Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (1965)
Article 2924 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-10-2009
Posting Date: 8-16-2009
Directed by Daniel Haller
Featuring Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson
Country: UK / USA

An American finds himself coldly received when he arrives at a small English town to visit his girlfriend. He discovers that her family has some dreadful secrets that involve a meteorite that landed in the area.

This was another early attempt at adapting H.P. Lovecraft to the big screen (in this case, the story “The Colour Out of Space”), and though it is far better than THE DUNWICH HORROR, it’s a lot weaker than THE HAUNTED PALACE. It’s biggest problem is a very weak script, which mostly consists of a recycling of cliches, mostly from the Corman Poe movies. On the plus side, it does have two strong actors in the center, with Boris Karloff and Nick Adams both doing what they can to salvage the weaknesses. It especially fails at giving us a sense of Lovecraftian horror; its best moment here is when Adams finds an assortment of mutated creatures in the back of a greenhouse, but the scene is too brief to make a lasting impression, and suffers from weak special effects. Poor pacing and lots of dead spots also harm the movie. This was Daniel Haller’s first directorial effort; he was involved in some capacity with practically every cinematic Lovecraft adaptation of the era.

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