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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
Giant mollusk monsters attack California.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Lt. Cmdr. John 'Twill' Twillinger
... Gail MacKenzie
... Dr. Jess Rogers
... Jody Simms
... Dr. Tad Johns (as Casey Adams)
... Lt. Robert 'Clem' Clemens
... Sheriff Josh Peters
Mimi Gibson ... Sandy MacKenzie
... Connie Blake
... Seaman Fred Johnson
Wallace Earl Laven ... Sally (as Eileen Harley)
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Storyline

An earthquake in the Salton Sea unleashes a horde of prehistoric mollusk monsters. Discovering the creatures, a Naval officer and several scientists attempt to stop the monsters, but they escape into the canal system of the California's Imperial Valley and terrorize the populace. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Crawling up from the depths... to terrify and torture! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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MGM Studios [United States]

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June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jagged Edge  »

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$254,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Salton Sea was formed from a pre-dam flood of the Colorado River. The dam project that created Hoover Dam (Boulder Dam) was a result of flood control. A boomtown grew around the lake, with all the typical real estate promotional hype. As the lake shrunk, and values dropped, the area became a near ghost town. See more »

Goofs

In the underwater "pool" where the creatures are supposed to reside they are shown as Monoplacophorans- meaning they have a shell like a snail. When the creature is shown out of the water in the office attack and lock attack scenes it appears as a Polyplacophoran- meaning flexible plates on the dorsal side instead the carry along shell. Only in a Hollywood movie could a creature be both types of mollusk. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jess Rogers: From the instant they're born, they're hungry.
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Referenced in Motel Hell (1980) See more »

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Enjoyable old sci-fi film
10 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

First of all, the title suggest one single monster, but there's several of them in the film, pretty good looking monsters for a low budget indeed, and they did not challenge the world, just a few people in the Salton Sea area actually, but that's OK, it's part of the 50's charm. In fact, "The Monster..." is far better than others "big bugs" films of the era, maybe slow paced, but with a clear plot, tension and good performances by the cast. Believe me when I tell you: this movie deserves a remake! Is not difficult to imagine a version today, with best production and far advanced special effects... even more if you consider that the other feature in this "Midnite Movies" DVD is "It!", a direct source of inspiration for "Alien". Good old sci-fi stuff!


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