From Hell It Came (1957)

35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Dan Milner.

Plot Summary

Chief Maranka and the witch-doctor Tano help Kori to murder her husband Kimo in a ritual. But when a group of scientists turn up to investigate unusual levels of radioactivity on the island they cause his body to mutate and take the form of a monstrous tree, Tabonga, who sets out for revenge.


Directed by: Dan Milner
© MCMLVII [1957] Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Allied Artists Pictures Corporation presents
A Milner Brothers production
Produced by: Jack Milner
ASsociate Producers: Richard Bernstein, Byron Roberts
Screenplay by: Richard Bernstein
From a Story by: Richard Bernstein, Jack Milner
Director of Photography: Brydon Baker
Film Editor: Jack Milner
Music Composed and Conducted by: Darrell Calker
Wardrobe: Frank Delmar
Makeup Artist: Harry Thomas
Hair Stylist: Carla Hadley
Special Effects: James H. Donnelly
Art Director: Rudi Field

Tod Andrews (Dr William Arnold)
Tina Carver (Dr Terry Mason)
Linda Watkins (Mrs Kilgore)
John McNamara (Dr Howard Clark)
Gregg Palmer (Kimo)
Robert Swan (Witch Doctor Tano)
Baynes Barron (Chief Maranka)
Suzanne Ridgway (Korey)
Mark Sheeler (Eddie)
Lee Rhodes(Norgu)
Grace Mathews (Orchid)
Tani Marsh (Naomi)
Chester Hayes (Maku/The Tabanga)
Lenmana Guerin (Dori)

Alternative Titles

Veio do Inferno – Brazilian title
La vuelta del monstruo – Spanish DVD title
Оно прибыло из ада – Russian title

Extracts included in
It Came from Hollywood (1982)
Monsterama Sci-Fi Late Night Creature Feature Show Vol. 1 (1996)


Castle of Frankenstein no.9 p.37
The Daily Cinema no.7929 (19 December 1957) p.8 – credits, review
The Film Daily vol.112 vol.40 (27 August 1957) p.6 – credits, review
Filmfax no.55 (March/April 1996) pp.61-63 – illustrated interview with Chester Hayes (Wooden Performance: Tree Monster Chester Hayes speaks by Paul Parla)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.146 no.14 (23 August 1957) p.4 – credits, review
Kine Weekly no.2628 (26 December 1957) p.19 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.25 no.289 (February 1958) p.21 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.208 no.8 (24 August 1957) p.506 – credits, review
Variety 4 September 1957 – credits, review
We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.18-29 – illustrated article (Killer plants: A potted history by Jules Boyle)

The Allied Artists Checklist by Len D. Martin p.53 – credits, synopsis, note
Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed). p.168 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis pp.174-175 – credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 144 – credits
It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig pp.155-161 – illustrated credits, review
Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.51 – credits
by Walt Lee p.152 – credits