An earthquake in the Salton Sea unleashes a horde of prehistoric mollusk monsters. Discovering the creatures, a Naval officer and several scientists attempt to stop the monsters, but they escape into the canal system of the California's Imperial Valley and terrorize the populace.Written by
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The magazine and story told in this movie is real and true. When Dr. Jess Rodgers (Hans Conried) is explaining how it is possible that the Monsters came into existence suddenly in the Salton Sea, he shows a "Life Magazine" dated October 17, 1955. This magazine actually does have a article about fresh-water shrimp that suddenly appeared in a once dry Mojave desert lake. See more »
As the recovery boat approaches the downed parachutist's location early in the movie, the position of one crewman alternates between standing down in the cockpit with his arm wrapped around the radio mast in the center of the boat in close-up to standing above the cockpit on the starboard side of the boat in long shots. See more »
An earthquake out in the Salton Sea awakens the creeping dread, gigantic vampire water snails are on the loose and they are hungry for human fluid!.
Just about the right side of good, The Monster Who Challenge The World holds up well because of it's well constructed creatures and a bit of care and attention to the boffin discussions. Far too many 50s creature features just used a basic premise of creatures obliterating mankind because they were in an odd mood, but much like The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, this picture at least takes time to give us a bit of a nature heartbeat to help us understand the methods of a mollusc, and that alone should be applauded, learn while we have fun so to speak. The cast ooze B-movie standards, and that is in no way a bad thing here, whilst the Catalina Island locale sequences are pretty nifty to help salt the beef as it were!
Good honest fun that isn't short on creepiness, and top marks to the makers for introducing a very ingenious creature to a truly wonderful genre. 6/10
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