10 Apocalypses From Film & TV That Put Trump-Ageddon In Perspective

From 'The Walking Dead' to Aliens, Hollywood's version of the apocalypse might be the relief needed right now.

The Leftovers

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The Leftovers

As if we needed more reason for the apocalypse to be at the forefront of our minds, The Leftovers returned Sunday for its third and final season. Judging by the striking trailer, the show seems to be heading for end days after 2 percent of the world’s population has already disappeared mysteriously. 

Normally, we might be annoyed at having a show so (unintentionally) topical when reality is already exhausting enough, but The Leftovers is just too damn good to be upset with. After a pretentious, meandering first season, Damon Lindelof’s latest effort leapt into stellar form as it explored mass grief and dabbled in the fantastical, becoming one of the best shows on television (we had it as the second best show of 2015, to be precise). 

In a world in which Donald Trump is the president of the United States of America, watching The Leftovers may actually prove to be a relief. Sure, life is not great right now—tensions are high with Russia, environmental protectons are being torn apart, and rights are being stripped from the most vulnerable Americans—but at least our loved ones haven’t mysteriously disappeared, yet. And at least a world-consuming flood isn’t on the way on the very anniversary of when we lost said loved ones. In that spirit, let’s take a look at some of Hollywood’s other great apocalypses to put things in perspective. 

28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later

The Book of Eli (2010)

Book of Eli

Dogma (1999)


The Happening (2008)

The Happening

Idiocracy (2007)


Independence Day (1996)

Independence Day

Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim

The Terminator (1984)


This Is the End (2013)

This Is The End

The Walking Dead (2010 - Present)

The Walking Dead

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