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The Day the Sky Exploded (1958)
"La morte viene dallo spazio" (original title)

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Scientists discover that a group of meteors are hurtling on a collison course with Earth, and if they hit, the planet will be destroyed.

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Credited cast:
Paul Hubschmid ...
John McLaren
Fiorella Mari ...
Mary McLaren
Madeleine Fischer ...
Katy Dandridge (as Madeline Fischer)
Ivo Garrani ...
Prof. Herbert Weisse
Dario Michaelis ...
Peter Leduq (as Darrio Michaelis)
Peter Meersman ...
Gen. van Dorff
Jean-Jacques Delbo ...
Sergei Boetnikov (as Jean Jacques Delbo)
Massimo Zeppieri ...
Dennis McLaren
Sam Galter ...
Randowsky
Annie Berval ...
Lab Assistant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gérard Landry ...
Landowsky
Livio Lorenzon ...
British General
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John McLaren (voice)
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Stuart
Gianni Solaro ...
French General
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Scientists discover that a group of meteors are hurtling on a collison course with Earth, and if they hit, the planet will be destroyed.

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Death from Outer Space  »

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The American copy of this film is in Public Domain in the United States. See more »

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In the control room there is a large world map which is drawn very poorly. One would expect such a map to be very accurate, but South America and Africa are clearly distorted. See more »

Crazy Credits

For the English dubbed version, director of photography Mario Bava's name is given as "Mario Baja." His camera operator, Ubaldo Terzano, is listed as "Uraldo Terzano." See more »

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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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Some interesting ideas indifferently executed.
10 May 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins with a nuclear powered rocket flight to the moon. Something goes wrong and the pilot is able to eject. However, the self-destruct mechanism is not activated and the ship blows up in the sun. As a result, it causes so much havoc that a group of killer meteors are bumped towards Earth and the planet is doomed. While the whole idea of a nuclear explosion damaging the sun or having any effect on it is silly, the idea of rogue meteors is pretty cool--and has been the subject of several more recent films.

Unfortunately, while there is something to some of the plot, this Italian film also has a lot against it. First, instead of subtitles, it was dubbed into English. Some of the voices are just terrible (such as the reporter and the whiny sounding kid) and I always prefer subtitles. Additionally, since this film is brought to us by Alpha Video, you can safely assume the print will be terrible--which it definitely is. While some of Alpha's films are great because they aren't available elsewhere, too often they are grainy and never have captions. They are strictly a grade-z producer of DVDs--and this is no exception.

In addition, even if the film was subbed and a pristine copy, it would still only perhaps merit a 5. Overall, a forgettable film.


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