When a deadly virus escapes from a government research facility, few prove to be immune to its effects. With symptoms similar to the flu, those who come into contact with it quickly die. One survivor is Stu Redmond, a gas station attendant from Texas, who suffers no ill effects whatsoever. Kept in a medical research facility in Vermont, doctors try to determine why he is still alive. Others that also survive include Frannie Goldsmith who lives with her dad; Nick Andros, a deaf-mute; a rock musician, Larry Underwood; and Lloyd Henreid, in jail for murder. Survivors begin to have dreams, either about an old Afican-American woman, Mother Abigail, or a much scarier evil man. Written by
Did You Know?
Stu Redman (Gary Sinise) is shown in the Vermont Disease Control Center to be reading a novel by Elmore Leonard. Stephen King references Elmore Leonard in some of his other fiction, such as his 2011 novel "11/22/63". See more
The town of Arnette, Texas is displayed as being near the Texas/Louisiana border in far East Texas. Arnette is on the opposite side of Texas near the New Mexico border in far West Texas. See more
Country don't mean dumb.
The film opens with white words on a black screen: This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper. (These four lines are the final stanza from T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men".) See more
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult See more