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16 Amazing Movies Every Survivalist Should Watch in 2018

What is a survivalist movie? That’s not an easy question to answer. After all, survivalist movies are rarely intended as such – when was the last time you saw a flick explicitly marketed at the survivalist crowd? In reality, survivalist movies can be any that carry themes ranging from self-sufficiency to conformity, totalitarianism to freedom. A survivalist movie can be about the challenges of living off the grid. It can be about the grid itself too – that is, the grid of social order and control. There’s a little of both on this list of the essential survivalist movies of 2018. Along with a mix of genres, there’s also a mix of upcoming theatrical released, and movies available for streaming right now. So if you’re not too keen on blowing money on movie tickets, you needn’t worry.

The Top New Survivalist Movies

This list does go on a bit, so if you’re just interested in the skinny, then here it is. The big survivalist movies you should be looking out for in 2018 are Captive State, The Purge: The Island, and Breaking In. None are guaranteed successes, but all appear to be promising options for possible survivalist classics. Whether or not they’ll actually achieve this is unclear – for now. So be sure to check these ones out, and decide for yourself whether they fit the bill.

Breaking In

Here’s a question every prepper has probably asked: what do you do when a stranger breaks in? Call the cops? Let the dog loose? Just grab the shotgun? Breaking In is about a woman trying to protect her home and family during a home invasion. Details of the plot are scant, but I guess you know what to expect with a tagline like “Payback is a Mother.” Sounds fun. Keep an eye out for this one around May 11, when it’s set for a US theatrical release.

Captive State

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Alien invasion movies are a dime a dozen, but Captive State might be set to put a new twist on the tired formula. It might even be a survivalist classic in the making. Based a decade after little green men subjugated the human race, the film will apparently focus on contrasting the lives of not only those who resist, but also the collaborators who willingly comply with their extraterrestrial overlords. This sounds like a great set-up for exploring themes of totalitarianism and compliance. Hopefully, Captive State will live up to expectations when it hits theaters on August 17.

The Purge: The Island

There’s a good reason The Purge franchise boasts plenty of survivalist fans. Imagine if, for 24 hours each year, laws are suspended and anything goes. More entertaining fun than anything else, previous Purges have delivered on gratuitous violence and a smattering of vague social commentary. However, the series has always (perhaps intentionally) kept the politics of Purge somewhat opaque. How did the yearly gore-fests start? What’s this future world like outside the purging? This 4th of July (gulp), we’ll find out, with The Island being a prequel to the original film. It promises to explore the very first purge, with all the action and machine gun fire we’ve come to expect from the franchise.


We live in a world where, day by day, privacy seems to increasingly be a luxury most of us can’t afford. How long will it be before the government knows every minor detail about you? This is the premise of Anon, a film about a near-future where there is no such thing as anonymity, and the words “mind your own business” are a thing of the past. The story picks up when investigator Sal Frieland uncovers a girl who has somehow avoided the mass surveillance that controls this grim society. Sal soon finds himself hunting a ghost in a world where nobody has secrets. In the age of mass surveillance, this seems like a timely survivalist movie. Anon doesn’t have a hard release date, but is expected to arrive in cinemas anytime from mid 2018 to 2019.

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If you’re into war flicks, then Overlord might be worth splurging on popcorn and overpriced Coke for. The story of two American soldiers trying to survive behind enemy lines on D-Day, Overlord looks like 2018’s response to Dunkirk or Saving Private Ryan. It’s currently got an October 26 release date lined up, so look out for this one later in the year. Could be a good war survivalist movie.

Mortal Engines

Is this Mad Max meets Transformers? Details on Mortal Engines are scant, but it’s supposedly about mobile cities rolling across a post-apocalyptic wasteland, battling over ever-dwindling resources. It’s an interesting set up, and could make for a good survivalist movie. Having said that, I’m on the fence about this one, but will watch out for it when it hits cinemas on December 14.

The Darkest Minds

Remember how I mentioned alien invasion flicks are a dime a dozen? Ditto for post-apocalyptic movies, it seems. The Darkest Minds is set in a bleak future where 98 percent of America’s kids were killed by a plague. The survivors develop superpowers for some reason, and are put in internment camps. One such kid escapes, and joins a resistance group fleeing the government. If it sounds like a poor man’s Hunger Games, then you’re not the only one. Having said that, given how surprisingly popular The Hunger Games has been among preppers, this one could go down well.

The Darkest Minds is set to hit theaters on September 14.

Future World

James Franco isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and there’s not much in terms of detail regarding his next film. Future World is expected to be released some time in 2018. All we know is that it’s a post apocalypse film about a boy scrounging the ruins of society for medicine for his sick mother. Beyond that, all we’ve got to go by are some shots of Franco and his cast decked out in grimy, Fallout-style raider leathers. It’s either going to be the next big survivalist movie, or just another Mad Max wannabe.

Alien Sleeper Cell

Produced by the minds behind District 9, Alien Sleeper Cell promises to bring a new twist on an old formula. Details are extremely scant on this movie, which is expected to be released anytime from 2018 onward. Will it be a potent survivalist movie classic along the lines of a classic like They Live, or just another big blockbuster bug hunt?

The Predator

It’s Predator. Any questions?

