Your days are numbered, 2020. You’ve been the worst year on record by a country mile and we can’t wait to put you in the ground. As far as you’re concerned, these are the end times and we are the horseman of the apocalypse signaling your demise. This may seem like a silly over-complication of what is nothing more than a simple flip of the calendar, but there is no denying that the end of nigh. And let’s be real, would you even be surprised if you turned on the news tomorrow to discover that the world was about to become a barren wasteland?
We all focus on new beginnings and fresh starts as the New Year approaches, but there can be no beginning without an end. An end to everything we know. Everything we’ve come to expect as normal and commonplace. An end to every little shitty wrinkle in the fabric of reality we’ve had to stare directly in the face for too long now. And sure, it’s scary to watch characters you love navigate a cold, uncaring land of ruthless scavengers but there is always hope in those post-apocalyptic deserts.
For every gang of murderers or zombies or mutated ghouls, there is a pack of optimistic survivors working to rebuild the world in their image. No matter how bleak or depressing the film, there is always a streak of hope in apocalypse cinema that one day the world will balance itself out. Earth will never look the same again after it’s been chewed-up and spit out, but it will one day (hopefully) be a world where we call all find peace.
It all ends this month at Nightmare on Film Street! Not really- but it sounds kinda cool, amiright? Nevertheless, the editorial has an apocalyptic amount of fun and film analysis ready for you to greedily hoard like the sky is on fire, including your official Apocalypse Bartering Guide from Chris Aitkens in case your curious how many cans a roll of toilet paper is really worth. Kim Morrison is generously sharing her tips & trick for surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but if you’re looking to become the ultimate badass of the badlands, look no further than Rachel Reeve’s deep-dive into Kurt Russel’s Snake Plissken.
And let’s not forget that the Holiday season is right around the corner. Yeah-yeah-yeah, it’s different this year and we’re all upset we won’t have the opportunity to awkwardly argue with our stubborn relatives, but horror movies will always be there for us. And if you’re looking for something new to watch this year, keep an eye out for Paul Le’s December edition of Cutting it Close. Paul’s been raising a magnifying glass to the untold slashers of yesteryear for some time now and I can’t wait for him to introduce you to Trapped Alive, a “hilarious and weird ’80s holdover set in a mine with a Santa-esque cannibal”!
We’ve got a big red bag full of recommendations to scare up your winter wonderland this month but we also want to hear all about what you’re watching this month. How are you planning to wave goodbye to the shitiest year on record? These are the end times (as far as 2020 is concerned), how will you be spending it? Share your plans with us over on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, and in the official Nightmare on Film Street Discord. Not a social media fan? Get more horror delivered straight to your inbox by joining the Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter.