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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
Giant mollusk monsters attack California.

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Lt. Cmdr. John 'Twill' Twillinger
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Gail MacKenzie
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Dr. Jess Rogers
Barbara Darrow ...
Jody Simms
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Dr. Tad Johns (as Casey Adams)
Harlan Warde ...
Lt. Robert 'Clem' Clemens
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Sheriff Josh Peters
Mimi Gibson ...
Sandy MacKenzie
Marjorie Stapp ...
Connie Blake
Jody McCrea ...
Seaman Fred Johnson
Wallace Earl Laven ...
Sally (as Eileen Harley)
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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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Crawling up from the depths... to terrify and torture! See more »

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$254,000 (estimated)
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The majority of the underwater scenes were shot at Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. The close-ups were later filmed in a tank filled with water and plastic sea-weed. See more »

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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 »

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Dr. Jess Rogers: I find that people are always jumping to conclusions about nuclear reaction. Science fact and science fiction are not the same thing, not the same thing at all.
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Great big bug movie
14 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I originally saw this on Saturday afternoon TV when I was in junior high and high school. A local TV station showed it again and again. It scared me silly then. It still works now (to a degree).

People are being attacked and killed by what looks like a giant caterpillar.

They (supposedly) kill it...but there are others.

It's intelligent, quick (82 minutes) late 1950s big bug movie. The acting is pretty bad, but who watches a horror film for acting? The question is, is it scary and deliver shocks? This one does. The monsters themselves are very unpleasant-looking, one attack scene made me jump and there are some very gruesome looks at mutilated dead bodies ... quite extreme for a 1950s movie (this film is NOT for very young kids).

Yes there is a lot of filler, but the dialogue is fairly interesting, everybody keeps a straight face and I was interested. So, it's an entertaining, well-done movie with great monsters and (for the time) good special effects. Well worth seeing.

Why isn't this film better known?


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