A teenage couple making out in the woods accidentally runs over an alien creature with their car. The creature's hand falls off, but it comes alive, and, with an eye growing out of it, ... See full summary »
Edward L. Cahn
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
As the recovery boat approaches the downed parachutist's location early in the movie, the position of one crewman alternates between standing down in the cockpit with his arm wrapped around the radio mast in the center of the boat in close-up to standing above the cockpit on the starboard side of the boat in long shots. See more »
Of course The Monster That Challenged the World is slowly paced. With a budget of about twenty dollars there's a lot of filler. But what little budget there is, is well used in creating a great animatronic monster.
The story is basic but well-structured and it works. I can watch this one over and over without wanting to throw things at the screen or yell at the characters for doing stupid things. My intelligence is more seriously insulted by modern horror films and their idiot protagonists than it ever is by The Monster That Challenged the World.
Among low-budget sci-fi flicks of the 1950s, The Monster That Challenged the World ranks near the top!
Jan Strnad (aka J. Knight)
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