B Movies (From GB, USA and any other country) thread Oct 7, 2018 9:02:52 GMT Portland Road and pr1 like this
Post by maninasuitcase on Oct 7, 2018 9:02:52 GMT
The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) Region A Locked BD.
Absolutely fantastic British sci fi/horror movie which was filmed in early 1964 with the 3rd rate American actor Willard Parker as the leading man. Parker was only 52 when he made this film but looks a good 15 years older. Parker's real life wife Virginia Field has the leading lady role in the film. Both would help sell this film to US audiences who would be familiar with Parker and his Mrs.
As I say it definitely panders to US audiences when Virginia Field's character Peggy Hatton asks for some "diapers" for a new born baby! There is no way that an English actress in a Brit Movie would have asked for diapers! Anyone over here would refer to them as nappies.
The rest of the cast are Dennis Price, Thorley Walters, Anna Palk, Vanda Godsell and David Spenser plus 2 stuntmen as the robots. The supporting cast are all very good indeed especially Price and Walters. Those two were among Britain's best character actor of the day. Apparently this film was made for $100,000. It benefits from a lot of good location footage around the village of Shere in Surrey.
The plot: Jeff Nolan (Willard Parker) is a jet pilot who, along with 6 other people he meets at the village, has escaped a deadly gas attack by alien robots. The robots themselves are clearly stuntmen dressed up in slightly ridiculous silver suits. A bit like the Cybermen would look like 2 years later in the DW story 'The Tenth Planet'. The survivors all congregate around the White Lion pub in Shere and formulate a plan to escape from these nasty robots and getaway to somewhere safer. But before they can do that the robots have made the recently deceased come back to life and turn into zombies who are ready to carry out their orders to rid the place of human life.I know it sounds bonkers but this really is a classic low budget film.
Critics have wondered if this film was an influence on 'Night of the Living Dead' with the cast fighting off zombies in a besieged remote location.
If you haven't seen this film then I strongly advise you do. Yes, it is a bit cheap with its clips at the beginning lifted from 'Village of the Damned' (the plane and car crashes) but there are some genuinely chilling and exciting moments in the film's 63 minutes running time.
This has come out on BD in the UK since I bought my Region A locked BD. The pq on the US BD is excellent with some trailers, a photo gallery and a commentary track by film historian Richard Harland Smith as Extras. This commentary is very informative and entertaining.
The UK BD has the same extras.
The US BD.
The UK BD.