The Monolith Monsters
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For the horror and sci/fi buffs out there “The Monolith Monsters” is required seeing much as “To Kill a Mockingbird” was required reading back in high school.
The plot is a stellar one, the dialog crispy, and the acting well done. The Movie was produced in 1957 by Universal Pictures and was directed by John Sherwood (The Creature walks among us, Raw edge) who only directed three movies. It stars Grant Williams (The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Leech Woman), Lola Albright (Panic, The Incredible Hulk) and Les Tremayne (The Monster from Piedras Blancas, From the Earth to the Moon).
The movie begins with a long narration that most likely is supposed to set the mood. After the narration we watch as a meteor crashes down in the desert close to a small town shattering into a million pieces. A few minutes later we find out that when the pieces come into contact with water (Like Rain, or a spilled glass) the pieces grow straight up and become taller then buildings finally toppling over due to the height and shattering into even more small pieces to again get wet and grow. Anyone in the way of a falling monolith gets crushed or if a person touches an active piece of monolith they turn to stone. There’s a lot of other stuff going on in the movie but that’s the main plot.
Having the monoliths made of a crystal substance and non-living, instead of an evil alien hell bent on world domination is a nice twist. Of course the monoliths move towards the town threatening the townsfolk but that’s to be expected.
This movie has it all, including a little girl in a iron lung slowly turning to stone. Can they save her? Can they save themselves? You will have to watch it to find out.