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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)




Complete credited cast:
Les Tremayne ... Dr. Sam Jorgenson
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
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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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Did You Know?


The exterior and interior lighthouse location used in the film is the Point Conception Lighthouse in California. The same location was used in the 1980 film series Brave New World, directed by Burt Brinckerhoff and based on Aldous Huxley's best known 1932 novel 'Brave New World'. See more »


The "meat cleaver" covered in the monster's blood can clearly be seen to be a prop made from painted wood even in close-up shots. See more »


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Stay Away From the Lighthouse!
24 December 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

John Harmon plays a crusty lighthouse keeper who lives with his daughter and secretly feeds a monster of a prehistoric fish-man heritage scraps and fish. One day he misses feeding the creature scraps and all hell breaks loose. The creature walks about unseen and walking in and out of stores neatly severing the heads off folks. This is vintage 50's bad sci-fi. It has all the cliches you would expect, yet it is a whole lot of fun. Obviously made on a shoestring budget, Monster of Piedras Blancas has a charm to it. The story is pretty straightforward with everything from one-dimensional characters to the obligatory romance between the lighthouse keeper's daughter and a serendipitous biochemist versed in prehistoric fish species(played by Do Sullivan who you may...or more likely may not...remember as Chase in The Giant Gila Monster...no singing in this one fortunately!). The monster looks decent. Sure, you know its a rubber suit, but at least its not crying out that it is. This film makes great Saturday or Sunday afternoon fare!

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14 September 1959 (UK) See more »

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Cayucos, California, USA See more »

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Vanwick Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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