Threads

#1
I've just watched "Threads" (on DVD) for the first time in about 25 years.

It's still every bit as grim.

They were the days when we really had something to worry about.
 
#3
I first watched it when I was 13. It gave me nightmares.
 
#4
I got a hard on when the fat bird negotiated some 'affection' for a few rats to eat. She didn't look like she was exactly starving, the whore.
 
#5
I'm impressed.

It takes a disciplined man to rub one out to Threads.

Couldn't they have stuck a few gags in? You know, a fart gag or a few pratfalls.

But oh, no. It's all rotting corpses, cataracts and deformed babies.
 
#6
I'm impressed.

It takes a disciplined man to rub one out to Threads.

Couldn't they have stuck a few gags in? You know, a fart gag or a few pratfalls.

But oh, no. It's all rotting corpses, cataracts and deformed babies.
And squaddies looting prawn cocktail crisps. "I fookin' 'ate prawn cocktail."

The scariest thing about it was the thought of giving traffic wardens SLRs.
 
#7
What was good to see was the subbie wearing a Mk 2 NBC suit and a Service Dress forage cap. The world may be ending, but there are standards to maintain.

Broadly speaking, though, dire.

It did remind me of the nagging threat of nuclear holocaust during my youth and early teens. No wonder people listened to Culture Club and watched Magnum and The Dukes of Hazard.
 
#8
A quality film, I like the fact it has no hopefull cheery message to tell, give it to Holywood and they think that post appocolypse we'll be driving round in beach buggies and dressing like we're at Glastonbury. Nope not a bit of it, as a side, does anyone else get wood when the woman pisses herself?
 
#9
Brilliant film, factlet, there was nearly an hour of footage cut from it.

Would love to see a "director's cut".
 
#10
Theres a good description of it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threads

B
ut I have to say that the description of post nuclear attack Sheffield is very reminiscent (apart from the radiation levels which may have been higher then) of the Sheffield I left behind in 1968 when I joined 't army.
 
#11
I can remember watching it when first broadcast, and afterwards leafing through the Civil Defence handbook, Protect and Survive, which advised protecting yourself from a multi-megaton thermonuclear device by painting your windows white and hiding under the table. I think that was actually scarier than the film; it was clear that the civilian population was not only unprotected but entirely surplus to requirements.
 
#12
As was the army (and crabs) in BAOR, or rather, we were just cannon fodder.
 
#13
I can remember watching it when first broadcast, and afterwards leafing through the Civil Defence handbook, Protect and Survive, which advised protecting yourself from a multi-megaton thermonuclear device by painting your windows white and hiding under the table. I think that was actually scarier than the film; it was clear that the civilian population was not only unprotected but entirely surplus to requirements.
Farmers had a different booklet than Protect and Survive (as I seem to remember) it was clear they were of more (obvious)interest and I always wonder they would've become armed encamptments akin to iron age hill forts.
Indeed NORMAL civilians would've just been a pain in the arse that were expected to quietly die off (probably digging their own mass grave for a few tins of corned beef first).
 
#14
Whilst on the subject, does anyone remember this and its like?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGMdnod8VPI

Look at the others as well. The most chilling thing is the jingle at the end.

On the nuke fodder subject, I remember the personnel dosimeters couldn't be read by the individual. You had to hand it in for reading, when presumably they would then give you a fixed smile, say "that all looks fine", put you back on stag and then cross you off the ration role.
 
#15
As was the army (and crabs) in BAOR, or rather, we were just cannon fodder.
I was only 16 at the time so most of my thoughts were about my home, friends and family. The plan was that if we got enough time we would drive to Plymouth, and be assured of a relatively painless death in the first few seconds.

I do manage a wry chuckle when I hear youngsters going on about the possibility of being blown to bits by Achmed Jihad and his Incredible Exploding Underpants though.
 
#16
I can remember watching it when first broadcast, and afterwards leafing through the Civil Defence handbook, Protect and Survive, which advised protecting yourself from a multi-megaton thermonuclear device by painting your windows white and hiding under the table. I think that was actually scarier than the film; it was clear that the civilian population was not only unprotected but entirely surplus to requirements.
As opposed to the brilliant military advice in Survive to Fight to remove deadly gamma radiation by beating yourself with a tree branch? :)
 
#17
There was an awful lot of work to do during the four minute warning. Painting the windows white, storing water, looting shops, having surprise sex with as many wimmin as possible, playing doctors and nurses under the kitchen table - the list is endless.
 
#18
Had a few beers a while ago with a bloke who used to be in the Royal Observer Corps. The conversation turned (as it does) to when we were young and he told me all about the baseline planning assumptions they used for a nuclear exchange ending WW3. **** me sideways, it was grim. Anyone in uniform got the power of life and death over civpop, ruthless triage of the injured, no palliative care if you were going to die to save supplies, food rationing so that if you couldn't work you got nothing, saving uncontaminated supplies for children only and so on. It was expected that the population would stabilise with an economy based on subsistence farming - so under 10 million then. Possibly way under.

Basically if you were in a city that was hit you were written off. Green Goddesses were there to move drinking water around and create firebreaks, not to stop cities burning.

The various "Secret Nuclear Bunkers" you can visit are all good value too. I went to one near Nantwich, stuffed full of the contents of various Cold War Ops rooms and other kit. Plus a few Polaris RV and WE177 shapes as well. Even a Chevaline, which was nice.
 
#19
Just had a look at the wiki for Threads and i have to say it sounds pretty bloody good so ill have to have a look out for it next time im in HMV or some other.

What with it being made in 1984 and all, how has the film 'aged'? Obviously im not expecting Michael Bay type explosions or special effects, im just curious...
 

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#20
I saw this recently - and it brought back some very grim memories of the early 80s. I remember my parents telling me "it could well happen". After that, I think I spent the rest of the year shitting my pants every time I heard a siren, convinced it was the 4 minute warning.
 

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