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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  June 1957 (USA)
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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
Gordon Jones ...
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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Distinctly chilling. So real that it is nearly incredible. (1993 MGM/UA VHS tape cover). See more »

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June 1957 (USA)  »

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The Jagged Edge  »

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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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After Jody is pulled under the water, the sound of her screams continues for about a second. See more »

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Dr. Jess Rogers: We must remember that these creatures can travel over land, too.
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A quality little film
28 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Fairly standard atomic monster fare bolstered considerably by a cool looking monster and a pretty good cast. Also, the script is a bit funnier than usual, without in any way being a parody or farce. It includes more characterization and human interest (in a genuine sort of way) than most such films. In this case, the military must hunt giant mollusks that supposedly can walk on land or swim in water, but we only see it in the water and sticking its head out of the water. Amusing, but dry, fun. Holt holds up well in the lead role, although the years were not kind to his midsection.


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