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One of the best monster movies ever!
- Linda Persson
I have adored this movie ever since it first came to TV, I believe in 1958. Never saw it however when it was in the theaters. I am now 66 and it still ranks as my all-time favorite monster movie! I never tire of seeing Hans Conried's wonderful performance and in general, each cast member gave a great performance - right down to Mimi Gibson! Maybe just a bit of over-acting however from Tim Holt! The monster itself, is also very well done for the 1950's - very realistic looking. The monster's sound effects were also wonderfully done. As I was only 7 years old when I first saw it, I was so endeared by it that I even wanted to join the Navy when I grew up and begged my family to take me on a trip to the Salton Sea, but neither ever happened. It is also this movie that so much endeared me to Hans Conried since the age of 7. In spite of this movie now being 60 years old, I think that anyone seeing it for the first time today will just love it! I especially love the beautiful black and white effects. Next time you watch it, pay close attention to how beautiful the sky effects are throughout this film. I have never seen a colorized version and I don't think I would like it as well as the old black and white that I grew up knowing. Overall, a great movie!
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 Vecchio201 Lynne PlaceBridgeport, CT 06610
TCM SHOWED IT IN LETTERBOX!
- CARMINE FINAMORE
I OWN THE DVD WITH BOTH MOVIES ON IT ANDTHEY ARE GREAT PRINTS. BUT TCM SHOWED ITIN LETTERBOX! WOW, THE MONSTER THATCHALLENGED THE WORLD LOOKED GREAT THIS WAY. PLEASE SHOW IT MORE OFFEN. MGN/SONYMIDNITE MOVIES DVD'S ARE GREAT. BUT WHERETHEY MESS-UP,IS GIVING US FULL SCREENVERSION'S.