When Worlds Collide (1958).
7/07/2011 12:47:00 PM
Rumor has it that it was only intended as a placeholder, but the producers ran low on cash and wound up using it as the real thing. I've read this from a couple of different sources but can't confirm the truth. Big fan of your site.
This is one of the few apocalypse movies I can watch without getting too freaked out. Maybe it's that cartoony heaven backdrop at the end that distances me from it.This was based on a novel, and the sequel (After Worlds Collide, I think?) freaked me out more than the first one did.I've always wanted one of those signs shown in the movie: "WASTE EVERYTHING EXCEPT TIME."
I think I'm one of the few that actually read the sequel.In spite of the toonerific matte painting I was always interested in the story behind the pyramids and what looks like high city walls on the right. And the film making multiple references to other country's also building ships was faithful to the original story and perhaps laying ground work for a sequel.
Makes sense, better than thinking they just gave up after all that hard work and great sets and FX throughout the rest of the film.
It was a schedule/budget thing; just not enough time to do it really right. And, yeah, they left room for a sequel; over the years there have been stirrings at Paramount to do a mini-series based on it but nothing has ever gelled.
ALL THIS TIME I THOUGHT IT WAS REAL!
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