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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #60 on: May 21, 2018, 07:53:38 AM »
Back on Page 2, I'd lamented FIVE's unsatisfactory writing and this above poster (thanks, MEMPH) has the reason for my complaint: "Celebrated Radio Dramatist" Arch Oboler, who enacts a script with way-too-stupid of plot-holes: the Woman starts on the East Coast when the disaster happens, and then casually saunters over to the West Coast for the majority of the film.  Also, the bad-guy 'sails from China' and lands at our Last 4 People On Earth's very remote community as opposed to sailing from Europe into a far more populated and more easily located Big City.  It's just dumb writing, and my high expectations for Oboler is due to the very many excellent works he's done.  I'll never understand these huge off-putting decisions.

I also brought up the Last 3 On Earth, known as WORLD, FLESH & DEVIL (1959) where One Of The Last Men On Earth decides he must kill the other Last Man On Earth so he can 'have' the Last Woman on Earth.  I hoped for more, especially after the nifty film's beginning 'end of the world' event.

MONSTERS brought up the Armand Assante problems in the 2000 remake of ON THE BEACH.  He IS the problem with that film, I think, the reason I can't warm to his version.  Armand's lamenting delusion of a time with his family isn't appealing to me, like Gregory Peck's delusional moment is - that's purely the Actor vs. Actor and how one is received by an audience.  But when stacked up against all remakes, this is a fairly decent one. 

And so far, all of the films mentioned have been worth my time to watch (and often rewatch).  South Korea's producing some interesting films, too - there's a world tsunami disaster film that's Youtube'd and often presented as "world's largest wave" destroying Seoul, I presume; and 2016's TRAIN TO BUSAN with the now ubiquitous zombie-virus theme. 

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #61 on: June 06, 2018, 11:01:50 PM »
Two movies that are not very old but could really happen,especially now.
1983 The Day After. What would happen if a nuke hit Kansas.
The pretty depressing 1984 movie Threads and a timeline of Nukes hitting the UK. For its time it was pretty disturbing and I think still holds up.

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #62 on: July 21, 2018, 02:52:23 AM »



The End of the World, 1934 - The world is on a collision path with a comet that has the potential to wipe out all of mankind.


This 60-minute movie originally started out life as the 105-minute film "La Fin du Monde, 1931".  It pretty much bombed in France and was edited down by a whopping three quarters of an hour and re-issued in the U.S.  It still seems to last forever.  The French dialogue is presented with English subtitles only about 50% of the time.  There is also a sprinkling of dialogue in other languages that lacks any subtitles at all.

Mostly, this story is wringing of hands over what is expected to happen and reactions of the masses to almost certain doom.  The last segment of the film is a combination of staged scenes and stock footage of fireworks, tsunamis, etc., largely presented in double-exposure montages.

The 2016 Alpha Video DVD is from a print that is in terrible shape.  The deteriorated image, combined with all the dissolves from one double printed image to another in seemingly endless montages makes this movie a tough watch.
 
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #63 on: July 21, 2018, 08:48:48 AM »
The End of the World, 1934

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #64 on: July 21, 2018, 11:14:27 AM »
These reviews are why I love film-forums.  Thanks, Monsters.  I'll go along with Mike and save up my last $5 for something else.  Aren't Doritos approaching $5 a bag now? 

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #65 on: July 21, 2018, 11:39:25 AM »
Aren't Doritos approaching $5 a bag now?

Probably the jumbo family size bags. I buy the $2.50 size bag.  :)
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #66 on: July 23, 2018, 02:39:33 PM »
Roger Corman's THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH (1960) is fairly hilarious in all plot issues, writing, acting and those vast 'action sequences'.  A gangster, his 'wife' and his accountant head for a Caribbean snorkling vacation.  They dive, come up 20 minutes later, and all life on earth has vanished.  Corpses have apparently merrily evacuated the planet's surface, too, so none of that silly odor, flies, deviant mushroom triffid types are needed. 

This film devolves into a love-triangle mess, where the Last Woman fans the flames of passion to have the meek accountant add 2 and 2 and come up with "kill my husband, please". 

(The reason for life-on-earth's demise is thought to be - among these three brainiacs - a temporary loss of all oxygen in Earth's atmosphere but, fortunately, plant life is busily replenishing that stock.  Even as the film crew rolled.  Whew.  We are soooo lucky.)

