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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Jennifer Stillman
... Dr. Michael McCann
... Ben Miller / McCann
... Sheriff Ken
... Cook Harlan (as Lee DeBroux)
... Principal Ed Turner
... Nurse Della Divelbuss
Nik Dressbach ... Buzzcut
Brandon de Paul ... Frankie Carter
... Waitress Carlita
Neil Vipond ... The Judge
... The Creature
David Getz ... Deputy #1
... Maggie Miller
David Doty ... Nice Guy
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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 »

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Rated R for horror violence, some language and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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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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Big Title, Small Film
17 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a 1950's science fiction B-movie remade for the noughties.

Some of the expected variations from a 50's movie are present - the injection of foul language, the obligatory sex scene and the emphasis placed very firmly on horror rather than sci-fi. There is also the predictable selection of nasty, unlikeable characters, a complete absence of fun, and a much-reduced level of excitement compared to the old films.

Unfortunately, one change that should have been evident - improved special effects - is entirely absent. The effects are not only very un-special, they are inferior to many of the most ordinary 1950's sci-fi movies.

Still, it's a somewhat entertaining film. Something to watch if you find yourself at a loose end and there's nothing else on TV that you want to see. It will keep you mildly interested for much of the runtime.

Just don't let the somewhat starry names of the leads (Randy Quaid and Nastassja Kinski) mislead you. This is a small film, with an uninspired central premise, adequately executed - no more.

Disappointing.

3/10


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