Peter Labuza's 'Apocalyptic Noir' canon

The following excerpts are from "Approaching the End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film" by Peter Labuza.

"The apocalyptic noir is less a subgenre than a collection of films that seemingly speak to each other like echoes through a valley; less reflections than refractions of a call and response."

"These films are less related by the content of their apocalyptic events than by the narrative mode and structures used to cri-tique their contemporary societies. As noir became part of a post-Hollywood system, some films carried on the tradition to show a society on the brink. It is important now to embrace and discuss the apocalyptic noir because it is a category fading away; de-spite there being more and more apocalyptic films…

  • Out of the Past
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • In a Lonely Place
  • The Big Heat
  • God Told Me To
  • Days of Heaven
  • The Rapture
  • Strange Days
  • The Terminator
  • They Live
  • Southland Tales