Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Obsessions 1969

- High Note 2019

- Denial 2019

- The Listing 2017

- Kultur Shock! 2013

- The Fare 2018

- Man of a Thousand Faces 1957

- Nocta 2019

- Ruby 2019

- Bloody Marie 2019

- Holiday Hell 2019

- Two Evil Eyes 1990

- The Cunning Man 2019

- Portal 2019

- The Experience 2019

- Thursday 2018

- Athas 2018

- Morbid Stories 2019

- Malvolia's Halloween Game 2019

- An American Werewolf in London 1981

- Tennessee Gothic 2019

- Devil's Junction: Handy Dandy's Revenge 2019

- Switch 2019

- Door in the Woods 2019

- Marla 2018

- Eminence Hill 2019

- Ringu 1998

- Family Obligations 2019

- Hard Laughter 2019

- Hacked 2020

- Black Bridge 2006

- Transit 17 2019

- The Sword Swallower 2019

- The Major and the Minor 1942

- The Mind of Juliane 2019

- Art of the Dead 2019

- Harpoon 2019

- Mad Santa 2019

- The Furnace 2019

- Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare 2017

- Get Up Eight 2019

- Clownado 2019

- Cruising 1980

- Dolphin 2016

- Devil's Revenge 2019

- Candy Corn 2019

- I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu 2019

- Glass Cabin 2019

- Ripper Tour 2018

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It

UK 1977
produced by
Humphreys Barclay, Kenneth Harper (executive) for London Weekend Television, ITV
directed by Joseph McGrath
starring John Cleese, Arthur Lowe, Connie Booth, Stratford Johns, Denholm Elliott, Gyearbuor Asante, Nick Tate, Edmund Pegge, Josephine Tewson, Burt Kwouk, Ron Moody, Holly Palance, Joss Ackland, Val Pringle, Bill Mitchell, Christopher Malcolm, Derek Griffiths, Billy Hamon, Robert Kingdom, Maria Charles, Delaney O'Connor, Moira Foot, Dudley Jones, Luie Caballero, Kenneth Benda, Charlotte Alexandra, Maurice Kaufmann, Mike O'Malley, Paul Chapman
original idea by Jack Hobbs, Joseph McGrath, screenplay by Jack Hobbs, Joseph McGrath, John Cleese, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle, music by Ivor Slaney

Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes (John Cleese), Moriarty, Hercule Poirot (cameo), Columbo (cameo), Sam Spade (cameo), McCloud (cameo)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan


Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera


Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!

Modern day London: A villain threatens to end society as we know it, if ... well, if he's not stopped. So he has a sniper placed across the street from an international security conference who picks out and shoots dead the conference members one by one. And since the villain is called Moriarty, Arthur Sherlock Holmes (John Cleese), last descendant of Sherlock Holmes, and Dr Watson (Arthur Lowe), also a descendant, are brought in to handle the case ... not so much because they live up to their ancestors' names but because - well, you know, Moriarty vs Holmes ...

Of course, nobody knows what this Moriarty looks like, all Holmes knows is he has a high pitched laugh ... so he gathers all master detectives - Hercule Poirot (Dudley Jones), James Bond's M (Kenneth Benda), Hawaii 5-0's Steve McGarrett (Maurice Kaufman), Columbo (Luie Caballero), Sam Spade (Mike O'Malley) and McCloud (Paul Chapman) - for a conference at a posh hotel ... where the baddie dressed as Watson kills them one by one - which was actually Sherlock Holmes' plan, because he wanted to get rid of competition. Actually, he knew who was Moriarty all along - his landlady Ms Hudson (Connie Booth). And since he knew, he had Watson substitute the bullets in her gun for blanks. Just one thing though - Watson is not as reliable as he used to be these days, so he might have forgotten to substitute the bullets ... and yes, civilization as we know it really ended in 1977 I suppose.


John Cleese's second attempt at a Sherlock Holmes parody (after Comedy Playhouse - Elementary My Dear Watson) is pretty much as successless as his first one, maybe more so. The main problem with The Strange Case of the End Of Civilization as We Know It is that it never seems to really find its story, suffers from a weak structure, and is cluttered with a few too many weak jokes. And the usually dependable John Cleese definitely had one of his worse days when making this one. Apart from a few inspired jokes, the only thing that's really funny about this made-for-TV movie is Arthur Lowe, who might look nothing like Watson, but he hams up the role the way Nigel Bruce played it to the hilt, to hilarious results.

Still, as a whole the film does not live up to its expectations - which is a pity.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky ?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It at

Thanks for watching !!!



Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from




On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD