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The Day the World Ended (2001)

Nastassja Kinski , Bobby Edner , Terence Gross  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nastassja Kinski, Bobby Edner, Randy Quaid, Harry Groener, Lee de Broux
  • Directors: Terence Gross
  • Writers: Annie DeYoung, Brian King, Max Enscoe
  • Producers: Andrea Lapins, Brian J. Gilbert, Buddy Epstein, Carrie Iglehart
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006BS7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Day the World Ended" on IMDb

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When a series of strange and grisly murders begins to plague a remote rural town, residents suspectJennifer Stillman (Kinski), a big-city child psychologist who has recently moved to the area, is toblame. Undeterred by the town's hostility, Jennifer launches herself straight into her new job as the school psychologist and soon befriends and helps a young boy Ben, (Edner) who is being bullied. Ben, the adopted son of the local doctor, displays strange behaviors and abilities, and believes thathis real father is an alien monster. As more and more murders unfold, will the town finally realizethat the murderer walks among them but is not human!

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I'm giving a higher mark to this film because there are several things that make this an above-par effort. The story will definitely hold your interest, the cast is mature and the acting is with enough conviction, and it gives a nice B-movie feel without resorting to bad CGI effects for a creature.
It has the classic cliche elements for a perfect B flick: a mysterious misunderstood child, a town with a secret, and an alien. While not a direct remake of The Day The World Ended, it utilizes the original film by showing segments on a TV in the story and showing the vhs video box cover as part of the child's interest in aliens. High production values combined with B movie flair work just enough to be passable entertainment for some, but if you enjoy the *wink-wink* of its intended fun, it comes out a winner. It has the look and feel of a good X-Files episode with more psychological horror elements of the newer Outer Limits. That's not bad at all, considering.
Younger audiences may not give this a chance as the cast (except for the child) is well over 40, but I welcomed that element gladly, as the older classic sci-fi/horror films used a mature cast as well. They cast who would work well with the story, not who was young and hot at the moment. By casting the way they did, this film will hold up better in years to come than by choosing a teen-looking cast that will obviously date it when those stars have faded from the spotlight. Randy Quaid and Nastassia Kinski both give convincing performances, and Stephen Toblowsky adds just enough humour to his role as the principal.
The creature itself is hit-or-miss: in some scenes it looks fine,
in others it doesn't.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Towns and The Monsters They Keep November 24, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Dr. Jennifer Stillman is a New York therapist that decides that taking a job as an elementary psychiatrist in the backwaters of Nevada (Sierra Vista) would be a good idea. So, packing up the Volkswagen, she enters the town that time seems to have forgotten, one filled with all the wonderful elements of a cozy little place that includes, among other things, suspicious leering and a sea of faces brimming with undertones of almost openly thriving hate. Still, Jennifer doesn't let the fact that she's constantly jeered at by the yokel elements of the town get to her, finding herself harassed not only by some of the residents but also by the local sheriff, thinking that this will all pass with time. Little does she suspect that the townsfolk have other motives meshed within their distrust, ones reflecting a murderous undertone and that lie buried in the head of a very strange, very gifted, boy that she decides to try and help.
This, another of Stan Winston's creature features (Earth Vs The Spider, Teenage Caveman, She Creature, and How to Make a Monster being the other releases thusfar), was actually one of the reasons I started picking up the series in the first place. Besides having not only the effects mastermind himself behind the creation of the creature (one I thought looked pretty good and offered a bit of a horror feel up with) involved in this film, there is also another element, one that manages to hinge a strange plot on events that reek of human dismemberment and the forgotten art of facepeeling. That, in and of itself, makes this a treat for the overindulgent eye.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SMALL TOWN CHARM? October 15, 2004
Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this well done, High grade B movie is the town itself. Leering people who don't want a newcomer around; and of course, they have a secret they don't want exposed, either. Nastassia Kinski brings a mature warmth to her role as the unwanted school psychologist, and Randy Quaid scores as the gruff Dr. McCann, who is the adopted father of young Bobby Edner, who has some pretty mysterious powers.

The atmosphere is appropriately spooky, and although we don't see the creature much, you can see Stan Winston's print on it, and there are no CGI effects, sort of an homage to those great B movies of the fifties. The inclusion of the original "Day the World Ended" is clever, and helps us remember this is not really a remake, as much as an homage.

Creepy and crawly, it entertains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Just remember, we're not from around here." May 22, 2006
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I have yet to see the original The Day the World Ended, directed by Roger Corman and released in 1955 by American International Pictures (AIP), but I did get a chance to see this 2001 feature of the same title...I wouldn't necessarily call it a remake as in reading the synopsis of the original movie apparently it dealt with survivors living in a post apocalyptic holocaust, forced to fend for themselves against a fleshy headed mutant...this updated, made for cable version features none of that...directed by Terence Gross (Hotel Splendide), the film stars Nastassja Kinski (Cat People, Unfaithfully Yours) and Randy `Cousin Eddie' Quaid (Vacation, Kingpin). Also appearing is Bobby Edner (Haunted Lighthouse, Welcome to Paradise), Harry Groener (Road to Perdition), Lee de Broux (Pumpkinhead), Debra Christofferson (Mousehunt), Neil Vipond (Phobia), and Stephen `Ned the Head' Tobolowsky (Basic Instinct, Sneakers, Groundhog Day).

Kinski plays Dr. Jennifer Stillman, a therapist and native New Yorker who's recently taken a position working for a school district in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in a small town called Sierra Vista. Upon arrival she finds she has her work cut out for her as she meets Ben McCann (Edner), the adoptive son of the town's doctor Michael McCann (Quaid). Seems most of the residents of the town, especially the children, regard Ben as some kind of freak (they're not too far off as it turns out Ben does possess some spooky, freaky deaky mind powers). Ben's mother, before she died, claimed Ben's father was from outer space, and Ben believes someday he'll return and take Ben away (I sort of suspect mom was pretty promiscuous, and told her son this only because she probably couldn't say for sure who his real father was...).
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5.0 out of 5 stars OLD SCI-FI
Published on March 19, 2010 by S. Edmondson
2.0 out of 5 stars This one's ok, but put your time & money towards a better movie
This one's ok, but put your time & money towards a better movie.

If you don't mind a B-grade movie with unspectacular effects, and a scary creature that isn't really... Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Maggie_B
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!
Beware! I just got my copies of both "I Was A teenage Caveman" and "The Day The World Ended" (both "Creature Features"). I haven't even watched them yet and I'm already PO'ed. Read more
Published on August 8, 2008 by vonfukenstein
4.0 out of 5 stars IT CAME FROM INNER SPACE...
THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED has Nastassja Kinski (Cat People, To The Devil... A Daughter, Blind Terror) as Dr. Read more
Published on June 21, 2008 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much swearing and blaspheming
The actors were very good. Randy Quaid did excellent performance and so did Nastassja Kinski. She really played a convincing role. Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by Edee
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to potential
Unfortunately, this movie doesn't live up to the enormous potential that it is. The story is an intriguing one, and the cast is filled with underrated actors. Read more
Published on March 1, 2004 by Madman
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a pretty good movie!
I was totally surprised when I bought this dvd very cheaply. Boredom one night forced me to watch it and it was most uniques. The special effects were decent. Read more
Published on August 13, 2003 by shacary
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