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The Earth Dies Screaming (1965)
A crack space pilot returns to earth to find the planet has been devastated by some unknown forces. There are a few survivors, so he organizes them in a plan to ward off control by a group of killer robots.
Willard Parker ... Jeff Nolan
Virginia Field ... Peggy
Dennis Price ... Quinn Taggart
Thorley Walters ... Edgar Otis
Vanda Godsell ... Violet Courtland
David Spenser ... Mel
Anna Palk ... Lorna
A warm-up by director Fisher for his \"Island of Terror\"(66) and \"Night of the Big Heat\"(67), this is a template for alien invasion pictures: there\'s a small group of survivors (in rural England) and marauding invaders, here in the form of slow-moving robots. Since the invaders never do move beyond a slow walk, they never seem to pose a serious threat unless you happen to run right up to them (which one of the characters does indeed do). Then they zap you with a touch of their cold hand and you eventually turn into a controlled zombie. It sounds a bit silly, but the film manages to convey an eeriness to the whole setting. Maybe because it\'s in black & white, it also reminded me a bit of \"Night of the Living Dead\"(68). The sense of isolation and the threat are very similar.
What sets this above other sci-fi films of the fifties & sixties is the lack of clunky, melodramatic dialog. The intent by the filmmakers and actors is that this is really happening. The survivors are an average group of citizens, caught in a traumatic situation. None of them are prepared or trained for something like this. There\'s always that one troublemaker in the group, of course, brandishing a revolver and behaving like an ass. But the story needs that extra tension to make it more interesting. It\'s low budget, but they didn\'t really need a lot of money to show empty streets or just several bodies littering the landscape. This one, though, really begs to be remade with a decent budget, as a full throttle invasion story. A similar Americanized version was the earlier \"Target Earth\"(1954).
This is a great movie. I stumbled upon it in my quest to see all of the \"1950\'s SciFi\" movies. I was also drawn to it since the great Terence Fisher directed it.
The plot about a group of people trying to come to terms with an alien invasion has been done before and done since however for what ever reason this film just plays out fantastically well.
Certainly its no better or worse than many other films in the genre, but during the 60 odd minutes that it unspools it holds with rapt attention, something that many other supposedly better films fail to do.
I know that once seen it may fall from memory but while it may not remain foremost in your brain it will forever spring up when you see the title with a \"Hey that was a really good film\".
If you can see it, preferably late at night with all of the lights off.
A low-budget film directed efficiently by British horror master Terence Fisher. The cheesy special effects and the poor aliens design don\'t ruin in any moment this very attractive science-fiction movie. Although the first part of the film is higher up of its last thirty minutes, the movie keeps the interest until the ending. Atmospherical shots, a conventional plot line ( a group of survivors of an environment disaster fight for their lives against an alien invasion )supported by a convincing script and fine actors direction. Not so fine as other science-fiction titles by Fisher himself as \" The night of the big heat \" or \"Island of terror \"it contains some splendid, very creative moments like the astoundingopening credits where we assist to a chain of strange and apparentlydisconnected accidents ( including a train derailment ): a lesson ofcinematographic economy and atmospheric invention worthy of his very talented director .
Firstly, a comment on the film\'s title. Considering that the premise of the film is that alien invaders have anaesthetised virtually the entire population of the planet a more fitting title would have been \'The Earth Dies Sleeping\'. However, don\'t let that put you off watching it.
What the film lacks in budget, effects, plot, and acting (Thorley Walters), it makes up for with moody photography, dramatic sound, acting (Dennis Price), and (except for the final act) a genuinely eerie atmosphere.
And it\'s thanks to that eerie atmosphere that this film rises above mediocre. SPOILER>>>> One stand out moment occurs about half way through when a woman hides in a wardrobe in order to evade a re-animated corpse that is being controlled by the robots. The tension builds.. and builds.. AND BUILDS.... AAAAND BUILLLLDS!!!!. This scene in particular is a gem.
Dennis Price SPOILER>>>> doing his usual creepy/evil bit, as a thief that was locked in a vault when the world was gassed and then trying to steal the hero\'s new girlfriend for no real reason (except lust possibly), just about tops the acting talent in the film.
Considering that the plot is so thin it\'s strange that there is still room for a few plot holes. Such as SPOILER>>>> why does Dennis Price wait for Willard Parker to wake up to knock him unconscious. He could have done while he slept.
Budgetary constraints unfortunately come in to full effect with the final act. SPOILER>>>> The destruction of the radio antenna is laughable.
Despite all these negatives \"The Earth Dies Screaming\" is still a worthy film, and I\'m sure it will be appreciated by fans of similar and better fare.
In film terms it doesn\'t quite reach the giddy heights of greats like The Trollenberg Terror (U.S The Crawling Eye), the Brian Donlevy Quatermass films, or X-The Unknown. Although I would say that it is comparable to the Edward Judd starer Invasion.
In TV terms the film has more parallels with the likes of a few 60\'s & early 70\'s Dr Who episodes, some early Diana Rigg Avengers episodes, and artier drama, like the original A for Andromeda, but without the plot depth.