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Day the World Ended by BryanBaugh Day the World Ended by BryanBaugh
I first discovered this movie back in the 1990’s, from a photo in some book about shlocky monster movies (I forget which book now). The monster looked crazy as hell and he was menacing a pretty blonde in a nightgown… exactly the sort of imagery that makes me consider a movie “worth seeing”.

Then I learned that the blonde was actually Lori Nelson - who I loved as the sexy marine biologist heroine in “Revenge of the Creature” (sequel to “Creature From the Black Lagoon”) – and this movie jumped from “worth seeing” to “must-see” status in my mind.

I never got around to seeing “Day the World Ended” until just a couple years ago, when it was finally released with “She-Creature” on a “double-feature DVD”. Upon viewing, I was pleased to learn that this was one of the first movies Roger Corman ever directed…and also, that the good guy is played by Richard Denning, who played the bad guy in the first “Creature From the Black Lagoon”.

So for this combination of reasons (crazy looking monster, Lori Nelson, Roger Corman, Richard Denning) I watched it with (probably foolish) high expectations… and was mostly let-down.

I will not try to convince anyone that “Day the World Ended” is a great movie. Oh it has a great monster and a great cast, but they are not balanced very well. It’s a case of not enough horror atmosphere, and too much tedious, talky exposition… without much apparent purpose other than to fill time.

That said, the final 10 or 15 minutes is a rollercoaster. “Day the World Ended” plods along and takes for-freakin-ever to get to “the good part” but at the VERY END, everything goes haywire and the movie finally gives you your money’s worth:

A bad girl pulls a switchblade on her hoodlum boyfriend. He promptly beats her up and throws her off a cliff. There’s a very shocking, grisly shot (for 1955) of the girl’s body tumbling and bouncing off the rocky cliff-face, all the way to the bottom. Lori Nelson wakes up in the middle of the night and goes outside (in her nightgown) to investigate. The crazy looking monster attacks. Lori faints, and the monster carries her away. A rainstorm starts. Lori wakes up and screams. Richard Denning shows up with a gun and starts shooting at the monster. They end up waist-deep in a swampy-looking pond. More chaos ensues and the monster dies. Richard Denning retrieves sopping-wet Lori Nelson and holds her tight. THE END.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
The pretty blond was okay, but I preferred the 'bad girl' Ruby myself. Very lovely and conflicted lady, and one of the better characters in the movie. Aside from that wild-looking monster, of course!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
See, I was always a sucker for innocent "nice girls" who get caught in horrible horror movie situations!
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joshvirgin Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
What happens to the woman after wards?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Read my text below the illustration.
Or see the movie.
The answers are out there!
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joshvirgin Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Okay.
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WarriorClaws Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my goodness! I love this movie!
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StevenGordonArt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Something about that monster's face. It looks like he's thinking, "I'm 12,056 years old, and kidnapping teenagers. What am I doing with my life?"

I'm sure monsters have mid-life crisis just like us.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well to be fair Lori Nelson was well into her 20's in this movie! Haha.
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CeeAyBee Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Probably my all time fav B movie monster... oh the memories; sprawled out on the floor, sitting too close to the 85 ton TV on dark summer nights... chiller theater... creature features... alas and alack
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, yes, the good old... nights.
Thanks for commenting!
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Great Monster!
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APBarr Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
just managed to catch this flick this year. that monster was ridiculous. really like your take on it.
here's mine (if you hadn't already seen it.) [link]
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha awesome!!
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braher Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
asombroso blanco y negro :wow: :clap:
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was always a fun monster design, and a cool post-apocalyptic concept... this picture captures the best of it!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for saying so!
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stvnhthr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
what the heck is that thing? cool drawing, not sure if I can find that flick at the library, I'll have to check.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well it's a radioactive mutant, OF COURSE!!! Yeah this movie / monster struck me as one you might like. The DVD is available.
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johnsonverse Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I love the black and white composition! Great drawing!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha, thanks Jeff!
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Omega-Primate Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
That is a very beautiful piece!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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Omega-Primate Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! It's a perfect reminder of good comics...
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UomoAnalogico Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is a demon, an obsession that persecutes me for many years
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dlpeattie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Corman is the man! ;)
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Great work as always. The detailing is top notch and the style is perfect. I did see this many years ago and I did love the ending too.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you as always!
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
My pleasure:). Keep up the great work.
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
You know it really makes me feel good knowing that there's someone like you paying tribute to these films. :iconsaluteplz: These remind me of being a kid and watching Nightflights and USA Up All Night :love:

Have you ever gone on B-Movies.Org?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you enjoy them!
Nope never been to B-Movies.Org, but it sounds like something I should look into.
Thanks for the tip! I will check it out.
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow, you really have to check the site out. [link] I knew a lot of the movies on it but it turned me on to some that I've never seen before.

