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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.

Director:

John Sherwood

Writers:

Norman Jolley (screenplay), Robert M. Fresco (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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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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The only movie monster to be a purely chemical process. See more »

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At one point in the film, it's established that the monoliths have cut off power to the town - no radio, phone, or lights. The geologist even has to use a police radio to talk to the doctor at the hospital in LA. A short time later, a boy delivering a hand-printed press release to a house in town presses the doorbell and its buzzer goes off. There should be no power for the doorbell to work. 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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The Rock Monsters from Outer Space
21 September 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In San Angelo, California, the geologist Ben Gilbert (Phil Harvey) finds a piece of meteorite in the desert and brings it to his office. However the black rock has a chemical reaction with the rain water and on the next morning, Ben´s co-worker Dave Miller (Grant Williams) finds him petrified in the office. Meanwhile Dave ´s girlfriend, the teacher Cathy Barrett (Lola Albright), brings her class to the desert and the girl Ginny (Linda Scheley) takes a piece of meteorite home. When Cathy sees Ben´s rock, she recognizes and she goes to Ginny´s house with Dave and a police officer. They find the farmhouse destroyed, Ginny´s parents dead and the girl in shock with one hand turning into stone. Dave seeks out his former professor Arthur Flanders (Trevor Bardette) to help him to solve the mystery while Ginny is taken to a Medical Research Institute in Los Angeles to the famous Dr. Steve Hendricks (Harry Jackson) to try to find the cure. Will they succeed?

"The Monolith Monsters" is a horror film from Universal with the original story of rock monsters from outer space. The screenplay is well-developed and highly entertaining but the rushed conclusion disappoints. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Rastros do Espaço" ("Tracks from the Space")


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Language:

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Release Date:

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