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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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Never Knew A Tree Stump Could Be So Funny!
25 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is ultra low budget, has ultra low budget acting, and ultra low budget special effects, even for 1957. And the storyline is perhaps the most ridiculous in the history of the cinema. Why then would I grace this movie with an "average" five star rating? Quite simply, it is hilarious! Come on, you have to admire any filmmakers nerve when he makes a movie about a walking killer tree stump! The only thing that comes close in my mind is the killer bulldozer aka "Killdozer" from the mid seventies. Watching the murderous tree stump lumbering across a field in search of prey is about the funniest thing in my movie memory. I first saw this film sometime in the seventies on one of those late night horror film festivals, and I'll never forget it! How can something so bad feel so good?

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