Remnants – Cool New SHTF Movie Coming Soon

A couple of things… First of all – Happy New Year! Wishing all you preppers a happy and SAFE New Years from the guys here at SHTFblog!  If you do decide to sample some of the home brew you’ve got down in the cellar just make sure you don’t drive afterwards.  The cops frown on it. Seriously, if you’re the partying type be smart and have a designated driver. Second… I was looking around the web the other day and came across a link at (a survival forum) that looked interesting.  Looks like there’s a new SHTF movie coming soon and if the trailers are any indicator it could be pretty good.  Here’s the site: And here’s the trailer:
Plot summary:
Plot Summary of Remnants A rare astronomical event causes a permanent worldwide black out, forcing residents of a middle-class suburb to get by with no modern conveniences.
The community pulls together and adapts to a simpler way of life, but their success draws the attention of the less resourceful residents in the area and soon results in a war between subdivisions.
This is their story.
Now here’s the interesting thing.  As I watched the trailer it reminded me of the online book Light’s Out by Halffast.  The biggest difference is that in Light’s Out the EMP is caused by terrorist nukes and in the movie it’s caused by an exploding star.  Other than that the plot to Remnants sounds similar. Regardless, it looks like a good movie and I can’t wait until it comes out, if it comes out.  They’re on a tight budget and they’re looking for sponsors.  The way I understand it is they’re trying to bypass all the Hollywood BS and do it on a small budget.  I’m not suggesting you donate, but they do have a page here that asks for financial help. Check out this trailer called Merle’s basement from the same movie.  Apparently he’s a survivalist living in the neighborhood and when TSHTF he’s ready for it.  This is a pretty cool scene and one of the things he says is (paraphrasing) “If I’m walking around fat and sassy and you guys are all skinny you’re gonna come banging on my door.  And I ain’t got enough bullets for all of you.” Sound familiar?  I wrote that exact same thing in this post!  (Except the bullets part.  I do have enough.)  And I swear I wrote that before seeing this trailer, but it’s always good to get a little backup on something I’ve written ya know? Check it out. We’ll be back next year with more great posts.  Have a great weekend and Happy New Year. –Jarhead Survivor BTW:  Just in case you skipped RM’s BTW yesterday about the Coronal Mass Ejections I’m reposting it today due to the nature of the movie Remnants.  Are  you prepared?
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  • ChefBear58 December 30, 2010, 9:54 pm

    THAT MOVIE LOOKS AWESOME!!! I have seen the clip you mentioned, and I agree that if you are REALLY prepared you should have more than enough ammo! However, I think that anyone who says “I’m prepared for anything” will be shown the folly of his/her arrogance. In my opinion nobody can be COMPLETELY prepared for ANYTHING that can happen. While it is certain that anything you do to prep gives you an edge over those who do nothing, even with an unlimited budget and insight into everything known to mankind there are things that will be outside of what you can prep for.

    To quote a friend of my father from years ago…”That Murphy guys an a$$hole!”

    • Spook45 December 31, 2010, 12:12 pm

      You know tho, if you are prepped for a worst case situation(bug out) then you are pretty well prepped for lights out. IF the grid goes, well you know, it will suck but only to the extent of convieniance. Not much else will change anyway. I would miss my conditioned air and the ability to cook w/out fire but other than that, I can get by with other arrangments for everything else.

  • Prepared N.D. December 30, 2010, 11:15 pm

    That movie looks promising. Me and the wife got wrapped up in the Jericho series a year or so back. I really enjoyed Lights Out too – it took quite a while to read it but it was well worth it.

