Monolith Monsters

The Monolith Monsters

Director: John Sherwood, Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne

Cast: John Sherwood, Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne

     
 

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In some ways, the coming-attractions trailer for The Monolith Monsters is more exciting than the picture itself. The plot gets under way when a meteor crashes in the desert, leaving behind huge black chunks. While being analyzed in a science lab, the crystaline stones are accidentally drenched with water, whereupon they begin to grow to gargantuan dimensions.

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In some ways, the coming-attractions trailer for The Monolith Monsters is more exciting than the picture itself. The plot gets under way when a meteor crashes in the desert, leaving behind huge black chunks. While being analyzed in a science lab, the crystaline stones are accidentally drenched with water, whereupon they begin to grow to gargantuan dimensions. In a twinkling, these monster monoliths are running amok, "petrifying" whomever and whatever gets in their way. A sudden rainstorm further exacerbates the situation, causing the monoliths to grow to hitherto unimagined heights. Can the world be saved by the saline solution which the scientists are hurriedly developed in the lab? The notion of killer rocks was certainly a novelty: it would have been nice if Monolith Monsters had consistently lived up to the promise of its premise.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While it doesn't belong in the ranks of classic 1950s sci-fi flicks, The Monolith Monsters is actually a very respectable and quite enjoyable "B" picture. True, it starts off with the kind of cheesily pompous narration that makes modern viewers roll their eyes, but after that the "cheesy" quotient is pretty much kept in check. And while it's true that the story follows a very predictable sci-fi structure, it uses that structure as a framework rather than as a crutch. Monolith also has much more solid "science" than most films of the genre, especially those from this period; it's not 100% successful in that area (e.g., the petrification effect should not continue once a person is removed from the monsters' silicon-sucking range), but it's for the most part on the plausible side. Monolith also deserves points for the monsters themselves. There's no malice in their actions; they're not even alive. They are simply rocks reacting to their new environment in the manner which is expected of them. Clifford Stine does quite well with the special effects (although CGI-addicted viewers will of course find them a bit too fake), and John Sherwood's direction is modest but fine. And Monolith has some of the better "B" actors on hand. All this adds up to a very enjoyable film; never a classic, but a lot of fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2015
UPC:
0025192262890
Original Release:
1957
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:18:00
Sales rank:
13,109

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Grant Williams Dave Miller
Lola Albright Cathy Barrett
Les Tremayne Martin Cochrane
Phil Harvey Ben Gilbert
William Flaherty Police Chief Dan Corey
Richard H. Cutting Dr. Reynolds
Dean Cromer Highway Patrolman
Steven Darrell Joe Higgins
William Schallert Weatherman
Paul H. Frees Narrator
Harry Jackson Dr. Steve Hendricks
Trevor Bardette Prof. Arthur Flanders
Paul Peterson Boy

Technical Credits
John Sherwood Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Jack Arnold Original Story
Ellis W. Carter Cinematographer
Howard Christie Producer
Robert M. Fresco Screenwriter
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer
Norman Jolley Screenwriter
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Patrick McCormack Editor
Robert Emmet Smith Art Director
Marilyn Sotto Costumes/Costume Designer
Clifford Stine Special Effects
Bud Westmore Makeup

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