Armageddon Films FAQ
Armageddon Films FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About Zombies, Contagions, Aliens, and the End of the World as We Know It
by Dale Sherman
Available October 2013
Mankind has been predicting its own demise through various methods, from fables and religious scriptures to hardcore scientific studies, since the dawn of time. And if there is one thing Hollywood knows how to exploit, it is the fear of Things to Come.
Armageddon Films FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Zombies, Contagions, Aliens, and the End of the World as We Know It (Applause Books, Oct. 2013, $24.99) by Dale Sherman looks into the various methods we have destroyed ourselves with over the years: zombies, mad computers, uptight aliens, plunging objects from space, crazed animals, Satan, God, contagions, the ever-popular atomic bomb, and sometimes even a combination of these in the same movie.
For a topic that appears narrow and self-evident, there are endless variations to how the world will be threatened and how it will be resolved emotionally as well as physically. Some end with “We narrowly avoided disaster once again, let’s kiss!,” while others end with standing in silence as everything turns to darkness. Even in the films with the most absurd premises, the filmmakers have something to say. We’re driven to watch these films because the dangers we see in them reflect something within ourselves. Do we like to speculate on what we’d do if we survived? What can we learn from them? What do they say about us as a culture? In Armageddon Films FAQ, Sherman walks us through not only plotlines and motifs, but also the gravity of what these films mean.
This book includes chapters on nuclear dramas, zombies, contagions, end-time flicks, Martians, ecological disasters, evil technology, television apocalypses, unfilmed novels, and movies that show the funny side of Armageddon. Sherman counts down the top ten music videos in early apocalyptic rotation, ten post-apocalyptic/prehistoric/present-day car flicks, and most usefully, ten things you need to survive the apocalypse. From the days of silent film to the most recent earth-shattering epics, Sherman has included it all. The end may be nigh, but with Armageddon Films FAQ, you’ll be prepared with everything left to know about the end of the world.
Dale Sherman’s first apocalyptic movie memory was explaining the plot to This Is Not a Test to his family when he was six. Since then he has been a fan of the film genre, while writing books on such topics as women in music, urban legends, and Alice Cooper, and several books on the rock band KISS, including KISS FAQ (Backbeat Books). He lives above-ground and unafraid of zombies with his healthy wife, angelic daughter, and various nonlethal pets.
Oct. 29, 2013
6“ x 9”
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group