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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1957 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Cmdr. John 'Twill' Twillinger
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Gail MacKenzie
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Dr. Jess Rogers
Harlan Warde ...
Lt. Robert 'Clem' Clemens
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Dr. Tad Johns (as Casey Adams)
Mimi Gibson ...
Sandy MacKenzie
Gordon Jones ...
Sheriff Josh Peters
Marjorie Stapp ...
Connie Blake
Dennis McCarthy ...
George Blake (lab assistant)
Barbara Darrow ...
Jody Simms
Robert Benevides ...
Seaman Morty Beatty (as Bob Beneveds)
Michael Dugan ...
Clarke
Mack Williams ...
Capt. Masters
Wallace Earl ...
Sally (as Eileen Harley)
Jody McCrea ...
Seaman Fred Johnson
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Storyline

An earthquake in the Salton Sea unleashes a horde of prehistoric mollusk monsters. Discovering the creatures, a Naval officer and several scientists attempt to stop the monsters, but they escape into the canal system of the California's Imperial Valley and terrorize the populace. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Instant terror ... Just add water! (2001 DVD Promotional) See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jagged Edge  »

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$254,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

The Salton Sea was formed from a Pre-dam flood of the Colorado River. The dam project that created Hoover Dam (Boulder Dam) was a result of flood control. A boomtown grew around the lake, with all the typical real estate promotional hype. As the lake shrunk, and values dropped, the area became a near ghost town. See more »

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Just prior to being attacked the lock keeper's shirt is obviously wet from a previous take. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jess Rogers: We must remember that these creatures can travel over land, too.
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Enjoyable old sci-fi film

First of all, the title suggest one single monster, but there's several of them in the film, pretty good looking monsters for a low budget indeed, and they did not challenge the world, just a few people in the Salton Sea area actually, but that's OK, it's part of the 50's charm. In fact, "The Monster..." is far better than others "big bugs" films of the era, maybe slow paced, but with a clear plot, tension and good performances by the cast. Believe me when I tell you: this movie deserves a remake! Is not difficult to imagine a version today, with best production and far advanced special effects... even more if you consider that the other feature in this "Midnite Movies" DVD is "It!", a direct source of inspiration for "Alien". Good old sci-fi stuff!


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