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Die, Monster Die! [Blu-ray]

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American International Pictures production designer Daniel Haller donned the director's jodhpurs for the studio's second attempt at bringing horror master H.P. Lovecraft to drive-in audiences. The script, adapted from the author's favorite story, "The Colour Out of Space," by science fiction scribe Jerry Sohl (who later adapted another AIP/Lovecraft film, The Curse of the Crimson Altar), moves the location from rural New England to present-day Great Britain, where American Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) is visiting the ancestral home of his fiancée (Suzan Farmer from Dracula, Prince of Darkness). The girl's father (Boris Karloff) demands his departure, warning of a curse by his warlock ancestor. Said curse is actually a radioactive meteor, which mutates not only the local flora and fauna (the "zoo from hell" sequence, where Adams and Farmer encounter monstrous creatures in a greenhouse, is a campy/creepy highlight), but Farmer's mother (Freda Jackson), and eventually Karloff, who becomes a glowing zombie before the house burns in typical AIP fashion. Like the studio's previous effort, Roger Corman's The Haunted Palace, the picture is Lovecraft-lite, toning down the story's sense of unearthly horror in favor of standard-issue spook-show shenanigans. But Karloff's presence, though infirm, lends to the adequately chilly atmosphere, as does Haller's eye for dark-and-dreary art direction. Haller later directed another uneven Lovecraft film, The Dunwich Horror. MGM's full-screen VHS (and widescreen DVD) print has aged gracefully, with only minor surface damage. --Paul Gaita

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A young man visits his fiancé's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in his greenhouse to giants. When his own wife falls victim to this mysterious power, the old man takes it upon himself to destroy the glowing object with disastrous results.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lurking With Lovecraft June 5 2002
Veteran screenwriter Jerry Sohl and scene designer/fledgling director Daniel Haller expand Lovecraft's "colorful" short story into a typical feature-length AIP shocker, with mostly good results.
Nick Adams visits his fiance Susan Farmer's ancestral estate in the country, where he is not welcomed with open arms. Farmer's father, Boris Karloff, has a feared and hated name in the region, for reasons no one will disclose. Karloff himself tries to send Adams away upon his arrival, but Farmer won't hear of it - nor will her mother, the sickly and sequestered Frieda Jackson, who sent for Adams in the first place.
Standoffish Karloff is hiding something, and even Jackson isn't fully sure what it is. It has something to do with a meteorite that permanently blasted the nearby heath some years ago, and is somehow killing Karloff's household. Jackson wants Adams to take Farmer away from the unhealthy environment.
But Adams discovers from town doctor Patrick Magee that Karloff's family has always been twisted with a bizarre space-cult religion, which in some way has something to do not only with their penchant for undiagnosable wasting illness, but also seems to have created an unknown poison that is sucking the vital life force out of the entire area and gives birth to mutations.
It isn't long before Adams discovers the hidden source of Karloff's family's - and the town's - woes: Karloff has been keeping the meteorite in his diseased progenitors' religious shrine, where its unearthly cosmic force continues to ravage anything in the vicinity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical 60s AIP Brit-Horror Feb. 11 2002
Whether or not you like the style of the films AIP made in the UK in the mid-sixties will determine what you think of this. Nick Adams arrives in the cosy little English village of Arkham and discovers peculiar goings-on up at a big old house where Boris Karloff is creating strange mutated things in his greenhouse with the aid of a glowing green meteorite. Boris's wife is starting to mutate as well and she manages to go on the rampage and get her face melted before the whole thing ends predictably in flames. Daniel Haller's exercise in adapting Lovecraft was presumably filmed around Bray studios as the house used for the exterior shots is none other than Oakley Court, the location used for many a classic British horror film including The Reptile, Vampyres and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
As a piece of filmic Lovecraft the picture doesn't really work. If, however, you want a well-preserved widescreen slice of mid-sixties Brit horror then look no further. MGM's print has a few scratches but the colour photography in the opening scenes of the railway station and the village must look as good as (if not better than) when the film was first released. The special effects are what you would expect from this time period - psychedelic colour filters and rubber puppets twisted into funny shapes to simulate the greenhouse mutations. Good value for money, even if the only extras are a trailer and chapter selections.
