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Friday, March 8, 2013

The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

Starring Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Thorley Walters, Vanda Godsell
Directed by Terence Fisher
(actor & director credits courtesy

After a mysterious attack decimates England, a handful of survivors gather together in a small village, where they discover alien invaders are responsible.

This is a well-done British sci-fi effort tautly directed by Terence Fisher.  A cast largely made up of unknowns, rather than big stars, complements the idea that these are complete strangers banding together for the common good, and is nicely offset by Dennis Price's contrary character, a cynical outsider who'd rather fend for himself.  Fisher and his crew succeed in getting around the limited budget, creating decent chills with suspenseful cutting between the stalking aliens and their victims.

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