Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

söndag 3 juni 2018

THREADS (1984)

Directed by: Mick Jackson
Written by: Brian Williams
Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly... read more

Country: UK | Australia | USA
Style: Drama | Sci-Fi | War
Runtime: 1h 52min

Released as a TV movie in 1984 under the BBC this bleak and depressing trip into nuclear holocaust hell is one you soon won't forget. I have to admit its pretty much dulls-vile until a good 30+ minutes in when nuclear carnage ensues. The movie focuses on the city of Sheffield in the U.K. and the subsequent repercussions they suffer due to an atomic bomb being dropped in the vicinity during the cold war.

I've heard this is quite possible the most chilling and accurate reenactment of what actually happens during a warhead strike. I have no professional knowledge on the subject so I am just going by hearsay but I've heard from numerous parties about how disturbing, lethargic and terrifying of a film Threads is.

I believe the title is completely accurate, Sheffield is literally hanging on by threads of sanity as they endure numerous days of nuclear fall out after the bomb drops. The more terrifying are the images of families, charred babies,children in peril and seniors plus the different effects the bomb has. One of the nastiest has to be the radiation sickness which ensues causing people to vomit uncontrollably.

The law in these times are not doing much to help the citizens except holding them back from escaping the drop zone. Even much time after the attack many casualties have ensued. Fortunately there are some survivors but the costs are reprehensible and unthinkable. Its a city crumbling in Threads and an experience you soon will not forget.

Threads is more of an experience than a movie with a linear plot. There are characters but none that memorable, we see a boyfriend and girlfriend who just moved out on their own actually held up in their new apartment. We see another family who hold up in their apartment plus we get a group of politicians who hold up in an underground bunker but who become just as vulnerable in their situation.

For an older film Threads holds up very well today and its great to see it get new life courtesy of Severin Films who did a magnificent looking transfer here. Possibly not a movie I would revisit on a normal basis unless I skipped past the banter leading up to the bomb drop but definitely something everyone should witness at least once, its a pretty terrifying ordeal.

My rating: 3 out of 5


Produced by: Mick Jackson, Graham Massey, John Purdie, Peter Wolfes
Cinematography by: Andrew Dunn, Paul Morris
Editing by: Donna Bickerstaff, Jim Latham
Special Effects by: Peter Kersey
Music by: Chuck Berry, Richard Strauss
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Severin Films


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.