There is one on there everyone needs to see called Terror Beneath the Sea. It's a badly dubbed Japanese sci fi/horror movie that stars Sonny Chiba. Everyone in it over acts to the point of insanity so it pretty much becomes a comedy without trying. I bought the DVD and I try to show it to anyone I can. :XD:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Bookmarked!
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wondermanrules Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
hehe have fun man, I hope it helps inspire more work :handshake:
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DeroAgent73 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I love this film. Paul Blaisdell, in my opinion one of the most underrated and underappreciated monster makers in Hollywood history, did the suit here, as well as for She-Creature.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep. He made the aliens in "Invasion of the Saucermen" too.
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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Grizzled-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Dude, get out of my head! :XD:
I'm actually working on a comic where i use this guy as a villain. I always thought this monster
was a rather cool design, even for the 50's. He looks much more frightening when you draw him!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha! Well, he would definitely make a great villain in a comic!

...But what do you mean, a cool design... "even for the 50's"?!! The 50's was a great era full of cool monster designs!!
This is only one of them!

Anyway glad you like my drawing and thank you for your kind words!
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Grizzled-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I guess when i say "cool" i mean more grotesque and abstract. Most of the monsters like Ro-Man and and the carrot monster from It Conquered the World were fun and memorable designs but really weren't creepy or scary. This guy was more freakish and demonic, especially with those devil horns and those weird arms growing out of his shoulders.

Definitely do some more movies from this era, there are a lot of forgotten monsters that deserve some face time on DA. I'd love seeing those bug eyed aliens from Killers From Space in your style! =D
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah but you gotta remember, the 50's was the decade that gave us:

Creature From the Black Lagoon
The Teenage Werewolf
The Teenage Frankenstein
The Fly
The Thing
The Metaluna Mutant from "This Island Earth"
The Mole People
The pods from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
The Crawling Eye
The Hideous Sun Demon
That creepy alien Tom Tyron turned into in: "I Married a Monster From Outer Space"
Those creepy green aliens from "Invaders From Mars"
The Demon from "Curse of the Demon"
The Blob
The Martian from "War of the Worlds"
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
Ymir from "20 Million Miles to Earth"
It! The Terror From Beyond Space
The giant mutant ants from "Them!"
The flying brains from "Fiend Without a Face"
The Monster From Piedras Blancas
The Alligator People
The Children of the Damned
The prehistoric ape-man in "Monster on the Campus"
The giant spider from "Tarantula"
All those weird ghosts from "13 Ghosts"
The evil aliens from "Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers"

...And that's just a quick list off the top of my head...
Lots of cool, freaky monsters come from the 50's!
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single-leg Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I remember watching this film as a kid at my Grandparents house..man I took this really serious..We begin with..THE END!

You ever see that Larry Buchanan rip of..er remake..?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooo... The remake... Allow me a moment to search my horror movie brain... Are you talking about the movie... "In the Year 2089".... Or do I have the title wrong... I know there was a remake with a title similar to that.
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single-leg Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
thats it! It was in color but ever cheaper..I think the mutant was just a mask creeping around the woods near someone's house used for filming..

He did it with the Saucer men too..even I knew something was up..this story seems..familiar.

They were such Classics they needed a remake right away!;)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes - I've seen the remake of "Invasion of the Saucer Men"... It was called "The Eye Creatures". Same story but the "updated" monsters looked nowhere close to as cool as the originals.
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single-leg Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Yeah,,they even had incomplete costumes that just had the heads and then at the end they said F' it! and showed the incomplete ones anyway..

I have to grudgingly concede to MSTK the one line with the Old Farmer getting mad at the Kids driving down the road and Joel basically yelling at him that the kids had the right to use the road.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I do recall "The Eye Creatures" was one of those early MST3K episodes during "the Joel era" when I still thought MST3K was funny. I did see that one on MST3K.
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GeotrixQueen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Reminds me that I still have to watch Creature From the Black Lagoon.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes, that is like "required viewing" for a monster fan!!
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GeotrixQueen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
:D Last night there was attack of the 50 foo woman......but at 2 in the morning. I was out like a light by 12 ( I blame watching a film about a guy with alcoholism. Great acting, but the characters monologued worse than Syndrome in The Incredibles.)
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JamieDMac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
"Day the World Ended" is like watching a daytime soap opera until it kicks into gear at the end.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this flick... after hearing what others have said about I was expecting much worse.
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