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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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Cast

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Dr. Tad Johns (as Casey Adams)
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Seaman Fred Johnson
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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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Crawling up from the depths... to terrify and torture! 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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Trivia

The Salton Sea was formed from a pre-dam flood of the Colorado River. The dam project that created Hoover Dam (Boulder Dam) was a result of flood control. A boomtown grew around the lake, with all the typical real estate promotional hype. As the lake shrunk, and values dropped, the area became a near ghost town. See more »

Goofs

In the underwater "pool" where the creatures are supposed to reside they are shown as Monoplacophorans- meaning they have a shell like a snail. When the creature is shown out of the water in the office attack and lock attack scenes it appears as a Polyplacophoran- meaning flexible plates on the dorsal side instead the carry along shell. Only in a Hollywood movie could a creature be both types of mollusk. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Motel Hell (1980) See more »

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Good Movie
6 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the theatre in 1957 when it came out. I was just a child and it scared me. I had to walk home in the dark after the movie and I glad I made it. I am going to try to find it in a video rental store and watch it again with some popcorn and my grandson. From what I remember, the movie was pretty good, but of course, nothing like today's special effects. Good Viewing To All!!!


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