DID YOU KNOW?
Post-apocalyptic fiction started out with books? The earliest known one was a novel called The Last Man. It was by author, Mary Shelley and she had it published in 1826. It wasn't until more than a century later that the genre appeared in films by the 1950s. There were adaptations of novels throughout history as well as some original ones. The next 30 years would see the release of some memorable films in the genre. Planet of the Apes released in 1968, spawning sequels and reboots to this day. A boy and His Dog released in 1975 based on stories by sci-fi writer, Harlan Ellison. Then, Logan's Run released a year later, touching on topics relevant at the time outside of the genre.
In 1984, legendary filmmaker, James Cameron created a film that changed everything. That film was The Terminator and it would mark the beginning of "robot uprising" films. It would produce sequels and inspire films and TV series like it for many years to come. Then, The Matrix came out in 1999 and it changed the genre yet again. It utilized the same themes set by the apocalypse movies that came before. At the same time, it drew inspiration from various genre, manga, and comics. What it ended up being was a true masterpiece with a cyberpunk vibes and martial arts action. Today, sci-fi movies mix various sub-genres, including apocalypse. All in an attempt to try and come up with fresh ideas and unique takes on the genre.