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The Monolith Monsters (1957)

 -  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 ...
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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This Movie Rocks, Literally!
29 July 2002 | by (Waterford,Michigan) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw the Monolith Monsters was when I was a kid. It was great. A meteorite hits the earth and this kind of rock aliens when exposed to water begin to grow enormously. The grow so tall, fall over and then break apart reproducing and growing. A very good idea with decent special effects for the 1950's. It seemed like I saw this twice a year as a kid on Sir Graves Ghastley. The storyline and movie still stand up today. It's worth watching and even renting. The story, acting and effects are very entertaining and worthwhile. You won't be disappointed


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