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The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  22 April 1959 (USA)
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The monster, which looks like a nastier version of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy lighthouse town. The superstitious lighthouse keeper is worried for the safety of ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Sam Jorgenson
Forrest Lewis ...
Constable George Matson
John Harmon ...
Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper
Frank Arvidson ...
Kochek, the Storekeeper
Lucille Sturges
Don Sullivan ...
Pete Dunn ...
Eddie / The Monster
Joseph La Cava ...
Wayne Berwick ...
Little Jimmy


The monster, which looks like a nastier version of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy lighthouse town. The superstitious lighthouse keeper is worried for the safety of his beautiful teenage daughter, so he leaves food for the monster, who dwells in a nearby cave. When bodies wash up ashore, the locals take notice. Written by Anonymous

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22 April 1959 (USA)  »

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El monstruo de Piedras Blancas  »

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The monster suit looks like the one from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), mainly because the creator of The Creature, Jack Kevan, produced and supervised the make-up effects on the film. Much is credited to Universal-International's standard make-up credit of Bud Westmore, but he had little to do (other than posing for publicity photos) with the great monsters from that studio in the '50's. See more »


When the monster is trying to break through the steel door at the top of the lighthouse, it is a single door. But when he breaks through, it is a double door. See more »


Fred: There's been another murder.
Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper: Who?
Fred: Kochek. We found his body this afternoon.
Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper: He talked too much.
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If he can think were in real trouble
2 September 2005 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** There's this blood sucking monster on the loose in and around the Piedras Blancas by the old lighthouse outside of the little sea front town of Windswept.

The monster living in the caves was minding it's own business for years until the lighthouse keeper Sturges, who discovered the monsters's hiding place. Sturges weaned it over the years on scraps of meat that turned the monster from a fish to a meat-eater. Later when old man was unable to get the monster meat from the towns grocery store owner Kochek ,who stopped giving him free scraps , it just went out looking and hunting the townspeople for it's next meal.

The usual 1950's black & white monster movie with a lot more "meat" to it then you would have expected. Lopping off it's victims heads and then sucking out their blood the monster turns the little sleepy town of Windswept into a ghost town. With everyone there too scared to wander out in fear that the monster would get them. Sturges becomes paranoid when his young daughter Lucy comes home to the lighthouse to spend her summer vacation there from college.

It's doesn't take that long when Lucy, skinny dipping outside the Pledros Blancus caves, is spotted by the monster who develops a strong liking for her or was it Lucy's underclothes. It's then that the monster starts feasting on the people in town by first grabbing the two Ranoldi brothers, out on the "point" fishing, and having them for dinner.

By the time the movie is over the monster had already finished off a half dozen or so other townspeople including the guilt-ridden lighthouse keeper Sturges. Sturges was also critical of Lucy getting involved with young oceanographer Fred and planing to marry him. Since he felt that Fred wasn't good enough for her as well as him getting close to finding out the connection he has with the monster.

The monster, called Eddie in the movies credits, was pretty scary looking but his movements on land were so slow and clumsy that it was a miracle that he could catch anyone, including himself; as he stumbled and bumbled around the rocks and sand outside his home in the Pledras Blancas. Some of the scenes in the film were a bit shocking, back then in 1959. With the monster in one scene nonchalantly walking out of a store with the head of the store clerk dangling from him claw-like hand and then leaving it in it's cave to be eaten by sea crabs.

The ending of the movie was a bit too unbelievable with the monster chasing Lucy to the top of the lighthouse. Then, what seemed like, waiting for the entire town to come over and watch the show as it fights it out in a life and death struggle with Fred. This happens as everyone at the bottom of the lighthouse,all armed and dangerous, just stand there and watch! Doing nothing to help as the monster takes it's final swan dive after bursting out with what had to be it's, the movies, theme song.

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