Book Review: World Gone Wild – A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies

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For some movies buffs, simply having a bunch of movies isn’t enough to showcase our passion for film.  Instead, we like to have a wide array of materials about film in which to gorge ourselves on.  If you’re a fan of a certain genre, then it’s not outside the norm to have a book dedicated to those kinds of films.  If you’re big into movie trivia, movie guides are a must have.  Such is how the new book, World Gone Wild presents itself. 

It’s a massive hardback tome (with some serious weight to it), that compiles a ridiculous amount of post-apocalyptic movies, which does include the zombie apocalypse films as well.  World Gone Wild treats itself more like an encyclopedia, featuring a comprehensive alphabetical list of the films that take advantage of the downfall of civilization.  More than just simple facts on each film, the book gives a rundown of each film from a more personal perspective, making each entry in the book more unique than info you could read on IMDB. 

While the book lists everything alphabetically, there’s a great search option in the back which breaks down the movies by their sub-genre, so as to more easily find them.  They list categories like comedies, survivors, last humans, etc.  Say, you’re in the mood for a comedic movie in this genre, World Gone Wild provides a handy list of all the films that fit that suggestion, and then of course you can read more about them on their full listings.  It’s a handy little way to find new and exciting movies that you may otherwise never have heard of (or given a second thought to).  

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For me personally, this is perhaps the best aspect and use for this book.  A good movie guide should introduce readers to new films that they might be interested in.  It’s groupings by sub-genres in the back of the book, make this process very easy and has allowed me to find films I didn’t even know about that interest me.  

As I mentioned, the descriptions of each film, aren’t simple synopsis and casting information.  The authors of this book took the time to write about each individual film, inserting their own thoughts on the film and why it may (or may not) be worth your time.  In this way, World Gone Wild feels like more than a simple trivia tool, and elevates it into fun reading material rather than being stale and boring.  It shows that the authors took time with this project and because it’s such a large book, it demonstrates why they are an authority on this film genre.

World Gone Wild also gives you some interviews with industry leaders on this genre, giving more interesting reading material, and an insight into how some of these films came into existence.  In all, the book does everything it can to provide an entertaining read for any who picks it up.  For me, this makes the book far more worth the purchase price.  I love guidebooks if for nothing other than the trivia/knowledge they offer.  However, there’s no denying that they’re generally boring reads and meant most for “research” purposes.  World Gone Wild manages to give out all the same information you’d want in those kinds of books, while also giving you something worth reading that can keep you interested.  

All things considered, if you’re a fan of zombie movies, or post-apocalypse films, World Gone Wild is an easy pick-up.  If you know someone who’s a fan of those movies, I could see this being the perfect gift as well.  While I don’t normally give out scores for anything other than our movie and game reviews, I’m happy to say that this is a good purchase for movie buffs.  No reason to be on the fence about getting World Gone Wild if you’re interested.  

World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies is available now.

-Jordan