Threads opens with voice over explaining how everything in an urban society connects with one and other and the notion that everyone's lives are woven together. While this is important for the strength of society, these connections also make it vulnerable. Threads is a downright terrifying film about a nuclear holocaust and the effects it has on the small working class town of Sheffield, England as well as the civilization as a whole. The film begins before the holocaust, introducing us to the various characters of the town, letting the viewer come familiar with these characters and care for them. This is beneficial to the film, as when the Holocaust comes, it makes things even more frightening and poignant. The film is shot in a documentary style, and as far as technical film-making goes, it's pretty much perfect. Mick Jackson uses sound design, compositions, etc. to great affect-putting the viewer right into this terrifying landscape. There are images in this film that will probably never leave my mind and it's absolutely one of the best/scariest films I have ever seen. What makes this film so incredible is it's attention to detail-the lack of food supplies, lack of communication, radiation concerns, lack of daylight, etc. are all shown in a harrowing realistic portrait. SCARY. Some may argue that the film takes too long to get to the actually nuclear attack, but I disagree, as it's essential in building up the emotion to the story, so that these lives which are destroyed become all the more vivid and real. This would make a great companion piece to Peter Watkins' War Game, if you wan't to scare the shit outta yourselves.
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