Monster That Challenged the World

The Monster That Challenged the World

Director: Arnold Laven, Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried

Cast: Arnold Laven, Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried

     
 

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The Monster That Challenged the World is the misleadingly title for one of the more well-regarded second-echelon horror films of the 1950s. An underwater earthquake in the Sargasso sea yields up the eggs of a long-extinct sea monster. Once hatched, the monster's offspring (which resemble huge snails) sustain themselves by sucking the life forces of various

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The Monster That Challenged the World is the misleadingly title for one of the more well-regarded second-echelon horror films of the 1950s. An underwater earthquake in the Sargasso sea yields up the eggs of a long-extinct sea monster. Once hatched, the monster's offspring (which resemble huge snails) sustain themselves by sucking the life forces of various unlucky human land dwellers. Even worse, these horrendous creatures procreate at an incredible rate, laying 3000 eggs per sitting. Eventually, the monsters are neutralized by Modern Science, save for one stray snail that very nearly lunches on a little girl..

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An underwater earthquake in the Salton Sea uncovers a nest of giant prehistoric sea snails that hatch after exposure to radiation. The ravenous, blank-eyed mollusks drain the blood from several swimmers and sailors until hard-bitten Navy man Tim Holt steps in to combat the menace. One of the more suspenseful entries in the "big bug" subgenre of '50s science fiction, The Monster That Challenged the World benefits from the capable hand of mainstream director Arnold Laven, who brings a degree of gravity and logic to the proceedings that's usually missing from most B monster movies. The film is also aided by a solid cast, especially Holt (a long way from Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but still game) and character actor Hans Conried in an atypically serious role, as well as special effects man Augie Lohman's unnerving, 11-foot-tall mechanical creature. MGM's full-frame DVD presentation, part of their "Midnite Movies" series, is regrettably bereft of any extras.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2015
UPC:
0883904304364
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm Mod
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
42,856

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Holt Lt. Cmdr. John Twillinger
Audrey Dalton Gail MacKenzie
Hans Conried Dr. Jess Rogers
Harlan Warde Lt. Bob Clemens
Casey Adams Tad Jones
Mimi Gibson Sandy MacKenzie
Gordon Jones Josh Peters
Marjorie Stapp Connie Blake
Dennis McCarthy George Blake
Barbara Darrow Jody Sims
Mack Williams Capt. Masters
Jody McCrea Seaman Fred Johnson
William Swan Seaman Howard Sanders
Charles Tannen Wyatt
Byron Kane Coroner
Gilbert Frye Deputy Scott
Milton Parsons Lewis Clark Dobbs
Ralph Moody Old Gatekeeper
Michael Dugan Clarke
Hal Taggart Mr. Davis

Technical Credits
Arnold Laven Director
David Duncan Original Story
John D. Faure Editor
Pat Fielder Screenwriter
Arthur Gardner Producer
Jules Levy Producer
Augie Lohman Special Effects
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
James D. Vance Art Director
Lester White Cinematographer

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