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The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  December 1957 (USA)
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Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

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Dave Miller
Lola Albright ...
Cathy Barrett
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Martin Cochrane
Trevor Bardette ...
Prof. Arthur Flanders
Phil Harvey ...
Ben Gilbert
William Flaherty ...
Police Chief Dan Corey
Harry Jackson ...
Dr. Steve Hendricks
Richard H. Cutting ...
Dr. E.J. Reynolds (as Richard Cutting)
Linda Scheley ...
Ginny Simpson
Dean Cromer ...
Highway Patrolman
Steve Darrell ...
Joe Higgins
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Weatherman
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Storyline

A strange black meteor crashes near the town of San Angelo and litters the countryside with fragments. When a storm exposes these fragments to water, they grow into skyscraper-sized monoliths which then topple and shatter into thousands of pieces that grow into monoliths themselves and repeat the process. Any humans in the way are crushed or turned into human statues. The citizens of San Angelo desperately try to save themselves and the world from the spreading doom. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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The most startling science fiction concept ever brought to the screen! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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December 1957 (USA)  »

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Monolith  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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The meteor crash is footage of the spaceship crash from It Came from Outer Space (1953) which Universal produced four years earlier. See more »

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At the Simpson ranch, during the inspection, when Flanders shows Dave how the soil gets transposed, we see him pick up the dark soil in his right hand and the light soil in his left. When he shows it to Dave, the dark soil is in his left hand and the light in his right. Also, Dave reaches out to sample the soil with his right hand (showing his watch on his right arm). Immediately after, in the following scene, he's holding the soil in his left hand. Later on in the film you see that Dave wears his watch on his left arm. See more »

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Narrator: From time immemorial the Earth has been bombarded by objects from outer space. Bits and pieces of the Universe piercing our atmosphere in an invasion that never ends. Meteor, the shooting stars on which so many earthly wishes have been born! Of the thousands that plummet toward us, the greater part are destroyed in a firey flash as they strike the layers of the air that encircle us. Only a small percentage survives. Most of those fall into the water which covers two-thirds of our ...
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Danger! Falling Rocks!
23 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I always try to catch this movie when I can. When you run out of lizards and spiders and ants and octopus tentacles, is there another horror that you can unleash on the world. Yes, it's black rock crystals from outer space. At least I think they are black since the movie is in black and white. They grow fast, rise to an enormous height, and then fall over, crushing everything in their path. This sounds so stupid, yet the movie isn't all that bad. There is the obligatory scientist, the police officer, the young woman, and the small town in the path. What can they do? Can they outwit these rocks? As is usually the case, there is something that these things are vulnerable to. Now, can we deliver the goods and stop them. I have so much affection for these B science fiction movies that I just can't help myself. One thing about this one is that it has never been copied. Maybe it's time for Peter Jackson to do the new Monolith Monsters.


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