Tuesday, October 16, 2007
31 Days of Halloween - Day 16 - Movie 2
"The Earth Dies Screaming" (1965) starts out perfectly with well used opening titles paired with an effective score by Elisabeth Lutyens, then doesn't waste time jumping into the action as most of the earth's population mysteriously drops dead in the first scene. The handful of survivors that come together all seem to have survived because they were each in an environment with purified air; a hospital oxygen tent, the cockpit of an experimental fighter jet, an air raid shelter, etc., leading them to belive that a massive, world wide, poison gas attack has occurred, though we never know for sure. What we do learn is that robots are behind it. These humanoid robots are errily effective, reminding me of mute cybermen from "Dr. Who." The robots have the ability to resurrect their victims as killer zombie slaves. The human survivors search for a way to stop them as they do their best to survive.
This was a really enjoyable, effective, movie directed by Terrence Fisher.