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Apocalypse now, in the desert — that’s the mood in American sci-fi films these days, as the epic Californian drought continues.

Desert landscapes have always provided wonderful backdrops for doomsday movies — including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the “Mad Max” series, and even HBO’s “Breaking Bad.” Now it seems Hollywood has only to step out into their own backyard for scenes of cracked dirt, dust storms, wildfires and dune buggies driven by thirsty people ready to bludgeon anyone with a spare bottle of Evian.

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