Countdown to Halloween Day 19: Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)

Countdown to Halloween – Day 19: The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
Cast:
      Les Tremayne as Dr. Sam Jorgenson
Don Sullivan as Fred
John Harmon as Sturges
Jeanne Carmen as Lucille

Screenplay by H. Haile Chace
Directed by Irvin Berwick

Plot: A lighthouse keeper has been feeding a mysterious creature (not quite from the Black Lagoon) and keeping it at bay for years. But when it gets hungrier, it begins to hunt and decapitate the local townspeople.

Personal Thoughts: The cast in Monster of Piedras Blancas actually do quite well for what really is a poor script. How many times do people just let the monster walk away? How could Fred really throw a rope up to the top of a lighthouse? And just what was Sturges’ plan by leading the monster up to the very top of the lighthouse? And what was up with the monster yell? One of the worst I’ve ever heard and I’ve seen a lot of these movies. Okay, these are flaws usually found in most monster B movie flicks but they really seem to stand out in this one. Not a horrible movie and I’m glad to finally own a better print but be prepared for a low-rent effort.

Trivia:
  • Les Tremayne became best known for playing Mentor in the CBS television Saturday morning series, Shazam! From 1974 – 1976.
  • Producer Jack Kevan created the monster based on his love for Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Having worked at Universal, he used molds of the feet from the Metaluna Mutant from This Island Earth (1957) and the hands from The Mole People (1956).
  • Despite the title of the movie, there wasn’t any location work done at the real Point Piedras Blancas. Instead, it was shot about 30 miles north in Cayucos.
  • One of the late Vince Rotolo’s (B Movie Cast podcast legend and Rondo Award winner) most favorite films, covered in episode 143. Vince also interviewed Don Sullivan way back in episode 13.

Availability: Available on an official home video release for the first time on Blu-ray from Olive Films.

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