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Always enjoy it
This movie was like 20 or more of the era. Far from a masterpiece, and even humorous at times. I still love these old 50s b&ws.
Enjoyable Monster Movie
I really enjoyed watching this movie. While not necessarily scary, I did find it fun because of my sense of humor.
The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
Here's another classic sci-fi movie that but most film critics say it's not good. The opening title sequence is definitely near the top of the list of the strangest title sequences in a movie. There's a bit of suspense you'd normally see in a horror movie today. It's also one of the movies that contains the formula today's horror movies copied from. It's the scene where the monster kills the guy working in the canals. There's three things that make it work. One, there's a very long period of silence and then a loud noise. 99% of today's horror films do this. The second thing is that a minutes earlier in the movie, the same scene happens except for the guy getting killed. So unitl it's starts to get near the end of the scene, you would expect to see nothing again. And third, right before the monster attacks, he looks to the left side of the screen. Then the monster rushes in from the right side. which is where his back is to. So he'd have no idea what's behind him, which gives the monster when it's off screen a chance to rush in and kill him. Seeing it on tv or dvd with the ability to fast forward or rewind doesn't help, but on the big screen in 1957 with no clue what to expect, most people would've jumped out of their seats.
Another film that I saw MOST of late one night in the early '70s. The time slot in the TV guide listed "to be announced". #@#%$^&!!! Many people today may not know how it feels not to know what movie you watched for 20 years!! Now you can just do a search. Then.....ugh. You had to wait, and wait, and wait for it to come up again. Even after VCRs were invented, you still had to wait for the release! To me, this is a must have. The scene of the creature that hatched in the lab was one of my favs when a kid. I admit, I drew quite a few pencil drawings in class about it!
MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD
- Jim Vecchio
This is not meant as a general review; just some info. This movie is no CITIZEN KANE, nor is it meant to be. However, it is one of the great memories of my youth, and I watch it often. In the seventies, I took a grad course in "Writing For The Visual Media". The instructor was Allan Sloane, who wrote many great tv episodes and films, and is well-remembered for "East Side West Side" with George C. Scott. One day, while reading about this movie, I discovered that Allan Sloane was the wardrobe guy on this film. It must have been his first experience in the field, as his first tv writing assignement was NAVY LOG. -Jim Vecchio 201 Lynne Place Bridgeport, CT 06610
TCM SHOWED IT IN LETTERBOX!
- CARMINE FINAMORE
I OWN THE DVD WITH BOTH MOVIES ON IT AND THEY ARE GREAT PRINTS. BUT TCM SHOWED IT IN LETTERBOX! WOW, THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD LOOKED GREAT THIS WAY. PLEASE SHOW IT MORE OFFEN. MGN/SONY MIDNITE MOVIES DVD'S ARE GREAT. BUT WHERE THEY MESS-UP,IS GIVING US FULL SCREEN VERSION'S.