By Paul Asay
The book of Revelation seems perfect for blockbuster movie treatment. It has drama, action, some horrific bad guys, scads of CGI opportunities and--in true Hollywood fashion--a happy ending.
But, "Left Behind" movies aside, the film industry has yet to generate an apocalyptic vision of the future that features a truly biblical Apocalypse--and the upcoming doomsday vehicle, "2012" won't be an exception (it uses the ancient Mayan calendar as a basis for the plot).
Granted, the Apostle John's vision of the end of the world isn't wholly incompatible from some of Hollywood's own imaginings. Plenty of end-of-the-world flicks reference the Bible, and horror films are stuffed with references to the Number of the Beast. Revelation doesn't rule out the world being rocked by giant meteors, nuclear war, or environmental catastrophe. But aliens? Flesh-eating zombies? Hostile seagulls? John forgot to mention those.
The following gallery highlights the end of the world as we've seen it, Hollywood style. Click here to check out the top 10 apocalyptic movies.
When Worlds Collide (1951)»