The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

66m 45s, 6008 feet
35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Terence Fisher during his break from Hammer Film Productions in the mid-1960s.

Plot Summary

An astronaut returns to Earth in England to find that the world has been invaded by alien-controlled that have swept civilisation aside. The astronaut and a few survivors band together to fight off the resurrected by the robots.


Directed by: Terence Fisher
© 1964 by Lippert Films Ltd
Produced by: Robert L. Lippert and Jack Parsons
Written by: Henry Cross [real name: Harry Spalding]
Assistant Director: Gordon Gilbert
Director of Photography: Arthur Lavis
Supervising Film Editor: Robert Winter
Music Composed by: Elisabeth Lutyens
Sound Recordist: Buster Ambler
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jean Fairlie
Make-Up: Harold Fletcher
Hairdresser: Joyce James
Art Director: George Provis
Made at: Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, England

Willard Parker (Jeff Nolan)
Virginia Field (Peggy)
Dennis Price (Taggett)
Thorley Walters ([Edgar] Otis)
Vanda Godsell (Violet)
David Spencer (Mel)
Anna Palk (Lorna)

See also
Invisible Invaders (1959)
Night of the Living Dead (1969)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)



  • Box Office 16 November 1964 – review
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.6 p.56
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.9 p.32
  • The Dark Side no.51 (November 1995) p.15 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin October 1965 p.150 – credits, synopsis, review


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.230
  • The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.xiii, 5, 205-206, 390, 405-417, 429, 440; 534-535 – notes; credits
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.134-35, 135, 137, 156, 332
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.117, 118
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.119
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.150
  • by Walt Lee p.118 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.165-166
  • Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings pp.10, 82, 117, 123, 126-133- notes
  • Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett p.33 – notes
  • X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970 by John Hamilton pp.128-132; 230
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.63-64