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'Threads' (the film)

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
has anyone seen the film 'Threads'? it was made by the BBC in about 1985, but was banned for years and has only recently become available on video/DVD. for those of you who haven't seen it, it basically follows two sheffield families linked by an unwanted pregnancy as the UK takes a nuclear strike. theres quite alot of build-up, as they bomb goes off a good 45mins/1 hr into the film, and what it shows is just one of the scariest things i have eva seen. there is little blood & guts, so most things are psycholgical, and done very cleverly. it was the strongest thing i have eva seen - it has turned me against nuclear weapons - and i think every world leader should be forced to watch it. i cant really put it into words - it was just truly mind-blowing . . . . .

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yep it was the most disturbing film ive ever seen in my life. The guy who I bought the DVD from warned me that it would ruin my day when I watched it and he was bloody right. I felt sick all day.

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It was featured on the BBC's I Love the 80's series. I think it was 1981. From the clips that they showed it looked pretty scary.

    Just imagine if you had watched it 20 years ago. I must have been terrifying.

    The theme tune to it is so cold and sets the seen right at the start.

    Now, have a big toke on this South African drugs-reefer-style spliff doobie.

    [This message has been edited by Dan_the_man (edited 28-11-2001).]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    yeah, well, someone here at uni put it up on the network for others to download, and he put a text warning by it saying 'not for sensitive people'. my housemate burned it on2 CD for me and wrote warnings all over it - and with good reason. Dan, we were both wrong, it was 1984 - i just checked. but yeah, it must have been unbelievably scary 2 watch when the threat of that was more real than it is today.

    here is the Amazon.co.uk Review for those of you who still don't know what we're talking about . . . . .

    Hideously plausible when first broadcast in 1984, this BBC TV docu-drama now seems like a terrifying might-have-been, although a great deal of what it says about the probable aftermath of a nuclear attack remains horribly pertinent. Scripted by Barry Hines (author of the novel on which Ken Loach's Kes was based) and directed by Mick Jackson (who later went to Hollywood with The Bodyguard and Volcano), at the time Threads seemed like a response to the American TV movie The Day After although it stands nobly on its own. Showing the after-effects of World War III on the United Kingdom by concentrating on two Sheffield families linked by an unplanned pregnancy, it illustrates the scientific, political, medical and social consequences of the severing of the many vital connective "threads" that support a Western society. Grim in a particularly 1980s way, this is a compulsive if uncomfortable watch and accomplishes a great deal without the distraction of spectacle, picking through all the melted milk bottles and firing squad traffic wardens to find the human horror at the heart of it all.

    Synopsis
    Critically acclaimed but chilling story of a nuclear strike on Britain. Through the eyes of two Sheffield families we witness the immediate after-effects of the attack...the shock, grief, radiation sickness, hypothermia and starvation...


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    [This message has been edited by Baby Bio (edited 29-11-2001).]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    it was the strongest thing i have eva seen - it has turned me against nuclear weapons


    And what, you supported them before you saw the film??
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by DemonK1d Skatewear.Inc:

    And what, you supported them before you saw the film??

    I support them, it's the MAD principal. Anyway, thast for politics. You all say the film is scary, but is it any good? Is it worth buying, and if so where can I buy it from?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i think, like Whowhere, i went along with the MAD principle, but had never really thought about it.

    it is scary, not as in 'arrrrgghhhh' scary, but close to home horrific reality scary. you can buy it on VHS or DVD from amazon.co.uk
    and yes, its a fucking good film. unfourtunatley, the director went downhill after that, with 'Volcano' etc <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/rolleyes.gif"&gt;

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    [This message has been edited by Baby Bio (edited 30-11-2001).]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I bought it today on DVD, but the damn disc is damaged, it gets to the good bit on chapter 3 when the nuke lands then the damn thing starts skipping and becomes unwatchable. I'm just gonna get it on VHS. But up to that point it is a damn good film.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    you thought that bit was good? its after the bomb that things get really 'impressive', if thats the right word. well, they get powerful, anyway . . . . . . .

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Baby Bio:
    you thought that bit was good? its after the bomb that things get really 'impressive', if thats the right word. well, they get powerful, anyway . . . . . . .



    I thought the whole thing was brilliantly done. Because it was a British city it just felt so real. And it has changed my views completely. I know that if there is a threat of war I'm joining up straight away. At least 13 years down the line I'd still have access to food, water and warm clothes.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Anyone else seen it?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I haven't.....yet
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    damnit..Now i wanna watch it again..Ill have to buy another copy on dvd.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Talking of scary nuclear films, has any1 seen 'when the wind blows'? its like a cartoon of the story of what happens to this couple when an atomic bomb is dropped on britain. i watched it when i was 11 and cudn't sleep for weeks! its really really sad, basically u watch these people die of radiation sickness in a bunker. eugh.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by staramy:
    Talking of scary nuclear films, has any1 seen 'when the wind blows'?

    Yep, read the book type thing, v sad.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by staramy:
    <STRONG>Talking of scary nuclear films, has any1 seen 'when the wind blows'? its like a cartoon of the story of what happens to this couple when an atomic bomb is dropped on britain. i watched it when i was 11 and cudn't sleep for weeks! its really really sad, basically u watch these people die of radiation sickness in a bunker. eugh.</STRONG>

    I read the book at primary school, brill!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    yeah i read the book it is so sad! <IMG alt="image" SRC="frown.gif" border="0">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I saw parts on TV, but parents were strict about bed-time, so I didn't see it all. I saw enough to not rush out and buy a copy.

    I was surprised by the animated WTWB, it was more powerful than the book (IMHO)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What about Z for Zachariah? Anyone read that or seen the film?
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