When Worlds Collide (1951)

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Science fiction meets disaster film in this planet smashing doomsday flick which gave Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) a run for his money destroying cities and monuments before he was even born.

Tagline – This May Not Happen For A Million Years….. But Now You’ll See What Could Happen…. When Worlds Collide….

It’s rather depressing stuff to be honest but entertaining nonetheless.

So what the blue blazes happens you might ask, well to sum things up quickly here goes.
Astronomers see that a planet called Bellus is on a collision course with Earth and man they don’t have much time. Earth is certainly doomed but the scientists come up with a plan, Bellus has a Earth like Moon with it called Zyra. With some quick planning and some top secret building they design a spaceship that can hopefully help save a few people to rescue the human race from extinction. The “Ark” though can only hold a select few passengers, picked through a lottery system and that’s only gonna bring a heap full of trouble.

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Buckle up it might be a tad bumpy ride!

When the planet approaches it’s causes a biblical shit storm, bringing tidal waves, earthquakes and pure unimaginable carnage. The Earth is truly doomed. Can our heroes David Randall (Richard Derr) and Joyce Hendron (Barbara Rush) save mankind from total annihilation? Check out this great film to find out.

The film is directed by Rudolph Maté and produced by George Pal. Now George Pal is very interesting as he had his producing and directing finger on loads of famous science fiction film and animation effects. From the likes of classics War Of The Worlds, The Time Machine, Tom Thumb and produced another sci-fi film I like called Destination Moon in 1950. He was quite some guy.

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George Pal sat in The Time Machine

Based on a book of the same name and co-written by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer in 1933 I’m guessing the film followed pretty much the same path as the book and might of been considered to become a sequel because the duo had released After Worlds Collide in 1934.

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Written in 1933 by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer

This film is on Netflix at the time of writing so come in for a big hairy wolfie snuggle on the sofa and lets watch it together.

Here’s the trailer

Links for further reading

When Worlds Collide – IMDB

The legacy Of George Pal – Sci-Fi Station

When Worlds Collide – Rotten Tomatoes

 

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