The Monster That Challenged the World

Synopsis: An earthquake in the Salton Sea unleashes a horde of prehistoric mollusk monsters. Discovering the creatures, a Naval officer and several scientists attempt to stop the monsters, but they escape into the canal system of the California's Imperial Valley and terrorize the populace.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Arnold Laven
Production: United Artists
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
5.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
80%
APPROVED
Year:
1957
84 min
10 Views

[Narrator]

THIS IS THE SALTON SEA

IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

A STRANGE PHENOMENON,

IN WHICH NATURE:

HAS PLACED:

400 SQUARE MILES

OF SALT WATER:

IN THE MIDDLE OF

AN ARID DESERT.

IN THE DESERT,

NEAR THE SHORE OF THE SEA,

THE GOVERNMENT:

HAS ESTABLISHED:

ONE OF ITS MOST IMPORTANT

NAVAL RESEARCH BASES.

AT THE LABORATORY

ON THE SECLUDED:

SOUTH TIP OF THE BASE,

TOP-SECRET

ATOMIC EXPERIMENTS

ARE CARRIED OUT UNDER

RIGID SECURITY CONTROL.

AT THE AIRFIELD,

UNDER THE DIRECTION

OF THE:

PARACHUTE TEST UNIT,

PLANES LEAVE:

ON DAILY MISSIONS

FOR THE JUMP AREA

OVER THE SALTON SEA,

WHERE NAVY MEN:

DIVE IN THE GOVERNMENT'S

CONTINUOUS RESEARCHING

OF PARACHUTES,

TO MEET THE:

EVER-INCREASING DEMANDS

OF MODERN FLIGHT.

ON MAY 17,

IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON,

AN EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED

IN THE DESERT AREA.

ITS FORCE WAS:

STRONG ENOUGH TO BE FELT

AT THE RESEARCH BASE,

EVEN THOUGH ITS EPICENTER

WAS 10 MILES AWAY

IN THE WILD ROCK

FORMATIONS 350 FEET

BELOW THE SURFACE

OF THE SALTON SEA.

HOWEVER,

LESS THAN 2 HOURS

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE,

THE BASE WAS BACK TO

NORMAL OPERATING PROCEDURE.

LT. HOLLISTER,

OF THE PARACHUTE TEST UNIT,

WAS PREPARING TO MAKE

THE LAST-SCHEDULED

JUMP OF THE DAY.

HOLLISTER WAS A VETERAN

OF OVER 300 TEST FLIGHTS.

FOR HIM, THIS WAS TO BE

ONE MORE ROUTINE JUMP.

MEANWHILE,

ON THE SALTON SEA,

CREWMEN JOHNSON:

AND SANDERS:

WERE HEADED OUT:

TO MEET LT. HOLLISTER.

AND FOR THEM,

THIS WAS TO BE:

ONE MORE ROUTINE PICKUP.

THIS IS FLUTTERBOY 2-4-2

CALLING NAVY 8-7.

YOU ARE NOW:

IN SIGHT. OVER.

[Pilot]

HOLLISTER NOW:

PREPARING TO JUMP.

OVER AND OUT.

HE'S DOWN.

NAVY 8-7,

THIS IS FLUTTERBOY

2-4-2. OVER.

[Pilot]

THIS IS NAVY 8-7. OVER.

HE'S IN SIGHT.

YOU'RE CLEAR TO RETURN

TO THE BASE. OVER.

ROGER. LEAVING FOR HOME.

OVER AND OUT.

FLUTTERBOY 2-4-2 CALLING

LAND RADIO 4. OVER.

LAND RADIO 4. COME IN.

[Sanders]

JUMPER LANDED SAFELY.

HE'S DOWN ABOUT

2-MILES IN,

OFF THE SOUTHEAST TIP.

THAT'S PRETTY FAR OUT.

HOPE THIS DOESN'T

TAKE ALL NIGHT.

YEAH,

I'LL CALL YOU BACK.

WHERE IS HE?

I DON'T KNOW.

HE'S GOTTA BE HERE.

I SAW HIM HIT.

HEY, LIEUTENANT!

I'M GOING DOWN

FOR HIM.

YOU SEE HIM?

NO. I'LL TRY

THE OTHER SIDE.

JOHNSON?

[Sanders]

JOHNSON!

JOHNSON!

JOHNSON!

UH.

AH!

AH!

THIS IS LAND RADIO 4

CALLING:

FLUTTERBOY 2-4-2.

COME IN, PLEASE.

LAND RADIO 4

CALLING FLUTTERBOY 2-4-2.

COME IN.

COME IN,

FLUTTERBOY 2-4-2.

EL CENTRO BASE.

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE,

PLEASE.

[Telephone rings]

CMDR. TWILLINGER'S

OFFICE.

HE'S ON THE OTHER LINE.

OKAY, I'LL PUT YOU ON HOLD.

LIEUTENANT,

I APPRECIATE:

YOUR CALLING,

BUT THERE'S

NOTHING I CAN DO.

HE WENT AWOL,

IT DOESN'T MATTER

WHAT THE:

CIRCUMSTANCES WERE.

I'LL HAVE TO

REFER THE CASE.

WAIT A MINUTE!

IN THE 1 WEEK

THAT I'VE BEEN HERE,

I'VE HAD A DOZEN

DIFFERENT CASES COME UP.

I DON'T DECIDE

THESE THINGS.

I'M AN INVESTIGATING OFFICER,

NOT A JUDGE.

ALL RIGHT,

I'LL SEND YOU NOTIFICATION.

I KNOW THIS GUY.

HE'S ALL RIGHT.

HE MADE A MISTAKE,

BUT--

HE SURE DID!

COMMANDER,

WYATT ON 3.

WYATT?

HE'S OUR RADIOMAN

AT THE SALTON SEA PIER.

TWILLINGER.

YES, WYATT.

HOW LONG AGO?

45 MINUTES.

NO, I'VE LOST

RADIO CONTACT.

IT'S NOT A MECHANICAL FAILURE

AT THIS END.

HAVE A BOAT STANDING BY.

I'LL BE THERE IN 5 MINUTES.

TROUBLE?

THE LAST PICKUP CREW

HASN'T REPORTED IN.

WE'LL HAVE TO GO OUT.

SALLY, WAIT UNTIL I CALL YOU.

YES, SIR.

STILL THERE, MOM?

LOOKS LIKE:

IRONHEART'S

GONNA WORK LATE:

AGAIN TONIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

SHOVE OFF.

I DON'T SEE WHY

THEY WEREN'T COVERED

FOR SOMETHING:

LIKE THIS.

THEY JUMP CLOSE:

TO 20 MEN EVERY DAY.

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