Friday Night at the Movies – Panic in Year Zero

I know that anyone who spent years of their life wondering what it would be like to be killed in a Nuclear War between the United States and the Soviet Union has absolutely enjoyed every Friday night of Cold War January. I’m quite nostalgic about the Cold War Years. I kind of feel sorry for the kids of today who never wonder if they will get instantly vaporized, killed by the blast or die slowly from burns and radiation in the event of a Nuclear War. Cold War kids had the benefit of such anxieties and it drove us to begin solving complex problems at a young age.

The Cold War certainly lasted long enough to inspire many a cinematic masterpiece. There are several good ones that come to mind that are not yet available for presentation here. As I search to bring only the best to this forum, one name kept jumping out at me. It is the name of our featured presentation for this evening. I have never seen it before but there are a few things that I’ve seen already that make me like this one.

Actually, exercising due diligence as Morale Support Officer I have made further review of this movie and I declare it to be AWESOME !!!

Here’s why…

Firstly, it is made by American International Pictures. I have a special bond with American International Pictures. I love all movies made by American International Pictures, no matter how bad they might seem to the uninitiated. Regardless, nearly everybody would refer to several movies made by AIP as very, very memorable ones that also did well at the box office.

Secondly, it was made during the era when men wore hats. That was a good time in American History. A man who wears a hat is more dignified. JFK helped to bring the men’s hat wearing era to an end and society has suffered as a result. Numbers don’t lie.

Thirdly, it was filmed during an era when the average automobile was fully capable of towing a camper trailer. Enough metal went into a stylin’ body sitting on a heavy frame with heavy bumpers and powered with enough horsepower to keep a family safe in the event of poor driving conditions, an accident, unheeded armed roadblocks or perhaps a Nuclear War. The average family road machine was more than capable in every respect of safely towing a camper trailer. For less than Ten Dollars you could fill the fuel tank in your vehicle. Tell me those weren’t better days and I’ll tell you that you are a liar, or perhaps seriously mistaken should I care to treat you kindly.

Fourthly, Frankie Avalon is in this movie and he’s in a post nuclear survival situation. Frankie Avalon was a little before my time but I do know that he was a legitimate big deal. Try to imagine Justin Bieber but with talent. Frankie Avalon was a bigger teenage heart throb than Leif Garrett or all of the Bay City Rollers combined. Frankie Avalon had musical talent, some acting ability and as far as young ladies are concerned, devilish good looks. There are young ladies from my prior generation who love Frankie Avalon to this day. Though many of them live in South Florida some are within my own family.

In my preview I got to a scene where Frankie Avalon shot somebody with a shotgun and I think that’s the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in while, so I decided that at LONG last, Panic in year Zero will be featured on the Real Revo. Then I saw my precious 1960 Chevrolet Apache Pickup Truck, less the cattle boards and bullet holes. Lots of really nice cars and trucks from back in the day. That’s just a bonus feature that makes this movie more enjoyable.

This movie has got some real juice to it. Dad, who wears a hat, has to kick some ass in order to insure the survival of his family. Nick, (his Son, played by Frankie Avalon) backs him up. Mom is freaking out because the men in the family are kicking so much ass and little Sister thinks it’s cool. I love this movie. Please note the look on little Sister’s face when Dad (who wears a hat) asks his Son Nick to light a cigarette for him.

I must make another point. Our world was a MUCH better place when Frankie Avalon was loading up a human target with buckshot… and liking it. I don’t think there can be any meaningful argument of that point.

I am so absolutely happy that I discovered this most Revo worthy gem of cinematic genius. You will thoroughly enjoy this one. I guarantee it.

Our Friday Night Flight takes us to Los Angeles and into the surrounding countryside for a camping trip with the classical nuclear family of 1962.

It’s time for Panic in Year Zero…

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9 Responses to Friday Night at the Movies – Panic in Year Zero

  1. John Tubbs says:

    I’ve seen this movie long ago and I’m overdue to see it again. Good stuff

  2. Rebracer says:

    I discovered this film early one Saturday morning on TCM several years ago and bought it immediatly. Its actually a very well done movie, the actor who plays the father actually wrote it.

  3. Rebracer says:

    And yes our world was a much better place when this film came out. I am reminded of that constantly everyday sadly.

  4. John Tubbs says:

    About 31 minutes in…..He just did the road block…..This is better than I remembered.

  5. MadBrad says:

    Dad ain’t playing around. He’s gone Triple O G.

  6. John Tubbs says:

    BTW, Madbrad……Your Apache pick-up. You didn’t mention all the license plates riveted to your floor board.

  7. Ray Davies says:

    The schools now would have a helluva time with the “Duck and Cover” drills we went through back then. I still remember how everyone was afraid the Russkies were going to bomb us at any time. Hell, I was afraid of the Chinese even then, and, I still am. Great Choice Brad. I don’t think you’re any more mad than Rasputin and probably as well hung, or, should that be hung?

  8. MADBRADSDAD says:

    DAMN IT BRAD U MADE ME WATCH THIS WHOLE THING :)

    OH WELL IT WAS COLD OUTSIDE ANYWAY

  9. MadBrad says:

    YES MadBradsDad, did the white leather jacket with raised collar, worn by Frankie Avalon bring back any memories? I understand that Frankie wasn’t the only young man wearing one back in 1962.

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