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The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 September 1959 (UK)
The monster, which looks like a snarling "Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy seaside town. The lighthouse keeper, newly widowed and estranged from the town folk, has been ... See full summary »


Irvin Berwick


H. Haile Chace (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Les Tremayne ... Dr. Sam Jorgenson
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Constable George Matson
John Harmon ... Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper
Frank Arvidson Frank Arvidson ... Kochek, the Storekeeper
Jeanne Carmen ... Lucille Sturges
Don Sullivan ... Fred
Pete Dunn ... Eddie / The Monster
Joseph La Cava Joseph La Cava ... Mike
Wayne Berwick Wayne Berwick ... Little Jimmy


The monster, which looks like a snarling "Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy seaside town. The lighthouse keeper, newly widowed and estranged from the town folk, has been leaving food out for the monster for years, unaware of it's blood lust. When the monster's appetite outstrips the keeper's ability to serve it, bloodless decapitated corpses start to show up. Written by Anonymous

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The fiend that walks Lovers' Beach! See more »


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Release Date:

14 September 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El monstruo de Piedras Blancas See more »

Filming Locations:

Cayucos, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vanwick Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1965 the monster costume for this film was used in Flipper: Flipper's Monster (1965), in which film crew is shooting a "monster movie" in Florida. That episode was directed by Ricou Browning, the show's creator, who coincidentally was best known for playing the "Gill-Man" in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), which was the inspiration for "Monster of Piedras Blancas". See more »


When the monster is trying to break through the steel door at the top of the lighthouse, it is a single door. But when he breaks through, it is a double door.

This goof report is a mistake. The camera angle doesn't let the viewer see the other half of the double door when the monster is trying to break through. It's clearly a double door viewed fro the outside. If you carefully look, you can barely see the other half of the door when the monster is pushing on it. See more »


Fred: There's been another murder.
Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper: Who?
Fred: Kochek. We found his body this afternoon.
Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper: He talked too much.
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A forgotten 50's classic
28 November 2003 | by Alan Rowe KellySee all my reviews

One of my favorite 50's monster movies! For some reason this priceless little gem is always overlooked in the lists of B-movie monster faves of the 1950s. You have one of the better amphibious creature costumes designed by Jack Kevan (No zipper!!), a great sea coast location, decapitations and gore, some very decent acting by A-list party girl and pin-up queen Jeanne Carmen, and last but not least, Les Tremayne - He is only in 85% of all classic B-horror/sci-fi films of the 1950s! What's a film without him?! All right guys, I know its formula, but this obscure little tale holds a special place in my heart since I was 9-years old! The film has drama, subtext, coastal atmosphere, sex, and about 5 or 6 headless corpses lying about! John Harmon as Sturges, the crusty lighthouse keeper who feeds the hungry cave-dwelling beast meat scraps from the local deli, does a credible job here as a man who has closed off all emotions to the world, including those of his fetching daughter Lucy (Carmen), in exchange for companionship with the hungry creature. Jeanne Carmen is a natural beauty equal to the Mara Cordays' and Allison Hayes' of her decade. Too bad the studios didn't use her a little more proficiently. Psuedo-teen heartthrob Don Sullivan is thrown in for some romantic interest and all that biology jazz and the musical score (which is never credited) is rich, layered and 'original.' So, sorry guys! The Monster of Piedras Blancas always wins with me!

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