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The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)

Unrated  |   |  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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Dr. Sam Jorgenson
Forrest Lewis ...
Constable George Matson
John Harmon ...
Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper
Frank Arvidson ...
Kochek, the Storekeeper
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Lucille Sturges
Don Sullivan ...
Fred
Pete Dunn ...
Eddie / The Monster
Joseph La Cava ...
Mike
Wayne Berwick ...
Little Jimmy
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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 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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The fiend that walks Lovers' Beach! See more »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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A forgotten 50's classic
28 November 2003 | by (Paterson, NJ USA) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite 50's monster movies! For some reason this priceless little gem is always overlooked in the lists of B-movie monster faves of the 1950s. You have one of the better amphibious creature costumes designed by Jack Kevan (No zipper!!), a great sea coast location, decapitations and gore, some very decent acting by A-list party girl and pin-up queen Jeanne Carmen, and last but not least, Les Tremayne - He is only in 85% of all classic B-horror/sci-fi films of the 1950s! What's a film without him?! All right guys, I know its formula, but this obscure little tale holds a special place in my heart since I was 9-years old! The film has drama, subtext, coastal atmosphere, sex, and about 5 or 6 headless corpses lying about! John Harmon as Sturges, the crusty lighthouse keeper who feeds the hungry cave-dwelling beast meat scraps from the local deli, does a credible job here as a man who has closed off all emotions to the world, including those of his fetching daughter Lucy (Carmen), in exchange for companionship with the hungry creature. Jeanne Carmen is a natural beauty equal to the Mara Cordays' and Allison Hayes' of her decade. Too bad the studios didn't use her a little more proficiently. Psuedo-teen heartthrob Don Sullivan is thrown in for some romantic interest and all that biology jazz and the musical score (which is never credited) is rich, layered and 'original.' So, sorry guys! The Monster of Piedras Blancas always wins with me!


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