Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS
THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS (1959). Director: Irwin Berwick.
A lighthouse keeper (John Harmon) has befriended a weird, lonely sea creature that breaks out of its cavern, beheads people, and drains their blood. He understandably fears for the safety of his daughter, Lucy (Jeanne Carmen), who is dating hunky Fred (Don Sullivan, who was also in The Giant Gila Monster.) Despite the gruesome aspects and scenes -- the monster comes out of a meat locker carrying a head at one point -- the approach is too matter-of-fact to make this as suspenseful and scary as it could have been. Still it's not badly acted and is absorbing, with a notable monster. Les Tremayne is the doctor and Wayne Berwick plays little Jimmy and does a nice job.
Verdict: Stay off of white rocks. ***.