The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)


THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING (1964) I love the way this Brit production begins, with what a lot of post-apocalyptic movies never deal well with… dead bodies. First dropping, then just cluttering the landscape. Not all over the place, but constant reminders of corpses caught in the moment in time (no accounting for time or decay). Great avant-score by the highly regarded Elisabeth Lutyens along with some spacey electronic effects. Directed by Terrance Fischer, known for his 50s/60s fetish horror films with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. This one, thanks to the black & white stock, is more noir-ish, even realistically fathomable. There’s also the Tom Waits tune connection for a bit of hipsterism. Dialog Alert: “I took a plane up this morning for a shakedown flight, and when I went up everything was normal, when I came down everyone was dead.” New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.

4 Comments

  • 1
    Deb
    November 17, 2012 - 00:37 | Permalink

    Loved it !!!

    Thx for the Friday Night Flick Captain !

  • 2
    Anonymous
    November 18, 2012 - 09:30 | Permalink

    Very good. Thanks!

  • 3
    Martin Blanc
    November 18, 2012 - 18:26 | Permalink

    Fantastic! And a bit of crystal-ball social comment too! (We’ll become the mindless slaves of machines…who knew?) Many thanks.

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