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By Surfink
Roger Corman's long-time art director, Daniel Haller, who later helmed a handful of cult films (Wild Racers, Devil's Angels) and innumerable TV series, got his first directorial shot with this entertaining if ultimately somewhat disappointing mixture of gothic mystery, occult, and science fiction elements. The screenplay by Jerry Sohl unsurprisingly bears only slight resemblance to H. P. Lovecraft's original story, although it's still pretty outre for 1965. (Sohl also penned a few Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Star Trek, and Invaders scripts, not to mention Frankenstein Conquers the World and Curse of the Crimson Altar, the latter also starring Karloff and loosely based on Lovecraft.) The "frightened townfolk" beginning is laughably heavy-handed, although the middle section where we're slowly fed details about the bizarre goings-on at the Witley mansion is actually fairly absorbing. Unfortunately any suspense and air of mystery that's been generated is completely dissipated by the obvious, schlocky "monster on the loose" climax (did anyone really think audiences would be fooled into thinking that stuntman in the plastic mask was Boris?). Twerpy Nick Adams (who apparently fancied himself leading man material and took his inevitable career slide harder than most) exudes little charisma as the hero, although Suzan Farmer (Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Rasputin the Mad Monk) is appealing as Karloff/Witley's daughter Susan. There are a number of other positives: Paul Beeson's cinematography and the Witley mansion sets look great, of course; Freda Jackson (Great Expectations, Brides of Dracula), Karloff, and Patrick Magee (Dementia 13, Clockwork Orange, Asylum, etc. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Atmospheric, Midnite Movie! Sept. 24 2001
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Enjoyable and atmospheric. Although this is not a great film (which is especially in evidence during the finale, which features effects that border on the goofy by today's standards) it is still an entertaining film and, in my opinion, worth owning. The locations are great - an English town and train station, and a spooky old Mansion - giving this film a moody edge. If you're a fan of B-Movies and a collector of the MGM Midnite Movies Series, you will find this a worthwhile entry. The visual quality of the DVD is very high and the packaging of the DVD is one more reason that this series is worth collecting. Each MGM Midnite Movie features fresh cover art, great back cover descriptions, and look great on the shelf since it is a coordinated collection. I also own Pit and the Pendulum, Fall of the House of Usher, Abominable Dr. Phibes, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, and recommend them all. The other customer and Leonard Maltin REVIEWS will help you navigate and decide which of the MGM Midnite Movies are worth the risk of actually purchasing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I saw this gem in theathers in 1966. Being able to watch this perfectly CLEAN version from Shout!.even with its little Cinemascope lens curving probles,is awesome. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RM300
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok AIP Horror
"Die, Monster, Die" is passable stuff for horror fans, with good atmosphere, photography, and art direction, and of course the presence of Karloff; but plotwise it's a bit of a... Read more
Published on June 24 2003 by Lucius
3.0 out of 5 stars Die, remake, die!
While this film takes a few bits of Lovecraft's terrifying "The Colour Out of Space" and is graced by Boris Karloff and Freda Jackson, it's really a remake of Boris's THE INVISIBLE... Read more
Published on April 4 2001 by john salonia
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let The Cheese Fool You
I know some people will groan about this, but I feel this movie has never gotten the credit it deserves. Read more
Published on March 29 2001 by Robert E. Rodden II
4.0 out of 5 stars underrated sci-fi horror film
I have always liked this film, even though checking through reference books one may find critical comments. It is true that a mistake was made in changing H. Read more
Published on March 6 2001 by William Kersten
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror, a Must Buy
Die Monster Die! is a tale of Classic Horror starring Horror legend Vincent Price.
Black and White Horror films do not get much better than Vincent Price movies and you can't... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars No classic, but still enjoyable.
This mild, but unexceptional adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "Colour Out Of Space" features horror king Boris Karloff as wheelchair-bound patriarch Nahum Witley who... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2000 by chad edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and worthwhile
This is an often times overlooked gem, usually panned as being boring, but this really is a very worthwhile film. A young American goes to visit a girl he met in college. Read more
Published on April 24 2000 by Mark McKinney
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