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5 post-apocalypse movies to watch after Mad Max: Fury Road

Francesca Breen Communications Coordinator

So, you’ve just watched Creating the Apocalypse - In Conversation with George Miller and re-watched Mad Max: Fury Road, and now you’re left hankering for more gas-guzzling carnage. Here are 5 post-apocalyptic movies that will keep those cravings at bay. The best part? They’re all available to stream on Stan Australia (thank you, you are not a wasteland).

1. Snowpiercer (2013)

Before South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (OkjaThe Host) sent shock waves around the world with his Academy Award-winning Parasite (2019), there was Snowpiercer. The apocalyptic remnants of global warming have left all survivors crammed in a non-stop, high-speed train, ‘The Snowpiercer’. Onboard, a Stalinist class structure breeds unrest, leading to a revolution against the abominable Minister Mason, played by Tilda Swinton, who rules with an iron fist and prosthetic teeth that would make a horse jealous.

2. These Final Hours (2013)

Technically a pre-apocalypse movie, Australia has just 12 hours left until an inescapable firestorm hits in this sweaty end-of-the-world sci-fi. How would you spend your final hours? Take it easy with your partner (grim) or head to a ridiculously banging—albeit primal—bush doof, and by chance save a kidnapped young girl and help find her father?

3. The Road (2009)

Viggo Mortenson stars as the determined, ailing father desperately trying to protect his son from the bleak and savage post-apocalyptic world populated by cannibals menacing the charred streets at every turn. It’s an arresting and tender portrait of fatherhood and a dad’s inextinguishable hope—made even more powerful by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ orchestral score.

4. War of the Worlds (2005)

Steven Spielberg’s retelling of H.G.Wells' classic science fiction novel cannot be missed. Tom Cruise stars as your average Joe dockworker and flunking father until a cruel storm rolls over New Jersey. Streetlights flicker and burn out, and cars come to a halt. Oh, and alien tripods emerge from beneath the Earth, too.

5. Mad Max (1979)

Let’s go back to where it all began, before Immortan Joe ruled the Citadel. When George Miller conceived the rusted, metal-head bloodbath, aka Mad Max, little did he know it was the birth of ‘post-Auspocalypse’ film making—a genre most certainly spearheaded by Miller.

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