Monsters?

Sit down, relax, and watch the world crumble before you—at least, that’s what these disaster movies ask you to do! Monsters, aliens, superhumans, humans, and diseases destroy the world for us in the theater and let us walk out again to one unchanged. In these maps, you can explore which regions and cities we choose to imagine falling and rising again. When plotted together, these cinematic disasters track along a pattern similar to the spatial hierarchy of the documentation and commemoration of disasters this exhibition implies as a whole. At the same time, these maps have left off the rising trend of movies that imagine not urban destruction but total, global desolation. These movies include, in the past ten years:

Apocalyptic Destruction:

  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • WALL-E (2008)
  • 2012 (2009)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009)
  • Knowing (2009)
  • Zombieland (2009)
  • The Book of Eli (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
  • Elysium (2013)
  • Oblivion (2013)
  • Warm Bodies (2013)
  • After Earth (2013)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • Interstellar (2014)
  • The Maze Runner (2014)
  • Noah (2014)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • Insurgent (2015)
  • Terminator Genisys (2015)
  • The Scorch Trials (2015)