Along with the twentieth century, the comprehensive fear of nuclear war ends, too. It is replaced with more fantastic reasons for the end of the world. The Mayans left us one of the most famous predictions of Armageddon, making December 21, 2012 the last date in their calendar. As soon as the adepts of the New Age who believe in the special wisdom and spirituality of an ancient civilization made an affirmative fact out of the eschatological mistake, the global hysteria began. Even though scientists immediately denied the claims about the impending Apocalypse, the mechanism was already started, and the whole world was waiting for the End.
There was a huge number of films about deadly meteorites flying to Earth: The 12 Disasters of Christmas (2012)
, The End of the World (2013)
, 2012 (2009)
and many others. In 1998 Michael Bay released the film about a huge asteroid that is capable of annihilating everything – Armageddon
is still one of the most popular pictures about the end of the world. The huge asteroid is to demolish all forms of life on earth – even bacteria will not survive. The film was produced by the golden cast: the script was written by JJ Abrams, the main roles were played by Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler and the soundtrack was written by Aerosmith band leader Steve Tyler. However, Bruce Willis received Golden Raspberry for this role as the worst actor. Despite the heroic plot and large-scale idea, the film received negative reviews from critics and aroused the anger of physicists who found disregard of the elementary laws of physics in the movie.
Meteors were not the last threat – suddenly people remembered the good old pandemic and such evil spirits as zombies which had already appeared in the cinema, but gained special popularity only by the beginning of the 21st century. Initially zombies were represented as corpses brisked by sorcery, and the process of resurrection was rooted in religion and mythology.