Friday, September 27, 2013

Where Have All the People Gone (1974)

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey

Writers: Lewis John Carlino, Sandor Stern

Composer: Robert Prince

Starring: Peter Graves, George O'Hanlon Jr., Kathleen Quinlan, Verna Bloom, Michael-James Wixted, Noble Willingham, Jay W. MacIntosh, Doug Chapin, Ken Sansom, Beans Morocco

More info: IMDb

Plot: A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune from the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to white powder, leaving behind only empty clothing. A handful of survivors attempt to rebuild their lives on the de-populated Earth.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

If you're judging this as a sci-fi TV movie from the mid-70s, it's not so bad.  The acting, production, music, etc is exactly what you'd expect from TV at that time.  It takes a while for everyone to figure out this shit wasn't going down because of a nuclear holocaust but rater solar flares which made more sense but what didn't was that people who died from went from flesh and bone to a pile of white dust.  That was weird but then this is science fiction, heavy on the fiction.  Peter Graves was never a master thespian and his deliver reminded me a lot of AIRPLANE! (1980) but without the funny.  This is a mild way to pass 72 minutes.  It'd be worth it if I saw this when it aired and had some nostalgia about it but I don't.

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