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The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 December 1957 (USA)
Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

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Dave Miller
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Cathy Barrett
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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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Linda Scheley ...
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Joe Higgins
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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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THIS WAS THE DAY THE MONOLITH MONSTERS ATTACKED THE EARTH! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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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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The autopsy reveals that Ben's petrified body has been "welded into a solid mass" (as if the silicon, in exiting straight out the body, smearing adjacent atoms against each other in the process, diminishing differentiation). This does not account for how Ginny or the farmer's wife regain the use of their hands. Once "welded," the limbs should never have recovered, with the mineral appendage (dead limb) to be amputated in future. 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. Meteors, 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 fiery flash as they strike the layers of air that encircle us. Only a small percentage survives. Most of these fall into the water which covers two-thirds of our ...
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Predictable and yet a bit different
2 July 2000 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

In many ways, this movie follows the classic pattern of so many sci-fi features from the 1950s -- a small, isolated desert town finds itself threatened by a strange series of occurences which seem to defy logical explanation. However, the threat here is not the usual giant insect or alien invader but rather a meteorite which has splintered into a number of small, shiny black rocks. What happens with these rocks is "absorbing" but audiences then (and now) seemed to want villains with emotions and personalities. Rocks with curious properties, (or inanimate machines such as in "Kronos"), don't provide the necessary thrill. Calling this movie "The Monoliths" would have been more apt since it can't deliver the shocks you'd expect from a movie with "Monsters" in the title. Besides, while the town of San Angelo is threatened, the movie never really convinces you that the world itself is also in danger.

Still, this is a brisk and efficient piece of entertainment that has been put together with a degree of care which belies its modest budget.

The story on which "Monolith" is based was co-written by Jack Arnold who also directed its lead actor, Grant Williams, in that sci-fi classic, "The Incredible Shrinking Man."


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