  • Spook45 December 31, 2010, 11:03 am

    Interesting…………I perceivethis as another in a long line of what some folks refer to as “predictive Programming” that sets the stage for what is really going to happen well in advance of the event. It would be a little crazy for a while at first, but I would almost welcome it. I would love to see what todays youth would do if all of thier cell phones, laptops, mp3s and other stupid gadgets just ceased to function! IT does look like a pretty good flik, but a little hoaky. I do think that it will make other people think about things that maybe they havent but should?! On this note, I was perusing utube and looking at what some of the urban/suburban crowd call “preps” it was pretty entertaining and at the same time you just want to grab them by the lappels and shke the crap out of them and tell them “THIS IS REAL DUMBASS” I see one guy who has a bag full of crap and a tec nine with 2 mags and 3 boxes of ammo(in his pack, at the bottom) and carries a raven 32 auto for a “sidearm” he looks like he would get out of breath just going tothe fidge for a beer! I have a freind who got shot four time in St Louis with a 32……..he ran 6 1/2 blocks before he new he had been shot. He then casually strolled home, got in the car and drove himself to the ER. There are a lot of “pre- casualtys”out there already, I just have to wonder how much damage they will do on thier way out.

    • Jarhead Survivor December 31, 2010, 3:56 pm

      Hey Spook45 – I’ve seen the same thing on Youtube. Guys will have at least 80 lbs worth of gear and some of them look like they couldn’t walk around the block. That’s why I’m always hamering home, “Test your gear!”

      I’ll bet if some of those guys actually took one of those packs out for a walk they’d lighten it up some.

      • Spook45 December 31, 2010, 5:26 pm

        I cant begin to tell how many times I have changed/added/ upgraded my gear until it operates and flows together. If you cant put on ALL of your gear and run the forty, then hit the deck and crawl across your yard, jump up and empty your weapon and do a speed reload in under five seconds, you need to change something. You must be able to move and you must be able to operate(thus the term OPERATOR) or you can hang it up. The last one I looked at had a “firstaid kit” that fit in a cigerette pack. How you gonna handle a tension pnumothorax? The box was so small my chest needle wouldnt fit in it, much less a trauma bandage or any surgical gear. He had almost nothing, no BDUs, no socks(guess he didnt plan on bugging very far) nothing but JUNK and that includes his choice of weapons.

  • GoneWithTheWind December 31, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Some years back two women sitting side by side on a bus got into an arguement with one thinking the other was sleeping with her boyfriend. Woman #1 took out her .32 auto and shot woman #2 point blank in the head. The bullet bounced off woman #2’s forehead. Woman #2 grabbed the gun and shot woman #1 in the chest and she died from her wounds. Draw your own conclusions. Mine is that a small .32 auto is not a suitable gun for self defense. Better then nothing but a .357 would be much better.

    • spook45 December 31, 2010, 5:29 pm

      Heh, Ive been STABBED with shit bigger than a 32. If it didnt hit me directly in the spine or something like that , I would pulls his freakin arms off! I agree, if you had nothing else, a 32 would be very welcome. We call those”liberty guns” after the FP45 from OSS. IF you have nothing else, you choose your battle, sneak up on a bad guy and clipp him behind the ear and take his weaps. Then you give the Liberty gun to the next guy to use for another etc..

      • ChefBear58 December 31, 2010, 7:10 pm

        Spook45- The more of your comments I read, the more I think your “cut from the same cloth” as myself and many of my family members/friends! It’s not often these days you run across somebody else who knows what a “liberty gun” is! For those out there that don’t know what they are- they are a VERY cheap, “stamped” metal, single shot pistol in caliber 45. Many folks who used them said that they took more time to load than a muzzle-loader! They were dropped in German occupied countries in WWII, for partisan’s along with boxes of ammo and other supplies. As Spook45 mentioned, the idea was for them to ambush German soldiers, kill them and take their weapon, gear, ect. They “liberator” was notoriously inaccurate, it’s said that the bearer of one was more likely to kill a German by a fear induced heart attack than by actually hitting them with the bullet’s projectile!
        KUDOS Spook45, and I have to agree with your reply about the pack. If you can’t effectively move, use your weapon, ect. Then you SERIOUSLY need to re-evaluate your gear choices. And a “first aid kit” that fits in a pack of cigarettes?! REALLY?! Sounds about as useful as a “thimble for bailing out a cruise ship” (as my grandfather used to say). You probably couldn’t even fit a pack of quick-clot or a pressure dressing in that thing!

