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From Hell It Came (1957)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tod Andrews ...
Dr. William Arnold
Tina Carver ...
Dr. Terry Mason
Linda Watkins ...
Mrs. Mae Kilgore
John McNamara ...
Prof. Clark
Gregg Palmer ...
Kimo
Robert Swan ...
Tano
Baynes Barron ...
Chief Maranka
Suzanne Ridgeway ...
Korey (as Suzanne Ridgway)
Mark Sheeler ...
Eddie
Lee Rhodes ...
Norgu
Grace Mathews ...
Orchid
Tani Marsh ...
Naomi
Chester Hayes ...
Maku / The Tabanga
Lenmana Guerin ...
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Storyline

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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Frightmare! Born of Jungle Witchcraft! Created by a Curse! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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25 August 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vuelta del monstruo  »

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

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

Quotes

Dr. Arnold: Terry, will you stop being a doctor first and a woman second?
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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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Referenced in Dead End (1985) See more »

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You don't wanna eat THOSE apples.....
20 April 2006 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Oh, sorry....that was the tree in Wizard of Oz. However, another malevolent animated tree is on the loose, but this time it's the dreaded Tabonga, who wanders around an island scaring guys in Hawaiian tourist costumes.

Actually, the plot shows some originality (even if the production quality is a laugh riot). A tribal chief on a tropical island somewhere commits the Unpardonable Sin by being friends with some American scientists who are studying....um, something, not sure what. So, some members of his tribe conspire together and kill him. Something about nuclear power resurrects him as a tree. Yup, a tree. Or at least, the stump of a tree, with a scowling face painted on. It appears to be inked by the same artist, with the same black magic marker, that did the alien's face in "It Conquered the World."

Anyway, the tree goes on a vengeful rampage and starts to get even with his murderers, one by one. Since guns and other typical weapons are (like always) useless against this thing, it's up to the scientists to find a way to stop this wooden creature before he wipes everybody out. Tension mounts to excruciating levels as Tabonga hobbles around, chasing and terrorizing horror-stricken islanders at about the velocity you would expect a tree to move at.

One of the all-time so-bad-it's-good classics from the golden age of drive-ins, right up there with Plan 9 and Robot Monster. It really is fun to watch, if nothing else than certainly for the laughs it provides. Best watched with friends; you can have a MST3K style "bark jokes at the screen" party.


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