I think it’s safe to say that most of these weekly YouTube round-ups feature heavy game coverage. That’s not really to say that we have a preference for games, it’s just that there are A LOT of post-apocalyptic games either coming out or showing off new gameplay footage every single week.
So this week I’m doing something a bit different by ignoring video game videos in favor of short films and movie trailers. Let’s see the best offerings of the week!
“NecroClones” Short Film
How creepy would it be if you were the only survivor in a zombie apocalypse, but all the zombies looked like you? Not only is it an interesting concept, but it’s also perfect for an ultra low-budget short film with one actor.
“COVID-20” Short Film
Synopsis: “When an airborne virus infects the entire population on Earth, one secret organisation discovers an extraordinary man, whose immune system can help them preserve the human kind.” This short film is well-acted, well-shot, and very timely!
“DZ’OMBIE” Short Film
The original premiere of DZ’OMBIE in January has enjoyed over 5 million views already, but this version features English subtitles for the first time on the Arabic language film.
“Fives” Short Film
With a reported budget of only $2,300, Fives is an impressive piece of work that has already won several awards for 2021. It’s the story of a lone wanderer making his way across America while being pursued by one of the creatures that destroyed the earth.
“Forget Everything and Run” Movie Trailer
Synopsis: “When a virus ravages a mountain community the survivors must flee from the monsters it created into the barren wilderness. Scavenging, freezing and dying, one family will fight for their lives against marauders hellbent on revenge. As humanity clings to hope, their only chance for survival forming an alliance with the monsters that came calling.” Forget Everything and Run (aka FEAR) releases on April 26th.
“Beasts” Short Film
This one is the final film in the Catori trilogy that started 5 months ago with Catori, then We Bleed Rivers, and now Beasts. You can check out the complete trilogy, as well as Alexadra Kukoljac’s other films, at the Covert Films channel.
“As Night Follows Day” Short Film
While not entirely post-apocalyptic, I included this one because it tells the story of desperation and loneliness that you’d face in an end-of-the-world scenario. And the way things are going for the main character, who’s to say it’s not post-apocalyptic after all?
“System Error” Short Film
If you’re not already following the DUST channel, do yourself a favor and check them out. The very best sci-fi films are on DUST, and System Error is a great example. It tells the story of a robotic store clerk who finds a peculiar friendship in a dystopian world.
“BioPunk” Short Film
As I often tend to do, I saved the best for last. BioPunk is a wonderful short film set in 2054, 30 years after a virus wiped out half the world’s population. This project originally released in 2017 after a successful Kickstarter campaign, but it popped back up this week and it’s certainly worth a watch. Look for a very special appearance by Kristian Nairn, also known as Hodor from the Game of Thrones HBO series, who also refers to himself in the third person in this one, too.