The Monster Crystals
from The Monolith Monsters (US-1957; dir. John Sherwood)
“Rocks, Joe? Towers of rock crashing down and then growing up again?”
The monsters in this “atomic age” classic are skyscraper-sized obsidian crystal towers. They arrive on earth attached to a meteor that is shattered upon entrance into earth’s atmosphere. The remnants of the meteor begin to grow by absorbing the water and silicon out of everything with which they come in contact, including humans. The absorbing of these elements causes the crystals to grow skyward until all of the resources have been exhausted, then they break apart from within and come crashing down — destroying everything in their paths. Then the one becomes many as the fragments of these monoliths instantly begin to absorb elements and grow. Their inexorable progress toward the township is akin to the march of a more traditional giant monster, and potentially as deadly. It’s a unique concept and makes for many eerie scenes in a movie that is too often ignored.
Here’s the classically ’50s opening narration and credit sequence from the film:
And here’s a low-quality version of the trailer:
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