HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
End of Summer
Times of Harvey Milk, The
Buddies
Threshold
Perfectly Normal Family, A
Ravage
Honeymoon Phase, The
One Summer
Bird Island
Variety
Devil to Pay, The
Gypsy
Lost in London
Divorce Italian Style
Becky
Salon Kitty
Misbehaviour
Charles, Dead or Alive
Gretel and Hansel
Mademoiselle
Tunnel, The
India Song
Last Rhino, The
Made in Hong Kong
Ring of Spies
Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad
Pocketful of Miracles
The Tomb: Devil's Revenge
Sidecar Racers
Space Dogs
Out/Marriage
Safety Last!
Bride Who Has Returned from Hell, The
Show Boat
Savage
City Called Dragon, A
I Used to Go Here
Six Suspects
Still the Water
Not Now, Comrade
   
 
Newest Articles
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
Film Noir's Golden Couple: This Gun for Hire on Blu-ray
The Doctor Who Connection: Invasion on Blu-ray
Hill's Angles: Benny Hill and Who Done It? on Blu-ray
Big Willie Style: Keep It Up Downstairs on Blu-ray
Walt's Vault: 5 Cult Movies on Disney+
Paradise Lost: Walkabout on Blu-ray
Buster Makes Us Feel Good: Buster Keaton - 3 Films (Volume 3) on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 3 - Don't Go Away - I Could Do with a Bit of Cheer Now!
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
   
 
  Chosen Survivors Subterranean Heresick Blues
Year: 1974
Director: Sutton Roley
Stars: Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Pedro Armendáriz Jr, Diana Muldaur, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Gwenn Mitchell, Barbara Babcock, Cristina Moreno, Nancy Rodman, Kelly Lange
Genre: Horror, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: A group of ten seemingly random individuals druggedly stagger from a United States Army helicopter and are escorted to an elevator situated in an apparently barren landscape. They can barely make out what is happening to them as they are bundled inside, the door closes and they begin to travel seventeen hundred feet below the Earth's surface. Eventually, the door opens and they stumble out into a corridor which leads to a control room; faced with three large screens, they are alarmed by what the woman shown there tells them. There has been a nuclear war...

Although apparently concerned for humanity on the surface, Chosen Survivors was actually a coldhearted science fiction-horror hybrid through and through. Scripted by H.B. Cross and Joe Reb Moffly, it took the template of the then-popular disaster movies by assembling a cross-section of society and putting them through a hell that, despite the title, not all of them will emerge from with their lives. But it also took in the fear of nuclear holocaust and the American mistrust of the government that had become the norm after the Watergate scandal.

As the "chosen" ten grow more aware of their surroundings, they are joined by an eleventh in the shape of Major Ellis (Richard Jaeckel), who has been left behind to see to the maintenance of the bunker that they must now call home. He is almost as much in the dark as the others, but it is explained via the screens that the government has selected them to live in this complex so that they can ensure the human race carries on after the bombs have dropped. Helpfully, and in no way panicmongering, this is illustrated by film of the planet turned to a fiery wasteland.

Oh dear. What to do now? We have a narrator of sorts thanks to a scientist, Peter Macomber (Bradford Dillman), who is taking a clinical interest in the set up by making a record of what happens there. And where would we be without a villainous character? Step forward Jackie Cooper as crazed businessman Raymond Couzins who does his best to sabotage the base, intentionally or not. Yet with a nightmare logic, it's not enough that the survivors are trapped underground, no what they really need is the attention of a colony of vampire bats.

There is a big twist halfway through, but it doesn't prevent the characters from being in mortal danger afterwards. Somehow the planners of the bunker didn't notice the cave full of winged and hungry rodents nearby, depicted by the real thing, which can enter through ventilation ducts or unnoticed gaps in the computer room. Due to Couzins' meddling, the computer malfunctions, the bats have easier access, and whenever the lighting goes to a dark, emergency blue they take it as their cue to show up for dinner. We're supposed to feel concerned for these people, but the actors have difficulty in bringing any of them to life with their often shrill, two-dimensional personalities. Chosen Survivors plays like an extreme TV movie, and somewhat sadistic with it, yet it's callously watchable regardless. Music by Fred Karlin.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3547 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: