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The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 December 1957 (USA)
Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

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John Sherwood

Writers:

Norman Jolley (screenplay), Robert M. Fresco (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Grant Williams ... Dave Miller
Lola Albright ... Cathy Barrett
Les Tremayne ... Martin Cochrane
Trevor Bardette ... Prof. Arthur Flanders
Phil Harvey ... Ben Gilbert
William Flaherty William Flaherty ... Police Chief Dan Corey
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Dr. Steve Hendricks
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. E.J. Reynolds (as Richard Cutting)
Linda Scheley Linda Scheley ... Ginny Simpson
Dean Cromer Dean Cromer ... Highway Patrolman
Steve Darrell ... Joe Higgins
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Storyline

A strange black meteor crashes near the town of San Angelo and litters the countryside with fragments. When a storm exposes these fragments to water, they grow into skyscraper-sized monoliths which then topple and shatter into thousands of pieces that grow into monoliths themselves and repeat the process. Any humans in the way are crushed or turned into human statues. The citizens of San Angelo desperately try to save themselves and the world from the spreading doom. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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Now The Amazing Monolith Monsters Reveal Powers Shocking Beyond Belief! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monolith See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The scene showing the last attack of the monoliths appears on a TV in the homeless compound scene of the 1988 John Carpenter film, They Live (1988). See more »

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The autopsy reveals that Ben's petrified body has been "welded into a solid mass" (as if the silicon, in exiting straight out the body, smearing adjacent atoms against each other in the process, diminishing differentiation). This does not account for how Ginny or the farmer's wife regain the use of their hands. Once "welded," the limbs should never have recovered, with the mineral appendage (dead limb) to be amputated in future. See more »

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Narrator: From time immemorial the Earth has been bombarded by objects from outer space, bits and pieces of the universe piercing our atmosphere in an invasion that never ends. Meteors, the shooting stars on which so many earthly wishes have been born - of the thousands that plummet toward us, the greater part are destroyed in a fiery flash as they strike the layers of air that encircle us. Only a small percentage survives. Most of these fall into the water which covers two-thirds of our ...
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One of the Best Sci-Fi 50's "B" Movies !
7 March 2004 | by PHeath60See all my reviews

Ok you Sci-Fi B Movie Fans! This is an "A" of the "B" movies! It has it all..dialogue with "talk-over" at times that reminds me of "The Thing" and the interplay between characters is terrific. The special effects for this movie are very good, considering the time frame...the plot pretty good, and the actors fair as well.

The Plot is pretty typical of the Sci-Fi Movies of the time..there is a town in the middle of the desert, a child who ends up traumatized by her first encounter with the "entity". The female lead is a fairly independent woman on her own making her living as a teacher..the male lead is a geologist who is in love with the teacher...and they find themselves instant "guardians" of the girl after losing her parents. Then, it's the race to find a way to beat the monoliths before it destroys their town. The only thing missing from this one is the usual Nuclear Radiation theory that was so prevalent in the Sci-Fi movies of this time. It's just a plain old fashioned meteorite that causes the trouble in this one!

Enjoy this great Sci-Fi "B" movie....!!


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