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From Hell It Came (1957)

Approved | | Horror , Sci-Fi | 25 August 1957 (USA)
A wrongfully accused South Seas prince is executed, and returns as a walking tree stump.

Director:

Dan Milner

Writers:

Richard Bernstein (screenplay), Richard Bernstein (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tod Andrews ... Dr. William Arnold
Tina Carver ... Dr. Terry Mason
Linda Watkins ... Mrs. Mae Kilgore
John McNamara John McNamara ... Prof. Clark
Gregg Palmer ... Kimo
Robert Swan Robert Swan ... Tano
Baynes Barron ... Chief Maranka
Suzanne Ridgway ... Korey
Mark Sheeler Mark Sheeler ... Eddie
Lee Rhodes Lee Rhodes ... Norgu
Grace Mathews Grace Mathews ... Orchid
Tani Marsh Tani Marsh ... Naomi
Chester Hayes ... Maku / The Tabanga
Lenmana Guerin Lenmana Guerin ... Dori
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Storyline

Tabonga, a killer spirit reincarnated as a scowling tree stump, comes back to life and kills a bunch of natives of a South Seas island. A pair of American scientists save the day. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Beast-Thing from the Flames of Hades! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vuelta del monstruo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "Monster" doesn't walk until 46 minutes into the film. It doesn't scare anyone until the 51 minute mark and kills its first victim a minute later. See more »

Goofs

The scientists are discussing the nuclear fallout radiation the natives were exposed to. One says the radiation was only 3 Roentgen, about the same as a Chest Xray. In reality, 3 Roentgen would be the equivalent of 300 Chest Xrays. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eddie: Professor, this is the reply from your message to Washington.
Prof. Clark: [paraphrasing the written message] Request we remove growth. Make thorough laboratory analysis. Have Arnold and Mason determine influence of radiation if any. Radio detailed report. Mail photos as soon as possible. Faulkner.
Dr. Terry Mason: Well, that's that.
Prof. Clark: Better get busy. Thank you, Eddie.
Dr. Terry Mason: Well, the first thing to do is go out and dig up the monster and bring it back to the lab.
Prof. Clark: That won't be easy. The roots probably go quite deep.
Dr. Terry Mason: ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

"Introducing Linda Watkins." (Ms. Watkins had actually appeared in six previous feature films.) See more »

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Featured in It Came from Hollywood (1982) See more »

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Danger! Beware of the killer tree
7 July 2004 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

In the 1950's, we had giant bugs, animals and dinosaurs, so it was a matter of time before somebody came up with the idea of a killer tree. Here is the result.

On a South Seas island, a man is wrongly accused of murder and vows to get revenge. He does in the form of a killer tree known as Tabanga, a local native spirit. A pair of American scientists, a man and a woman first notice something strange coming up from his grave, which turns out to be Tabanga. After uprooting him, they take the tree back to their lab for tests and they discover a heart beat and the following morning, the tree has escaped. The tree is also radioactive. It then starts to kill people and an attempt to burn the tree to death by natives is unsuccessful and the tree continues to kill people until one of the Americans shoots it and it falls to its death into a swamp and sinks. Through all this, the two American scientists fall in love with each other.

The cast is mostly unknowns, including Tod Andrews and Tina Carver as the scientists.

Despite the cheap looking tree monster and low budget, this movie was rather enjoyable and also unintentionally funny, especially some of the walking tree scenes. I taped this when it came on Channel 5 during the early hours of the morning.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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