In Ghostbusters II, Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) hears a rather ominous prediction on his television show, World of the Psychic. One of his guests prophesies that the world will come to an end on February 14, 2016. In other words, Valentine’s Day — the day on which Hallmark Cards and florists routinely make millions. A day that, as it turns out, is here.
Exactly how feasible Ghostbusters II‘s end-of-the-world prediction actually is remains to be seen. Considering the validity of past movie and television prophecies (e.g. Back to the Future II), however, its chances aren’t so good. In the spirit of finding love in the not-so-end-times, though, Uproxx has put together a list of these cinematic and televised scenarios and we ranked them according to their believability. To accomplish this, we used a simple scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “not feasible at all” and 5 being “maybe-kinda-whatever.”
End of Days
Throughout the year 1999, all of America was equally fascinated and horrified by the Millennium. Why? Because the year 2000 would supposedly freak out some outdated software on major computer systems and send modern life back into the stone age. (See: “supposedly.”) Cultists, the super-religious, and lay people alike were drawn to the new date, especially Hollywood. Hence the Arnold Schwarzenegger-vehicle End of Days, in which the devil possesses a human (Gabriel Byrne) and tries to have a child moments before the clock strikes midnight. Not that time zones mattered or anything…
Rank: 1, because it should’ve taken place in Greenwich