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Monster of Terror (1965)

Die, Monster, Die! (original title)
Approved | | Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 October 1965 (USA)
A young man visits his fiancée's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in ... See full summary »

Director:

Daniel Haller

Writers:

Jerry Sohl (screenplay), H.P. Lovecraft (from "The Colour Out of Space")
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Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Nahum Witley
Nick Adams ... Stephen Reinhart
Freda Jackson ... Letitia Witley
Suzan Farmer ... Susan Witley
Terence de Marney ... Merwyn
Patrick Magee ... Dr. Henderson
Paul Farrell Paul Farrell ... Jason
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Potter
Harold Goodwin ... Taxi Driver (UK version)
Sydney Bromley ... Pierce
Billy Milton ... Henry
Sheila Raynor ... Miss Bailey (UK version)
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A young man visits his fiancée's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in his greenhouse to giants. When his own wife falls victim to this mysterious power, the old man takes it upon himself to destroy the glowing object with disastrous results. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Trivia

Directorial debut of Daniel Haller. See more »

Goofs

When Rheinhart gets off the train, you can see that its very cold because his breath comes out as condensation. However, there are people sitting outside drinking at the the local pub, the grocer has fruits and vegetables outside on a stand, and the bicycle repairmen is working outside in shirtsleeves. None of this would have happened in the weather as shown. See more »

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The first half of the film is very good--the last half ruin it.
28 November 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Nick Adams arrives in a town in rural England to visit a young lady he met in college. However, when he tries to get a ride or rent a vehicle to take him to her manor home, the villagers are downright nasty--refusing to help him as well as inexplicably saying nothing about why they are so angry. Eventually, he just walks to her home. However, once there, the welcome is just as chilled and her father (Boris Karloff) treats him like a leper--telling him to go. However, it soon becomes apparent that the girl and her mother want Nick to stay and finally Boris reluctantly agrees to let him stay one night.

This is a movie in search of a decent ending. During the first half of the film, the audience is highly entertained in a tale of possible madness or Satanism and the mood is terrific--eerie and with a strong sense of foreboding. However, despite a wonderful buildup, the ending is a major disappointment and can't help but sink this movie to the "barely watchable" level. The deep and dark secret just seemed rather dull and uninteresting.

It's worth seeing if you are a Boris Karloff fan, but otherwise it's pretty skipable.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colour Out of Space See more »

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Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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