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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
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
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Sheriff Josh Peters
Mimi Gibson ...
Sandy MacKenzie
Marjorie Stapp ...
Connie Blake
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Seaman Fred Johnson
Wallace Earl Laven ...
Sally (as Eileen Harley)
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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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In glorious black & white. (1993 MGM/UA VHS tape cover). See more »

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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 boat 242 was found deserted, LCDR Twillinger and LT Clemmons boarded her and found Sanders. But when they boarded 242, there was no mollusk secretion on its plank. But as LCDR Twillinger came back to plank to look in the sea, he placed his hand in white secretion. Obviously, if it had been there, they would have seen or slipped on it, while boarding. See more »

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Dr. Jess Rogers: I find that people are always jumping to conclusions about nuclear reaction. Science fact and science fiction are not the same thing, not the same thing at all.
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On the A-list of B pictures
13 November 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

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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