The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1958)

USA,
71m
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by Irvin Berwick.

Plot Summary

A humanoid sea monster attacks a small coastal town, decapitating its victims.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Irvin Berwick
Copyright 1958 by Vanwick Productions
A Vanwick production
Produced by: Jack Kevan
Screenplay by: H. Haile Chace
Director of Photography: Philip Lathrop
Film Editor: George Gittens
Sound: Joe Lapis, James V. Swartz
Set Operation: Walter Woodworth

Cast
Les Tremayne (the doctor)
Forrest Lewis (the constable)
John Harmon (the lighthouse keeper)
Frank Arvidson (the storekeeper)
Jeanne Carmen (the girl)
Don Sullivan (the boy)
Pete Dunn [Eddie]
Joseph La Cava [Mike]
Wayne Berwick [Little Jimmy]
The Monster of Piedras Blancas

Alternative Titles

O Monstro de Pedras Brancas – Brazil, Portugal
El monstruo – Mexico
El monstruo de Piedras Blancas – Argentina, Venezuela

Links

Extracts included in
42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Q: The Winged Serpent (2012)
Grease Live! (2016)
Monsterama Sci-Fi Late Night Creature Feature Show Vol. 1 (1996)

See also
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Naked Monster (2005)

Production Notes

Part of the monster suit was recycled from the Metaluna Mutant suit seen in This Island Earth (1955) and from the eponymous in The Mole People (1956). The suit as seen here was later reused in the Flipper (1964-1967) television series episode Flipper's Monster (1965).

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.19 p.41
  • The Daily Cinema no.8575 (19 February 1962)
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2838 (22 February 1962)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.29 no.339 (April 1962)
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.217 no.7 (14 November 1959)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.121
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.98 – credits, review
  • Kinematograph and Television Year Book 1963 p.121 – credits (Films trade shown 1961-1962)