Day the World Ended (1955) - Horror, Sci-Fi

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In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

IMDB: 5.4
Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson
Length: 79 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 9 out of 60 found boring (15%)

One-line Reviews (40)

The story is dreary; the plot is very weak and has clearly been filmed on a low budget, as was often the case in those days.

exciting things!

This movie is a must see for 1950's sci-fi fans and I enjoyed it very much, despite the low budget.

It's suspenseful, eerie, claustrophobic, intense and just an all around good sci-fi horror film.

You could do far worse and really, really waste your time.

Roger Corman's extremely solid & engrossing 50's sci-fi end-of-the-world debut feature .

Stories about man's inability to coexist in peace with his fellows, even when such cooperation would be to both parties' mutual advantage in the struggle for basic survival, have often resulted in fascinating pieces of audiovisual excitement studying the human condition and continue to do so to this day even when you thought little more could be added to the subject, except for different, usually interchangeable threats.

The movie mainly focus on the 7 characters: how they are surviving, how it's effecting their physical and mental health, their relationships with one another and their unawareness of the mutant monster lurking about makes the film more intense.

Okay, while the scientific background of this film is, to say the very least, incredibly void of any sound scientific data concerning atomic/nuclear type bombs aimed at ending human civilization, the story has charm, a bit of wit, and is quite entertaining as one man, his daughter, and five other strangers live in his home hidden in mountains/valley away from any fallout.

The ending, predictable by today's standards is still effective.

This movie can be criticized for some things, but I would have to say that the dialog delivered by the character Radek (who is in the early stages of mutation) is worth watching the movie for.

Quite Enjoyable, Suspenseful, & Eerie .

Anti-climatic; with Denning delivering the cliche', "Man created him, God destroyed him".

This is predictable black and white sci-fi.

Arch Oboler's 1951 "Five" was the first title to portray the 'end of the world' scenario that would become a well worn cliché by decade's end, low budget efforts like "World Without End" or Roger Corman's own "Last Woman on Earth" hobnobbing with grand scale epics "On the Beach" and "The World, the Flesh, and the Devil.

Think again: they watch it for the gripping human drama involved in living together under extreme circumstances.

In fact, I found most of the movie pretty compelling until I saw the entire monster creature who, as designed and played by Paul Blaisdell, looks even in low-budget '50s terms so cheesy.

It's nigh impossible to fault Roger Corman's THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED: working with pocket change, a single set and just a handful of "second string" actors, he manages to give us an entertaining little end of the world tale.

Another memorable monster suit creation is the only noteworthy thing in this poorly made farrago, with an absurd story and remarkably slow pace.

Very little action, just a lot of dull and tedious talk.

(special prize to the guy in a suit, aka the monster) You won't need to fast forward the dullest sequences, as the movie is pretty short and quite intense narratively speaking.

Denning (a geologist) and Connors (a crook) give their usual snappy performances in this movie, and Paul Birch (the fellow who owns the house that the cast of characters take refuge in) is given better direction, better lines, and a part that shows his strengths to much better advantage than the previous movie I saw him in ("Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes").

it's the character interactions and their survival that makes this film worth watching.

What bothers me is that sci-fi movies are made today costing many millions of dollars and with terriffic special effects and they get the same "ho hum" from the critics as this one.

' One can only imagine what kind of new things in a post-apocalyptic world a cannibalistic atomic mutant would find 'exciting.

This early effort from director Corman combines a good idea, fast moving script and some good actors-the end result is an engrossing film.

Corman crafts a fairly entertaining film out of the subject matter, which remains one of his best, though that is hardly saying something.

While at times being a bit slow and predictable, the film features some fine talent.

Slow moving.

Hopefully, all the duck-tailed teenagers who went to see this tacky Roger Corman sci-fi in the theater had dates to neck with during the slow spots!

The decor is dull, which is bad because we spend most of the movie looking at it.

A bit slow for modern audiences, this movie does maintain a pace that made me care for some of the characters.

He also made other low budget films; some were good and entertaining for one reason or another, and most were much better than this.

However, around the fifty-minute mark things start to slow down a bit too much.

Enjoyable post-apocalypse flick.

Beyond that, it is an intriguing story of what happens when a little pocket of humanity survives mankind's worst nightmare.

The above characters are an assortment meant to create conflict and melodrama that becomes entertaining despite the clichés that abound.

Though not generally regarded as a classic of its time or any other, Day the World Ended is a very underrated film that rewards the viewer with a host of unexpected charms.

Denning and Conners give the best performances in this film, Adele Jergens(Connor's girlfriend) also delivers an entertaining bit when reenacting her striptease dancing act.

Still entertaining.