THE BLOG TOUR – starring Author D.M. Cain


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From an early age I was always more interested when things went wrong in the world. The light, fluffy Disney world of my younger childhood was left behind as I passed into my teenage years and surrounded myself with works of dystopian fiction such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

This love of a futuristic world gone wrong spilled over into my movie taste as well. So, here is a list of my favourite dystopian movies of all time, appearing in no particular order. What are your favourites?

Dystopian movies list:

  1. 12 monkeys – a delightfully creepy and mysterious film with excellent acting and a gripping storyline. The music has an unhinged, fairground ride kind of feel to it as well.
  2. A Clockwork Orange – probably my personal favourite dystopian movie (and book) ever, A Clockwork Orange is unnerving and philosophical, beautifully filmed, and with a huge underground following.
  3. A.I. – I know a lot of people hated this movie, and fair play to them, because the last twenty minutes are terrible. (Why oh why didn’t it end when he was under the water?) But, what comes before that is excellent. The little boy is creepy and yet you feel so sorry for him. He just wants to be loved  The ‘flesh fair’ is such a horrifying concept too. I thought those scenes were brilliant.
  4. Casshern – Unknown to many, this Japanese classic really does deserve to get more credit. Casshern has literally everything you could ever want from a sci-fi film – unhinged scientists playing God, divine intervention, humans killing what they don’t understand, the underdogs rising in their masses. Plus, of course, epic and beautiful fight scenes, a deep and morally taxing storyline and the potential for great debate and discussion afterwards. Just thinking about it makes me yearn to go and watch it right now…
  5. Children of Men – one of the bleakest and most depressing films I’ve ever seen. I love the way this film pulls no punches. Nobody is safe from the death and desolation in this film. A true, gritty dystopian.
  6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – another fine example of what happens when humans step beyond their place (I do very much enjoy films where humans are the bad guys!)
  7. District 9 – some awesome fight scenes, especially with the alien weapons which are so cool! But this film is not just about the aliens. Yet again, it’s about the humans abusing them, treating them as scum and stripping them of all rights. It’s no coincidence the film was shot in Johannesburg…
  8. The Hunger Games – everybody loves The Hunger Games. Katniss is amazing, of course, strong and independent. She fights the system and refuses to conform to their brutality.
  9. Looper – A really clever storyline (though it definitely had me scratching my head at times. Hang on – is he in the future or…?) I also enjoyed that sword of Damocles feeling – that his choices in life were definitely going to catch up with him, no matter what he did.
  10. V for Vendetta – This isn’t just a film. It’s art. That scene where Natalie Portman cried in the rain – so beautiful. You can’t help but feel yourself wanting to rise up with V and fight the power
  11. Watchmen – Not your average superhero story, every one of these antiheroes has some sort of dark, unhinged past. I loved Rorschach so much… And The Tales of the Black Freighter side story was one of the darkest, most horrific things I’ve ever read, and I flipping well loved it!

My latest novel, The Phoenix Project, features a man struggling to stay alive in a prison where inmates are forced to fight each other to the death. It isn’t just his physical circumstances that threaten his life; it’s also the demons within in his own mind. I drew upon my love of dystopia to write this novel and I can definitely see influences from these movies within my writing. So, if you’re a fan of dystopia too, why not check it out?

Don’t miss my Author Party Event ( on Friday, January 15th at 1pm CST!!

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GIVEAWAYS ON THE TOUR:  (2) book bundles – (1) paperback of THE PHOENIX PROJECT along with (1) paperback of her children’s book, SOREN!

To be eligible to win one of these sets, merely leave a comment on any stop along the tour, including this one and you could be one of our two lucky winners!!!



D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire,  UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.




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29 thoughts on “THE BLOG TOUR – starring Author D.M. Cain

  1. I really must do something about my abysmal movie watching record! Your list of dystopian movies sounds intriguing and attractive. I’ve seen a couple of them, but there’s a few more there I’d like to watch. Looking forward to getting into THE PHOENIX PROJECT! Thanks for hosting, Jason!

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  2. The only two movies in that list that I haven’t seen are Children of Men (which is on my “must see” list) and Casshern which I’ve honestly never heard of.

    January has finally arrived (in that it suddenly became seasonably cold here in Connecticut – it had been abnormally mild) so I’ll likely get to these.

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    • Not many people have heard of Casshern – completely underrated and underpromoted (plus, it’s in Japanese so has subtitles which can put some people off)


  3. A great list of films here, DM. V For Vendetta, 12 Monkeys, and A Clockwork Orange are among my all-time favorite movies in any genre. I do also like District 9. Being a fan of foreign-language films, I’ll have to investigate Casshern.

    Jason, thank you for hosting and supporting!

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  4. I started to become a fan after being in RRBC. I never would have read this type of book because it just wasn’t my thing. I fell in love with a couple of books and now I am no longer impartial to the genre. Good luck D.M. Cain. Nice blog Jason & 4WillsPublishing.

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    • I have to admit that I’ve never heard of Road Warrior – I’ll have to go and look it up now! I did enjoy dark City too, though it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen it.

      I debated The Matrix, but decided not to go with it in the end, because although the first one was really good, I felt that 2 and 3 pulled it down in my opinion.


    • There’s nothing shallow about that, Rebecca! There’s enough darkness in the real world without resorting to it in your leisure time as well! I totally understand that. I guess I just like to lurk around in the darkness. Lol.


  5. I haven’t seen any of those movies DM. I have this knack of reliving my movies in my dream, so I carefully avoid the really dark ones. I don’t want to fight with the devil in my sleep. 🙂 Enjoy your tour. Thank you Jason for hosting.


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