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Jeremy Lunt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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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