Die, Monster, Die!

Die, Monster, Die!

4.0 1

Cast: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzanne Farmer

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Released by AIP in 1965, Die, Monster, Die! is not quite up to the level of the studio's better-known and more successful Edgar Allen Poe adaptations from the same time period -- The Fall of the House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Masque of the Red Death (1964) -- but the film is not a complete wash either. ThoughSee more details below

Overview

Released by AIP in 1965, Die, Monster, Die! is not quite up to the level of the studio's better-known and more successful Edgar Allen Poe adaptations from the same time period -- The Fall of the House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Masque of the Red Death (1964) -- but the film is not a complete wash either. Though lacking a decent script, it displays great atmosphere and a hysterical sense of dread which at least puts it on a technical par with the previously mentioned films directed by Roger Corman. Daniel Haller, the director of this extremely loose adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's classic science-fiction/horror tale, was the art director for many of Corman's Poe films. MGM's DVD has been enhanced for widescreen TVs and gives the film the best treatment it can. The print is not in the best of shape -- there are numerous scratches and pops throughout and the English mono soundtrack is tinny (the optional French mono track, on the other hand, is more pronounced) -- but it's probably the best it's ever going to get. For the most part, though, the print is sharp and stable. The film's outlandish theatrical trailer is included, along with French and Spanish subtitles.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Die, Monster, Die! is a decidedly B-movie affair, aficionados of horror movies will want to catch it for the almost always reliable Boris Karloff. This isn't one of Karloff's finest performances -- the script makes sure that such a thing simply isn't possible -- but this master of the monster movie gives the material far more than it deserves, making the character a bit more complex and hinting at even greater complexities that never get fully explored. Plus, there's simply nothing like hearing Karloff's chilling graveyard voice, even when it's wrapped around dialogue that is simply ridiculous. The plotting is also a problem in Monster, with holes and logic-defying actions, but this wouldn't be such a problem if the film delivered more thrills and scares. There are a few effective moments, such as the revelation of just what Letitia is keeping hidden behind her veils, but Monster could benefit from four or five more. The ending veers off terribly, and the relationship between Nick Adams and Suzanne Farmer doesn't work the way it's supposed to -- in part because the actors aren't very good. Dan Haller's direction works well in places, but overall it's a bit labored and doesn't deliver the visceral excitement that one wants. Still, Monster is worth a view for Karloff.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2001
UPC:
0027616858535
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:19:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Nahum Witley
Nick Adams Stephen Reinhart
Freda Jackson Letitia Witley
Suzanne Farmer Susan Witley
Terence de Marney Merwyn
Paul Farrell Jason
George Moon Cab Driver
Gretchen Franklin Miss Bailey
Sydney Bromley Pierce
Billy Milton Henry
Leslie Dwyer Potter
Patrick Magee Dr. Henderson
Harold Goodwin Actor
Sheila Raynor Actor

Technical Credits
Samuel Z. Arkoff Executive Producer
Don Banks Score Composer
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Alfred Cox Editor
Pat Green Producer
Philip Martell Musical Direction/Supervision
James H. Nicholson Executive Producer
Jerry Sohl Screenwriter
Colin Soutcott Art Director
Ernie Sullivan Special Effects
Wally Veevers Special Effects

Read More

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main title [3:23]
2. No way to the Witleys [4:10]
3. Invited or not [5:55]
4. Rotten family tree [9:12]
5. Corbin's dark forces [3:27]
6. Dinner in a large room [4:17]
7. Susan's blurry vision [3:11]
8. Follow that scream [3:55]
9. Trouble at night [7:57]
10. Dr. Henderson knows [3:55]
11. "Like a zoo in hell" [7:52]
12. Secret cellar stone [3:54]
13. Too little for Letitia [5:12]
14. A gift from the sky [3:10]
15. Die, monster! [8:15]
16. End credits [:47]

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >