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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050HMCQI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,831 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 5 Sept. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AndyT.Rex on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2011
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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 Spenser and Anna Palk. Out of Shepperton Studios, London, cinematography is by Arthur Lavis and music scored by Elisabeth Lutyens.

A rural North of England village and suddenly cars start crashing, trains derail and people collapse in the street, just what the hell is happening? Is it a gas attack? Seven survivors, who each had a lucky reason to be out of the contaminated air, gather at the village inn and begin to learn the terrifying truth......

Running at just over an hour and with a shoestring budget, The Earth Dies Screaming is compact across the board. In spite of a pretty unadventurous script from Henry Cross, Hammer Studios best director, Terry Fisher, manages to keep the pace steady whilst injecting some genuine moments of tension. The peaceful setting (real location the village of Shere, Surrey) is perfect for what the story has to offer, a sense of dread comes off in the atmosphere as the realisation dawns that no matter how serene or tranquil the surroundings are, evil can strike anywhere. Lavis' black and white photography is crisp and high contrast, while Lutyens score sounds like a metal synth rhythm at times, which is perfectly in keeping with the nature of the plot. Of the cast it's perhaps unsurprisingly Price who shines the brightest playing a defeatist weasel type of gentleman.

The title of the film is a bit of a bum steer, and the characterisations are too stereotypical, but there are pleasures to be had, most notably the mood created and a couple of bona fide great scenes. 6.5/10
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harold shand on 6 Sept. 2011
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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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