Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The End of the World as We Know It!

We spent our Labor Day weekend watching apocolyptic movies.  First, it was Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which, quite frankly, I don't know how we had waited so long to see it since it's one of DH's Favorite Sci-fi Series Ever!  And it was really good.

Sunday, after spending half the day watching St. John Bosco, we watched The Omega Man, with Charleton Heston, after the kids went to bed.  That's the 1970's version of Will Smith's I Am Legend.  He's the last survivor of the plague that killed everyone on earth, or, if they didn't die, they turned into zombies that are out to get him.  Cheery.  It was a good movie, but very dated and cheesy, as you might expect from good, old Chuck!  Or is it just that everything from the 1970's is dated and cheesy?

Finally, last night we watched the original move, The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price.  Made in 1964, it seemed a little less dated and less cheesy, but the filmmakers weren't very attentive to the background, as there were lots of "signs of life" in a world where everyone was supposed to be dead!

If you've been to a grown-up movie lately (I was going to say "adult", but that wouldn't sound very good, would it?), you've probably seen the trailer for Contagion where there is another worldwide epidemic.  The same theme over and over again.

It's kind of fun watching movies that are remakes of each other to see their differences.  There have been lots of pandemic movies over the year, but you know what's missing?  Preparing for the end of the world as we know it.  I don't mean just having your Zombie Assualt Vehicle ready, or your armory, or your house stocked with canned food.  I mean really preparing, as in, your soul.

If St. John Bosco were here when the pandemic comes, what would he do?  I'd like to know if he'd spend his days hunting down and killing zombies, or if he'd convert them with love.  How would he spend his last days (years) on earth as the Last Man?  How would you?

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