Shades of Land of the Dead.
An absolute necessity. 1997 is the pre-apocalyptic, dystopian year of choice for movies in this genre, in no small part thanks to Escape From New York itself. I have no evidence to support it, but I’ve always imagined that the original Mad Max was set in 1997, as was the music video for Muse’s “Knights of Cydonia.”
Kevin Costner’s movie The Postman came out in 1997, and the apocalyptic “Doomwar” that triggered civilization’s collapse in that movie was supposed to take place in 1998. (The movie itself was set in 2013, so… wow.) Then there was Class of 1999, and though Blade Runner was set in 2019, the original book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was set in 1992.
There’s something about “slightly futuristic” movies that were made in the 70s and 80s that’s just terrific, and so many of them chose the late 90s as being The End Of The World As We Knew It. It’s no accident that the fake copyright date at the end of the “Knights of Cydonia” is 1981.
A few years ago, some friends of mine wrote a movie based upon this trope of postapocalyptic-1997-as-seen-from-1981. Originally it was going to be called Bounty Killer 1997, and it was an amazingly fun and inventive script. They did eventually actually make it (though sadly without the 1997 for some reason), and it can be streamed on Netflix.
I dearly love shit like this!
Huh. Y’know what, why not? I’d totally watch her as Snake, long as she keeps the scars, the zebra pants, the eyepatch, the limp, and the growl. Stubble not necessary.