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The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) DVD Reg 2

Willard Parker , Virginia Field , Terence Fisher    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Thorley Walters
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Final Cut Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050HMCQI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,761 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed by horror master Terence Fisher this black and white cult classic finally gets a Region 2 UK release

The Earth Dies Screaming opens with a frightening series of disastrous accidents, a train crash, multiple car crashes, a plane crash and ordinary people dropping dead in the streets.Hundreds, thousands, millions of casualties and not a single word of dialog has even been spoken yet! Aliens have invaded on a world wide scale! A small handful of survivors gather together in a remote rural English town to battle the Alien robots. On contact with the robots humans are transformed into rampaging zombies

With its haunting score and general creepiness this is a lesson of cinematographic economy and atmospheric invention worthy of this subversive and very talented director

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Earth Dies Drinking 5 Sep 2011
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!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

This long overdue Region 2 release of a neglected little gem maybe a bare bones release, but it is a real treat for me. I fondly remember it from late night television screenings in the 1980's.
With an economical running time of just over an hour, and obviously made on a low budget, The Earth Dies Screaming may not be a 'lost' classic but there is enough here for it to qualify as overlooked.
The plot concerns a small, disparite group of survivors who have through sheer luck survived a gas attack that has killed most of the British population. This being British Science Fiction, this motley crew finds the nearest hotel to use as a shelter, and spend the majority of the time either drinking or squabbling. Or both. More of a character study than an action film, the film benefits from some excellent performances from actors of such calibre as Denis Price and Thorley Walters.
Whilst a little over talky at times, director Terence Fisher uses his experience in the field of horror films to his advantage when the dead are raised to do the robot aliens bidding, and also the scenes of scattered corpses lining the streets of the village. The scenes involving the reanimated corpses are especially effective, bringing to mind Night Of The Living Dead and the later Anglo/Spanish chiller Horror Express.
Please buy this release, as Final Cut Entertainment should be applauded for taking a gamble on releasing this film. Hopefully, if it is financially successful they might take a punt on a few more neglected Brit horrors. 5 out of 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-living childhood memories!! 23 July 2013
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I love old horror and sci fi movies and have a pretty good collection. Prior to buying this DVD I only had a poor pirate copy bought from a well known auction site. This movie was released in the UK in 1964 with an X Certificate. I saw it as a 9 year old when it supported The Fantastic Voyage on a double bill in 1968. You see Millport is a small town on a small Scottish island and the cinema (now closed) was in a converted church. The movies changed three times each week and we thought we were going to see The Russians Are Coming. It had finished its two day run the night before and as they let anyone in no matter what certification the movie had, in we went us kids - to be terrified out of our wits. The sight of people dropping dead all over the world, eyeless zombies and faceless robot men gave me nightmares for weeks.

Just as Karloff's Frankenstein no longer scares (but still fascinates) so too The Earth Dies Screaming has lost the power to terrify. It's still a great wee movie at a few seconds under sixty minutes which uses every penny of its meagre budget to great effect. I'm sure the plane crash in the opening montage is from Village of the Damned and you may be able to place the origin of some of the other disaster footage.

What is really worthy of note is the quality of the DVD transfer. The picture and sound quality are fully restored and are excellent. So a great purchase for fans of the genre and do you know what.....the eyeless zombie lady still scares the bejesus out of me!!

Thanks for reading and enjoy your movies.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aliens in the home counties! 6 Sep 2011
By galeee
Format:DVD
This 1964 Terence Fisher film,the man who,with fellow director Val Guest put Hammer Films on the map in the late 1950s,is about an alien invasion,who have gassed the human population,then have landed,and kill any survivors by touch.These victims then rise from the dead,as eyeless zombies,for what purpose,or reason we know not.Most of the action takes place in a village hotel,where survivors have gathered,who for several explained reasons,did not breathe in the lethal gas.This very localised setting(a village in surrey,i believe)was obviously done for budgetary reasons,but being a Fisher film it thrives on character development,i would like to say plot development also,but alas,there isnt much of one really.Iam a Terry Fisher fan and was very keen to see the film.( I feel it fits in well as a loose trilogy with"Night of the big heat"and"Island of terror")he creates tension,and excitement as ever with his arrangements of the scenes and editing.As i have said the film's flaw is its tiny budget,the alien robots are not terrible,but are slighty amusing to a contempary audience, i think.And i wont spoil the finale,but the alien invaders doom is very much an anti-climax.I feel the script really needed fleshing out,but due to the budget may have been abridged and at a running time of one hour,you,as i said do not get much of a plot to follow.The film was renewed in 1992,so picture and sound is good.I have to say i enjoyed it,if you like 1960s sci-fi,or the work of Terence fisher i recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent treat for low-budget sci-fi fans 19 Sep 2011
By Colin Smith "keep on running" TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This 20th Century Fox production opens with the violent scenes of a train, car, and small aeroplane crash, before switching to the eerily atmospheric silence of a small English village, with streets strewn with corpses following an alien invasion. Killer robots stalk the streets, eventually re-animating their unfortunate victims as Zombie slaves.
The few survivors have taken refuge in the local Inn to take stock of the situation and plan a strategy against the invaders. The mostly dialogue-driven story ambles along at a decent pace throughout it's relatively short 1-hour running time, before reaching an okay but slightly tepid climax.

The performances from the decent cast that includes Dennis Price, Thorley Walters and Vanda Godsell are OK. Thorley Walters spends most of the movie becoming increasingly inebriated, with a heavily-pregnant young woman adding to the group's worries. Despite being hamstrung by a tight budget, esteemed Hammer horror director Terence Fisher skilfully manages to provide some nicely atmospheric moments (most notably the scenes of the eyeless Zombies).

A low-budget movie with a fairly lightweight story it may be, but for fans like me who love cheap and cheerful vintage sci-fi/monster flicks, this could be right up your street.
The black and white print is good, as is the sound quality, there are no extras or subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A legendary low budget British sci-fi.
Considering this film was made so many years ago, I was astonished by the fine remastering job done on it.
Published 3 months ago by Victor Pemberton
4.0 out of 5 stars 60s Low budget Brit at its best
Nothing to say as everybody has nailed this great film. Just to let you know that if you are near the village of Shere, not far from Guilford, that is where it was filmed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by thehappycyclist
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic low budget British gem.
Brilliant low budget British gem! I'm not sure if it's supposed to be a pisstake and whether I should be screaming or laughing!
Published 7 months ago by c l bond
5.0 out of 5 stars earth dies screaming
this film worked the reason for buying it was that we saw it filmed and had never watched it so thankfully we were able to get it. thank you and it was funny to see it.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a creepy little film
As good as, if not better than some of the sci-fi that was coming out of Hollywood at the same time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars B/W is cool
Good old classics horror , being in b/w gives it edge and makes it more moody

Not bad film at all can imagin it freaked few out back in the day lol
Published 22 months ago by Me likes
4.0 out of 5 stars Alien death machines invade Ambridge.
Soap opera cast BBC style - all the usual stock characters - pluckily face up to mass extermination in what passes for 1950's rural Britain. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by D. Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars The Earth Dies Screaming
I love this old B&W sci-fi horror - its of its time and has great atmospheric photography - so glad to find it is now available on DVD
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by charliecat
4.0 out of 5 stars Who ever did it has won!
The Earth Dies Screaming is directed by Terence Fisher and written by Henry Cross. It stars Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Vanda Godsell, Thorley Walters, David... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Less is More
This movie is about as low budget as you can get and should be complete rubbish. The aliens look ridiculous, very little happens for most of the film and the two main stars are -... Read more
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