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From Hell It Came (1957)

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


Dan Milner


Richard Bernstein (screenplay by), Richard Bernstein (from a story by) | 1 more credit »





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 ... 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


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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Body count 5 including the Tabonga monster. See more »


One character says the radiation is at the level of a dental X-Ray. But a dental X-Ray lasts only a few seconds, while the radiation on the island is continuous. See more »


[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: Yeah, ...
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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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An immortal delight for bad film buffs
14 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Fans looking for absurd, cheesy entertainment from the 1950s will be well served by this cheap and schlocky B-movie, forever remembered in the hearts of bad film buffs as the one about the "killer tree". Forget THE GIANT CLAW, this is the real stuff. Anybody who's seen one of those old-fashioned low-budget 'jungle' movies made on a set in Hollywood will find FROM HELL IT CAME packed full of the stock clichés present from the period, from 'witch doctors' throwing magic exploding powder into flames, to strangely American-looking natives padding out the cast of village extras, to a script which vainly tries to make scientifically-plausible sense of the chaos whilst keeping a healthy level of mumbo-jumbo native superstition bubbling merrily away.

At the end of the day, the film concerns the activities of a walking tree to kill people. The special effects used to animate said tree are appalling; basically it's just some unlucky guy in a silly rubber suit, completed with a goofy face and painted-on eyes. The flexibility of the suit is zero, with just a couple of rubber arms sticking out from each side, so at any point the monster is required to perform an action, it just ends up looking ridiculous. The cast isn't much better; aside from dependable (but ageing) male lead Tod Andrews, there don't appear to be many real actors in the cast list. Most annoying of all is Linda Watkins' character. The American Watkins speaks with a truly grating Cockney accent all of the time, then later on turns out to have supposedly come from Australia! It beggars belief, it really does. Just another whacked-out element to an already incredible movie. An immortal delight for bad-film buffs everywhere.

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25 August 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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