The Day the World Ended (1956)

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The Day the World Ended (1956)

Post  BoG on Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:39 pm

This one, by Roger Corman, looked like an updating of "Five" (1951) to me, with the added distinction of a radioactive monster. The monster was pretty cheesy-looking, yes, unless you were less than 10 years old, but there was some creepiness to the other couple of characters who were afflicted with radiation sickness/mutation. I kept waiting for one of them (the one Denning's character helps carry in) to go totally berserk and go on some cannibalistic splurge or something. Corman managed to bring some suspense to the whole deal, I think. Denning was, as always, solid and Touch (Mike) Connors (future "Mannix") hammed it up some as the sleazy villain.
There are those fans who refer to Roger Corman as the reincarnation of Ed Wood. That honor probably falls on Bert I. Gordon. In my opinion, you can rationalize all you want, but the films of Wood and Gordon were very similar in their capacity for being dull and uncreative, and on the same level of unintentional humor. Corman was a step above that, I feel; not a big step, but he managed to instill some edge and surprise in many of his films - including this one, which was budgeted at $96,000. I even have what I believe to be a great example of what I mean from this picture.
Yes, most of the film is perfunctory & even a bit dull, but there is one scene where Corman utilizes the power of cinema, of imagery, in what I must determine as a conscious effort on his part, to its fullest potential. Bill Warren singles this scene out in his usually excellent analytical manner in his book, "Keep Watching the Skies." Towards the end, Denning's character fires a rifle at the mutant monster, which then begins to advance on him. Corman keeps the camera behind Denning's right shoulder as Denning continues to fire and the creature continues to advance. It's all a single, continuous shot. As Warren mentions, audience members were unnerved & startled by this scene; I can imagine them squirming in their seats and trying to back away as the creature continues to move forward, relentless, just annoyed by the bullets. This is an example of Corman at his best and there's nothing like this in the films of Wood or Gordon. BoG's Score: 6 out of 10
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