Countdown to Halloween Day 18: From Hell It Came (1957)

Countdown to Halloween – Day 18: From Hell It Came (1957)
      Tod Andrews as Dr. William Arnold
Tina Carver as Dr. Terry Mason
John McNamara as Professor Clark
Linda Watkins as Mrs. Mae Kilgore

Story by Richard Bernstein & Jack Milner
Screenplay by Richard Bernstein
Directed by Dan Milner

Plot: Tabanga is a spirit that has been reincarnated as a killer tree stump, terrorizing a small village. It’s up to Dr. Arnold and his group to discover the secret of Tabanga and stop it before it kills again.

Personal Thoughts: What can one say about a movie with a killer tree stump? Well, to be more accurate, I guess Tabanga does grow to more than a stump. This is one of those movies that crosses the line to “so bad it’s good” status. The monster is so laughable but some of the more hilarious moments come from the actors themselves. There is the fight between native women that has some of the slowest and worst choreographed movements I’ve ever seen. The tribal chief throws a spear at Tabanga…and misses from a foot away. I’m not even sure what accent Linda Watkins was attempting and Tina Carver’s scream sounds like a bird…a horribly wounded bird. All that said, well worth watching once for the laughter alone.

  • Part of a double bill with another lesser-known and virtually forgotten Alison Hayes film, The Disembodied.
  • Pail Blaisdell, also known for his work on such films as Invasion of the Saucer Men and It! The Terror from Beyond Space, created Tabanga for Don Post Studios.

Availability: Available on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.


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