The Monolith Monsters ()

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Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.


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Dave Miller
Cathy Barrett
Martin Cochrane
Prof. Arthur Flanders
Ben Gilbert
William Flaherty ...
Police Chief Dan Corey
Harry Jackson ...
Dr. Steve Hendricks
Dr. E.J. Reynolds (as Richard Cutting)
Linda Scheley ...
Ginny Simpson
Dean Cromer ...
Highway Patrolman
Joe Higgins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hank Jackson (uncredited)
Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Second Nurse (uncredited)
Bobby - Paperboy (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ...
Ethel - Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Weatherman (uncredited)

Directed by

John Sherwood

Written by

Norman Jolley ... (screenplay) and
Robert M. Fresco ... (screenplay)
Jack Arnold ... (story) and
Robert M. Fresco ... (story)

Produced by

Howard Christie ... producer

Music by

Irving Gertz ... (uncredited)
Henry Mancini ... (uncredited)
Herman Stein ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Ellis W. Carter ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Patrick McCormack

Art Direction by

Alexander Golitzen
Robert Emmet Smith ... (as Robert E. Smith)

Set Decoration by

Russell A. Gausman
William P. Tapp ... (as William Tapp)

Costume Design by

Marilyn Sotto ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

Lew Leary ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Joseph E. Kenney ... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
Ray DeCamp ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson ... sound (as Frank Wilkinson)
Robert L. Bratton ... sound editor (uncredited)
Ed Hall ... sound technician (uncredited)
William Lambert ... sound technician (uncredited)
James F. Rogers ... sound technician (uncredited)
Alvin Todd ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Clifford Stine ... special photography
Frank Brendel ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Clifford Stine ... special photography


Bob Herron ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Rollie Lane ... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Pierce ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry L. Underwood ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Seth Banks ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Martha Bunch ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
William Lava ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Reynold Brown ... movie poster art (uncredited)
Bob Forrest ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Lon Jones ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Mammoth skyscrapers of stone thundering across the earth! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Monolith (United States)
  • La cité pétrifiée (France)
  • Monstruos de piedra (Spain)
  • Monstruos de piedra (Mexico)
  • Монстры-монолиты (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 77 min
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Trivia The meteor crash is footage of the spaceship crash from It Came from Outer Space (1953) which Universal produced four years earlier. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited from Born to Be Wild (1938). See more »
Quotes [first lines]
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 world, but from time to time, from the beginning of time, a very few meteors have struck the crust of the Earth and formed craters - craters of all sizes, sought after and poured over by scientists of all nations for the priceless knowledge buried within them. In every moment of every day they come from planets belonging to stars whose dying light is too far away to be seen. From infinity they come. Meteors!
[a meteor crashes against the Earth]
Narrator: Another strange calling card from the limitless reaches of space. Its substance unknown, its secrets unexplored, the meteor lies dormant in the night - waiting!
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