total of five gameplay videos of the lukewarmly anticipated (in certain quarters) Fallout 3 on Youtube.
I of course am anything but lukewarm about the latest instalment of the post-apocalyptic RPG masterseries. See for yourself.
The latest set of videos confirm that the black humour and gritty atmosphere of Fallouts 1 and 2 are present and correct. The second video in particular (entitled “Megaton” and shown below) contains a surprisingly high naughty word count. I’m also loving the ability to plant live grenades on people when pickpocketing them (see the second video below, entitled “Tenpenny Tower”).
The five videos tell a story of sorts as they show the player taking on and completing a simple quest, which has explosive consequences. It’s nice to see the range of conversation options, and hopefully this will go some way to assuaging the unbelievers. However I suspect that some of the haters have now elevated their dislike for this game to a crusade, unable to view any aspect of the game in a positive light.
For what it’s worth, RockPaperShotgun has given it a tentative thumbs up and they’ve also announced that the EU release date is three days after the US. Damn them! In any case it’s on my Amazon wishlist as of this afternoon.
You may not know this, but I have a (possibly unhealthy) fixation with post-apocalyptic fiction. Writing, film or art, it doesn’t matter: I’ll happily consume any of the above voraciously if it’s about life after some global catastrophe which could befall humanity.
I’m currently reading The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (more on that at a later date) which, although not fiction per se, explores what might happen to the earth if humans were to suddenly disappear tomorrow.
When I get a spare couple of hours in the next week, I’m planning on sitting down and writing a much more comprehensive and in-depth post on all of my favourite post-apocalyptic fiction – from John Wyndham to Cormac McCarthy. For now though, you’ll have to content yourself with what I think is a pretty awesome compilation of some of the best post-apocalyptic links on the web:
If you know of any better stuff that I haven’t yet included, please suggest it. Either here in the comments or add me on del.icio.us and send me links. The more post-apocalyptic the better!