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The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 19 May 1966 (USA)
Operation Deep Freeze, a scientific expedition to Antarctica discovers unusual tree specimens. When specimens are shipped out for further study, the trees are accidentally introduced to a ... See full summary »


Michael A. Hoey, Jon Hall (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Michael A. Hoey (screenplay), Murray Leinster (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Van Doren ... Nora Hall
Anthony Eisley ... Lt. Charles Brown
Billy Gray ... CPO Fred Twining (as Bill Gray)
Bobby Van ... Ens. Rutherford Chandler
Pamela Mason ... Marie - Scientist
Walter Sande ... Dr. Arthur Beecham
Edward Faulkner ... Bob Spaulding
Phillip Terry ... Base Doctor
David Brandon David Brandon
Kaye Elhardt Kaye Elhardt ... Diane
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Warrant Officer Holly Hollister
Russ Bender ... Chief Warr. Off. McBride
Mike Sargent Mike Sargent
Del 'Sonny' West Del 'Sonny' West ... Airplane Guard / Fireman (as Del West)
Biff Elliot ... Cmdr. Arthur Simpson


Operation Deep Freeze, a scientific expedition to Antarctica discovers unusual tree specimens. When specimens are shipped out for further study, the trees are accidentally introduced to a south seas Navy base, soon revealing themselves to be killer, acid-secreting monsters that live by night. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Acid-Bleeding Creatures Cremate the Human Race! See more »


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Director Michael A. Hoey and producer Jack Broder had major disagreements during shooting. Broder changed the title from "Night Crawlers" - the title of the book upon which the script was based - to its current title, which Hoey detested. Broder also had story ideas Hoey disagreed with, and when the "tree stump monsters" arrived, Hoey thought they were ridiculous and refused to shoot them. Broder called in Arthur C. Pierce, who was working on another movie Broder was producing, and had him shoot additional scenes to add the story elements Broder wanted. He also had Jon Hall, who had created the "tree stump monsters", shoot the scenes with them that Hoey refused to do. See more »


The airplane heading to the island is a C-47 Skytrain, the military version of the civilian DC-3. The film of the plane crash-landing on the runway is that of a C-46 Commando. See more »


CPO Fred Twining: [trying to catch one of the small creatures with two dinner plates] What if it jumps?
Bob Spaulding: Jump higher.
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Referenced in Svengoolie: The Leech Woman (2013) See more »

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The navy gets the gravy -- and we get THIS?!
26 February 2004 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

How could you not like a movie with such an outlandish plot and such an infamous cast.

Mamie Van Doren is scrumptious as the Navy nurse heroine. Anthony Eisely ("Journey to the Center of Time") is the hero. Popular song-and-dance man Bobby Van ("Kiss Me Kate") is comic relief. Billy Gray ("Father Knows Best", "The Day the Earth Stood Still") is one of the brave young sailors who battle the Night Monsters (invading plant-creatures from space, ala "The Thing").

The monsters resemble huge mobile weeds (ala "The Day of the Triffids") which have acid for blood (ala "Alien"). The setting is Antarctica (ala "The Thing" . . . sort of), but the climate is a warm and well-lit (ala a studio set).

If all this sounds silly enough to be fun, take heart, it is (but beware of several gory scenes). The film was released by a company called Realart (this is "real art"?).

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19 May 1966 (USA) See more »

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$178,000 (estimated)
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