Last week (June 01, 2017), the Horror and Sci-Fi Film Appreciation Society to which I belong, saw "The Monster that Challenged the World" (1957).
As fifties sci-fi films go, it was a great one, getting unanimously high marks from all members. Familiar faces Tim Holt, Hans Conreid, and Gordon Jones ("Mike the Cop" on the ABBOTT AND COSTELLO TV show) - and one of the more convincing members of the "Fifties Low-Budget" species of creature made it so.
I gave it a rating of "9.6 to 9.7" on my personal scale. That takes ALL types of films into consideration -- with romantic comedies, musicals, today's ultra-violent crime and drug films, and anything with people like Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey in it ranking near ZERO, and Horror and Sci-Fi genre films (...more those prior to the CGI Era), Giallos, some Westerns, etc. ranking at a NINE OR ABOVE, depending on how much I enjoyed them.
But, two things prevented "The Monster that Challenged the World" from ranking higher still...
One was the title: "The Monster that Challenged the World"!
What, exactly, did it "challenge the world" to? Chess? Jeopardy? Mah-Jongg? Canasta? ...What?
If it challenged ME to a contest of 1960s
Of course, I'd have an unfair advantage as, when the Monster would have emerged, the sixties HADN'T YET OCCURRED - but all's fair in love and monster fighting, I always say!
The other sticking point was no fault of the film, but of it's trailer!
In the actual film, the titular Monster and its ilk were confined to California's Salton Sea, and a few ancillary canals.
However, in the trailer, we got THIS unexpected image...
NO! That did NOT happen in "The Monster that Challenged the World"... but do you know where it DID HAPPEN?
Yes, it happened right here in the pages of IDW's MICKEY MOUSE # 6!
So, to recap... I recommend "The Monster that Challenged the World" - but don't go looking for this!
And, I also recommend "Plan Dine from Outer Space" from IDW's MICKEY MOUSE # 6 (2015) - where you WILL find this! ...And also a cool flying car!
Oh, and while we're at it, here's another scene that is not in the film, but SHOULD have been!
Once you see the film, you'll know why!
BONUS COVERAGE: Click HERE to go to Marc Whinston's review of our session for "The Monster that Challenged the World". There, you can see the trailer for yourself! Enjoy!
Meanwhile, I'll be back to "Challenge Your World" with more interesting and fun stuff really soon!