MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 27,652 this week

Day the World Ended (1955)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  December 1955 (USA)
5.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 1,161 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 25 critic

In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

Director:

Writer:

(original story and screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 04 Jul 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 03 Jun 2013
 
a list of 17 titles
created 26 Jul 2013
 
a list of 56 titles
created 07 Aug 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Day the World Ended (1955)

Day the World Ended (1955) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Day the World Ended.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Target Earth (1954)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are Frank and Nora (who has recently attempted suicide).

Director: Sherman A. Rose
Stars: Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey
Fantasy | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

A mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Chester Morris, Tom Conway, Cathy Downs
Gunslinger (1956)
Action | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

After her husband is gunned down, Rose Hood takes his place temporarily as marshal of a small Western town.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: John Ireland, Beverly Garland, Allison Hayes
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Sally Fraser, Roger Pace, Duncan 'Dean' Parkin
I Mobster (1958)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The rise and fall of gang lord Joe Sante.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Steve Cochran, Lita Milan, Robert Strauss
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

A young man defies tribal laws and searches for answers. The result of his quest yields knowledge of past generations.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Robert Vaughn, Darah Marshall, Leslie Bradley
Swamp Women (1956)
Adventure | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

An undercover policewoman helps three female convicts escape from prison so that they can lead her to a stash of stolen diamonds hidden in a swamp.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Marie Windsor, Carole Mathews, Beverly Garland
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

An American patrol has to cross behind enemy lines by skis in order to blow up an important railroad bridge. The task is made harder by conflicts between the platoon's veteran sergeant and ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

People are trapped on a shrinking island by intelligent, brain-eating giant crabs. Roger Corman directs.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are swimming while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Julie, an American on vacation in Mexico, spots a giant, one-eyed amoeba rising from the ocean, but when she tries to tell the authorities, no one believes her. She finally teams up with a marine biologist in an attempt to destroy it.

Director: Wyott Ordung
Stars: Anne Kimbell, Stuart Wade, Dick Pinner
Carnival Rock (1957)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Christy runs a rock and roll nightclub on a carnival pier with his righ-hand-man Benny. Christy has a crush on the club's star, Natalie Cook, but she has eyes for Stanley, a local business ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Susan Cabot, Brian G. Hutton, David J. Stewart
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ...
Rick
Lori Nelson ...
Louise Maddison
Adele Jergens ...
Ruby
...
Tony Lamont (as Touch Connors)
Paul Birch ...
Jim Maddison
Raymond Hatton ...
Pete
Paul Dubov ...
Radek
Jonathan Haze ...
Contaminated Man
Paul Blaisdell ...
Edit

Storyline

After a nuclear war, an unlikely group of people, including a rancher, a geologist, a crook and his girlfriend, find themselves trapped in the middle of nowhere while battling an ugly mutant created by Paul Blaisdell. The geologist and the crook also find the time to fight over the rancher's daughter, while the moll fumes. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A new high in naked shrieking terror! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Sieben  »

Box Office

Budget:

$96,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Was shot in nine days. See more »

Goofs

During the rainstorm, shots of the sky are totally crowded with numerous clouds and lightning, yet shots of the ground show large pools of sunlight. See more »

Quotes

Jim Maddison: Sometimes I have a feeling of doom.
Rick: All I know is there are two forms of life fighting for survival here in this valley, and only one of them can win. It's got to be us!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Terror Within (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The S.F. Blues
Solo by Pete Candoli
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Atmospheric, claustrophobic and creepy
16 April 2002 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

The Day The World Ended was released by American Releasing Corporation, which soon would be known as American International Pictures. AIP became one of the most interesting film-making and releasing companies of all time, and The Day The World Ended is one of AIP's best horror/sci-fi efforts from the 1950's. The movie was also director Roger Corman's first effort in science fiction. This movie horrified me as a child with its nuclear doom, and its three-eyed monster with horns and pointed ears. As an adult I find I am still very fond of this movie. Upon my recent screening I have realized what an exceptional acting job Lori Nelson does as she plays Louise. Her facial expressions are perfect as she plays the different emotions her character goes through. Paul Birch plays her father, Jim Maddison. He's a man who is most gloomy over the aftermath of the (offscreen) nuclear war, and under the pressure of running his household with the uninvited survivors who show up. Richard Denning plays Rick, one of the survivors of the atomic bombings who shows up carrying a man named Radek (Paul Dubov.) Rick soon becomes involved with Louise, while Radek, contaminated with nuclear poisoning is not only beginning to lose his mind but his body is becoming mutated as well. Mike Connors (billed here as Touch Connors) and Adele Jergens also show up at the house in the valley which escaped the nuclear doom. They play Tony and Ruby; a couple who certainly have their problems. Tony is a bickering thug, and Ruby is a striptease dancer who's too good to be bad and too bad to be good. The problems increase for the couple when Tony seems to have Louise on his mind constantly. Also retreating to the house is an old timer named Pete (well played by Raymond Hatton) with his burro. The movie then shows the interactions, problems and emotions of the characters as they try to survive in the limited space of their post-atomic world. There is also discovered a mutation from the radioactive war lurking closer and closer to the house as time goes by. The Day The World Ended is a low-budget movie, and uses that low-budget to accomplish some good results. The only indoor setting is the house, which seems claustrophobic with the survivors. The limited, radioactive-free area of the outside world is atmospheric; especially the pond where Louise gets spooked while swimming with Ruby, and the night woods. The hills surrounding the house are covered with a radioactive haze, which adds nicely to the atmosphere and feeling of claustrophobia. The sci-fi music is creepy, and the beginning credits roll in a fashion that adds a nice touch. Ruby seems to have her own theme with the grind-instrumental record she plays while passing time in the house. There's a hint of ESP in the movie as the three-eyed mutant (possibly Louise's fiance', who was believed to have been killed when the atomic bombs exploded) seems to be making contact with Louise. Louise claims the mutant talks to her at times. The mutant (created and played by monster-maker Paul Blaisdell) often disappoints viewers. I still find the mutant to be sheer ugliness although I no longer cover my eyes as I did when I was a child (LOL.) The Day The World Ended is a fine and interesting low-budget movie with a serious, but somewhat unrealistic approach to nuclear horrors. I still find this to be a gem of a movie.


32 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A Decent Enough Story gary_overman
A very Similar movie tokiyotomare
Wrong Aspect Ratio? linesphillip
dvd? chlorine-dream
Who played Diablo? rmouts
remake in early 1960's? cwd2017
Discuss Day the World Ended (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?