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The Day the World Ended (2001)

When a killer alien creature, who is misunderstood, begins killing specific members of a small town, a school psychologist learns of its link to a young boy's tragic childhood, and his adoptive father's dark secret.

Director:

Terence Gross

Writers:

Brian King (story), Max Enscoe (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Dr. Jennifer Stillman
Randy Quaid ... Dr. Michael McCann
Bobby Edner ... Ben Miller / McCann
Harry Groener ... Sheriff Ken
Lee de Broux ... Cook Harlan (as Lee DeBroux)
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Principal Ed Turner
Debra Christofferson ... Nurse Della Divelbuss
Nik Dressbach Nik Dressbach ... Buzzcut
Brandon de Paul Brandon de Paul ... Frankie Carter
Kate Fuglei ... Waitress Carlita
Neil Vipond Neil Vipond ... The Judge
Brian Steele ... The Creature
David Getz David Getz ... Deputy #1
Kathryn Fiore ... Maggie Miller
David Doty David Doty ... Nice Guy
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Storyline

Horror film finds a killer alien, who is just misunderstood, devouring people. A school psychologist investigates the death of a student's mother and finds the boy believes he is the son of the being. His earthling father is also a doctor who has the boy in his care and holds that it is all in the boy's imagination. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The key to the town's dark and horrifying secret lies in the mind of one little boy. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, some language and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Two of the posters on Ben's bedroom wall are covers from the magazine "Astounding Science Fiction" (later "Analog"): the December 1947 edition featuring "Aesop" by Clifford D. Simak, and the October 1953 issue with cover art for "The Gulf Between" by Tom Godwin. See more »

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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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A Surprisingly Good Plot to Remember the Movies from the 50's
10 July 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Dr. Jenniffer Stillman (the gorgeous Nastassja Kinski) is a school psychologist from N.Y. that moves to her new job in a small American town. There she will meet Benjamin James McCann (Bobby Edner), a boy with a powerful mind, and some strange citizens that live under the shadow of a mysterious event in the past. I am a great fan of those Universal Classic Monster movies from the 50's, such as 'The Creature from The Black Lagoon', 'The Wolf Man', 'Frankenstein', 'The Invisible Man' etc. 'The Day the World Ended' look like one of those movies from the 50's. It seems that the director and the screenplay writer wanted to honor those movies. Further, it could be used as a 'X-Files' episode. There are clichés, the special effects are very poor, but it has a charm. It is a Sci-Fi / Horror movie without explicit violence that entertains. It deserves to be watched. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Dia Que o Mundo Acabou" ("The Day the World Ended")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amíg világ a világ See more »

Filming Locations:

Wrightwood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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