I know it's not very good, but I enjoy the heck outta this film for some reason. Just something about it, maybe my crush on Betsy Jones Moreland. I just love these super low budget films.
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #67 on: July 23, 2018, 05:05:20 PM »
Oh yes.  I mean, the sheer stupidity of the CONCEPT of The End Of The World is what I both attack and love.  It's sooo stunningly stupid.

AND AUDACIOUS.  And, I mean, isn't that what Corman films are all about?!!  Just daring us to like them EVEN at their most stupid levels?   This is why that film is so memorable - "I can't get over how DUMB the wipe-out of all humanity is in just a few moments!"  No other film demands that I remember it for that sole reason.  It's almost a perfect "Must Remember This!" film.  At least that segment.  (I admit, I don't remember too many other scenes - two men fighting each other, a woman on the run from both or one, willing to help whichever will let her live longer, etc.)

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #68 on: October 03, 2018, 10:20:39 PM »

I Think We're Alone Now, 2018  - BLU-Ray - Sony - Scheduled Release Date:  October 23, 2018

Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning.


After the human race is wiped out, the Last Man creates an ideal existence for himself in a small, deserted town.  He thinks his life is perfect.  Then, someone else shows up.


I think the setup on this is very interesting.  Also, this is one of those films with nearly equal percentages for all each of the five star ratings.  Makes me want to see it.


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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #69 on: October 04, 2018, 07:15:08 PM »
Oh yes.  I mean, the sheer stupidity of the CONCEPT of The End Of The World is what I both attack and love.  It's sooo stunningly stupid.

AND AUDACIOUS.  And, I mean, isn't that what Corman films are all about?!!  Just daring us to like them EVEN at their most stupid levels?   This is why that film is so memorable - "I can't get over how DUMB the wipe-out of all humanity is in just a few moments!"  No other film demands that I remember it for that sole reason.  It's almost a perfect "Must Remember This!" film.  At least that segment.  (I admit, I don't remember too many other scenes - two men fighting each other, a woman on the run from both or one, willing to help whichever will let her live longer, etc.)
I know Corman produced and directed a ton of crap. But I enjoy "Fall of the House of Usher". Not ironically, as a bad film that's fun to watch, but as a good well made movie.  Just my two cents.
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #70 on: October 07, 2018, 06:20:31 AM »
I know Corman produced and directed a ton of crap. But I enjoy "Fall of the House of Usher". Not ironically, as a bad film that's fun to watch, but as a good well made movie.  Just my two cents.

I think USHER is a fairly good film on many levels.  NOT OF THIS EARTH, the original, is pretty decent, too.  IT CONQUERED THE WORLD - absolutely crappy special effects but a fun and memorable film.  STAKEOUT ON DOPE STREET - a far harder-edged cops vs gangs vs dope peddling masterminds than anything similar for years and years.  BUCKET OF BLOOD is a pretty strong film, too.  There are a dozen more that earn my Rewatchable Points.

ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS / GIANT LEECHES are favorites because of their individual Audaciiousness - CRAB has the villain telepathetically narrating the film's main story to us, gobbling up the po' widdle humans and then speaking in their voices.  LEECHES has some really gory sound-effects and displays of writhing, being-bled-alive scenes.  These seem 'gory' even in 2003 or 2004, when I first saw the DVD.

LAST WOMAN's audacious decision remains hilarious and stupid, but ultimately Corman's choice was correct: "Do I need realism to show numerous bodies laying about?  All those extras?  All that money wasted on extras who might flinch on-camera and create a re-take?"  No.  He didn't 'need' to.  He was correct that HIS target-audience didn't give a flip about such mundane things as "sensibility" or "correct sets".  He's a fascinating Thinker for that reason - this shrewd if not crude understanding of His Audience.  "And if they don't like it, they're not MY audience." 

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #71 on: October 09, 2018, 09:52:08 PM »
IT CONQUERED THE WORLD - absolutely crappy special effects . .

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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #72 on: October 10, 2018, 12:43:15 PM »
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #73 on: October 10, 2018, 08:11:17 PM »
My favorites, always...

The Omega Man
Soylent Green
Time Enough at Last
The Last Man on Earth
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Re: Classic "End of the World" movies
« Reply #74 on: October 12, 2018, 06:35:40 PM »
How do fans rank the Last Man On Earth tales?  Vincent Price's Italian LAST MAN... Heston's OMEGA MAN... and Denzel's  recent I AM LEGEND? 

(I've never seen the I AM OMEGA video (2007.)

I avoid I AM LEGEND because of the killing of the dog.  We can slaughter humans right and left, but when movies portray pet killings, no no no.  Won't ever re-watch it.