Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies Can Help You As A Prepper
As you would expect Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies depict many of the SHTF scenarios that we as Preppers prepare for. With storylines ranging from extreme weather events, pandemic outbreaks, civil unrest to even alien invasions. Such movies are made for entertainment purposes and are sometimes considered unrealistic by preppers and non-preppers alike.
It’s easy to understand why some of these movies often receive critical reviews, especially from the prepper community. However, no matter whether these Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies are Hollywood blockbusters or low budget B movies. Watching these movies can still help you to become better prepared.
Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies
The purpose of this article is to discuss why watching Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies can help preppers become better prepared. It’s not designed as a list of the top Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies ever made, if you’re looking for such as list Happy Preppers have this covered in their article entitled 101 Top Movies for Preppers. I will, however, mention a few of these moves below to add a little background and context to this article.
Whilst I have not personally seen this movie yet, one of the earliest Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies that I am aware of is a movie made way back in 1933 called Deluge. This movie portrays a number of worldwide natural disasters which lead to the destruction of the earth.
The movie is loosely based on the novel of the same name by an author called S. Fowler Wright. Although the setting for the movie was changed from being based in England to the United States. The movie’s storyline depicts a series of earthquakes that destroy the Pacific coast of the United States. Causing a massive tsunami, which heads toward New York.
The Day After Tomorrow
My own personal favorite Apocalyptic Doomsday Movie is one of the highest-grossing Hollywood films made in Canada. Its called The Day After Tomorrow and stars Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and Sela Ward.
The movie storyline depicts catastrophic climatic effects that happen after the disruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation. A series of extreme weather events usher in global cooling and lead to a new ice age. In the movie, Denis Quad plays the role of Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall. In order to rescue his son who is trapped in a library by ice age weather conditions. Jack has to embark on a dangerous trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Another Apocalyptic Doomsday movie that I really enjoyed was released in 2016 and is called 10 Cloverfield Lane. This psychological horror-thriller stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr.
The movie follows the story of a young woman called Michelle who wakes up in an underground survivalist bunker, after a car crash. She wakes to find two men who tell her that an event has occurred that has left the surface of Earth uninhabitable.
Goodman plays a conspiracy theorist named Howard who claims to have saved
Michelle from an apocalyptic attack. I’m not going to go into any more detail to avoid being a spoiler. Only to say that Michelle begins to grow suspicious of Howard’s motives.
How Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies Can Help You As A Prepper
Whilst my favorite movies mentioned above may be different to your own personal favorites. Watching Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies can definitely help you as a prepper. Good or bad if these movies are watched using the correct frame of mind. They can help you further develop your Prepper Mindset.
Putting all of your prepper supplies and gear to one side for a moment. Most preppers know that two of the most important survival factors are our knowledge and mindset. To put it another way, the knowledge we have and our approach with regards to how we would use it in certain survival scenarios.
So what do I mean by the correct frame of mind?
When I watch Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies I watch them whilst asking myself a hypothetical question. This question being.
What would or could I do if I faced the scenarios from the storyline of the movie in real life?
Asking myself this question helps me to fine tune my survival mindset focusing on what I would do differently. And helps me to think about situations that I may not have previously thought of.
For me approaching it from this frame of mind helps me to train the survival part of my brain. Improving my mindset so that when I am going about my normal daily life. I am more aware and feel more confident about facing certain survival scenarios because I have previously thought about how I would react to certain events occurring.
It also helps me to highlight any holes in my survival knowledge, gear, and supplies. Helping me to streamline my plans and equipment.
How Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies
Can Help Family Members To Get Involved With Prepping
When watching an Apocalyptic Doomsday Movie with your family it’s unlikely that they will be watching with the same approach. However if like me you have watched one of these movies with your family and someone says the following:
“That’s so unrealistic” or “I wouldn’t want to survive”.
You are presented with a great opportunity to discuss these comments with them by asking questions like what would you do differently?
This also gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge and point of view on what you would do. Which in turn could show family members that prepping is indeed a good idea.
On occasion, I have also found that a family member would volunteer what they would do in that situation. This is a great sign that whilst not necessarily a self-declared prepper. This family member is indeed thinking about how they would survive.
Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies Can Help You As A Prepper – Conclusion
Although my personal motto is “always be thinking prepping”. I’m not suggesting you rush out and buy a shed load of Apocalyptic Doomsday Movies to watch with your family. It’s important to point out that your prepper and family life should be balanced.
However when you get the opportunity to watch one of these movies either alone or with your family. If you don’t already do so, think about how you would react and what you would do. This will help you to think about your survival options for a given scenario and help you improve your prepper mindset. It also a great opportunity to start a discussion with non-prepping family members.