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Plot: An earthquake in the Salton Sea unleashes a horde of prehistoric mollusk monsters. Discovering the creatures, a Naval officer and several scientists attempt to stop the monsters, but they escape into the canal system of the California's Imperial Valley and terrorize the populace. Written by Jeremy… Runtime: 84 min Release Date: 04 Dec 1957
I saw this movie at the theatre in 1957 when it came out. I was just a child and it scared me. I had to walk home in the dark after the movie and I glad I made it. I am going to try to find it in a video rental store and watch it again with some popcorn and my grandson. From what I remember, the movie was pretty good, but of course, nothing like today's special effects. Good Viewing To All!!!
Totally Cool! (by a_digiacomo)
SPOILER: The monsters in here pre-date JAWS for hot babe eating action! What can I say? After reading about this film and including it in both my M.A. English Lit. thesis never having seen it, LOL and teaching this genre, I finally saw this film today. I LOVE IT! Rather than the forced "comeraderie" of It Came From Beneath The Sea, This film had a genuine depth of feeling to it. I love when characters are written to show the affection familial between them--the people here look like a family---a team that cares for one another. Also totally cool, is the Lantern Jawed Hero, is an <more>
older, pudgy, almost over the macho hill, type who falls for a widow who is both gorgeous and strangely sad/pitiable. Truly awesome characterization! The monsters may not be "2000's era jaded by CGI" scary, but to those of us over 40, they suit just fine! I love Hans Conreid and Tim Holt's dialogue in their car SPOILER: Holt: "want to stop for breakfast?" Conreid: "No, I had toast and coffee when I woke up-- we can stop if you want to though" The easily played out casuality of their exchange is so cool BECAUSE it comes from a familiarity of the two characters They really seem to be friends not just colleagues.I love "family feeling" in characterizations, and this one delivers waaaaay cooolness, in that department!My vote: 10 out of 10, yeah!
I remember seeing this film years and years ago on TV, and remember thinking it lacking. However, seeing it recently, on a DVD from MGM with a gorgeous print and sound, I must say it's one of the best Sci-Fi monster flicks from the fifties. Director Laven runs a taught ship, and there are some great scares worthy of Lewton and Hitchcock. Also impressed with Ted Haworth and Augie Lohman's monster creation which actually evoked some sympathy in me! and the impressive music score by Heinz Roemheld. The actors do a very commendable job even former Cowboy actor Holt , and pros like <more>
Dalton, Conried, Selby, and Adams do their best. Well-written script, with just the right amount of humor and science.
Following an earthquake under the Salton Sea, killer mollusks make their way to the surface and make the locals part of their diet. This film is much better than what most fans of 'creature features' might suspect. The mutated mollusks really do have that creepy look to them and the cast seems to take their roles rather serious. Tim Holt, who was better known as a 'cowboy' from the early days of film is Commander John Twillinger and while rather short and stout, he hardly fits the bill of a lead, but does a nice job with this role. Audrey Dalton plays his love interest and <more>
Hans Conried is the scientist attempting to help the Navy destroy these beasties. This really is a fun film and trust me, there are far worse things you could watch and this film is really enjoyable.This film was actually based on a true story!
I just wonder how many of those folks in the movie are still alive, I expect Sandy, the little girl is. Wonder if she played on any other movies or TV shows? This was interesting to see this on an Encore movie channel on cable As a scuba diver, I was interested in the microphone system to communicate underwater. Looked pretty sophisticated for back in 1957. I wonder if Lloyd Bridges was called in as the scuba diving technical representative? Wonder where these costumes are sitting at today? Did this movie actually play at theaters? What did it cost to make versus how much did it make in <more>
sales? For an olde type movie, it was pretty good and I also wondered how many of the folks in the movie actually worked for the Nacy, Sherrifs Department and the lock system?
Of course The Monster That Challenged the World is slowly paced. With a budget of about twenty dollars there's a lot of filler. But what little budget there is, is well used in creating a great animatronic monster.The story is basic but well-structured and it works. I can watch this one over and over without wanting to throw things at the screen or yell at the characters for doing stupid things. My intelligence is more seriously insulted by modern horror films and their idiot protagonists than it ever is by The Monster That Challenged the World.Among low-budget sci-fi flicks of the 1950s, <more>
The Monster That Challenged the World ranks near the top!Jan Strnad aka J. Knight
I originally saw this on Saturday afternoon TV when I was in junior high and high school. A local TV station showed it again and again. It scared me silly then. It still works now to a degree .People are being attacked and killed by what looks like a giant caterpillar.They supposedly kill it...but there are others.It's intelligent, quick 82 minutes late 1950s big bug movie. The acting is pretty bad, but who watches a horror film for acting? The question is, is it scary and deliver shocks? This one does. The monsters themselves are very unpleasant-looking, one attack scene made me <more>
jump and there are some very gruesome looks at mutilated dead bodies ... quite extreme for a 1950s movie this film is NOT for very young kids .Yes there is a lot of filler, but the dialogue is fairly interesting, everybody keeps a straight face and I was interested. So, it's an entertaining, well-done movie with great monsters and for the time good special effects. Well worth seeing.Why isn't this film better known?
Two things make this movie stand out from the many other "creature features" of the 1950's. The first is the creature itself. This really is a unique and creepy looking even scary monster; there's really nothing else like it that I've come across in any of these kinds of movies. The second is the closing. It is truly a frightening ending, as Gail and her young daughter Sandy are trapped in a room with the creature breaking through the door and absolutely no way for them to escape. I've seen a lot of these types of movies, but I don't think I've ever come <more>
across a scene as realistic and as moving as when Gail tells Sandy "close your eyes and don't open them, and put your head right here" telling the young girl to put her head on her mother's shoulder. In this hopeless situation where there seems to be no escape even though you know there will be an escape, the mood of hopelessness was overwhelmingly real that seems to me to be exactly what a mother would do for her child - try her best to offer comfort in an impossibly horrific situation. The scene was brilliantly played by Audrey Dalton as Gail and Mimi Gibson as Sandy, and that one scene alone makes this a must see in my opinion.The story is unique. It's not a "dinosaur awakened by radiation" story. In this although radiation is involved it's actually an earthquake that releases these giant mollusc type creatures, who immediately take to devouring every human being they encounter. The title is a bit overstated. The whole world doesn't get involved in this fight, although it's noted that if the molluscs aren't stopped, they'll probably destroy the world or at least humanity. This is a cut above your typical, low- budget, 50's creature feature. It's well worth watching. 8/10