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Die, Monster, Die!
     

Die, Monster, Die!

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

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

 

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Also known as Monster of Terror, this British-made horror opus is very loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's story "The Colour Out of Space." The story begins with an American scientist (Nick Adams) paying a visit to the remote estate of his fiancee's family (located in Lovecraft's fictional Arkham County, Massachusetts) and finding many of the surrounding flora

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Also known as Monster of Terror, this British-made horror opus is very loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's story "The Colour Out of Space." The story begins with an American scientist (Nick Adams) paying a visit to the remote estate of his fiancee's family (located in Lovecraft's fictional Arkham County, Massachusetts) and finding many of the surrounding flora and fauna horribly mutated by strange radiation. The source of the contamination is discovered to be a glowing meteorite kept hidden in the basement by his girlfriend's father (Boris Karloff), who has been using the radiation to mutate local plant life. As one might expect, the experiment has gotten a bit out of hand... and poor mommy has changed into something unspeakably horrible. Designed as a vehicle for Karloff (who is excellent), this is a decent freshman effort from director Daniel Haller (formerly Roger Corman's production designer), but the effectively creepy atmosphere would have been greatly assisted by a better script -- perhaps one more loyal to the source material. The same story was adapted (again, loosely) in 1987 for The Curse.

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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:
01/21/2014
UPC:
0826663146585
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
20,337

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

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Die, Monster, Die! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mormovies More than 1 year ago
Probably the second feature film adaptation of a Lovecraft story (Roger Corman's HAUNTED PALACE was the first), Director Haller (Corman's production designer on his stylish Poe films and others) does an earnest job of creating a convincing Lovecraftian sense of dread in a minimalist retelling of HPL's COLOUR OUT OF SPACE. Karloff is excellent and there are some cool and eerie moments despite the lack of any real pay off at the end. The cast is excellent and features Nick Adams, Suzanne Farmer, Patrick Magee and Freda Jackson. Super sharp with Nice color and scope photography on blu-ray. Check out Haller's much more fun, trippy and psychedelic DUNWICH HORROR on MGM DVD.