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The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 September 1959 (UK)
The monster, which looks like a snarling "Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy seaside town. The lighthouse keeper, newly widowed and estranged from the town folk, has been ... See full summary »


Irvin Berwick


H. Haile Chace (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Les Tremayne ... Dr. Sam Jorgenson
Forrest Lewis ... Constable George Matson
John Harmon ... Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper
Frank Arvidson Frank Arvidson ... Kochek, the Storekeeper
Jeanne Carmen ... Lucille Sturges
Don Sullivan ... Fred
Pete Dunn ... Eddie / The Monster
Joseph La Cava Joseph La Cava ... Mike
Wayne Berwick Wayne Berwick ... Little Jimmy


The monster, which looks like a snarling "Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy seaside town. The lighthouse keeper, newly widowed and estranged from the town folk, has been leaving food out for the monster for years, unaware of it's blood lust. When the monster's appetite outstrips the keeper's ability to serve it, bloodless decapitated corpses start to show up. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

14 September 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monster of Piedras Blancas See more »

Filming Locations:

Cayucos, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vanwick Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1965 the monster costume for this film was used in Flipper: Flipper's Monster (1965), in which film crew is shooting a "monster movie" in Florida. That episode was directed by Ricou Browning, the show's creator, who coincidentally was best known for playing the "Gill-Man" in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), which was the inspiration for "Monster of Piedras Blancas". See more »


The "meat cleaver" covered in the monster's blood can clearly be seen to be a prop made from painted wood even in close-up shots. See more »


Fred: There's been another murder.
Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper: Who?
Fred: Kochek. We found his body this afternoon.
Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper: He talked too much.
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Spoofed in The Naked Monster (2005) See more »

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Good Monster Fun From the 50s
7 July 2009 | by ksj870See all my reviews

A generally underrated monster flick from 1959, The Monster of Piedras Blancas is often compared to the undeniably similar Creature From the Black Lagoon, with this film invariably coming out second best. Certainly, Creature From the Black Lagoon is a true classic and The Monster of Piedras Blancas rarely equals its more famous cousin, but nonetheless this is a very good little film with a lot going for it on its own terms. The Monster, of course, is the star of the show, and the suit designed for him is impressive and scary, and must have seemed even more so in the 50s. As is typical of this sort of film, screen shots of the Monster are limited up until the climax, when he runs wild in all his visceral glory. The Monster's killings are quite brutal and rather bloody for the conservative 50s, and there are several decapitations in his wake. The coastal setting, where folk tales of the alleged Monster are whispered in the shadows, is evocative and the director uses the location to maximum effect. Acting is for the most part competent if unexceptional, highlighted by the dazzling Jeanne Carmen as the lovely Lucy, upon whom the Monster inevitably turns a ravenous gaze. Ms. Carmen is a luscious damsel in distress, and it's a shame she didn't do more sci-fi. Don Sullivan plays Lucy's boyfriend, Fred, and veteran b-movie actor Les Tremayne is a local doctor. John Harmon turns in a surprisingly effective performance as Lucy's father Sturges, the local lighthouse keeper, a man with many secrets and who knows more about the Monster than anyone suspects. The townsfolk of Piedras Blancas are developed with some attention to detail, and it means something when one of them dies. The only real weaknesses of the film are its obvious low budget and a somewhat lagging pace that does make the movie feel a bit longer than its short run time of 71 minutes. But overall, this is a pretty good monster movie that meets most of the genre requirements. Unfortunately, this is a difficult movie to find, but if you can track it down, the Monster From Piedras Blancas is a surprisingly effective chiller.

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