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Chosen Survivors (1974)

A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert, one-third of a mile below the surface of the Earth. ... See full summary »

Director:

Sutton Roley

Writers:

Harry Spalding (screen story) (as H.B. Cross), Harry Spalding (screenplay) (as H.B. Cross) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jackie Cooper ... Raymond Couzins
Alex Cord ... Steven Mayes
Richard Jaeckel ... Major Gordon Ellis
Bradford Dillman ... Peter Macomber
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Luis Cabral (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Diana Muldaur ... Alana Fitzgerald
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Woody Russo
Gwenn Mitchell Gwenn Mitchell ... Carrie Draper
Barbara Babcock ... Dr. Lenore Chrisman
Cristina Moreno Cristina Moreno ... Kristin Lerner (as Christina Moreno)
Nancy Rodman Nancy Rodman ... Claire Farraday
Kelly Lange ... Mary Louise Borden
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A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert, one-third of a mile below the surface of the Earth. There, they learn that a nuclear holocaust is taking place and that they've been "chosen" by computer to survive in the shelter in order to continue the human race. The shelter is designed to allow the people to exist underground comfortably for years, but they are faced with a threat nobody could have predicted: a colony of thousands of bloodthirsty vampire bats finds a way into the shelter and launches a series of vicious attacks where they claim the humans one by one. Written by deathbenotdeadly

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1,758 Feet Underground, A Perfect World Programmed For Man's Survival, Except For... See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fladdermössen See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Babcock and Jackie Cooper both refused to get rabies shots for this film. See more »

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Mary Louise Borden: May I have your attention, please? On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to welcome you to the beginning of the greatest adventure of your lives. You are all sedated to ease the shock of what has happened. Faced with the threat of world-wide development of atomic weapons, a special government committee set into action a plan to provide for the continuation of the human race, in the event of global, thermonuclear war. You are here because we are now engaged in...
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The Batty Bomb Shelter.
7 October 2011 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Chosen Survivors is directed by Sutton Roley and written by H.B. Cross. It stars Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Barbara Babcock, Diana Muldaur and Lincoln Kilpatrick. Music is by Fred Karlin and cinematography by Gabriel Torres.

It's the eve of nuclear war and a government computer has selected a specialist group of people to live 1,758 feet underground in a nuclear proof, purpose built housing facility. The purpose is that these people can start to repopulate the Earth in five years time. However, something isn't quite right about this set-up and things take a distinctive turn for the worse when it's revealed that a colony of vampire bats have also made the facility their home.

It's far better than any plot synopsis suggests. True, it's very 70s, both in characters (clothing/delivery of dialogue/hair), and the effects used, but it also captures the zeitgeist of paranoia running at the time. Fear of nuclear war and the government hangs heavy, while the group dynamic under a stress situation makes for a tellingly oppressive mood. The whole thing has a bleakness about it, and that's before the vampire bats turn up hungry for what is apparently the only source of blood left available to them. The downbeat feel is further enforced by Karlin's music score, which often sounds like the synthesiser strains favoured by John Carpenter for some of his well revered culters. There's the expected bad turn of events with some of the characters, I mean it would be a dull film if everyone just got on all hunky dory, while there's a wicked twist that propels the narrative to another level of enjoyment for the viewer.

Competently acted by the cast, and effectively put together by Roley, Chosen Survivors is a neat horror/sci-fi hybrid. Not without some cheese and gaps in plotting for sure, but very effective and recommended on proviso you aren't looking to be cheered up! 7/10


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