End of the World (1977)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  August 1977 (USA)
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After witnessing a man's death in a bizarre accident, Father Pergado goes on a spiritual retreat, where he encounters his alien double bent on world conquest.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Pergado / Zindar
Sylvia Boran
Kirk Scott ...
Andrew Boran
John Davis
Liz Ross ...
Sister Patrizia
Mr. Sanchez
Kathe Cunha ...
Nun / Alien (as Kathy Cunha)
Mary Daugherty ...
Nun / Alien
Evelyn Lipton ...
Nun / Alien
Jane Wilbur ...
Nun / Alien
Pat Wylie ...
Nun / Alien
Roscoe Born ...
Simmy Bow ...
Diner Owner


After witnessing a man's death in a bizarre accident, Father Pergado goes on a spiritual retreat, where he encounters his alien double bent on world conquest. Written by Humberto Amador

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There is everything to look forward to...except tommorow


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Christopher Lee has said about this movie: "Some of the films I've been in I regret making. I got conned into making these pictures in almost every case by people who lied to me. Some years ago, I got a call from my producers saying that they were sending me a script and that five very distinguished American actors were also going to be in the film. Actors like José Ferrer, Dean Jagger, and John Carradine. So I thought "Well, that's all right by me". But it turned out it was a complete lie. Appropriately the film was called End Of The World." See more »


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END OF THE WORLD (John Hayes, 1977) *1/2
18 July 2015 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

That Christopher Lee wanted to put Hammer Films behind him after two decades of solid service is perhaps understandable given that, as he is reported to have claimed, the quality of parts being offered to him within that stable had steadily deteriorated over the last few years. However, considering that what awaited him outside its boundaries was generally more of the same – only cheaper still and mostly downright exploitative – the choice may not have been a wise one! As it happened, the famed British company was actually on its last legs and, indeed, their last horror outing (before the recent, rather low-key revival) would prove to be the maligned TO THE DEVIL…A DAUGHTER (1976), co-starring Lee in the role of an evil priest.

That alone should have spelled disaster for the movie under review as Lee was again called upon to don the habit – in the promising first scene of technological mayhem in a small-town café – not to mention play a dual role, to no evident benefit, this time as the leader of a small alien community (his cohorts, hiding with him inside the safety of a convent, under the guise of nuns!) bent on destroying Earth before its 'excesses' throw the entire Universe in chaos!! That is basically it for this truly lame sci-fi effort – seldom has the impending apocalypse been depicted so dully, uneventfully and unimaginatively! To add insult to injury, the producers managed to recruit a serviceable cast – Sue Lyon (far removed from her signature role in Stanley Kubrick's LOLITA {1962}) and old-timers Dean Jagger, Lew Ayres and Macdonald Carey – but then forgot to give them anything at all worthwhile to do. For instance, the leading lady simply tags along (throwing an occasional, and most unconvincing, hysterical fit) with hero Kirk Scott – whose help is somehow sought by the enemy in getting back home (is that not a tired concept, one which I have always found ludicrous to begin with!) – on his mission to thwart Lee's plans, but she could just as well have stayed home for all the good she does him or his cause!

The script, too, does not even attempt to explain itself: coded messages from outer space precede natural disasters occurring here on Earth (are they meant as fair warning before complete annihilation, or just a gratuitous display of the latest – albeit by-now cumbersome – computer machinery?); Lee is confronted with the callous murder of seven innocent people to achieve his aims, and he can only (straight-facedly, mind you) reason thus: "We had no choice – there was a malfunction in the negative velocity!" … come again?! However, what really sinks this is the climax: the protagonists not only never bother to alert the proper authorities about the imminent threat to our planet – but they even turn traitors and, by escaping through a convenient time-warp, join their opponents' ranks (truly a case of "if you cannot beat them…")!

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