31 Days Of Horror continues here at Last Movie Outpost with one of the most horrifying movies ever made. Threads.
We watch movies to be entertained, we watch comedies to laugh, action movies to be thrilled and horror films to be scared. All safe in the knowledge that all will be fine and can leave the cinema in relative safety.
There are movies out there that make us jump, some give us the chills like Arachnophobia. It is a fun movie to watch, it makes you jump and it gives you the chills, but it’s all OK, because it’s just a film.
Threads, on the other hand, is one that sits with you for a long time, because, it is just a film, but it’s also what could happen!
Made in 1985 as a TV movie, it was produced by the BBC, Nine Network and Western-World Television. It is set in Sheffield, pretty much in the middle of the UK, and follows two families through what would happen if a nuclear war took place between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, leaving the UK right in the middle of it.
There have been a few movies and TV shows about the same thing and set around the same time, at the height of the Cold War with Russia. The Day After, When the Wind Blows, Testament and so on. These movies only really show what happens in a war and usually a few months later. Threads goes further and follows the characters about 15 years after the bombs have dropped.
When the first strikes take place, the film is pretty brutal about it and pulls no punches. The fallout affects everyone and slowly kills people off. The movie keeps you updated with the dates and how many people are affected. So many are killed in the blast, but then, as time goes on, how many millions are affected by the radiation and lack of food.
As the story moves on, days go by, weeks go by, months go by. The land is desolate, nothing can grow and food becomes more scarce. You have to wonder what would be best, to carry on a life of radiation and hunger or to be just killed in the blast?
The end of the movie is one of the most brutal scenes I’ve ever seen. At the start of the movie, a lady is pregnant and gives birth after the blast and while the baby is young, the mother succumbs to the radiation and dies. The child manages to grow up, scrawny, but alive. When she is a teenager, she speaks very simple English, since no one taught her anything else.
She is looking for food and gets raped. The actual end of the movie has her giving birth to a stillborn baby, as she’s handed the baby, she screams and the movie just ends!
It was one of the most hard hitting things I’ve ever seen.
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Movies should be fun, but at the same time, they can educate. Threads is an incredibly hard thing to watch, but it sent an underlying massage to the governments of the time, in a hope that things didn’t escalate to nuclear war.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the watch, just once, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.