Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand. Unfortunately, nobody listens to him until it is too late.... See full summary »
Dr. Stephen Sorenson plans to tap the geothermal energy of the Earth's interior by means of a thermonuclear device detonated deep within the earth. Despite dire warnings by fellow scientist Ted Rampion, Dr. Sorenson proceeds with the experiment after secretly learning that he is terminally ill. This experiment causes a crack to form and grow within the Earth's crust, which threatens to split the Earth in two if it is not stopped in time.Written by
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Eugène Lourié had two models of the gantry built. The second was made of balsa wood for the explosion scene. This insured complete destruction of the gantry while avoiding the danger of the set being sprayed by shrapnel. See more »
Rampion pulls Maggie away from the wall of the elevator seconds before he knew which wall the boulder would crash through. See more »
Reasonably intelligent, suspenseful science-fiction drama which is still worth a look despite modern science/plate tectonics theory having rendered it largely superfluous. Fine acting by Dana Andrews and Kieron Moore help elevate the proceedings.
GORGO director Eugene Lourie supervised the special effects, and there are several standout sequences of miniatures photography, along with the usual requisite stock footage, some good and some NSG. There's also a well-handled set piece of thermal-suited scientists descending into a volcanic caldera in order to place an A-bomb that generates some good suspense. (We'll overlook the subsequent post-blast scene where there is disconcertingly no shock wave.) I saw this on a double bill (it was the 2nd feature) with a Japanese giant monster flick back in the 60's; can't remember the monster (maybe Ghidrah?) but this is the picture that sticks in my mind. The denouement is audacious and thought- provoking.
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