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Past and future look exactly the same in this post-apocalyptic western

In the post-apocalyptic future depicted in this short film there are no smartphones, computers, or octopus-shaped robots trying to destroy what’s left of humanity. Here, people live like they used to in the Wild West. They ride horses, wear funny hats, and are well aware that their life is worth less than the bullet… » 8/31/15 2:16pm Yesterday 2:16pm

Last Night’s Falling Skies Finale Actually Depressed The Hell Out of Me

The human race is doomed. That’s what I take away from the final episode of Falling Skies, in which the human race is saved in such a slapdash and unconvincing manner, you sense that everyone concerned felt as though humanity actually deserves to perish. God, this show. What the hell happened? » 8/31/15 10:05am Yesterday 10:05am

A Group of Historians Debates How the World Ended, But Their Evidence Is...Funny

The short anime comedy Bureau of Proto Society takes us to a post-apocalyptic bunker, when the last remnants of humanity live isolated from the world. The bunker’s historians gather each day to try to debate how the world ended—and once you see their historical sources, you’ll understand their confusion. » 8/28/15 5:40pm Friday 5:40pm

Skynet Wins After All: Terminator Genisys Is a Monster Hit in China!

Terminator Genisys was a flop in the United States, making just $89 million here. But now Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the franchise has scored a monster opening day in China, which means it will probably wind up being considered a hit overall. And a sequel just got much more likely. » 8/24/15 3:45pm 8/24/15 3:45pm

Watch the Most Pants-Wetting Moment From the Claustrophobic New Movie Air Right Now

Norman Reedus volunteers to test out a cryogenic suspension chamber—only to find out that it’s not just like going to sleep regularly—in this clip from the new movie Air. This is one of the most terrifying moments in this post-apocalyptic movie, and we’re presenting it exclusively at io9. This moment made me lose my… » 8/13/15 6:30am 8/13/15 6:30am

Why The Best Post-Apocalyptic Stories Are Usually Kind Of Silly

What do Judge Dredd, Mad Max and Adventure Time all have in common? They’re three of the best post-apocalyptic narratives we’ve ever seen. And they’re all slightly ludicrous, ranging from outright surrealism to mad social satire. In fact, the best post-apocalyptic storytelling is usually kind of ridiculous. » 7/17/15 2:07pm 7/17/15 2:07pm

What I Learned From Re-Reading Stephen King's The Stand

I was twelve the first time I read Stephen King’s The Stand. My dad read it before I did. We were on vacation, and I saw him with the paperback, the edition with the silver binding and blue-black cover. There was a face on the cover—a mysterious, spooky sort of face, creepy and weirdly beautiful. I saw that face, and… » 7/02/15 9:50am 7/02/15 9:50am

Arnold Somehow Saves Terminator Genisys From Being A Total Disaster

Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again playing a machine cloaked in human skin in Terminator Genisys, but now he’s the most human thing in a plastic movie. Arnie’s trademark grimace looks rough around the edges, like a slab of petrified wood after years of erosion. In a movie that’s basically shitty comfort food, the… » 7/01/15 8:00am 7/01/15 8:00am

Come With Me If You Want To See Some Insane Terminator Concept Art!

One of the things we’ve always wanted from a Terminator movie is a longer, more insane look at the future war between humans and Skynet. And now, it looks like it’s on. Check out some exclusive concept art of the weapons of the future war for survival — including the Violet Cleaver and the Reaper.
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Earth's Last Two Men Vie For The Last Woman In Z For Zachariah Trailer

The film adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s novel Z for Zachariah debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and now we get a peek at the post-apocalyptic drama. Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor play survivors of a nuclear disaster living a quiet post-apocalyptic life, at least until Chris Pine shows up to compete for… » 6/04/15 1:20pm 6/04/15 1:20pm

The Explosively Awesome Concept Art Of Mad Max: Fury Road

Max Max: Fury Road is an incredible visual spectacle, in which a beautiful landscape and some incredibly insane vehicles collide in a fireball of pure brilliance. But before it was a work of art, this movie was a collection of eye-popping drawings and paintings. Check out an exclusive look at the concept art of Fury… » 5/18/15 2:11pm 5/18/15 2:11pm

First Exclusive Look At The Plague Paranoia In The Last Ship Season 2!


The Last Ship was one of the best surprises last summer — the plague apocalypse tale was basically a fun-as-hell summer movie with heroic scientists, whom we actually see doing science. Plus some neat post-apocalyptic political battles. So here’s a first look at season two, in which there’s a whole new storyline about… » 5/01/15 11:20am 5/01/15 11:20am

8 Stories That Make The Apocalypse Seem Downright Pleasant

It’s the end of the world as we know it — but is that necessarily a bad thing? While most apocalyptic stories depict humanity struggling in the aftermath of a huge disaster, some post-apocalyptic worlds seem like they might be a nice place to spend a vacation, free from the stresses of modern life. » 4/21/15 10:25am 4/21/15 10:25am

This Moment Is Why We Can't Stop Obsessing About Syfy's 12 Monkeys


Here's the most intense moment in last night's 12 Monkeys — it's a moment that turns some crucial stuff from the Terry Gilliam movie on its head, while also playing with time travel in a pretty uniquely cool way. And it reminds us just why we got sucked into obsessing about this show in the first place. Spoilers... » 4/06/15 4:12pm 4/06/15 4:12pm