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From Hell It Came (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 August 1957 (USA)
A wrongfully accused South Seas prince is executed, and returns as a walking tree stump.



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Complete credited cast:
Tod Andrews ...
Dr. William Arnold
Dr. Terry Mason
Mrs. Mae Kilgore
John McNamara ...
Prof. Clark
Robert Swan ...
Baynes Barron ...
Chief Maranka
Suzanne Ridgway ...
Mark Sheeler ...
Lee Rhodes ...
Grace Mathews ...
Tani Marsh ...
Chester Hayes ...
Maku / The Tabanga
Lenmana Guerin ...


Tabonga, a killer spirit reincarnated as a scowling tree stumps, comes back to life and kills a bunch of natives of a South Seas island. A pair of American scientists save the day. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Release Date:

25 August 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vuelta del monstruo  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Professional wrestler turned stuntman/actor Chester Hayes played Prince Maku. It is also Hayes who is inside the Tabanga costume. See more »


The graveyard where Kimo is buried varies from scene to scene between a single roadside grave and a mountainous cemetery . See more »


[first lines]
Eddie: Professor, this is the reply from your message to Washington.
Prof. Clark: [paraphrasing the written message] Request we remove growth. Make thorough laboratory analysis. Have Arnold and Mason determine influence of radiation if any. Radio detailed report. Mail photos as soon as possible. Faulkner.
Dr. Terry Mason: Well, that's that.
Prof. Clark: Better get busy. Thank you, Eddie.
Dr. Terry Mason: Well, the first thing to do is go out and dig up the monster and bring it back to the lab.
Prof. Clark: That won't be easy. The roots probably go quite deep.
Dr. Terry Mason: ...
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Crazy Credits

"Introducing Linda Watkins." (Ms. Watkins had actually appeared in six previous feature films.) See more »


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The Tabanga was the best actor...
22 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...in this turkey! This stinkaroo rates in my personal 10 Worst Movies of all time. Lame plot,wooden(Ha-ha!)acting by all concerned,fake natives(complete with "New Yawk" accents)running around in shower curtains they must have swiped from the local motel,dialogue that makes "Me Tarzan,you Jane" sound like Masterpiece Theatre,the lamest catfight in cinematic history,I could go on and on. A couple of scenes really stand out in my mind: The tree drops the girl into the quicksand,upon which she obligingly pushes herself out deeper into the bog(so she can sink quicker and get the hell off the set ASAP?)Next,how in hell does the witch doctor manage to throw his spear completely over the Tabanga at a range of only 3 feet? However,if they decide to do a remake of this clunker,I know who can play the Tabanga-Vin Diesel! He'd be perfect for the role-he has all the acting ability,charisma,and facial expression of a tree!

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