YMMV / Threads

  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: If you are a cynical soul, you will likely experience this as you watch the film. Then again, the whole point of this film is to demonstrate that in the event of a nuclear war, there will be no happy ending in the aftermath.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: Although the film was generally well-received by critics, it also had its share of detractors who took great pains to note that they understood the anti-war message Hines was pushing but found the extremely bleak tone to undermine the effectiveness of the message and make the film an unpleasant slog. As with most movies like this the question has been raised of whether it's worth using such trauma-inducing or otherwise disturbing material without any meaningful catharsis at the end.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Jimmy learns that Ruth is pregnant, she tries to calm him down, saying "It's not the end of the world". Three weeks later...
  • Memetic Mutation: Anne Sellors, whose acting career begins and ends with her role in this film as "woman who urinates herself".
    • "There was the skeleton of...a cat! A cat's...skeleton!"
  • Paranoia Fuel: One of the most disturbing things about the film is how completely plausible the scenario that leads up to the war is. Especially since this movie came out at a time when the United States and the Soviet Union were more hostile to each other than ever, the idea of one international crisis causing the situation to escalate out of control seemed highly likely.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The guard at the detention camp whose face is covered with bloody bandages. His image is so iconic that it made it onto the cover of The Radio Times the month the film first aired, which attracted controversy for how disturbing the image was.
    • The initial attack itself is another example. It almost literally seared itself into the memory of a generation of Britons, with such traumatizing imagery as burnt corpses buried beneath piles of rubble and a cat writhing in pain as it's seared by the blast wave.
    • The woman cradling her dead child in the ruins after the attack, staring unblinkingly at Ruth as she passes by. It's the page image for both the Tear Jerker and Nightmare Fuel pages for this film.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: No matter what those "Protect and Survive" booklets issued by the government told you, the UK government expected at least 20-25% of her own population to die in a 'minimal' nuclear exchange (of the kind needed merely to put her out of the war). The rest would not be very well off, for that matter. This needed to be said, and this film said it loudly and without any sugaring.
  • Squick: The radiation sickness scenes are major examples of this.
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