Interesting list, Paaskynen
. The earliest item, however, dates to 1962. It certainly seems like a modern genre, born of Cold War paranoia and fears of scientific or demographic events beyond our control. A quick search on IMDb
appears to confirm that suspicion. I wonder when the first post-apocalyptic movie was made.
As far as I can figure, the first is Things to Come
(1936), a British film based on an H.G. Wells novel. The apocalypse there is a prolonged conventional war, not some nuclear holocaust or epidemic or alien invasion (the Wells-inspired War of the Worlds
was first filmed in 1953). Decades of war reduces the planet to levels of near-barbarism, but a select group of scientists, using airpower, rescues humanity from its depravity through the imposition of a one-world government.
There were other movies that posited a future society, such as Fritz Lang's Metropolis
(1927), but there was little or no explanation as to how the world got to be that way. Metropolis
, in other words, isn't post-apocalyptic so much as it's post-industrial. Can anyone think of an earlier example of a post-apocalyptic movie?