Sunday, 8 September 1985

The Quiet Earth (1985)

British DVD Cover

The Quiet Earth, also known as Terra Tranquila is a film shot in New Zealand starring Bruno Lawrence as Zac Hobson. A scientist working on a project to draw energy from a grid created through the earth. An experiment that goes horrifically wrong... Leaving him alone in the world, or so it would seam.

He wakes up one morning to find everyone is gone, and he thinks its no coincidence that the human population disappeared the day after this energy grid was activated, question is why has he been spared, or is this more a punishment for working on this top secret project called "Operation Flashlight"  The only way to find out whats going on is to go to the base where the project was activated to see if their is anyone their....
  if not... then...   "I have been condemned to live"

Zac Hobson At The Gas Station

 When you ring that bell and no one comes, its a sure sign that something is wrong.  But this could be the start of something good, or it could be the countdown to something bad.... One things for certain, Zack is going to have some fun along the way.  Once he fill's up the car with gas its time to head to the lab to find out what's happening with "Project Flashlight"

Zack At The Lab
The lab seams unaffected & the power is on, but what will he find when he gets inside?  He left on bad terms yesterday & tried to warn everyone that "Project Flashlight" was a bad idea and that the outcome of the test couldn't be judged and therefore it is to risky to continue blindly on with the research.... So he left under bad terms... but with not a soul in sight... he has hopes their maybe people here at the lab. Assuming if something has happened and people where evacuated from towns, the lab would still hold key personnel on site....

Perrin Fried At The System Control's

Finding his work colleague fried at the controls means something certainly went wrong, even if its not the cause of the missing population.... It's certainly done something somewhere...

When the alarm goes off Zack is trapped in the Lab by the security system that activated and locks down the lab, an ultraviolet sweep is counting down and Zack has to find a way out fast.. or he'll be fried to...

Door Sealed & No Way Out
Using Oxy Tanks To Blow The Door

There are some good key dialog & No dialog moments in the movie for example...

Recording his attempt to blow his way out the lab and making a note that it maybe project flashlight that's made people disappear, and recording this note in-case this explosion goes off with a bigger bang than expected

Broadcasting his Location & Phone Number Over a Public Radio Station

Posted A Big Billboard Message

Even Resorting To Driving Round Using A Police Car P.A System

Getting Drunk.. Waiting For That Call.. A Call That Never Came

Moving To A Bigger House Is The First Step

Step Two... Driving Round Inside The Mall

Cordless Drill... It's the Universal Credit Card In Most End of World Saga's.... Granted.. their is also the classic Crowbar and the Mighty Sledge Hammer... but when your the last Living Survivor on planet earth... What else are you going to drill?  :P
Waste Not.. Want Not.. It'll Only Spoil In A Few Days Anyway Right?....
A New Suits Always Handy... Especially For Free
But Hey.... Don't Go To Crazy....

Speaking Of Going Crazy....

American DVD Cover

I do really like this film it has a lot of odd elements that make for a great last man on earth kinda movie, also the fact everyone is gone (no zombies, or daemons) Just you alone in a world free of rotting corpses.

Its not long till Zack realizes that the grid is still active, not only that but its building up to another event. He's not sure what will happen when the next even occurs... But if last times anything to go by..... then what ever happens.... It can't be good....

After spending a few days taking measurements and doing calculations he finds he's not alone,  In-fact not only is he not alone, but he may of actually found love... In a world where he was the last man on earth... Their maybe a way to save the human race after all.... And if she survived... could their be others out their to?

 While she's checking hospitals for anyone who may of survived but are trapped or stuck, he's meant to be checking prisons. But he spends most days at a college running tests trying to figure out whats going on with the grid & the sun.  

If he's right.. and this event happens again.. then they might both disappear like everyone else did.

But that could be the least of his worry's when he realizes 2 will soon become three....

The last thing they expected was to find each other, so when it appears their is a third survivor it seams even more important to take down the grid, but with two men & one woman... their is bound to be rivalry and a shift in the balance of power...

Oddly the only reason they survived?
They All Died At The Moment Of The Event..



You can watch the Original Official Trailer Here
You can watch the Original Official Movie Here (sadly has subtitles, but dialog is English)

UK UPC: 5050232705582 Region 0 PAL DVD
USA UPC: 013131407396 Region 1 NTSC DVD
UK ASIN: B0000BXC0X Region 0 PAL DVD
USA ASIN: B000EZ908Y Region 1 NTSC DVD

Random ArtWork:

Old VHS Video Cassette Cover

The Novel  / Book

25th Anniversary DVD Re-Release
Alternate VHS Video Cassette
The Movie Sound Track

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