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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 »

Director:

Irvin Berwick

Writer:

H. Haile Chace (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

MAN-MONSTER FROM THE SLIMY DEATHS! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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Production Co:

Vanwick Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was the film being shown at the drive-in theater in the live broadcast of Grease Live! (2016) on Fox. See more »

Goofs

At 41 minutes in, Doc and Constable park the jeep in town. They get out and boom mic is reflected in store window behind them. It moves as they move out of the scene. It is not at the top of the screen, and couldn't be cropped out. See more »

Quotes

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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Nifty 50's creature feature
27 September 2016 | by WoodyandersSee all my reviews

A vicious reptilian humanoid monster (Peter Dunn in a gnarly rubber suit) terrorizes a sleepy coastal community. Director Irv Berwick, working from a compact script by H. Haile Chace, keeps the enjoyable story moving along at a steady pace, makes nice use of the seaside locations, creates some pleasing spooky atmosphere, maintains a winning sincere tone throughout, and pulls out the exciting stops for the lively and thrilling climax. Moreover, Berwick deserves extra praise for his take-no-prisoners attitude: There's one remarkably gruesome moment involving a decapitated head and a few startling outbursts of brutal violence (this movie even goes as far as to kill both a little girl and a cute dog!). The solid cast do a good job of portraying the entertaining array of quirky and colorful characters: Les Tremayne as the pragmatic Dr. Sam Jorgenson, Forrest Lewis as the baffled Constable George Matson, John Harmon as cranky lighthouse keeper Sturges, Jeanne Harmon as the spunky and liberated Lucille, Don Sullivan as the amiable Fred, and Frank Arvidson as talkative and excitable storekeeper Kochek. The robust shuddery score hits the stirring spot. Philip H. Lathrop's sharp black and white cinematography provides an impressive crisp look. A really fun fright flick.


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