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Target Earth

Richard Denning , Kathleen Crowley , Sherman A. Rose    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Story opens on a scene from the air zeroing in on L.A. and slowing down to silently show an unconscious woman (Kathleen Crowley); beside her is a half empty bottle of sleeping pills.

The story is of a hand full of people who wake up to find the city is empty of humankind that is live human kind, they must piece together the missing parts to the puzzle they must learn to cooperate with each other and huddle together.

Soon they will realize that they are at ground zero on "Target Earth."

The film has all the feel and dialog of an old twilight zone episode, However the actors of frontline majors. Virginia Grey was in over 140 movies and programs including "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961). Richard Denning was in "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954).

The whole movie was made on a shoestring budget so they only had one robot (Steve Calvert the head bartender at Cerro's nightclub) that they tinkered together in a garage. The car (Oldsmobile convertible) with the dead uh...err... battery belonged to the producer (Herman Cohen.) And they used a buddy in the police forces to stop the traffic for the empty street shots. All shot in seven days, mostly in the deserted L.A. streets on a Sunday morning.

One of the most horrifying parts of this movie was that they were forced to drink warm beer.
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Format:DVD
TARGET EARTH is basically a zero-budget War Of The Worlds. There are no alien ships. There are no spectacular special effects. No deep messages or insights into the human condition. Nope, this is sci-fi stripped down to it's basic elements. A small band of people, led by Frank (Richard Denning), have awakened to find the city of Los Angeles deserted except for themselves and a small army of killer robots from Venus. Due to financial constraints, there is only one robot. It is basically an old furnace with flexible dryer-duct legs. Sadly, the robot is only seen about 4-5 times, as it was fairly entertaining to watch while it lumbered along. The rest of the film has our not-so-merry bunch trying to stay out of the robot's way. A couple of them are hit by it's death-ray, and it does come crashing through a plate-glass window at one point. Otherwise, it's just vacant street scenes and discussions among the survivors about an invasion and devastation we never actually get to see. Of course, there's plenty of grainy old military stock footage as well. TARGET EARTH is not a bad movie, it's just not a classic. I still recommend it for diehard sci-fi maniacs...
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK 50'S SCI-FI RELIC... Oct. 21 2003
Format:DVD
VCI did a good job restoring this vintage sci-fi invasion tale. After a failed suicide attempt, Nora King (Kathleen Crowley) wakes up to find the city deserted except for a body or two with horrified expressions on their faces. She encounters Richard Denning and they try to figure out what happened (he had been mugged unconcious) while they "slept". They meet a colorful couple drinking it up who survived also and the four band together. An invasion of robots from Venus have attacked the Earth and everyone has evacuated. (Well, actually it's only one robot clanking around but this IS a low-budget quickie). They end up in a hotel, contend with a gangster and fight the robot. Not everyone survives, but there's a rescue by the armed forces who have discovered how to demobilize the robots. With high-frequency sound! Engagingly goofy, loopy sci-fi that's competently acted but very low-budget. The robot is so cheesy looking I expected pieces of him to fall off any moment. But that was part of the fun. If this is your cup of tea, enjoy---!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Robot Rampage! June 3 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Considering what a shoestring budget Herman Cohen's first production was made on, it's almost a masterpiece.
Sci-fi mainstay Richard Denning awakens one morning in the city, to find there's no city. Everyone in it is gone - almost. He runs into frightened Kathleen Crowley, and eventually into another couple, Virginia Grey and Richard Reeves, who aren't sure whether the world's ended or not (and aren't frankly too worried about it, if it has), and so celebrate with champagne just in case. In time, an on-the-lam hood joins the group, making them all wonder what is worse: invaders from beyond, or their own next door neighbors.
And what's come from beyond are alien robots - clunky tin-can jobs, with a single cyclopean eye that fires a killer heat-ray - intent, for whatever reason, on eliminating the local populace. The military has the city cordoned off, and is busy studying the single robot they've captured. They theorize it was sent by a humanoid race, probably from Venus, as a vanguard for invasion.
Can they find the robots' weakness, and exploit it in time? Will the abandoned city's survivors manage to find a way to survive each other, let alone the invading metal men?
This movie succeeds despite its remarkable cheapness - only one robot was made, recycled to represent an army of them - but its script is fairly trite. It's still worth watching, though, for the performances and the end-of-the-world fun with killer robots.
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On the surface this 1954 movie appears to pretty bare-bones in comparison to other 1950s sci-fi epics. Richard Denning (Frank) and Kathleen Crowley (Nora), along with two others, are holed-up in a deserted hotel in a large American city (probably Chicago). The city's inhabitants have been evacuated, but these four have been overlooked. The menacing Venusian robot force (actually one robot), while a bit clunky and one dimensional, presents a threating, underlying presence throughout the movie. When will it strike with its death-ray? Can anyone survive its monomaniac pursuit?
The movie's director, Herman Cohen, deftly explores the theme of lonliness and isolation among the crew's cast. Nora's failed suicide attempt and Franks's stoic acceptance of his being "rolled outside a bar after flashing a big roll" the night before seem to create a credible chemistry that bonds the characters' fates together. If misery loves company, Frank and Nora want no part of the company that waits outside the flimsy boundries of their hotel room.
Black and white movies occasionally intensify austerity in a way that color films do not. The seeming hopeless of Frank and Nora's situation, the desertion of the city, and unblinking, unnerving robot presence raise the emotional level of "Target Earth" up a couple of notches.
Viewers will like movie's ending too. The "science" portion of "Target Earth" gets the viewer to a stong visual climax as military scientists race against time to develop an ultrasonic sound wave generator that will defeat the invading menace. Will they get to Frank and Nora in time? Or will the lurking robot(s) find them first?
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