  • ChefBear58 December 31, 2010, 6:35 pm

    I’m with Spook45, I almost “welcome” the long term power/grid down situation. If for no other reason than to see what “Joe-schmo” will do without the conveniences of modern life! I also have to be honest in that it would be nice to ditch the “rat race” lifestyle that many of us have had to adapt to!

    As far as those guys with the 80+lb pack, sure as the sky is blue, those folks
    #1 won’t know how to utilize the gear they have and ditch it thinking it’s “useless”
    #2 have no “real world” skills for the situation they will find themselves in, and ultimately die off (though the “fat guy” in the video will take a while to “starve out”… maybe he will eat a poisonous mushroom or something)
    #3 They will fall “prey” so somebody who will take their gear and put it to better use (depending on your perspective)
    #4 will end up trading the gear they have for food/water/shelter
    Pretty much any way you look at it, in a LONG TERM situation… they are basically screwed! Though I can honestly say more power to them if they want to load up on to much equipment that doesn’t address realistic needs. I say this because if I need to “bug out” the folks who , let’s be nice and say “can’t cut it in the survival game”, can be a source of gear and supplies to be scrounged. If any of us remember the movies “The road” and “The Book of Eli”, scrounging/scavenging was essentially the norm.

    As far as the movie scenario, or at least how it appears to be, in “The Remnants” might be a bit “out there” for a simple power failure even a long term one. Though the idea of some folks going “out of control” and attempting to wreak havoc to get what other have is legitimate, after all they do it every day as it is. That’s part of the reason I take advantage of “open carry” here in VA.

    Which brings me to the caliber issue brought up, I carry a .45 M1911. Granted a .45 isn’t for everyone, but I wouldn’t want to go much smaller than a .40cal. I have seen a .38 special bounce off the skull of a steer (attempting to dispatch it as quick/painless as possible) and barely break the skin from less than 1′, we ended up using a .45LC. I have read quite a bit of information on different pistol calibers (attempting to find the “right fit” for my girlfriend) and passed up the .32 pretty quick after reading up on it! While it is true that a .32 can kill someone, indeed there have been people killed by them, I am getting her a 9mm.

    Sorry if my comment is a bit long today, I am a bit “long winded” today!

    • Spook45 December 31, 2010, 9:10 pm

      I also carry a 1911(Taurus) and have carried one for almsot 20years. IT is my defensive weapon of choice. Most of my friends have abandoned it as to heavy or to bulky, I say when Im too old or out of shape to carry it I will probly not be able to carry at all. I am an advocate of a full sized weapon and carrying what you train with. I dont do TUPPERWARE guns of any flavor. I like 22s and 45s, and 44s to hunt with.

      • ChefBear58 December 31, 2010, 9:47 pm

        I carry a RIA M1911 GI, I agree with you that a “full size” is better for defense, but it’s a matter of opinion. I hear all these singin’ the same old”I have 15 rounds to your 9, which means I would beat you if we were in a gunfight” song and dance; Like you said I would like to grab them and give ’em a good hard shake! Just cause they have 15 rds doesn’t mean anything if; I can accurately put a .45 slug in the guy carrying a 9mm before he can get a shot off at me, well I guess that means I have a new 9mm and whatever gear they had! Point being, no matter what you carry if you don’t know how to use it, or have the resolve TO use it then you are screwed!

        • ChefBear58 December 31, 2010, 9:50 pm

          Forgot to mention, I am a BIG guy by anybody’s measure! If I feel I need to draw my pistol for defense, that almost 1/2″ of copper and lead is reassuring!

        • Spook45 January 1, 2011, 9:31 am

          Yea, that false sense of security just because they have more ammo. Truth is the majority of training available is from the police prospective which is limited to liability,custody/arrest types of tactics. I train more along the lins of cambat tactics. 15 rounds matters if you are in a toe to toe shootout with an idiot that will stand there and swap licks. I dont stand still, I dont “move and shoot” indicating the post up style, I shoot while moving and get rounds on target. He can have 15 rounds and while hes throwin em all over the place tryin to catch me , Im gonna put two in his chest and one in his head in a dead run and if he can catch me, he can have me……A static target is a dead target. I DONT SIT STILL.

