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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fussy Bloke on 12 Jan. 2010
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"THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING," what a fabulous title, what a mental image that conjures up and what hyperbole, because it's not the earth but one small village in England. But this is how I like my sci fi, man's first encounter with the unknown. We are not told where these robot invaders come from or why they are here. One day they appear as if from nowhere. A group of people staying at a hotel have somehow escaped being mysteriously killed and they don't know what's happening. One of the women sees a robot from behind and, thinking it's a man, approaches it to ask for help. It turns round she sees a cold, dead, electronic face made up of resistors and wires. Wouldn't your heart just burst if that happened to you? I find there is something about old electronics that is far more scarey than todays. Valves, or tubes as the Americans call them, would heat up and glow red and they looked as if they were throbbing with power. With old electronics there was always a disconcerting whine, hum, howl or buzz, cold snowy interference and wavy oscilloscope lines, so creepy. The robots make a buzzing sound as they move about, slowly but soullessly menacing, inexorable. Those they capture they turn into zombies with white, dead eyes. The scene where a woman hides in a cupboard while the robots and zombies are in the room looking for her will have you biting your nails down to the elbows.
There's bags of atmosphere in this movie, the sense of isolation and helplessness of the group is palpable, the uncertainty of when the robots will appear again, where are they now, what are they planning?
I know we are all different and there are those who will not see what I do in this film, but for me this is one of the best. I find it so deliciously scarey. It's an old 1960s black and white B picture, but what a diamond it is.
"Chosen Survivors?" - Oh that's included too is it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2011
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Chosen Survivors

The Batty Bomb Shelter.

Chosen Survivors is directed by Sutton Roley and written by H.B. Cross. It stars Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Barbara Babcock, Diana Muldaur and Lincoln Kilpatrick. Music is by Fred Karlin and cinematography by Gabriel Torres.

It's the eve of nuclear war and a government computer has selected a specialist group of people to live 1,758 feet underground in a nuclear proof, purpose built housing facility. The purpose is that these people can start to repopulate the Earth in five years time. However, something isn't quite right about this set-up and things take a distinctive turn for the worse when it's revealed that a colony of vampire bats have also made the facility their home.

It's far better than any plot synopsis suggests. True, it's very 70s, both in characters (clothing/delivery of dialogue/hair), and the effects used, but it also captures the zeitgeist of paranoia running at the time. Fear of nuclear war and the government hangs heavy, while the group dynamic under a stress situation makes for a tellingly oppressive mood. The whole thing has a bleakness about it, and that's before the vampire bats turn up hungry for what is apparently the only source of blood left available to them. The downbeat feel is further enforced by Karlin's music score, which often sounds like the synthesiser strains favoured by John Carpenter for some of his well revered culters. There's the expected bad turn of events with some of the characters, I mean it would be a dull film if everyone just got on all hunky dory, while there's a wicked twist that propels the narrative to another level of enjoyment for the viewer.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mercy on 27 Oct. 2007
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Following a mysterious global gas attack that apparently wipes out most of mankind, a disparate group of survivors find themselves battling a robotic enemy from space...
The Earth Dies Screaming is one of Terence Fisher's least well-known and most underrated movies, the first of several science fiction flicks he made for independent producers in between his 1960s' Hammer horror gigs, and the only one to rival his best gothic chillers in terms of atmosphere. An apocalyptic tale of alien invasion (with a bit of Cold War paranoia thrown in), it's a cheap, short second feature that overcomes its (very) limited budget to impress as a genuine hidden gem, featuring an eerie score by Elizabeth Lutyens, icy black-and-white cinematography by Arthur Lavis, and a compact (though ambiguous) little script. The cast, headed up by second-tier western fixture Willard Parker, isn't starry in any sense, though the great Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets) is reliably good as a shifty villain, and Thorley Walters, who usually provokes irritation in the audience via his comic relief turns in Fisher's horror films, is here excellent in a relatively serious role (watch out for him shooting Price in the balls). Though filmed mainly at Shepperton studios, The Earth Dies Screaming's location work was done in and around the Surrey village of Shere, which has recently been invaded by a different kind of menace; tourists, who now apparently flock there after it was used as a location for the recent Cameron Diaz / Jude Law rom-com The Holiday.
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