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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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Horror | Sci-Fi


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22 April 1959 (USA)  »

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The Monster of 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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Spoofed in The Naked Monster (2005) See more »

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One of my favorite 1950's horror/sci-fi films
13 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1959's "Monster of Piedras Blancas" remains one of my favorite horror/sci-fi films from my childhood. I remember watching this film for the first time after school on N.Y's channel 9 during the early 1970's. It had such an impact on me. Loved the creature costume. (very convincing till this day!) I was quite surprised by the level of gore for a film of that period. The setting of a sleepy California coastal town and the impressive score, added to the films appeal. Some of the acting was fairly decent and the plot simple and straight forward. I understand the film is unavailable on DVD at the moment, but hope to find it soon. It is a must for mine as well as anyone else's collection.

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