Top Survivalist Movies to Watch Right Now

Hate paying for cinema tickets? Don’t worry, because 2018 has already seen plenty of great films hit Netflix. We’ve got some old classics returning for a second change at life, and some new ones from recent years that are available to watch right now. In terms of survivalist movies, some of the highlights include The Civil War, Peter and the Farm and Brother’s Keeper. If you haven’t seen any of these ones yet, do yourself a favor and check them out this year.

Peter and the Farm

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Peter Dunning is the owner of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont. He’s self sufficient, lives mostly off the grid, and is an experienced farmer. He knows how to survive on his own in tough conditions, and initially his farm looks much like any survivalist’s dream. At first, Peter and the Farm is all about the titular character passing on his immense wealth of agricultural knowledge. However, Peter himself is illustrative of the serious challenges of long-term self-sustainability. His hard life has left him alone, with three failed marriages and his children long gone. His struggles with alcohol and depression turn his seemingly idyllic life on its head, and reveal the unpleasant reality of how difficult it can be to live off the grid.

Nothing is sugar-coated, but neither is the film condemning. Instead, it’s more of a tragedy, seasoned with a mix of bright optimism and crushing hopelessness. It’s not exactly heart-warming, but Peter’s story matters, and makes for one of the most sobering survivalist movies out there. You should consider this mandatory viewing for anyone considering homesteading, survivalism or self-sufficiency. Peter and the Farm originally released in 2016, but is now available on Netflix.

Brother’s Keeper

This documentary encapsulates the struggle of rural America in a controversial court case that shook a small farming community. The story begins with the mysterious death of William “Bill” Ward, a farmer who lived in isolation with his three brothers. At first, it’s unclear whether Bill died of natural causes, and police eventually arrest one of his brothers, Delbert. The semi-literate Delbert allegedly waived his rights during police questioning, and allegedly coerced into signing a confession. While the documentary’s narrative is pushed forward by the investigation, that’s not the real focus here.

Instead, Brother’s Keeper more a story of rural poverty, the difficulties life off the grid, and the other grim realities facing so many of fly-over country’s denizens. For these reasons, this is well deserving of its place as one of the most necessary survivalist movies of all time. Brother’s Keeper first released back in 1992, but is now available on Netflix for the first time.

Under the Sun

Films often use alien invasions and post-apocalyptic wastelands as illustrations of the follies of totalitarianism and barbarity – but they’ve got nothing on the real thing. Under the Sun follows the everyday life of a North Korean family. Filmmaker Alvaro Longoria secured full permission from North Korean authorities to film this seemingly banal propaganda reel. At first, Under the Sun might look like something so compliant, it could easily have appeared on KCNA.

However, the real movie isn’t the heavily scripted scenes with family members; instead, the story plays out between set pieces, when Longoria continues to film after the script has run its course. In these in-between moments, flashes of the real North Korea slip though the propaganda gauntlet. This is what makes Under the Sun so powerful; the contrast between the official narrative and the sheen-less reality beneath. As a one of the most important survivalist movies around, this one serves as a primer on propaganda, and how to undermine it. Under the Sun released in 2016, and is now available on Netflix.

The Death of Stalin

Most survivalist movies that focus on politics tend to be about the rise of totalitarianism; but what about its fall? The Death of Stalin follows the final days of the Soviet ruler’s life, and how his death threw the upper echelons of his regime into chaos. It looks at how senior Soviet officials horse-traded behind the scenes to not only settle on a successor, but to protect themselves from potential future purges. It might seem like an unusual addition to a list of survivalist movies, not the least because the titular character (spoiler) doesn’t quite survive. However, it does offer some very important lessons. It’s smart, mostly historically accurate and provides a nuanced insight into the internal workings of a Stalinist regime. Intrigued yet? The Death of Stalin released in late 2017, and is currently available on Netflix.

The Civil War

You might be surprised to see this one on the list. Back in 1990, The Civil War impressed viewers with what is arguably the most comprehensive documentary ever made on the American Civil War. As a mini-series, it painstakingly combed through primary source material, including diary entries and letters penned by everyone from generals and politicians, to ordinary troops fighting for their lives in the mud.

Like The Death of Stalin, The Civil War is among of the few entries here that can’t be considered survivalist movies in the traditional sense. On the other hand, how can you not know the history of the civil war? Alas, if your VHS machine is clogged with dust, you needn’t worry; this classic is finally available on Netflix. It’s worth a watch for the soundtrack alone, which was largely composed with period-accurate instruments blasting out battle tunes. Turn the sound up, whip up some hoe cakes and let those battle drums toss you into the melee.

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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls

New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.

“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

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How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar

The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!

This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.

So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?

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Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know

Why Make Sauerkraut?


Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.


  • 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Tools Needed:

  • knife
  • bowl
  • mason jar
  • smaller jar
  • rubber band

Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients

Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.

You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.

Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips

Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.

Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt

Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.

TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.

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Step 4: Massage the Cabbage

Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.

TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.

Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar

Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.

IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.

Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar

You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.

Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.

Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band

Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.

Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily

Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.

Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures

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After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.

NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.

You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.

Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut

  • Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
  • Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
  • If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.

Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!

So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.

What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!

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Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!

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In this article:

  1. Tomato
  2. Eggplant
  3. Beet
  4. Spinach
  5. Pea
  6. Carrot
  7. Radish
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Asparagus

Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!


Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.

Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.


Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?

Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.


Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.

If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.


Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!

Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.


Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.

Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.


There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.

They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.


A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.

Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.


Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.

Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.


Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!

Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.

All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!

So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!




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