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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 »

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

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 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
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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Navy vs. the Night Crawlers See more »

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Budget:

$178,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Shot in ten days. See more »

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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 »

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Nora Hall: If that tree was planted at the warm springs, how did it get here?
Dr. Arthur Beecham: In plain English, it walked here.
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One movie that would have been better in black & white
28 January 2001 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

The Navy Vs. The Night Monsters is basically The Thing From Another World Meets Day of the Triffids. If you like either of those movies, you might like this one...or you might hate it even more for stealing plot elements from both those movies and executing them badly. A plane carrying a load of specimens from the Antarctic crashed on a South Seas naval base and a horde of long-dormant killer plants is released.

My biggest complaint is that this movie would have been better in black and white. The monsters are basically a dark black color anyway, and a lack of color has never hidden Mamie Van Doren's...umm...charms...before. I think black and white would have improved whatever atmospheric quality the director was reaching for as well. The way it stands, the film reminds me of something Sid Pink directed.

The movie has all the standard and rather-cliched characters you would normally find in a 1950's monster movie. Unfortunately, this film was made in 1966. No explanation or reasoning is ever given for the homicidal and suicidal fits that the pilot is prone to...he spends most of the movie laying in a hospital bed or choking people.


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