For tonight’s feature, we have a serious When Animals Attack film…and yes, we’ve had lots of different critters trying to destroy humanity. But make way for Giant Mollusks, baby. It’s The Monster That Challenged the World. From 1957…as the ponderous narration will tell you at the beginning, an earthquake unleashes the giant beasties from under the Salton Sea in California. And they decide to pay a visit to the surface world. And they ain’t asking to borrow a cup of sugar.
The film stars Tim Holt (Treasure of the Sierra Madre), Audrey Dalton (Titanic (1953)) and Hans Conried. You know Conried, if nothing else, as the voice of Disney’s Captain Hook. Nice.
And can I just take a moment to praise the awesomeness of the site Wrong Side of the Art, which has a lot of the poster art we’ve been using. They have a lot of international posters–and that’s where we get the art for Il mostro che sfidÃ² il mondo, the Italian release of tonight’s feature. It is one of the most awesome posters I’ve ever seen. Check out the full thing here.
It’s also available inexpensively as a part of a double feature on DVD.