From Hell It Came

Overview

This uproariously bad monster mess is set on a remote tropical island, where a native prince places a curse on the elders just prior to his execution for breaking tribal law, promising to return from the dead for revenge. He does, of course -- but he can only manage to return from the grave as a giant walking tree. (His obvious displeasure with having assumed this shape is indicated by the tree-thing's permanently constipated expression.) There is some indication given that his resurrection has something to do ...
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Overview

This uproariously bad monster mess is set on a remote tropical island, where a native prince places a curse on the elders just prior to his execution for breaking tribal law, promising to return from the dead for revenge. He does, of course -- but he can only manage to return from the grave as a giant walking tree. (His obvious displeasure with having assumed this shape is indicated by the tree-thing's permanently constipated expression.) There is some indication given that his resurrection has something to do with atomic testing taking place on the island, but this is obviously incidental to the real plot, which treats viewers to endless scenes of natives running in horror from a shambling, ticked-off rubber stump. In print, this sounds like broad comedy material, but the only laughs to be found in this clunker are purely unintentional.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
The sheer badness of Dan Milner's From Hell It Came is mitigated ever so slightly by the efforts of Paul Blaisdell, who created the vengeful tree-creature called the Tabonga. Now, the creature itself it pretty ludicrous in its actual on-screen appearances, but given the fact that we're talking about a killer tree-stump (and this is NOT the only killer tree-stump movie in creation -- The Navy Vs. The Night Monsters would fit into the sub-genre as well) and a low-budget, the fact that Blaisdell was able to devise anything at all that, even for a fraction of a second, might be scary, is the one part of the movie that does work. Nothing else does -- not the acting, despite the presence of once-promising theater hopeful Todd Andrews in the lead; and certainly not the script, which makes little sense, and is also terminally talkie for a full half-hour (which seems like an hour) following the ridiculous introduction, loading us up with exposition leading nowhere. So the viewer, in theaters in 1957 and at home ever since, takes what they can get, in this case, the Tabonga, shambling its way slowly across a faux south sea island set (which makes Gilligan's Island look like it was shot on location). Milner wasn't a good enough director to establish true menace (or any mood), and none of the actors here is remotely good enough (or sufficiently involved with their role) to convince us that they can't outrun a tree stump. All of which leaves ridiculously campy fun as the sole reason to watch this very mildly entertaining misfire, which is funnier in the telling than the watching. A major newspaper's movie guide used to have a one-line critique of this movie, based on its title: "And to Hell it can go!"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • UPC: 883316195321
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tod Andrews Dr. William Arnold
Tina Carver Dr. Terry Mason
Linda Watkins Mrs. Kilgore
John McNamara Prof. Clark
Gregg Palmer Kimo
Robert Swan Witch Doctor Tano
Baynes Barron Chief Maranka
Suzanne Ridgway Korey
Mark Sheeler Eddie
Chester Hayes Maku
Technical Credits
Dan Milner Director
Brydon Baker Cinematographer
Richard Bernstein Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Paul Blaisdell Special Effects
Darrell Calker Score Composer
Frank Delmar Costumes/Costume Designer
James H. Donnelly Special Effects
Rudi Feld Art Director
Jack Milner Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Byron Roberts Associate Producer
Harry Thomas Makeup
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