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
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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 »
Action switches back and forth between the Salton Sea and NAS El Centro. These sites are about an hour's drive apart, but are represented as being co-located. See more »
This rates up there as one of the better "giant monsters wreak havoc on mankind" movies that came out of the 1950s. The predators this time are overgrown snails/mollusks/caterpillar-like creatures that awaken from the pits of the Salton Sea after an earthquake shakes things up and charges them full of radiation. These monsters may appear of the dime store variety to those who aren't used to these "big bug" pictures, but actually they're pretty believable for a movie like this.
Some of the assets setting this feature apart from its relatives would be the serious treatment of the story, some good acting and characters (it's fun watching Hans Conried as the knowledgeable scientist), and a few impressive pre-JAWS ocean scenes (one of the female victims meets a fateful watery demise, for example). Also adding to the effectiveness are some creepy ravaged corpses, the likes of which weren't usually this prominent back in the day.
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