When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.

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John Custance
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Ann Custance
John Hamill ...
Roger Burnham
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Mary Custance
Patrick Holt ...
David Custance
Ruth Kettlewell ...
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M.J. Matthews ...
George
Michael Percival ...
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Tex Fuller ...
Mr. Beaseley
Simon Merrick ...
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Anthony Sharp ...
Sir Charles Brenner
George Coulouris ...
Mr. Sturdevant
Anthony May ...
Pirrie
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Clara
Max Hartnell ...
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A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. Architect John Custance, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's farm in Scotland, where hopefully, there will be food and safety for all of them. Along the way, they encounter hostile soldiers, biker gangs, and all manner of people who are all too willing to take advantage of travelers for a mouthful of food. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net> (edited by TrivWhiz)

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The creeping terror drifted towards them stamping out all civilization in its eerie path! See more »

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The Death of Grass  »

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First film of Lynne Frederick. See more »

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Fat Woman: George, do you know what I think caused the virus? It's because them Chinese fertilize everything with human shit!
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On-the-cheap film of a minor sci-fi classic
17 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read the novel when I was a lad but was never able to lay hands on the film until recently. The movie is far worse than I had imagined it could be. The acting is very bad - the female lead, played by producer-writer-director Cornel Wilde's wife - is among the worst actresses I've ever seen. She's right up there with Mrs. Tom Laughlin in the horrendous "Billy Jack" movies. The rest of the film is also poorly cast - though it was fun to see one or two familiar faces pop up, among them a prominent actor from "Citizen Kane." The film seems to have been so badly under financed that Wilde was forced to pad the film with stock footage of belching smokestacks, polluted rivers and dead animals. The garishly colored flash forwards are a miserable idea, as is Wilde's narrowing of the frame in scenes of childbirth and particularly gruesome animal carcasses.


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