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Earth Dies Screaming, The

Entry updated 18 January 2017. Tagged: Film.

Film (1964). Lippert/Planet. Directed by Terence Fisher. Written by Henry Cross, from a story by Harry Spalding. Cast includes Virginia Field, Willard Parker and Dennis Price. 62 minutes. Black and white.

This is the first of three sf films that Terence Fisher (best known for his Hammer Horror films) made during the 1960s; the others were Island of Terror (1966) and Night of the Big Heat (1967). The UK has been invaded by alien-controlled robots. Survivors are besieged by corpses animated by the robots, so that the film is an inferior forerunner to Night of the Living Dead (1968). Like the other films in the series, all similar in theme, The Earth Dies Screaming is handicapped by a clumsy script, a tiny budget and a director uninterested in sf. [JB]


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