  • Radar252 December 31, 2010, 10:36 pm

    Get a room, guys!

  • Hokie Magnum January 1, 2011, 10:15 am

    That movie looks like it’d be very entertaining. Provided there’s no EMP attack between now and when (or if) it comes out – I’m gonna Netflix it.

    On the P32…it’s a fine gun, for what it’s designed. I own one and CCW it only when I’m concerned about printing…which is usually during a hot summer day or some venue when I’m dressed up. I wear it on my ankle mostly, or in the pocket of a coat, etc. It’s ballistics are lacking, yes. The only way the P32 should be fired – is all 7 bullets expelled point blank and as fast as possible. There are better guns out there for CCW’ing…but for a pocket pistol you’ll find nothing slimmer, lighter, and smaller without further compromising on power.

    If anyone’s serious about carrying concealed, I agree with the posters above in that you should carry a firearm you’re practiced with. I swap between a Kahr CW9 and a XD45 Compact. Stainless and polymer construction is well served when exposed to the greasy steam of the human body.

    Happy New Year all….may you never have to actually drawn a gun to test the theory.

  • Cliffystones January 1, 2011, 7:16 pm

    Chefbear, Spook,

    Now you guys have me worried. I have an S&W airweight .38 that I carry in my pocket. It is loaded with Cor Bon hollow points. But I’d hate to just pi$$ off the bad guys if I felt the need to fire it :) I also have a Stainless .357 S&W (which I prefer), but it’s a bit large to conceal during the warmer weather. After much consideration I went with revolvers. I suppose I just felt they were safer to carry with kids in the equation.

    The movie “Remnants” looks like it could be a good one. My favorite “post apocalyptic” story so far has been “Jericho”. The real test will be the story and the acting, NOT the special effects! I will avoid a rant on “Avatar” at this point.

    The thing about “Remnants” that interests me is the suburban setting. We live in a fringe suburb halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs, so I would love to see this scenario played out.

    Here I thought I was the only one who thought “bring it on” with regard to some cataclysmic event. I’d prefer if we all just learned to treat one another with respect and decency. But then I read stories like the one this morning where California just elected some new Attorney General. This woman is another one of those redistributionist, social justice liberals. Her job is supposed to be prosecuting criminals, but she thinks she should be helping the poor misunderstood yada, yada. Anyway this makes me think maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if all of these “one world’ types had their modern infrastructure of comfort pulled out from under them. I know we would get by fine, but I’d hate to be in a big city with no practical abilities.

    Something else that came to mind while I was reading the “Remnants” story line. I think the hardest thing post SHTF is going to be “reading” people. In movies and TV the bad guys can be easy to identify. While I consider myself a pretty good judge of character, I fully admit I could be duped and that is a grave concern to me. I wonder what scenarios you folks have considered as far as how you would treat others in need of help, and how you would expect to be treated. I’m a very generous guy if I believe somebody sincerely needs my help. But I can and have dropped people like bad habits if I determine they’re using me.

    • Spook45 January 1, 2011, 8:10 pm

      38 is a fine self d gun. great for ccw, I have one I use in the summer and sometimes for a BUG. Thing is, I sort of classify it like a 9mm, it travels way to fast. The fear of over penitration keeps me in the 45 and a phat slow moving bullet. If I have to use it, I want the bad guy on the deck and I want the bullet to stay IN THE BODY! Remember that you are responsable for that round so if it goes thru a bad guy and hits a bystander, your ass is grass! I use real nasty controled expansion HP in my 38, to maxamize knock down and prevent over penetration.

    • Ranger Man January 2, 2011, 7:43 am

      I have a S&W .38 airweight as well, the one with the shrouded hammer – love it. Load +P rounds if you’re concerned about power. The .38 is plenty for a carry piece, though. That particular model is light, slim and small. You can also get the grips that automatically start the laser sight when you grip it.

