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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1957 (USA)
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Cast

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 ...
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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1.85 : 1
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In the laboratory, above the filing cabinets on the right was a aerial picture of the K-25 Plant, it was the largest building in the Manhattan Project and was authorized in late 1942, it was 11 miles from the WWII Secret City of Oak Ridge, Tenn. The plant was intended to produce enriched uranium. The photo on the left looks like it is a close up of K-25 but that has not been proven at this time. See more »

Goofs

While the creatures are supposed to be - and have the shells of - giant snails, their bodies have the segmentation, legs, eyes and mouth-parts of insect larvae. See more »

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Dr. Jess Rogers: We must remember that these creatures can travel over land, too.
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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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