A group of disparate strangers (including a womanizing truck driver, a beatnik, a serial killer, an old coot, and a cuckolded husband and his cold as ice wife) encounter a police roadblock on a mountain road just hours before a nuclear attack on
This is Not a Test is a bleak look at the end of the world (at least for a flick from the early 60’s) and would probably make a good double feature with Invasion,
That said; the film is filled with a lot of missed opportunities. Chief among them was the fact that very little was done with the serial killer that was in the survivalists’ midst; and the scenes involving the killer himself weren’t handled very well either. Director Fredric Gadette may have dropped the ball when it came to the fidgety killer, but I at least have to give him credit for sticking to his guns and having the guts to film one heck of a depressing ending.
The cranky beatnik gets the best line of the movie when he chides another survivor: “You must be out of your nut!”