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‘After the Dark’ Eschatology and Philosophy in a horror film

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After the Dark


"After the Dark" is a psychological thriller, drama and everything except comedy.


At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse. (IMDb PRO)

Philosophy class … ahhhh! If you’ve ever sat through one, you know the inner turmoil that goes on hoping you won’t get asked a question by that really scary teacher who seems to know everything.

In the new film “After the Dark,” we encounter such a teacher. His class, however is full of high school seniors with great big brains.

It’s the last day of school and everyone is hoping for that senior perk of not having to do anything at school except fool around. Not on this day, not by a long shot. These kids get challenged to make decisions that are impossible.

In a mash-up of Eschatology vs Philosophy Mr. Zimit, (James D’Arcy, “Hitchcock”), sets up a challenge for these young adults.

The challenge is simple, yet impossible. Chose ten people to spend the first year after a nuclear holocaust with in a super safe bunker. There is only enough food and air for ten people, for twelve months. One person more and it throws a big monkey wrench into the whole scenario. All they get to know, in the first exercise, is the occupation of each person. A poet, a doctor and an architect are all in the mix.

The group goes through several scenarios all starting with who they would take into the bunker.

Is a scenario found that works? Does Philosophy save the day, or does anyone consider Eschatology.

To figure it all out, check out “After the Dark."

You can watch this film streaming on Amazon or can buy it and keep it on your computer. If you’re a purest like myself, you can purchase it on May 6, 2014. on Facebook.

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