Day the World Ended (Demon With the Atomic Brain, 2017)
Christopher R. Mihm’s latest film presents the possible end of the Mihmiverse. A specially built computer has caused a rift in time and space that is threatening to destroy everything. A team of military and specialists come together to try and stop it.
What happens next is an adventure through alternate futures, each one seeming more dangerous than the last.
The Demon With the Atomic Brain is one of Mihm’s most ambitious films in scope. There are multiple set pieces. It has several creatures and monsters and a decently large cast (which of course gets whittled down). Both the animated monsters and the costume creations (by Mitch Gonzalez, who always makes fun and effective monsters for the Mihmiverse). There are these flying monsters where you can see the strings as they fly around. Again, this is part of the low budget charm of Mihmiverse movies.
As always, the film has an authentic look to the era of the fifties. This one has some splashes of color in each of the alternate futures. It can be subtle, as they are heavily desaturated. But it is very effective in giving a unique personality to each scene.
The actors are all very entertaining in their roles, effectively straddling that fine line of goofy delivery with sincerity. Nobody feels like they are trying to act badly. It is more that the dialog can fall into that sci-fi type of discussion that sounds less natural for most people.
The Demon with the Atomic Brain is a fun science fiction adventure with a unique identity (while paying homage to its inspirations).