Friday, 12 May 2017
The Day the World Ended (2001)
Dr Jennifer Stillman is quite excited about her new job as the school therapist in a small town, but she quickly finds that the locals aren't very welcoming to strangers. Though what can you expect of a place that elects the Mayor from Buffy to be sheriff?
In any case, as cool as the townsfolk are toward her, Dr Stillman can't help but notice that they're flat out hostile toward local boy Ben McCann. He's picked on at school - and then blamed by the school nurse for the altercation - and seems to be constantly being told to sit down, shut up and not look at anyone.
Naturally, the Doc wants to help young Ben, but it does have to be said that there's something a little odd about the situation. Nobody wants to talk about his mother at all, and then there's the fact that the boy seems to believe his father was a from another planet. It'd be enough to make you think about moving back to the city even before the murders start ...
This is one of five cable TV films in the 'Creature Features' series. The gimmick of the films was that they used the names of cheap 1950s Science Fiction movies, and then crafted new scenarios of their own to match the title. Or, as I suspect happened in this case: dug up old scripts and slapped on whatever title was least inappropriate.
The Day the World Ended is not by any means a terrible film. The kid playing Ben is surprisingly good and the creature effects are solid enough given it was made for the small screen over fifteen years ago, but it's also not a very memorable one and Nastassja Kinski is not really up to the task of being a leading lady. Frankly, there are plenty of other, better movies in this niche, so I can't recommend it.