To most it came as a surpise,
not many understood,
too few cared enough to stop it,
then it no longer mattered
how many understood or cared.
It was too late.
These are the opening lines to the SHTF-style movie “Deadly Harvest”. Got Harvest? In Deadly Harvest they don’t. Rawles, bro, you seriously gotta add this to your recommended survival movie list. I didn’t even know this movie existed before someone brought it to my attention. It’s sooooo shit hits the fan. It’s totally up your TEOTWAWKI alley.
Okay, so the acting is a little weak, and it’s from 1977, BUT – if you’re into survival action, and I KNOW you are – you should watch it. What’s this movie about? Well, it takes place in the late ’70’s. There’s a global “cooling” effect going on with freak snowstorms and such. There’s also an energy crisis in place, grain (when it was available) was too costly to grow and transport. Most parts of the world lost a year’s harvest. The movie starts off as they’re about to lose their 2nd. Food reserves were depleted the first year. Widespread famine is about to take hold.
As the opening credits end, the movie begins with several government officials sitting around a table, coming to the realization that there won’t be enough food to feed the masses, it’ll be pandemonium and mayhem. The government decides to cut rations to 30%, tell the people there’s a “temporary” supply problem, and cut phone communication. One person mentioned culling the population, letting the old and weak die, but ultimately they decide to let the country fall into chaos, to let people “move across the country like rats” in search of anything to eat.
This flick is low-budget, but it’s decent if you’re looking for a SHTF flick that you haven’t seen before. Hell, I hadn’t even heard of it before someone brought it to my attention. Being the TEOTWAWKI tutor that I am, I promptly went out and seized the DVD. I wish the movie had started where it did and carried on across the entire 2nd harvest season, but instead it just covers the beginning, as a few city dwellers begin the raids on rural farm folk. There are still lessons to learn, however. Here are a few:
Rural Raids: In TEOTWAWKI event such as this, I find it extremely likely that city folks will head into rural areas to raid farms as they did in this movie. First they show up begging, then they show up with guns. Farmer dude is going to shoot his daughter’s cow to help them get through the winter, so daughter dude-ette takes her cow into the pasture to hide it when 3 city dudes scouring the rural area spot her, stop, push her into the ground, blast the cow, and haul it away. They come back again . . and again . . and again. They’re hoarding food.
Roadblocks: As you would imagine, country living dudes set up a roadblock and start questioning people coming and going. Hell, troops even set up a roadblock in the city and enforce a curfew, because human rats are moving city-to-city to gather food. Country dude trying to enter the city to bring a little revenge gets stopped at such a roadblock and the troops say, “You got a permit for that rifle?” Country dude: “it’s just a hunting rifle.” Troops: “Out of the truck – right now!”
You Can’t Eat Gold: Mr. Nice, formerly rich, city computer programmer dude goes to the “black market” in hopes of buying food for his family. He offers his entire stock portfolio for food, but Mr. Black Market guy says, “While you and your friends were buying gold, I was stocking up on food” and “If you want food, get a gun and go out and get it!” Computer programmer dude plugs figures into his pc and concludes that the nation has 27 days until all the food is gone. He DOES end up getting a meal’s worth of food for the family. He cooks it, and pours poison into the gravy before serving it to the family. Kinda like a last supper.
Like I said, it’s a low-budget movie and the acting isn’t great, but it’s likely entertaining to SHTF survival ninjas. The 70’s clothing and hair is also good for a chuckle.
Memorable quote from a sad, sick little girl: “Daddy, did you find something to eat?”
Grow your food, folks. Stock the pantry. We’re all gonna die.
– Ranger Man