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The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 October 1964 (USA)
A crack test pilot lands to find the planet has been devastated by some unknown forces. There are a few survivors, so he organizes them in a plan to ward off control by a group of killer ... See full summary »

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A crack test pilot lands to find the planet has been devastated by some unknown forces. There are a few survivors, so he organizes them in a plan to ward off control by a group of killer robots. Written by Keith Stacey <staceyk@rpi.net.au>

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Starts off well, but ends up being disappointing
2 January 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

The first few minutes of "The Earth Dies Screaming" are very promising. There is an eerie silence showing how most of humanity has been wiped out, right at the beginning. (It also helps that the movie was shot in black and white - I find apocalypse movies that have been shot in black and white more effective than those shot in color.) As the characters are introduced, they are promised to be a colorful bunch.

But after this promising beginning, the movie starts to fall apart. We never learn why the invaders attacked Earth, nor do we learn much about them. In fact, the robots are treated very casually at times by the characters! In fact, the movie feels too casual elsewhere; although this is a '60s movie, it feels more like one of those innocent '50s sci-fi movies; there is a dated feel to this movie. The ending feels unfinished; since the movie runs only about an hour, surely they could have come up with a more concrete ending had they extended things.

It's not a TERRIBLE movie, but it's disappointing - you'll see the wasted potential.


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