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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 ...
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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In glorious black & white. (1993 MGM/UA VHS tape cover). See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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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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Despite the divers going deeper and deeper (from 65 to 125+ feet), the amount of light underwater never diminishes - in fact, it actually gets brighter. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jess Rogers: From the instant they're born, they're hungry.
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Edited into Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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Enjoyable old sci-fi film

First of all, the title suggest one single monster, but there's several of them in the film, pretty good looking monsters for a low budget indeed, and they did not challenge the world, just a few people in the Salton Sea area actually, but that's OK, it's part of the 50's charm. In fact, "The Monster..." is far better than others "big bugs" films of the era, maybe slow paced, but with a clear plot, tension and good performances by the cast. Believe me when I tell you: this movie deserves a remake! Is not difficult to imagine a version today, with best production and far advanced special effects... even more if you consider that the other feature in this "Midnite Movies" DVD is "It!", a direct source of inspiration for "Alien". Good old sci-fi stuff!


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