The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)


The Earth Dies ScreamingTHE 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 a moment in time (with no accounting for decay, however). Great avant-score by the highly regarded Elisabeth Lutyens, alongside 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. And there’s also the Tom Waits tune connection (HERE) for a bit of general hipsterism. QUESTION-MARKED TAG LINE: Why Were They Out To Kill Every Living Thing On Earth? 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.” Find this one at Amazon on DVD, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.

6 Comments

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

    Loved it !!!

    Thx for the Friday Night Flick Captain !

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

    Very good. Thanks!

  • 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.

  • psychodelicbluedreamorangebarrelmicrodotwhiterabbitwindowpain
    March 26, 2016 - 17:34 | Permalink

    That’s one of the best, if not THE best “dialog alert” lines you ever gave us. I just had to say that…thanks, I feel that way all the time…

    • Willard
      March 26, 2016 - 17:50 | Permalink

      Thanks for reading.

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