My 5 Favorite SHTF Movies

On a lazy rainy day, what to do then to watch some movies about SHTF situations.  My personal favorites movies are kept separate from the rest of the families movies – this make them easier to find and keep track of.

In no particular order or preference:

Book of Eli – starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals. Released in 2010, Book of Eli is about a man sent by GOD to deliver a Bible. The film touches on important issues, such as scarcity of resources, safe drinking water, gang violence, religion and rebuilding post-SHTF.

My favorite parts of the Book of Eli:

When Denzel Washington gives the mouse a piece of meat and says something like “go ahead, its cat.”
When the old woman played by Frances de la Tour brings out some tea, and her husband puts on some music.
When the bad guys outside the house are firing their weapons, and out rolls the gatling gun.
The printing press is cranking out pages of the Bible.

Shaun of the Dead – starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis and Dylan Moran. Released in 2004, Shaun of the Dead is about some young adults that suddenly find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. When I need to good zombie SHTF humor, Shaun of the Dead is the movie I usually turn to.

My favorite parts of Shaun of the Dead:

The introduction cut scenes and music.
When Shaun and Ed plan on killing Shauns’ step dad because the step dad has been bitten.
When the Shauns group meets another group of survivors, both groups look quit similar.

Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake) – starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber and Mekhi Phifer. Released in 2004, Dawn of the Dead is about a group of survivors who suddenly find themselves in a serious SHTF zombie apocalypse. They seek out shelter in the one place that looks available – a local shopping mall. Some of the issues the movies addresses is distrust of others, teamwork, food, and places to go in a long term SHTF situation.

My favorite parts of Dawn of the Dead:

When the husband stops chasing the car, and attacks a neighbor in her house coat.
Hordes of zombies running into the neighbors house.
When the ambulance hits the neighbor.
When the car runs into the gas station and there is an explosion.
The sewer scene.

The Zombie Diaries – starring Russell Jones, Sophia Ellis and James Fisher. Released in 2006, The Zombie Diaries is about several groups of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The Zombie Diaries was filmed in a hand-held documentary format, and as a result the camera is constantly moving.

My favorite parts of the Zombie Diaries:

None, some of the topics that the movie covers are unsettling.

What has been seen, can not be unseen.  Keep that in mind of you decide to watch The Zombie Diaries.


28 Days Later – starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns and Brendan Gleeson. Released in 2002, 28 Days Later is about a man (Cillian Murphy) who wakes up 28 days after the Rage Virus has been released on London. Animal rights activist try to rescue primates used for testing, and as a result, some of the activist are bitten and become infected.

My favorite parts of 28 Days Later:

The music.
When the survivors go to the parents house
Escaping the city.
Going shopping.
The rain scene towards the end of the movie.

Special Mention:  Movies not listed, but still worth watching

Cloverfield – another hand-held documentary style movie about an alien that lands in New York city.
Dawn of the Dead – the original zombie movie.
Night of the Living Dead – 1968 version.
Reign of Fire – dragons are unleashed on humanity once again.
Apocalypto – events right before the Maya civilization meet the Spanish.
Enemy at the Gates – Battle of Stalingrad in World War II.
Children of Men – What happens when mankind has no hope.
Zombie Land – cardio, the first rule to surviving a zombie invasion