‘Love and Monsters,’ directed by Michael Matthews, is a unique post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story. Because of a mishap with a missile, the planet has been infested with microscopic insects that have grown to enormous proportions. These horrifying mutants have decimated the planet’s population by 95%, leaving the few survivors to live in underground bunkers. Seven years have passed since the horrific event that turned the world upside down was depicted in the film.
After reconnecting over the radio, Joe (Dylan O’Brien) sets out on a perilous 80-mile journey in search of Aimee (Jessica Henwick), his high school sweetheart. If you’re looking for more of the same, we’ve got you covered. In the spirit of ‘Love and Monsters,’ here are seven films that weave a dystopian world with romance and light comedy.
1. A Boy And His Dog (1975)
In ‘A Boy and His Dog,’ based on Harlan Ellison’s eponymous novella, Vic, an 18-year-old boy, and his telepathic dog Blood traverse the post-apocalyptic desert. Two nuclear holocaust survivors are stranded in the middle of nowhere in the year 2024. They are fighting for their lives in the wilderness when the unthinkable happens: they become separated. As opposed to Joel from ‘Love and Monsters,’ here the protagonist goes to great lengths in order to be reunited with his dog and find his love interest.
2. Warm Bodies (2013)
“Warm Bodies” combines these two ideas in an amazing way, while “Love and Monsters” is about a protagonist who is determined to reconcile with the love of his life despite a massive catastrophe. As a result of their friendship, a zombie befriends a human whose father leads the human resistance, and they fall in love. In addition to the usual social commentary, the film tells its story from the perspective of a zombie who has been humanized. Because it’s more of a love story than a zombie movie (which is more common), the focus is on the young lovers rather than the zombies. It’s both bizarre and hilarious, so it’s a good fit for this collection.
3. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
It’s too late for Dodge (Steve Carell) to find his ex-sweetheart now that a gigantic asteroid is heading toward Earth in less than one month. He embarks on a life-changing road trip with Penny (Keira Knightley), his fearless young neighbor, and it transforms their outlook on life. Along the way, they meet others who are dealing with the impending loom in their own unique ways and eventually coming to terms with it. However, the film doesn’t delve too deeply into the philosophical aspects of the question of what you’d do if you knew your days were numbered.
4. Last Night (1998)
‘Last Night,’ a hilarious post-apocalyptic black comedy-drama starring Sandra Oh, Don McKellar (who is also the director and writer), and Callum Keith Rennie, is out now. There is only one day left, even though the reason for the end of the world is mysteriously kept under wraps throughout the film. All of the central characters are forced to make decisions as to how and with whom they want to spend their final night as various citizens of Toronto eagerly await the end of the world.
5. Ghostbusters (1984)
One of the funniest comedies of the 1980s, “Ghostbusters” was way ahead of its time. In telling the story of a group of down-on-their-luck scientists who come up with the technology to capture the annoying ghosts that are posing a grave threat to NYC, the film deftly balances humor and supernatural horror. Although the film is over 30 years old, the special effects may be lacking, but the jokes haven’t faded and will still cause you to burst out laughing.
6. Zombieland (2009)
In spite of the abundance of zombie films set after the end of the world, we’re confident that you won’t find a more ridiculously funny one. After the apocalyptic zombie outbreak, an ensemble cast in ‘Zombieland’ must put their differences aside, band together, and fight to stay alive. In terms of the genre, the film doesn’t try anything new, but its sense of goofy fun and the fact that it parodies the zombie genre while also featuring an all-star cast make it a classic. Even without the memorable Bill Murray cameo, ‘Zombieland’ is one of the best zombie comedies of all time.
7. The Quiet Place (2018)
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters that are triggered by even the slightest sound. The Abbott family is at the center of the story because they’ve adapted impenetrable strategies to get by. A few examples of their ingenuity include the use of sign language to communicate, the construction of a fortress filled with food storage, the use of salt to create a soundproof path, and the creation of a Monopoly board game with soft, silent pieces. There’s a lot of emphasis on how far this family would go to protect their loved ones in the movie.