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End of the World

USA 1977
produced by
Charles Band, Albert Band (executive)
directed by John Hayes
starring Christopher Lee, Sue Lyon, Kirk Scott, Dean Jagger, Lew Ayres, Macdonald Carey, Liz Ross, Jon Van Ness, Kathe Cunha, Mary Daugherty, Evelyn Lipton, Jane Wilbur, Pat Wylie, Roscoe Born, Simmy Bow, John Dennis, Frank Leo, George Soviak, Gene Walker, Ron Carter, David Gold, John Hayes
written by Frank Ray Pirelli, music by Andrew Belling, electronic music programming by Joel Goldsmith

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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NASA communications scientist Andrew Boran (Kirk Scott) has just received weird messages from outer space, messages that seem to predict earthquakes. And he has found that these messages receive replies - from earth. But instead of letting him continue his researches, his superiors send him off on a lecturing trip ... which comes in quite handily, because this way Boran and his wife Sarah (Sue Lyon) can inconspicuously investigate the place the signals from earth answering the alien message came from ... and they find - a convent, run by benign father Pergado (Christopher Lee), who more than invites them to investigate all they want.

Boran and Sarah find nothing suspicous in the convent, but when Boran later checks in on the messages to and from outer space, he finds his visit to the convent reported - so he and his wife return to the place ... and are taken captive. You see, father Pergado and his nuns are aliens who are stranded on planet earth. Planet earth though is doomed because the interplanetary council (or something) has decided to blow her up (hence the predictions of the natural disasters). Thus our aliens want to desperately leave the planet, but their time warp drive is damaged, and only a crystal from NASA could fix it ... and thus our alien friends have lured Boran and Sarah to the convent. Boran and Sarah try to escape but find the aliens' superhuman powers to strong for them. So Boran breaks into the (incredibly low security) NASA headquarters to steal the crystal.

With the crystal attached to their time warp drive, the aliens leave the earth, which is slowly falling apart all around the convent - but as a farewell, Pergado invites Boran and Susan to accompany him to his planet ... which they do, just before the world explodes.

 

Rather boring low budget science fiction film that has little to offer outside from the expectedly competent performance by Christopher Lee and some almost inspired electronic musical tracks. The rest is just too much pointless dialogue, less than great chases, an underwhelming finale (Boran breaking into NASA headquarters) and a virtual lack of special effects to fatten things up a bit.

Not really good.

 

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