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The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 December 1957 (USA)
Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

Director:

John Sherwood

Writers:

Norman Jolley (screenplay), Robert M. Fresco (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Grant Williams ... Dave Miller
Lola Albright ... Cathy Barrett
Les Tremayne ... Martin Cochrane
Trevor Bardette ... Prof. Arthur Flanders
Phil Harvey ... Ben Gilbert
William Flaherty William Flaherty ... Police Chief Dan Corey
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Dr. Steve Hendricks
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. E.J. Reynolds (as Richard Cutting)
Linda Scheley Linda Scheley ... Ginny Simpson
Dean Cromer Dean Cromer ... Highway Patrolman
Steve Darrell ... Joe Higgins
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Storyline

A strange black meteor crashes near the town of San Angelo and litters the countryside with fragments. When a storm exposes these fragments to water, they grow into skyscraper-sized monoliths which then topple and shatter into thousands of pieces that grow into monoliths themselves and repeat the process. Any humans in the way are crushed or turned into human statues. The citizens of San Angelo desperately try to save themselves and the world from the spreading doom. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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Taglines:

From Outer Space They Came - Meteor Borne, Meteor Strange! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monolith See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The car that Dave Miller is driving is a 1956 DeSoto Fireflite convertible. See more »

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At one point in the film, it's established that the monoliths have cut off power to the town - no radio, phone, or lights. The geologist even has to use a police radio to talk to the doctor at the hospital in LA. A short time later, a boy delivering a hand-printed press release to a house in town presses the doorbell and its buzzer goes off. There should be no power for the doorbell to work. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: From time immemorial the Earth has been bombarded by objects from outer space, bits and pieces of the universe piercing our atmosphere in an invasion that never ends. Meteors, the shooting stars on which so many earthly wishes have been born - of the thousands that plummet toward us, the greater part are destroyed in a fiery flash as they strike the layers of air that encircle us. Only a small percentage survives. Most of these fall into the water which covers two-thirds of our ...
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Danger! Falling Rocks!
23 March 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I always try to catch this movie when I can. When you run out of lizards and spiders and ants and octopus tentacles, is there another horror that you can unleash on the world. Yes, it's black rock crystals from outer space. At least I think they are black since the movie is in black and white. They grow fast, rise to an enormous height, and then fall over, crushing everything in their path. This sounds so stupid, yet the movie isn't all that bad. There is the obligatory scientist, the police officer, the young woman, and the small town in the path. What can they do? Can they outwit these rocks? As is usually the case, there is something that these things are vulnerable to. Now, can we deliver the goods and stop them. I have so much affection for these B science fiction movies that I just can't help myself. One thing about this one is that it has never been copied. Maybe it's time for Peter Jackson to do the new Monolith Monsters.


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