dystopic films


The Lobster (2015) - Yorgos Lanthimos.

We developed a code so that we can communicate with each other even in front of the others without them knowing what we are saying. When we turn our heads to the left it means “I love you more than anything in the world” and when we turn our heads to the right it means “watch out, we’re in danger”. We had to be very careful in the beginning not to mix up “I love you more than anything in the world” with “watch out, we’re in danger”.



in 1978, Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (1933-2013) was commissioned to design a group of 36 centrally-planned vacation houses, financed by a local executive in the plastics industry, in the seaside town of Shanzhi, outside of New Taipei City, Taiwan. Known for his space-age Venturo and Futuro Houses of the 1960s, Suuronen pioneered the use of plastic, polymer resins and fibreglass supported by reinforced concrete, as well as prefabricated, modular units, in residential architecture. Although the project was nearly complete, in 1980, construction was halted when the developer went bankrupt .

The project languished until 1989, when a group of real estate speculators bought the property with the intention of finishing the houses, but they too went bust. In the decades that followed, the unfinished, abandoned structures fell into disrepair and were vandalized, but the their striking appearance, which was highly unusual for the region, became a favorite destination of photographers of “future” ruins. The UFO houses were also used as locations in dystopic films and several music videos.

Despite the site’s growing cult popularity, Suuronen’s stature and the architectural significance of his designs–not to mention their failure to obtain permission from the three banks that owned the property, the local government voted to demolish the UFO Houses in 2009 and in 2010 they were razed, as are many noteworthy buildings from the 1970s that have yet to attain historic monument status.

post-apocalyptic/dystopic films

I’m going to take liberties with this and add somethings that are maybe more dystopic than post-apocalyptic, but really they are almost the same thing.

  • Metropolis
  • On The Beach (1959)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Soylent Green
  • Zardoz
  • Blade Runner
  • Escape From New York
  • all of the Mad Max movies obviously
  • Delicatessen
  • The Stand (1994)
  • City of Lost Children
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Waterworld
  • The Postman
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Reign of Fire
  • 28 Days Later
  • Children of Men
  • I Am Legend
  • Wall-E
  • Watchmen
  • 9
  • Zombieland
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • THX-1138
  • The Matrix

I know Logan’s RunThe Omega Man, Tank Girl, Last Night (1998) and The Road should be on here, but I haven’t seen them so I can’t recommend them other than to say that I myself need to watch them, so you should too. You might also argue that the Alien series is dystopic. And probably the Terminator movies as well, though I haven’t seen the latest one. I am probably missing some things because I’ve only had one cup of coffee so far this morning.