This weekend, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley face imminent death in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World as an asteroid hurtles toward the Earth. End times have proved an endless source of inspiration for the film world, some more humorous than others. Here are five previous onscreen versions of the apocalypse.
The end of the world seemed remarkably relaxing in Lars Von Trier’s scientifically dubious Melancholia. The aesthetically pristine, possibly nap-inducing 2011 film shows Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kiefer Sutherland waiting for another planet to collide with Earth.
Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, this movie poses a five-stage apocalypse in which everyone loses one sense at a time. It’s both absurd and terrifying, but who wouldn’t want to watch something those two are in?
Shaun of the Dead
Of course you’ve already seen this modern classic, which pays tribute to the history of zombie movies and remains fantastically original. You’ve got red on you.
Cardio, double-tap, beware of bathrooms, seatbelts. You know the rules.
I Am Legend
Let us all applaud this Richard Matheson adaptation for providing us with one of Jonathan and Jack’s finer moments on 30 Rock: “Maybe we are legend. You’re Will Smith, and I’m the dog.”