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Friday, June 10, 2016

From Hell It Came (1957)

Starring Tod Andrews, Tina Carver, Linda Watkins, John McNamara, Gregg Palmer
Directed by Dan Milner
(actor & director credits courtesy

American scientists studying nuclear fallout on a tropical island face danger from the natives who've been turned against them, as well as a supernatural tree monster.

Although you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would take this picture seriously, it's a lot of fun, with a memorable monster and a foreboding theme for its attacks from veteran composer Darrell Calker.  A lot of story is crammed into the film, but much of the dialogue is unnecessary exposition, which is okay because we're obviously here for the tree monster, who doesn't fail to entertain.  Directed by Dan Milner and produced by Jack Milner, and despite the ludicrous premise and low budget, this is a step up from the Milners' previous picture, The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues, but according to IMDB, was sadly their last.

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