All I really recall is a man broadcasting on radio equipment after some form of apocalypse. The man was white and probably middle aged and the movie did not seem like a big budget production. I think it was mostly just the man in his safe place talking on the radio (there may have been flashback scenes and he may have been telling the story of how the world went to hell).

Something had happened to most of the population - I think it was some kind of alien hive mind taking them over or something in that general vein.

It was a live action movie in English, and I watched it within the last few years fairly certain its a relatively recent movie (within the decade at least) and it was in color.

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    When did you watch this? What country, language? You can look here for some details you can add. Commented May 14, 2017 at 10:06

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Not what the OP is looking for.

With the current details, I'm going to guess that the film is I Am Legend, starring Will Smith.

It is set after an airborne virus of sorts transforms most of the population to zombie-like creatures, that are afraid of sunlight (i.e. ultraviolet radiation). Naturally, the people who were immune to the virus (like the protagonist) were wiped out by the zombies.

Will Smith's character is a doctor who is working on finding a cure. He comes to a pierce, every day, and transmits a radio message on all frequencies, so other people may know there is one living person left. He also has a doggie.

The film was released in 2007, and it was based on the eponymous 1964 novel by Richard Matheson, though it differs from the book significantly (which was a major reason for criticism for the film).

The film had two endings:

  • In the official ending,

    the protagonist sacrifices himself to blow up a grenade and kill the zombies, to allow the woman he met and her son to escape. The latter two make it to a reservation where survivors live.

  • In the alternative ending

    it turns out the zombies have a form of consciousness; the doctor returns the female zombie he was experimenting on to the "tribe", and the three of them make it to the survivors' reservation.

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    I always preferred Charlton Heston's Omega Man. Good suggestion but its not the one im trying to remember.
    – revenant
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 12:52
  • Sorry, but how does I Am Legend resemble the movie described? Will Smith isn't white, or middle-aged; most of the action takes place outside his hide-out; it was a big-budget, zombie movie.
    – PeterClose
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 17:44
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    @PeterClose Check the "current" link in the answer - I posted this before the "EDIT" details were added to the question. Commented May 14, 2017 at 17:46
  • @revenant, yeah it remind me first Heston than Smith. But it does not fit too much in the description you gave, do you remember the site supposed to be?
    – riccs_0x
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 22:14
  • The first movie of I Am Legend was with Vincent Price, not long after the book came out (late 1950s, as I recall). However, it was black and white and I don't recall Vincent broadcasting on a radio. He spent all his time turning stakes on a lathe.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Commented Aug 3, 2017 at 18:55

Dead Air?

Logan Burnhardt is the ego-king of the airwaves, but his unflappable persona is put to the test when a terrorist bio-attack unleashes a plague of flesh-ripping maniacs on Los Angeles.

  • Are there any other details that suggest similarity?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 12:48
  • This could be it but the guy does not look right (I am not sure what right is exactly though) and the movie seems a little to "bright"
    – revenant
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 8:48

Steve's answer gave me an idea: could it have been Pontypool (2008)? Here's a summary:

When disc jockey Grant Mazzy reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it’s just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission.

A longer summary (with even more spoilers) is available at the Wikipedia page for the movie. Here's the trailer:

A clip from the movie is also available at the IMDB page. Similarities & differences:

  • The movie takes place almost entirely in the radio studio. This is no doubt due to the low budget of the movie.
  • However, it takes place during (not after) the apocalyptic events.
  • The main character is a grizzled middle-aged man, played by Stephen McHattie.
  • However, there are two other main characters (both women) in the movie as well.
  • The color palette is much "darker" than that shown in the trailer for Dead Air, and you noted that the palette for Dead Air was "too bright".
  • The apocalypse is of the zombification/brainwashing variety. I won't go into the details too much for fear of spoilers, but your description of an "alien hive mind taking them over" is definitely "in that general vein".

It's a long shot, but this reminds me a bit of Panic in the Year Zero (1962), which starred Ray Milland (may have been his last film appearance). It was in color, Milland was around fifty-five when it was shot, and it ended with him talking on a shortwave transmitter, trying to contact other survivors.

There was a nuclear attack, and Milland hauled his family out of the city with a station wagon and travel trailer. In one scene, he talks to a shopkeeper about buying a gun, asks for a demonstration of how to load it, then turns it on the shopkeeper (doesn't shoot him, just steals the gun and several boxes of ammo).


Not a recent movie as it's from 1985 and doesn't have aliens, but what about The Quiet Earth? The main character is a middle aged white man and there's radio communication. Plus, is a nice movie.

Here's the trailer:

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