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The Day the World Ended (2001)

When a killer alien creature, who is misunderstood, begins killing specific members of a small town, a school psychologist learns of its link to a young boy's tragic childhood, and his adoptive father's dark secret.

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Terence Gross

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Brian King (story), Max Enscoe (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Dr. Jennifer Stillman
Randy Quaid ... Dr. Michael McCann
Bobby Edner ... Ben Miller / McCann
Harry Groener ... Sheriff Ken
Lee de Broux ... Cook Harlan (as Lee DeBroux)
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Principal Ed Turner
Debra Christofferson ... Nurse Della Divelbuss
Nik Dressbach Nik Dressbach ... Buzzcut
Brandon de Paul Brandon de Paul ... Frankie Carter
Kate Fuglei ... Waitress Carlita
Neil Vipond Neil Vipond ... The Judge
Brian Steele ... The Creature
David Getz David Getz ... Deputy #1
Kathryn Fiore ... Maggie Miller
David Doty David Doty ... Nice Guy
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Horror film finds a killer alien, who is just misunderstood, devouring people. A school psychologist investigates the death of a student's mother and finds the boy believes he is the son of the being. His earthling father is also a doctor who has the boy in his care and holds that it is all in the boy's imagination. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Rated R for horror violence, some language and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amíg világ a világ See more »

Filming Locations:

Wrightwood, California, USA

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Two of the posters on Ben's bedroom wall are covers from the magazine "Astounding Science Fiction" (later "Analog"): the December 1947 edition featuring "Aesop" by Clifford D. Simak, and the October 1953 issue with cover art for "The Gulf Between" by Tom Godwin. See more »

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Weird, pretentious – but not entirely bad

There are definitely too many references to other movies and story traditions in this flick. It starts like Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (the heroine driving a New Beetle – yech!), it continues with dark humor like a novel by Kafka (heroine with a badly defined mission comes to a strange place and meets a bunch of strangely hostile stereotype comic book characters of uncertain authority), then there's a whiff of Twin Peaks (hints of sexual abuse of minors and general depravity in the backwoods), then in comes E.T. (minor bonds with extraterrestrial), then it turns out that minor's mother was regarded by the populace as a kind of a witch and was treated accordingly. On top of that, there is a clear reference to a 50ies horror B-movie. (Hence the confusing title which has nothing to do with the story told here).

The references in themselves are not really bad or a rip-off. However, it would have been more fun, had they tied all that stuff together in a more coherent, rigid and orderly fashion. The pairing of psychology and the supernatural clearly does not work here. I didn't manage to find out what story the movie wants to tell and I suspect its makers could never really make up their mind. This is a pity, as the cast is quite good. I hope Nastassja Kinski still has a long career ahead of her. Not only for her looks, but also because she really is a versatile actress who in my opinion still didn't get her share of good movie parts. Randy Quaid and Bobby Edner are equally convincing in their roles, within the apparent limits of the script. The same goes for the rest of the characters who are parodies or stereotypes.


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