The Cold War spawned a slew of nuclear-themed movies in the 1980s, all of which tapped into the growing dread of atomic annihilation; The Day After, The Testament, and On the Beach are the most well-known. There’s another nuclear war movie from the 80s that was so harrowing, it achieved a level of terror not matched by most horror movies; Threads (1984) was so bleak, so graphic, so over the top in its portrayal of a nuclear assault and its aftermath that it’s been accused of be left-wing propaganda.
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Threads has made the rounds for decades on VHS bootlegs and has been uploaded to various streaming platforms, but these are all poor quality. Finally, the film is getting a Blu-ray/DVD re-release from the folks at Severin Films. Look for it at movie retailers beginning January 16th. In the meantime, check out the trailer, synopsis, and DVD extras for Threads below.
Official Synopsis: Young lovers Ruth (Karen Meagher) and Jimmy (Reece Dinsdale) decide to get married after Ruth unexpectedly gets pregnant. But their quiet lives in Sheffield, England, are threatened when the Soviet Union and United States go to war. After a nuclear attack destroys a NATO base 20 miles from Sheffield, the town falls into chaos. Ruth and Jimmy are separated as the fallout spreads. Ruth must struggle to survive alone in the post-apocalyptic landscape.
Threads is directed by Mick Jackson and stars Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, and David Brierly.
Audio commentary with director Mick Jackson moderated by film writer Kier-La Janisse and Severin Films’ David Gregory
Audition for the Apocalypse: Interview with actress Karen Meagher
Shooting the Annihilation: Interview with director of photography Andrew Dunn
Destruction Designer: Interview with production designer Christopher Robilliard
Interview with film writer Stephen Thrower
The US trailer
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