Tuesday, December 27, 2011

End of the World Review - 1977

End of the World - 1977
Directed by John Hayes - MPAA Rating: Parental Guidance
a film review by DAW

[Rating: 3/5]

Professor Andrew Boran (Kirk Scott), a research scientist, begins receiving strange messages from outer space.  Using a computer, he is able to deceiver one of the messages which reads “LARGE EARTH DISRUPTION”.  Baffled by it’s meaning, he leaves it alone and heads to a party with his wife, Sylvia.  While driving, they hear about a deadly earthquake which occurred after Andrew had received the cryptic message.  After more messages and natural disasters occur, Andrew starts to believe there is a connection.  Andrew and his wife leave their home and drive to various locations to further investigate these signals.  After arriving at a church, they meet Father Pergado (Christopher Lee)  and his nuns.  Before they know it, Andrew and his wife discover that things are not as they seem.  Andrew and Sylvia must survive against a force they barely understand.  As things become more strange and more dangerous, Andrew and Sylvia must fight to stop the end of the world!

End of the World is a film that is often panned by critics.  This reviewer has always enjoyed this film and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christopher Lee and somewhat campy 70s/80s style science fiction.  It does not meet the level of camp as found in sci-fi flicks from the 50s and 60s.  It is a bit more serious but contains a similar amount of ridiculousness.

Christopher Lee has a very standard performance.  Since he is dressed in a priest’s clothing, it feels like he is, at times, playing Dracula once again! His haunting voice and intense delivery make his character fun to watch and, although it reminded this reviewer of Dracula, it is refreshing to see Lee in a more fun evil sci-fi villain style role.  This flick is definitely recommended to check out.  Even if parts of it drag, the last scene of the film will make the viewer laugh out loud due it its absolute absurdity.

                     written by DAW for openfilmden.com and openflimden.blogspot.com
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