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credible Sci-Fi that doesn't insult your intelligence
on November 25, 2010
I remembered this movie as a kid and always liked it. I hadn't seen the movie for at least 30 years, but when I finaly figured out the title I quickly grabbed this movie.
I was not disapointed.
This is not a gripping terror yarn, or a silly monster movie ( as a kid I thought the title doesn't fit and I still don't really think it does. Maybe Megalith or monolith "danger"..."monster" implies a scary creature)
I realized after watching this that this was a very carefully scripted, well plotted movie. No loose ends, none of the "...Oh they did a boner there", or "they screwed up there", or "that's pretty lame"...none of that. Nothing was contrived and the science they did, made sence, the origin made sence,the danger and menace made sence, the cure for the problem it caused in Humans made sence and the way the mennace was dealt with was plausible and credible. (though they didn't explain how the agent that stopped it worked, it did make "chemestry" sence.)
I have to say that of all the science fiction movies I've seen this is probably the most credible, logical, plausible one I've ever seen, and even the special effects of the growing rocks was pretty well done. (probably nothing by todays standards, but for the time, the effects were very good)
Considering this is a 1957 movie, and apparently a "B" movie at that, this is a very well crafted story, and sci-fi writers could learn a lesson or two. If your looking for a scream fest, this is not your movie, but if you don't want your intelligence insulted, this one is for you.