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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 52 “The Day the Earth Caught Fire”

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 by | 0 comments

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by Matt Gamble to discuss 1961’s THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE. Operator error resulted in some subpar audio but we hope you’ll bear with it for an interesting discussion.

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Featuring Edward Judd, Leo McKern, and Janet Munro, THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE is an anti-nuclear testing disaster film by way of a fast talking newspaper drama. Between government coverups and the disasters taking the form of climate change, THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE is decidedly prescient.

 

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Val Guest directs the film at a fast clip with an emphasis on realism. The film has a gritty documentary feel at all times. And, it’s a film made for adults.

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

 

Following that discussion, we turn our attention to Netflix’s adaptation of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. Matt and Angela have promised to cover the show for CABIN IN THE WOODS and this serves as a preview.

We’ll give you an unambiguous ending to this disucssion. You can give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Time tracks:

THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE: 0:00 to 38:06

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (2018): 38:06 to 47:50

Next Film and Outro: 47:50 to End

Next month, we turn our attention to 1978’s adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL. We hope you’ll join us.


 

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