The hilarious and raucous "This Is the End," opening this week, thrusts us smack dab into the apocalypse, L.A.-style.

Here are five other Armageddon-themed movies, excluding the Michael Bay disaster -- on the literal scale -- that starred Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler. Enough's been said about that one.

"28 Days Later": The undead rule and drool all over our pop-culture landscape today. One of the best in the zombie-themed lot is Danny Boyle's London-set survivor shocker from 2002. It's suspenseful and bloodcurdling, just like its 2007 sequel -- "28 Weeks Later" -- with Robert Carlyle and Jeremy Renner.

MAGNOLIA PICTURESKirsten Dunst stars as a woman about to wed as the Earth faces destruction in "Melancholia."
MAGNOLIA PICTURES Kirsten Dunst stars as a woman about to wed as the Earth faces destruction in "Melancholia." ( mp )

"2012": Poor planet Earth. It really takes a royal whipping in the hands of Irwin Allen wannabe Roland Emmerich. John Cusack leads the charge in saving the day in this wild, effects-fueled thrill ride from 2009. A lot of dumb fun.

"Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome": C'mon everybody, let's sing! "We don't need another hero." OK, maybe not. Anyway, this third chapter in the "Mad Max" empire gave us children, Tina Turner and some cage fighting in Australia. The 1982 second film is the best in the series, but this 1985 film bucks the bad third film in a trilogy trend. Another "Mad Max" film -- with Tom Hardy subbing for Mel Gibson -- is in the works.


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"Melancholia": Director Lars von Trier rattles us yet again with this 2011 doomsday tale about a depressed bride-to-be (a sensational Kirsten Dunst) feuding with her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) as the world faces extinction. Heady, heavy stuff.

"Wall-E": One of Pixar's most subversive and narratively daring masterworks finds a cute little robot picking up the pieces of our plant after it had too much of everything at its disposal. Released in 2008 and directed by Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo"), it's the perfect antidote for chasing away a bummed-out mood after watching "Melancholia."



Cillian Murphy in 28 DAYS LATER   Photo Credit: Peter Mountain
Cillian Murphy in 28 DAYS LATER Photo Credit: Peter Mountain