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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
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Jody Simms
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Dr. Tad Johns (as Casey Adams)
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Lt. Robert 'Clem' Clemens
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Marjorie Stapp ...
Connie Blake
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Seaman Fred Johnson
Wallace Earl Laven ...
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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June 1957 (USA)  »

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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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The shoreline scenes show breaking surf. The Salton Sea is a lake where the waves never get more than a few inches high, even in a high wind. See more »

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