    • ChefBear58 January 2, 2011, 2:41 pm

      Cliffystones, please don’t take my experience with the 38 as making it not suitable for CCW. My point in explaining my experience is to say that it changed MY perspective on it. After seeing the projectile bounce off like that right in front of me, my faith in said round was shaken. I am a firm believer that you should have confidence in the tools you will use to defend yourself if need to use them, that’s why I carry a .45. I have several friends who are police officers, many of them carry a .38 as a backup pistol. One of them actually had to use his, and it dropped his attacker with lethal efficiency. It is important to note that I don’t know what kind of round the .38 I saw used was loaded with, and it was used on a steer which any way you look at it is a good bit bigger than a human. Even a .22 can really put a hurtin’ on somebody if the shot is placed right. Practice with whatever you are going to carry, and be the absolute best with it that you can possibly be with it.

      As far as deciding whether or not to help someone post SHTF, others have said it before me but #1 if it is just a regional thing and its obvious that it is short term, I want to help as many people as possible #2 I would have a hard time turning away kids, but my family comes first in a long term situation #3 as bad as it sounds, you need to “triage” in any SHTF situation, meaning those who can gain the most from your efforts should receive priority… I am sorry but if somebody is a “lost cause”, then they have to be bypassed. However, the decision to help, or not to help someone is something that you will have to live with. The bigger question is if you have literally to take food/water out of your families mouths to help some stranger, can you live with that? It’s one of those “razor’s edge” questions.

  • Cliffystones January 1, 2011, 10:49 pm


    I was advised by a fellow I met in the sporting goods store (not a salesman) that the Cor-Bon .38 caliber self defense ammo was similar to what you describe. Am I on the wrong track, and do you have any recommendations?

    Happy New Year!

    • Ranger Man January 2, 2011, 7:56 am

      “Corbon wisely chose to offer a .38 Special round in standard pressure. Lots of +P ammunition exists for the caliber, but in light guns, some people just don’t care for the snappier recoil.” From this site:

      The +P is a bit heavy for the small framed (and airweight) S&W .38. I wouldn’t want to target practice with it all day using those, but I load +P if I feel the need to carry. You might also like this thread:

      • Spook45 January 2, 2011, 12:04 pm

        The thing about +P ammo, is that it very often out runs the rate of twist for the barrel length. Sometimes what you will find is that the excess preasure either results in recoil or just noise and fire coming out the side and ends of the weapon. If the rate of twist and bullet weight dont work together then you really dont get any bennifit from it. Also, if you over spin the bullet(to much speed for the rate of twist) what will happen(especially further down range) is that the bullet will over gyrate in flight and not stabalize, when it hits the target it will be flipping end over end and you will loose accuracy(makes a NASTY wound tract tho) anyway, sometimes +p is just a lot of bang and fire for nothing, this applies mostly to short barreled guns and compacts due to the lack of acceleration from the length of barrel x rate of twist buy velocity. Your better off(for self d purposes) to slow the bullet down, use a nasty HP, and give it time to expand in the body and transfer its energy. Anyway, the CORBONs are good stuff.

        • Ranger Man January 2, 2011, 7:43 pm

          Sound advice. I think the +P is a bit much for any small frame .38, but I got a box for Christmas once, so … *shrug*

    • Spook45 January 2, 2011, 11:57 am

      Yea, they are all similer technology. Basicly a temperd density jacket that will control expansion and make the buller stay together. IT started with the infamous black talon(now winchester ranger) and then took off, of course everyone had to have some variation on it. I prefer the black talon or the original, Speer gold dot. If you dig it out and weigh it, it will retain 98% of its actual grain weight after impact. This makes for a good combo between knock down and protects against over penetration. IT expends nearly all of its energy in the body. CORBONs are good stuff, so are the Rem.Golden Sabres, I like the gold dots because they are readily available for reloading so I can custom taylor the load to the weapon I am shooting it out of. IT gives me max performance and control.


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