Monster from Green Hell

Overview

Kenneth Crane's Monster From Green Hell is one of those movies that we loved as kids, mostly because we didn't know enough as kids not to take it seriously. The movie had most everything that a kid during the 1950s might want out of a movie -- rocket experiments, jungle adventure, and monsters. Of course, there is a good reason for our being fooled, apart from its subject matter; produced by Al Zimbalist, who was also responsible for Robot Monster, the movie isn't nearly as threadbare as that legendary low-budget...
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Overview

Kenneth Crane's Monster From Green Hell is one of those movies that we loved as kids, mostly because we didn't know enough as kids not to take it seriously. The movie had most everything that a kid during the 1950s might want out of a movie -- rocket experiments, jungle adventure, and monsters. Of course, there is a good reason for our being fooled, apart from its subject matter; produced by Al Zimbalist, who was also responsible for Robot Monster, the movie isn't nearly as threadbare as that legendary low-budget film, but it does display a cheapness that ends up giving it a surreal quality in its opening sequences. The mixing of newly shot backlot material and stock footage from older, much bigger budgeted jungle adventure films is almost comical; much funnier is the notion of wasps mutated into something the size of houses that are able to hide silently in the jungle, waiting to strike at individual human or animal victims. Moreover, although it was made on the cheap, the movie has a kind of class in its casting; Jim Davis (a good 23 years before Dallas), Eduardo Ciannelli, Joel Fluellen, and Vladimir Sokoloff are featured, and they lend a certain interest to the proceedings, silly though they are. The movie slips into that odd niche of good-bad low-budget schlock, so much so, that an enterprising distributor was able to sell a colorized version to NBC for an early '90s presentation in prime time, in a Mystery Science Theater 3000-type format. The transfer is better than decent considering the age and the low-budget origins of the picture, and the 12 chapters are more than adequate to break down the 71-minute movie. Additionally, the menu has some fun with the images of the giant wasps, which might be the best part of the DVD. The film is accompanied by a trailer in okay condition that's so overheated in its narrative that it is more exciting than the movie itself.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
They don't really get much worse than Monster from Green Hell, a horrible, ludicrous "giant mutated insect" movie from 1958 that is strictly bottom of the barrel. Now, if you are in the right frame of mind, all this might mean that it's just exactly what you're looking for, because many people get a huge kick out of laughing at the absurdity of these low-budget monster flicks. Be advised, however, that while there is plenty to laugh at in Monster, there also is an incredible amount of dead space throughout the film. It seems that director Kenneth G. Crane had to pad the film out to meet a certain length requirement, and so there's a lot of time when nothing really happens as our heroes journey through the jungle. Also, there's a high percentage of stock footage, which doesn't necessarily seamlessly match the actual "new" footage. And then there are the "special" effects. Aside from two -- one in which a giant wasp is seen coming over a hill and another involving a wasp-python fight -- the other effects are abysmal. (There's where you get your yocks.) The cast is poor, with Jim Davis unbelievable as a scientist and Barbara Turner unappealing as the love interest. The script, by the way, is dreadful, in case you needed to be told.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2001
  • UPC: 014381868920
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Huntley Territorial Agent
Joel Fluellen Arobi
Barbara Turner Lorna Lorentz
Vladimir Sokoloff Dr. Lorentz
Jim Davis Dr. Quent Brady
Robert Griffin Dan Morgan
Eduardo Ciannelli Mahri
Technical Credits
Kenneth G. Crane Director
G.W. Berntsen Set Decoration/Design
Endre Bohem Screenwriter
Stanley Cooley Sound/Sound Designer
Louis de Witt Special Effects
Joseph Dimmitt Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernst Fegte Production Designer
Albert Glasser Score Composer
Jack J. Gross Executive Producer
Louis Haszillo Makeup
Philip N. Krasne Executive Producer
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
Byron Roberts Production Manager
Louis Vittes Screenwriter
Al Zimbalist Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Listings
1. One Great Question; Main Title [5:16]
2. Terror in Africa [3:55]
3. Brady's Theory [4:52]
4. Perilous Journey [7:02]
5. Long Walk to Mongwe [9:39]
6. The Storm [4:50]
7. Losing Dr. Lorentz [6:28]
8. Going Forward [6:59]
9. Fear in the Night [8:59]
10. The Colony [4:22]
11. Trapped in the Dark [5:17]
12. Eruption [2:31]
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