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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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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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Mammoth skyscrapers of stone thundering across the earth! See more »

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The only movie monster to be a purely chemical process. 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. 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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Attack Of The Killer Rocks
11 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was better than it should have been. It should have been a stupid, horrible Class B movie - killer rocks threatening a town? - but it was quite interesting. It wasn't frightening but it succeeded in keeping my interest, which was no mean feat considering the outrageous storyline.

I guess "pretty good" would be the best description of everything here: the acting, the characters, the special-effects and the story. One thing for sure: this certainly has a different premise. In a nutshell, rocks from a big meteorite that had crashed who-knows-when, suddenly begin growing when water hits them. As long as moisture touches them, they grow, multiple and crush everybody and everything around them. First a scientist loses his life, then a family loses the mother and day, the house, and almost their little girl. The girl is saved as they experiment and find out how to cure her. More experiments occur by the hour as the citizens in this small California desert town try to figure out what and why this is happening. An emergency erupts when a storm arrives and all the rain begins to cause those rocks (monoliths) to rise to huge proportions, fall, break up and then rise again and destroy everything in its path. It's course, of course, is the town and the race is on to stop them before the town is destroyed.

For a 'B' film, it's well-acted with Grant Williams, star of "The Incredible Shrinking Man," in the lead and Lola Albright of Peter Gunn TV fame as his girlfriend. It's always good to see the gorgeous Albright in her younger days: a classic beauty. The supporting actors in here were fine, too. Nobody sounded wooden. The monoliths - the special-effects - were well-done, too, for its day. They were interesting (not scary) and the sound-effects that went with them were effective.

In all, not something you'd watch over and over, but certainly worth one look and it is a worthy additon to the recently-released Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection pack. The DVD transfer is very good, too.


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