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Chosen Survivors (1974)

A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert, one-third of a mile below the surface of the Earth. ... See full summary »

Director:

Sutton Roley

Writers:

Harry Spalding (screen story) (as H.B. Cross), Harry Spalding (screenplay) (as H.B. Cross) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jackie Cooper ... Raymond Couzins
Alex Cord ... Steven Mayes
Richard Jaeckel ... Major Gordon Ellis
Bradford Dillman ... Peter Macomber
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Luis Cabral (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Diana Muldaur ... Alana Fitzgerald
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Woody Russo
Gwenn Mitchell Gwenn Mitchell ... Carrie Draper
Barbara Babcock ... Dr. Lenore Chrisman
Cristina Moreno Cristina Moreno ... Kristin Lerner (as Christina Moreno)
Nancy Rodman Nancy Rodman ... Claire Farraday
Kelly Lange ... Mary Louise Borden
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A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert, one-third of a mile below the surface of the Earth. There, they learn that a nuclear holocaust is taking place and that they've been "chosen" by computer to survive in the shelter in order to continue the human race. The shelter is designed to allow the people to exist underground comfortably for years, but they are faced with a threat nobody could have predicted: a colony of thousands of bloodthirsty vampire bats finds a way into the shelter and launches a series of vicious attacks where they claim the humans one by one. Written by deathbenotdeadly

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Not since "WILLARD" or "BEN" has there been anything so terrifying! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fladdermössen See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film was shot in and around Mexico City. See more »

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Mary Louise Borden: May I have your attention, please? On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to welcome you to the beginning of the greatest adventure of your lives. You are all sedated to ease the shock of what has happened. Faced with the threat of world-wide development of atomic weapons, a special government committee set into action a plan to provide for the continuation of the human race, in the event of global, thermonuclear war. You are here because we are now engaged in...
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Chosen Survivors (1974) **
19 September 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

This is a movie I've wanted to see for over 30 years now; I first read about it in horror magazines when it first came out, but it soon turned into a lost film that went completely out of circulation. It has now been made available by Fox as part of their Midnite Movies Collection, and I'm a little disappointed to say I wasn't missing all that much. It's not a "bad" genre film and it's got a good premise, but it's still rather ordinary in the way it's executed. A group of people are selected by computer, sedated, and then sent down 1,758 feet into an underground bomb shelter to see if they might sustain life in the event of a nuclear war. It was another of those perfect experiments hatched by the government, except they overlooked the fact that this project was built down within caves, so now swarms of hungry vampire bats manage to find their way into the bunker and chomp on these frantic chosen survivors. There's more talk going on than anything else, but when the bat attacks do occur, they're pretty satisfying, even if sometimes the special optical effects amount to little more than a flurry of dark splotches.

I got a kick out of seeing former Our Gang child actor Jackie Cooper as the main loudmouth of the bunch who at one point goes on a bender and becomes your basic arrogant pain in the ass character. Other '70s regulars among this cast are Richard Jaeckel (GRIZZLY) Bradford Dillman (BUG), and Lincoln Kilpatrick (THE OMEGA MAN). I thought I recognized director Sutton Roley's name from somewhere, and later I found out that's because he directed some LOST IN SPACE episodes and was primarily a TV show director. I'm not sorry I saw this, but it sure was some tepid tea. ** out of ****


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