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Hypocentre: French filmmakers’ haunting vision of abandoned Paris

paris post apocalyptic short film Empty streets and a city abandoned: these are the images presented in Hypocentre, a harrowing short film from French filmmakers Menilmonde (the pairing of Claire and Maxime). At just under five minutes long, this video shows all the popular views of Paris, including the Champ Elysees, the streets of Montaparnasse and the Eiffel tower all empty of people and traffic. Scroll down to watch it now!

The filmmakers took video footage of the City of Light and edited out all the people in thousands of individual frames, to give a devastatingly empty location, akin to the starts of such apocalyptic films as 28 Days Later or I Am Legend. Read more

What is pulp fiction in books and magazines?

pulp fiction booksSay the words pulp fiction to anyone post-1994 and they’re likely to think of the Tarantino movie, whose use of the name has effectively given it an entirely different standing in modern culture. But long before that iconic film, pulp fiction was a thriving business in the publishing industry, as escapist fiction in books and magazines that readers regularly tuned in to to tune out of everyday life. It was responsible for laying the groundwork for many of the stories explored on this website, so it’s worth knowing about!

This fiction was published in the early 20th century, printed on cheap paper (literally coming from a wooden pulp) with a throwaway concept. Its rapid demands for writing encouraged hard and fast creative talent, which had a heavy influence on the emergence of new writers in the middle of the 20th century. In particular, science fiction genres, crime genres, adventures and romances had strong roots in pulp fiction. Read more

What makes the post-apocalypse so popular?

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Answering the question of just why the apocalypse is so popular in modern culture…

 

 

 

In both fiction and film, the post-apocalypse has always been a popular subject, and with numerous recent releases for both it’s here to stay. The burgeoning communities of fans, and different interpretations of the genre, are evidence of that. This is not a mere modern fascination, though – it’s been a theme in literature for centuries. Why? Because there are many universal themes of heroism and the ordinary becoming extraordinary in these survival settings. Read more

I Am Legend: genre defining

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Title: I Am Legend
Author:Richard Matheson
Year published: 1954
Genre: Post-apocalyptic (near), horror.
Threat: Disease, vampires
Two words: Utterly influential.

 

 

 

 

 

Rarely in history has a book had such a profound impact on its genre as I Am Legend. More than half a century after its initial release, it continues to influence the countless zombie apocalypse, vampire society and lonely wasteland wanderer stories that now pervade popular culture. Themes that we now consider cliché, like the scientific origin of the paranormal disease, and the sole survivor turned hardened hunter, were novel and original when this book was first released. Testament to how successfully Matheson captured these ideas, they are now over-used and over-familiar. But if you’ve never read the original, rest assured it still stands the test of time. Read more