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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling depiction of 'a corpse of a country'..., 15 April 2007
This review is from: Threads [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
What can I add to the other reviews of Threads? I'm not the least bit surprised that this little-known work of dark, twisted genius has become a cult classic.

As another reviewer said, standard 'horror' movies like Saw or Hostel are scary because you know all along that it's tomato ketchup. Threads is absolutely bloody terrifying, because the scenario it depicts could happen, did happen (to an extent) in 1945 and in all likelihood will probably happen again one day in the future. It takes an event that no-one would ever want to imagine or think about too deeply and hits you in the face with it, in all its harrowing, visceral, nightmarish hideousness.

Do not make my mistake and watch Threads alone, or late at night. If you do, don't expect to sleep that night, or for the next few nights. Fully expect to be haunted by burning cats and charred babies. I can only reinforce what others have said - that this is definitely not for children, young teenagers or those of a nervous / sensitive disposition.

Regardless of its powerful and important message (it has certainly affected my opinion of the kind of governments capable of developing such wicked devices) I can understand why it would seem that many were traumatised by Threads as teenagers. Teachers should seriously consider the audience before screening this in class.

Threads represents the pinnacle of the twentieth century British tradition of post-apocalyptic fiction, a genre of which I am a big fan, but unlike most books / movies in this category, the scenario remains highly plausible and there is not the faintest glimmer of hope at the end, not for anyone.

A must-watch, but only if you think you can handle it.
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Initial post: 16 May 2011, 08:42:41 BST
Last edited by the author on 19 Sep 2011, 13:20:32 BST
Have you seen The War Game from 1965? Not exactly a picnic, but a must if you like (appreciate? respect?) this crushingly realistic and honest genre. The lasting image that stays with me in Threads however, is not just the terrified woman peeing herself, but grainy TV images of a children's television programme trying to educate children what a cat looked like, from its skeleton. As a cat lover living in Sheffield (!), this desperately sad image just emphasises that it's the small touches that leave a lasting impression. Mind you, the last scene of the girl screaming at the end seemed to have curiously well done amalgam fillings for a post nuclear society...

Posted on 2 Jul 2011, 01:52:52 BST
I am what the law would say, a child, and I watched it.
Probably the most grim and crushing film I ever saw, and that is why I like it so much.
Compared to Hollywood with its thousands of dollars to spend on SFX, this little BBC-made production beats the living daylights out off all those disaster movies with its constant, depressing message of 'There is no hope'.
As the film went on, I just said to myself 'It can't get worse'. But it did.
The end is just...sad. The film freezes at Ruth's daughter holding her horrifically deformed baby and the credits silently go up. No 'epic' music, no fancy fonts, nothing. Just the silence.
As you said, normal horror movies are predictable enough, wheras Threads delivers a punch of cold hard realism to everything, which makes Threads what it is.
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