Tragic Photographs of Disasters that Occurred Before 1920

We're used to photos and video footage of disasters almost as soon as they happen, but the relative permanence of these disaster photographs forces us to truly reflect on the destruction and tragedy that once occurred, even though it all happened decades ago. » 9/08/13 1:00pm 9/08/13 1:00pm

Horrible prank tricks victims with the end of the world

What would happen if you thought you were witnessing the end of the world from a job interview? LG's new Ultra HD screen was propped up like a window while helpless victims sat and watched an asteroid crash into their beloved city. They're lucky no one got naked or crapped themselves. » 9/05/13 8:30am 9/05/13 8:30am

First Clip from Lars von Trier's Arty Disaster Porn Film, Melancholia

Watch as Kirsten Dunst embraces the reality that the end of the world is nigh — by calling the Earth evil and refusing to grieve for our planet! It's disaster porn, Lars von Trier style! » 5/12/11 6:30am 5/12/11 6:30am

Romantically Apocalyptic: a webcomic about staving off post-nuclear…

Sometimes the best way to survive the end of the world is just to go crazy and roll with it. After all, the denizens of the lushly painted webcomic Romantically Apocalyptic survive with gas masks, ingenuity, and batshit insanity. » 1/01/11 11:00am 1/01/11 11:00am

Apocalyptic Images We Should Have Seen in 2012

If Roland Emmerich needs ideas for his next film, he should give digital artist Steve McGhee a call. McGhee's images capture an array of disaster scenarios, from eco-apocalypses and nuclear explosions to tentacled alien monsters firebombing the streets. » 11/20/09 10:30am 11/20/09 10:30am

Watch The Asylum Destroy The World On A Zero Budget

You want to depict a Deadly Crack (TM) threatening to destroy the entire world... but you have no cash? If you're The Asylum, makers of every great Z-grade movie ever, no problem. Here's an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip to prove it. » 11/19/09 6:38pm 11/19/09 6:38pm

California Falls From Start To Finish

The end of the (known) world doesn't come easily, even when Roland Emmerich is involved. 2012 required 1300 effects shots, and Popular Mechanics followed the fifteen-shot process in making just minutes of disaster happen smoothly. » 11/15/09 8:00am 11/15/09 8:00am

There Is An American Idol 2012 Music Video. No, Seriously

Words do not even begin to express my confusion and sick, splodey delight. The runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert (Yes, the Goth kid), has made a 2012 music video. It's him walking through explosions, naturally. » 11/04/09 8:00am 11/04/09 8:00am

American And Japanese Special Effects Masters Join Forces To Recreate…

Five decades after American science destroyed Hiroshima, U.S. special-effects artists joining Japanese experts, to craft a CG reconstruction of the entire city for a documentary... including some of the wizards behind The Day After Tomorrow. Reverse disaster porn? [Mainichi Daily] » 11/04/09 7:00am 11/04/09 7:00am

5 Minutes Of L.A. Demolition Derby Courtesy Of Roland Emmerich

When does disaster porn cross over and become slapstick? When Roland Emmerich finally sheds all his inhibitions and goes for sensory overload. Watch John Cusack dodge giant donuts, collapsing freeways and crashing buildings in this five-minute destuction orgy from 2012. » 10/02/09 7:00am 10/02/09 7:00am

Death To Future Metro Disaster Porn!

The future of the world is unmistakably urban (UN estimates put 70% of the world's population living in urban areas by 2050), so why do we still expect the worst about cities? Click through for fictional destructions galore. » 9/20/09 12:00pm 9/20/09 12:00pm

2012's Disaster Porn is Beautiful But Boring

Master of disaster Roland Emmerich screened the first clip from his ultimate global destruction flick 2012. What we saw was every bit as disaster porn-tastic as we've been led to believe... but proved oddly short on thrills. » 7/26/09 2:00pm 7/26/09 2:00pm