For whatever the reason (probably the critical and commercial failure of The Phantom of the Opera (1962)) director Terence Fisher found himself out of favour with the leadership at Hammer. Between The Gorgon (1964) and Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) he made just a single film - this ultra low budget black and white independent production for Lippert Films. The brilliantly titled The Earth Dies Screaming was never going to live up to its billing, and it is further hampered by an extremely thin (but still padded) screenplay by Harry Spalding (the scribe behind Witchcraft (1964) and The Curse of the Fly (1965)). Spalding’s slipshod approach is regularly in evidence as is Fishers somewhat stately and tedious preponderance for long static set ups. Fisher was perhaps the wrong choice for this film, his enthusiasm for science-fiction was virtually non-existent, and this can be further seen in his two other listless entries in the genre Island of Terror (1967) and Night of the Big Heat (1967). These films are interesting from an historical point of view, but only rarely do they achieve any kind of inspiration or vigour.