Sunday, May 11, 2014

Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

Director: Daniel Haller

Writers: Jerry Sohl, H.P. Lovecraft

Composer: Don Banks

Starring: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer, Terence de Marney, Patrick Magee, Paul Farrell, Leslie Dwyer, Harold Goodwin, Sydney Bromley, Billy Milton, Sheila Raynor, Gretchen Franklin, George Moon

More info: IMDb

Tagline: No one can stop this killing machine....It's Already Dead!!!

Plot: 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.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Nah.

Not a bad picture, albeit a little slow.

I know, Boris, I know.  It's got a fine cast with everyone filling their roles better than expected.  It's always fun seeing Patrick Magee and he gets to ham it up a bit to the benefit of the audience.

So, yeah, it's a very slow-paced horror-mystery but the reveal of what's causing all of the problems is pretty damn neat and unconventional for horror films of this period and for that, I can appreciate it.  The music hits all of the right notes and the Gothic look rivals Hammer Studios.  The MGM Midnite Movies DVD carries a great widescreen print and no extras save for a trailer which is typical of them...but still welcome.

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