If you’re reading this, we probably made it to the new millennium without the apocalyptic events predicted in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s End of Days. We thought we’d celebrate by looking at the most memorable apocalyptic dates Hollywood has cooked up over the years — and see how they stacked up against reality.
— Brian M. Raftery and Will Lee
FILM & DATE END OF DAYS – 12/31/99
ON-SCREEN APOCALYPTIC EVENT The devil tries to impregnate a woman and initiate a reign of pure evil.
REAL-LIFE APOCALYPTIC EVENT John Tesh prepares to play a sunrise concert the next morning.
[FILM & DATE]TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY – 8/29/97
[ON-SCREEN APOCALYPTIC EVENT]A nuclear holocaust, brought on by evil computers, wipes out the world.
[REAL-LIFE APOCALYPTIC EVENT]Kentucky doctors reportedly issue a warning against eating squirrel brains, ”a regional delicacy.”
[FILM & DATE]INDEPENDENCE DAY – 7/2/96
[ON-SCREEN APOCALYPTIC EVENT]A fleet of saucer-shaped spaceships zaps the world’s major cities.
[REAL-LIFE APOCALYPTIC EVENT]A 7-foot foam cigarette, dubbed Butt Man, stalks presi-dential hopeful Bob Dole.
[FILM & DATE]THE SEVENTH SIGN – 2/29/87
[ON-SCREEN APOCALYPTIC EVENT]The rivers run red with blood and the moon turns crimson.
[REAL-LIFE APOCALYPTIC EVENT]Elizabeth Taylor’s dieting book is No. 1 on The New York Times’ best-seller list.