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The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 April 1959 (USA)
The monster, which looks like a snarling "Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy seaside town. The lighthouse keeper, newly widowed and estranged from the town folk, has been ... See full summary »

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Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper
Frank Arvidson ...
Kochek, the Storekeeper
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Lucille Sturges
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Fred
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Eddie / The Monster
Joseph La Cava ...
Mike
Wayne Berwick ...
Little Jimmy
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The monster, which looks like a snarling "Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy seaside town. The lighthouse keeper, newly widowed and estranged from the town folk, has been leaving food out for the monster for years, unaware of it's blood lust. When the monster's appetite outstrips the keeper's ability to serve it, bloodless decapitated corpses start to show up. Written by Anonymous

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The fiend that walks Lovers' Beach! See more »

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El monstruo de Piedras Blancas  »

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In 1965, the monster costume was used in an episode of the tv series "Flipper", titled "Flipper's Monster". The episodes plot involves a movie crew filming a monster movie in Florida. Coincidentally, the episode was directed by the shows creator Ricou Browning. Browning is famously known for playing the "Gill-man" in "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" films. Which was the inspiration for "The Monster of Piedras Blancas". See more »

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At 41 minutes in, Doc and Constable park the jeep in town. They get out and boom mic is reflected in store window behind them. It moves as they move out of the scene. It is not at the top of the screen, and couldn't be cropped out. See more »

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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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Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006) See more »

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Dull, But it Has its Moments
9 August 1999 | by (Hicksville, NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that used to be shown on Creature Features on Saturday mornings. Its a rather dull film about a Black Lagoon-type creature who goes around killing people. Despite its dullness, it has a couple of the scariest scenes of any film made during this era. The first, when the monster comes bursting out of a door is a moment of shock and horror equal to the similar scene in "The Thing". And the second, at the lighthouse at the end of the film, is extremely terrifying and gave me recurrent nightmares as a child. Both scenes are still frightening to me as an adult. One also has to appreciate the amount of thought that went into the plot. The origins of the monster and the reasons he starts to kill are convoluted but, if you follow along carefully, everything is explained in a logical manner and there are no inconsistencies in the plot. In "Keep Watching the Skies", Bill Warren criticized the film as lacking a logical plot and explanation for the monster, but he is wrong! However dull, a lot of thought went into the plotting of this film and, had the script been better, this could have been a scare classic.


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