4.9/10
537
21 user 13 critic

The Cosmic Monster (1958)

The Strange World of Planet X (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror | 31 December 1958 (USA)
A friendly visitor from outer space warns against conducting experiments with the Earth's magnetic field, that could mutate insects into giant monsters.

Director:

Writers:

(novel) (as Rene Ray), (screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strange.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake
X the Unknown (1956)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A radioactive mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village during the 1950s.

Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
Stars: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne
Target Earth (1954)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are strangers Frank and Nora.

Director: Sherman A. Rose
Stars: Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey
Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié
Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A scientist captures the Creature and turns him into an air-breather, only for him to escape and start killing.

Director: John Sherwood
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Leigh Snowden
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A scientific expedition in Africa investigates wasps that have been exposed to radiation and mutated into giant, killing monsters.

Director: Kenneth G. Crane
Stars: Jim Davis, Robert Griffin, Joel Fluellen
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London.

Directors: Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié
Stars: Gene Evans, André Morell, John Turner
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years, undetected due to their invisibility, and have now decided to annihilate ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: John Agar, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Helen Cherry, William Lucas, David Garth
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Gil Graham
...
Michele Dupont
Martin Benson ...
Smith
Wyndham Goldie ...
Brigadier Cartwright (as Wyndam Goldie)
Alec Mango ...
Dr. Laird
Hugh Latimer ...
Jimmy Murray
Geoffrey Chater ...
Gerard Wilson
Patricia Sinclair ...
Helen Forsyth
Dandy Nichols ...
Mrs. Tucker (as Dandy Nicholls)
Richard Warner ...
Insp. Burns
Hilda Fenemore ...
Mrs. Hale (as Hilda Fennemore)
Susan Redway ...
Jane Hale
Edit

Storyline

At a small, rural British lab, monomaniac Dr. Laird and his staff create ultra-intense magnetic fields. Inexplicably, the apparatus seems to be affecting distant objects, and to be drawing "extra power" from...somewhere. One night, after a "freak" storm, strange and deadly things start happening in Bryerly Woods, and a strange man from "a long way off" appears in the district...concerned about Laird's pulling down disaster from the skies. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Shock by incredible shock this ravaging death overruns the earth...menacing mankind with overwhelming chaos! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cosmic Monsters  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-star Gaby André was French and spoke English with a pronounced French accent. All of her dialogue was dubbed over by an actress with a British accent. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Laird installs a fence of corrugated iron around his home as a shield against the magnetic forces he is producing, but the exterior shot of the house in the final scene shows no fence. See more »

Quotes

Brig. General Cartwright: There's no one else available to operate this computer of yours.
Dr. Laird: But a... woman? This is preposterous. This is highly skilled work!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: Cosmic Monsters (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Remembered fondly after 40+ years
13 September 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie once - over 40 years ago - and I still remember it very well. Even as a kid, very few movie really scared me, but this one did. The resident mad scientist does something that let in lots of bad cosmic rays and the local insects become giants. The school is a one room affair set in the middle of a forest. The giant insects attack the school trapping the teacher & the kids. Most horror movie monsters looked hokey - but the monsters in this were extreme close-ups of real insects. It wasn't until Alien that I saw a movie monster as scary as those giant bugs.


20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TCM broadcast of June 9 2011 chongajuly
The Beatles 'Across the Universe' chongajuly
Locations carlin4737
Discuss The Cosmic Monster (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?