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Chosen Survivors / The Earth Dies Screaming (Double Feature) (2007)

Willard Parker , Virginia Field , Sutton Roley , Terence Fisher  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Thorley Walters, Vanda Godsell
  • Directors: Sutton Roley, Terence Fisher
  • Writers: Harry Spalding, Joe Reb Moffly
  • Producers: Charles W. Fries, Jack Parsons, Leon Benson, Robert L. Lippert
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doomsday Done Right... January 12, 2008
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Another Midnite Movie double feature masterpiece! CHOSEN SURVIVORS concerns a group of eleven men and women chosen (by the government) to be the ones who wait out WWIII. Yep, they get to repopulate the planet! Luckily, our beloved elected officials have thought of everything, sending these folks deep beneath the earth. Once there, they are greeted by a pre-recorded message telling them that the world has been destroyed. Tensions start to build as each person tries to comprehend what has happened. Unfortunately, things go badly, as a massive swarm of vampire bats somehow infiltrate the underground facility, hungry for the red stuff! Richard Jaeckel (Grizzly, Day Of The Animals, The Dark) is the military engineer. Bradford Dillman (Bug, Piranha) is the psychiatrist who just might know something the others don't. Jackie Cooper (Superman 1 and 2) is the slimy corporate executive of the bunch. CS is a nice claustrophobic thriller. THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING is sort of the british version of TARGET EARTH. The movie opens with a train crashing, a plane plummeting from the sky, etc. It seems that some alien force has unleashed poison gas on mankind! Soon, a few survivors find each other and attempt to make sense of it all. Our heroes are hunted by lumbering, annoyingly slow robots. Also, some re-animated zombies w/ eyes like boiled eggs are shambling around. Watch for Dennis Price (Horror Hospital, Tower Of Evil) as a sneaky jerk with selfish plans of his own. Both of these films are quite re-watchable. A terror-ific double bill...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the "second feature"! March 1, 2008
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It seems like many of the reviewers of this release have concentrated on "Chosen Survivors" in their comments. I'd just like to put in a plug for "The Earth Dies Screaming" as the movie here that I liked better. (Admittedly, an awful title if one wanted the film to be taken seriously).

A movie directed by Terence Fisher cannot fail to be of interest to genre fans. Dumb title aside, the plot is reminiscent of The Day of the Triffids; I actually find this film as good if not better than the 60's version of that. All in all, a sort of Triffids meets Village of the Damned meets Target Earth. And I can't say enough for the demo-quality black & white transfer. I know I'll be returning to this film often, something I can't say about "Chosen Survivors".

If you like 50's-60's sci-fi, do treat yourself to this set! (Four stars for "Earth", two for "Survivors" is what is behind my overall three-star rating.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars BATS!! ROBOTS!! RICHARD JAECKEL!! October 29, 2007
Grab that popcorn kiddies and light up that smoke coz we gonna enjoy another fun Midnite Movies Double Feature. Usually with these discs, they try to choose two films with at least a similar theme, but these two are quite different from one another. First on the bill, Chosen Survivors, is a very fun little piece of early seventies drive-in nonsense. It deals with a group of humans hand picked to live in an underground facility in the event of a worldwide war or catastrophe. The idea is to preserve the human race, but you'd think if this was the last hope for humanity, they'd at least pick some hotter chicks(going with Dr. Strangelove's theory) and people who could respond to stress and pressure better. The facility is damn near perfect in every way except the damn bats who have somehow crept in. The survivors have to deal with a swarm of hungry vampire bats that begin to pick them off. Hey, at least it breaks up the boredom. It stars B 70s sci-fi regular Bradford Dillman. We also got Jackie Cooper, who you may remember as Mr. White from the Superman movies. And lets not forget everyone's favorite character actor Richard Jaeckel, who you may remember from The Dirty Dozen and everyone's favorite, The Green Slime. Fun movie and a good time.
Th Earth Dies Screaming tells the tale of a small group of survivors in England(I guess there actually is a bit of a theme here) who band together to fight an alien invasion. The invaders take the form of big clunky robots that electrocute you to death if they touch you. The robots are merely tools of the real aliens who we never see. If that's the biggest threat to Earth, we shouldn't be worried since the robots are extremely slow, clumsy and seemingly blind. A toddler would have no problem escaping these things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice pair . . . May 3, 2009
MGM presents a decent pair of modest sci-fi offerings on this Midnight Movies double feature DVD of CHOSEN SURVIVORS (1974) and THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING (1965): the former a stylish post-apoc thriller about a disparate group of pre-selected "survivors" of a global nuclear holocaust sent to live in a shiny, high-tech underground bunker that soon becomes infested with vampire bats from an adjoining cave; the latter a cool little British chiller in which a U.S. astronaut (Willard Parker) and a handful of survivors of an alien gas attack gather in a rural English village while the robot sentries sporadically patrol the streets and zap people to death. CHOSEN, which long seemed to be available only via a mixed bag of bootleg tapes, has a TV vet, Sutton Roley, at the helm, and his prolificity no doubt came in useful on what seems to be a modest budget (a largely Mexican crew probably helped as well). The sets are all silvery walls and glass panels, 70's futuristic without being garish. Good cast of upper-tier contempo TV regs (Bradford Dillman, Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Diana Muldaur, Richard Jaeckel, Lincoln Kilpatrick) works well together in what is essentially a Rod Serling-esque Twilight Zone tale expanded to feature length and marbled with grue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Double the Horror
This dvd edition of Midnite Movies presents two end of the world theme films.
Chosen Survivors deals with strangers whisked away from their lives to an underground government... Read more
Published 2 months ago by willwrite
4.0 out of 5 stars Chosen Survivors scared the bleep out of me when I was 10
..and scared me just as much now.... Even as a grown adult. Typical 70s effects, but the premise is frightening...
Published 3 months ago by choxnpinz
2.0 out of 5 stars admittedly not a great movie but it has its moments for sci-fi fans
I got this one for The Earthy Dies Screaming, admittedly not a great movie but it has its moments for sci-fi fans. Chosen Survivors is a bit ho-hum.
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Diwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Movie Title Ever!
The movie itself is a low-budget affair, but remarkably effective at times. With its small cast trying to survive in a town devastated by aliens, it reminded me of much later... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Brennan
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Brother!
The Earth Dies Screaming was one of the corniest scifi movies I have ever seen. The acting was horrible and the story and special effects weren't anything to get excited over, but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ReddStealth
2.0 out of 5 stars Not essential films...
I love B-movies (it wasn't "Gone with the Wind" that got me into cinema, but rather titles such as these) but these two titles are really regrettable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
5.0 out of 5 stars Once A Long Time Ago...
Once, A Long Time Ago, I saw "The Earth Dies Screaming" On Sammy Terry's "Nightmare Theater", as It was Called! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael David Mullett
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Views of Doomsday
To have both of these films in such a superlative package and with high quality transfers is remarkable in itself... Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Abominable Doctor Phibes
4.0 out of 5 stars Love those English Sci Fi movies of that time period
I enjoyed The Earth Dies Screaming. I found it compelling and we'll acted. The movie is thought provoking. Keep in mind that there is very little Sci-Fi action. Read more
Published 10 months ago by TimeLord1
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid British sci-fi
Literate script, some decent actors and a professional director make for an easily spent hour.
Feels a bit like an early Doctor Who. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Roger Andrews
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It could also have been an obscure sci-fi film called 'The Brain Eaters' with Ed Nelson. There were a couple of scenes in that film when the Brain Eaters enveloped themselves over the back of the head of their victims; this film also featured a very young Leonard Nimoy.
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