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 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm a huge fan of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic stuff, but somehow this 1984 UK film had passed me by. I watched it tonight -- it's a grim, visceral, no-nonsense movie that IMO even surpasses its "US counterpart" THE DAY AFTER from around the same time. And like that film, it barely has any score (which adds tremendously to its realistic effect).

Anyone else familiar with it?

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Wow. Writer Barry Hines was a teacher at my school, Sheffield is just 12 miles from me, and I remember the UK broadcast being the most harrowing thing.

An incredible piece of work and quite an event on original BBC broadcast.

But like Schindler's List, a bit difficult to classify it as 'entertainment'.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

True, it's part "informative scare movie", part proper drama. But it succeeds very well. Funny coincidence about Hines there, Paul.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

So does it have any score? No composer on imdb

Director Mick Jackson would go on to make THE BODYGUARD, of all things.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

In all honesty I remember no music.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

There were a few snippets of music, but I don't know if it was existing music or not.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

It was not a movie - it was a BBC drama shown on television only. Not in cinemas.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

I saw it in the 80's and watched it again recently and it still remains a very tough drama to watch. Easily more terrifying than The Day After which, while strong, still felt a little soft to keep from truly scaring American prime time audiences. For all of the 1950's nuclear war terror films, the 80's were just as scary at times. I remember a few of us as Boy Scouts on a camping trip sat around the bonfire and actually talked about the possibility of us being wiped out at any moment. What was I? 15? Jeez.

 Posted:   Jan 25, 2022 - 12:12 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

It was not a movie - it was a BBC drama shown on television only. Not in cinemas.

Of course in the US it would be termed a TV movie. As with all the Barry Hines TV dramas I've seen, Threads was made on film. Usually his work was adapted by director Ken Loach and presented within the 50 min Play For Today slot, though KES was released in cinemas. Like Kes, Threads was feature length.

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