The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) movie poster

director Terence Fisher
viewed: 03/01/2017

Interestingly, when The Earth Dies Screaming, it does it somewhat silently. It takes 6-8 minutes before a word is spoken.

Actually, the opening sequence of the film is by far its most impressive. With no real explanation, planes and trains and cars crash, people topple over, and no reasoning is given. It’s a very evocative and chilling opening to what becomes a concise and though-provoking end of the world science fiction flick from director Terence Fisher.

As survivors begin to meet up in a little English village, the best they can figure is that some gas attack has come but they know not from where or by whom. In fact, even as the end of the film arrives, it’s never fully explained who is behind this killing.

There are some kind of interesting if slow-moving robots and even some white-eyed revived dead, suggesting perhaps an alien intelligence behind it, but as this comes as well from the height of the Cold War, more terrestrial agents could have been at it too.

The film can’t live up to its opening, but it’s still quite a good little thriller.

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