Great discussion, Max,
What kind of post-apocolyps are you into? take your pick. . .
Gloomy: The Road, Cormac McCarthy; book or film - they're almost identical.
really gloomy: Threads, a BBC Docu-drama from 1984. Scary at the time.
Hopeful: Wall-E, of course! actually can't think of any other hopeful ones.
i remeber seeing it on the telly. it was called "no blade of grass". I was only young; it scared the hell out of me (a senstivie kid). I think Roger Whittaker sang the theme tune (like you say, funny what you remember).
As I recall "Pendulum" was merely about society falling apart, no scientific cause like earthquakes etc. I remember it gave me a very real dread of the future at the time, which the way mankind has changed since has not dispelled much. I'd like to read it again.
I just watched the first few minutes -- I'll watch the rest when I have enough free time...
... I just looked this up on the Wikipedia -- I had no idea that the 2007 "I am Legend" film came from the 1954 book called "I am Legend" -- or that this was adapted to film as "The Last Man on Earth" (1964) and "The Omega Man" (1971) ... of that the original book was the inspiration behind the film "Night of the Living Dead" (1968)...
... you learn something new every day...
It's amazing how much you forget until someone "tweaks" you -- I read both "A Wrinkle in the Skin" and "Death of Grass", both of which were excellent (I don't remember "Pendulum").
Actually they made a film about "Death of Grass" in the UK (a low-budget affair). It was set in the Lake District as I recall -- one of my friends got a bit part (girl in Red Sweater shouting something like "Mommy" :-)
Oh, I remember that one! So at least two of us watched it ...
There was also a similar series on Showtime, Jeremiah, with Luke Perry (of '90210' fame). But that setting was after a virus wiped out much of human civilization.
Another one I'd forgotten is Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban. As I recall, this is set about 1000 years in the future -- a post nuclear war world (the war took place around our time) where people are struggling to rediscover the technology of today, but have not yet reached the level of gunpowder.
The author took an existing dialect from a small corner of England and then "evolved" it by 1000 years. The result is a bizarre pidgin English. When you first start reading the book, it's difficult to understand anything ... by about 1/3 of the way through you are reading it without any problems at all ... at which point you really need to start again at the beginning (grin)
This book takes a bit of effort, but it's an incredibly rewarding read.
PS Now I come to think about it, I saw the stage play in Manchester, England, sometime around the mid-1980s.