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The Monolith Monsters (1957)

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

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Martin Cochrane
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Prof. Arthur Flanders
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Ben Gilbert
William Flaherty ...
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Harry Jackson ...
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Richard H. Cutting ...
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Linda Scheley ...
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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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Universal Pictures released this film on a double feature with Love Slaves of the Amazons (1957). See more »

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It is noted that, while the monoliths can turn victims to stone, no one who touches the rock in the aftermath is affected. This could simply be that the monoliths don't become active unless they're hit with fresh water. After they absorb the water, they "turn off" and become inert again. Any people touching them (as shown numerous times throughout the movie) when they are inert would be safe. The first victim's rock was hit by rain, thus making it active when he presumably touched it. The little girl dropped hers in a bucket of water. Unfortunately, the absorption process is never really described (how much contact needed, how long does it take, etc.), so viewers are left to fill in the gaps. 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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One of the Best Sci-Fi 50's "B" Movies !
7 March 2004 | by (Clearwater, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ok you Sci-Fi B Movie Fans! This is an "A" of the "B" movies! It has it all..dialogue with "talk-over" at times that reminds me of "The Thing" and the interplay between characters is terrific. The special effects for this movie are very good, considering the time frame...the plot pretty good, and the actors fair as well.

The Plot is pretty typical of the Sci-Fi Movies of the time..there is a town in the middle of the desert, a child who ends up traumatized by her first encounter with the "entity". The female lead is a fairly independent woman on her own making her living as a teacher..the male lead is a geologist who is in love with the teacher...and they find themselves instant "guardians" of the girl after losing her parents. Then, it's the race to find a way to beat the monoliths before it destroys their town. The only thing missing from this one is the usual Nuclear Radiation theory that was so prevalent in the Sci-Fi movies of this time. It's just a plain old fashioned meteorite that causes the trouble in this one!

Enjoy this great Sci-Fi "B" movie....!!




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