The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Article 1978 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-14-2006
Posting Date: 1-11-2007
Directed by John Sherwood
Featuring Lola Albright, Grant Williams, Les Tremayne

A meteor brings a rock-like substance to earth, which, when wet, sucks in all the silicates around and grows to dangerous proportions. Unless a way of stopping it is found, it threatens the safety of the world.

The story structure here is fairly pedestrian, and there’s not many surprises in the way this monster movie unfolds. Yet, despite this, this one remains a favorite. I can attribute this primarily to one thing; the monster has a great novelty value to it, in much the same way as the one in THE MAGNETIC MONSTER does. I really love the way the monster behaves; essentially mindless, it merely grows until it can’t stay erect any longer, falls, shatters into many pieces, and then each of the pieces begins to grow into a new monolith, repeating the whole process again a hundredfold. It is the sights of these pillars falling and shattering that stick in the memory here more than anything. And despite the fact that the story is predictable, it’s still well presented and logically holds together. John Sherwood mostly worked as an assistant director throughout his career; this is one of only three movies he directed, one of which (THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US) also belongs to the fantastic genre; quite frankly, I think this comes off a lot better than that one did. Keep your eyes open for a memorable little cameo from William Schallert as a weatherman.


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