As most of you know, I spent my formative years in the tail end of the Cold War. My dad designed radar systems for Air Force fighter jets and attack helicopters. I was a bit more closely connected to the cold war than most of my peers, and (call me paranoid) I am pretty sure that the Soviets had a file on my dad tucked away behind the wall or in the basement of The Kremlin.
The US produced such scare movies as War Games, Red Dawn, and The Day After. The UK contributed to the nuke scare genre with When The Wind Blows and the feature linked to here, Threads. There's not much to say about this genre of early-80's films other than they were a contemporary take on the disaster film genre that was popular a decade previous.
On a side note, most of the samples from the first song on Conflict's album "The Ungovernable Force" were taken from Threads. After watching the movie, and having listened to the Conflict record for 25+ years now, the song makes more sense.
Threads on google video
Conflict - You Cannot Win