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
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: As Rae Flowers (uncredited), a radio DJ. In the book, this character was male. See more
When Charlie's child throws their Raggedy Andy doll, they're in front of the gate. A few scenes afterward, the doll is behind the gate. See more
[Stu is lazily listening to the old men chatter at Hap's gas station when he sees a car driving crazily toward them in the night
Hap. Hap! Shut off the pumps!
[Campion's car smashes into the gas pumps
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
References Ms. Pac-Man
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult See more