Die, Monster, Die!

1965

Action / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi

38
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 40%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 3056

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Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Patrick Magee as Dr. Henderson
Nick Adams as Stephen Reinhart
Boris Karloff as Nahum Witley
720p.BLU
695.28 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 20 min
P/S 0 / 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by preppy-3 7 / 10

OK attempt to get Lovecraft on the screen

H.P. Lovecraft's stories are almost impossible to film. The way he describes places and things just can't be done. This movie and "The Dunwich Horror" have come closest to getting him on the screen.

American Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) goes to England to visit his fiancée Susan Wiley (Suzan Farmer). He finds her living in a huge mansion with her angry wheelchair bound father (Boris Karloff) and a mother (Freda Jackson) who is mysteriously ill. And then there are strange cries in the night...

It's well-made, has a suitably creepy setting and a pretty good script but it just doesn't completely work. A low budget really hurts especially when we see the supposedly horrific creatures in the greenhouse (they look like what they are--plastic puppets). The makeup on the "infected" people is sub par too. And Adams (a good actor) always appears drugged or annoyed. But the other actors are all great--especially Karloff who is just fantastic. It's worth watching just for him. I was honestly never bored and there were a few times that I actually jumped. It doesn't succeed but it's not a bad attempt. I give it a 7--mostly for Karloff.

Reviewed by JoeKarlosi 6 / 10

Die, Monster, Die! (1965) **1/2

American scientist Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) travels to England for a visit with his fiancée (Suzan Farmer). Arriving in the small village of Arkham he is met with jeers from the local villagers who refuse to direct him to her home at the Witley Estate. Unable even to rent a bicycle from a superstitious shop keeper, Reinhart has no choice but to tackle the long journey on foot. Once at the Witley mansion, he takes note of dead trees which turn to ashes at the slightest touch, and the dreary wasteland which surrounds the area. When nobody answers the door, Stephen takes the liberty of entering on his own and runs into the wheelchair-bound Nahum Witley (Boris Karloff). The old man orders his unwanted visitor to leave, but Reinhart explains that he is there at the request of Mrs. Witley (Freda Jackson).

When Reinhart greets Mrs. Witley he is concerned to find her hidden in bed behind a gauze veil, avoiding the light. She has contracted some type of strange illness, yet her husband refuses to take her to the town doctor. The Witleys' butler subsequently collapses and dies from sickness himself, and Reinhart witnesses the aged Mr. Witley burying him on the grounds in secret. Gaining entry into a locked greenhouse, our hero is alarmed to find giant mutated vegetables and even abnormal creatures thriving on small chunks of what appears to have come from some larger glowing rock. Stephen ultimately confronts Mr. Witley and learns that a green meteorite crashed to these grounds many years before, and that the old man has been nurturing it in the basement, believing that it was actually enhancing their lives when in reality, its radiation has been grossly mutating all living things in the vicinity.

Adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft tale "The Colour Out of Space," this movie (also known as MONSTER OF TERROR and THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD) winds up missing the mark on many levels. Directed by Roger Corman's former production designer, the film's Gothic look is very attractive and some sequences are imaginatively shot; unfortunately much of the time we feel ourselves waiting for more things to happen with a tedious script that seems to be lacking something. It's got potential, yet there seems to be far too much loitering about, with many scenes of snooping around and investigating strange occurrences. Still, it's always fun to watch the arrogant-sounding Nick Adams and its a treat to see Boris Karloff still acting in his later years. **1/2 out of ****

Reviewed by qmtv 3 / 10

Karloff rules, the story needs lots of help.

Karloff rules, the story needs lots of help.

Karloff was great in this movie. He's better here then in some of the other pile of crap movies he was in prior to this. The other actors are only decent. The actress playing the wife was also good. The male lead sucks. He just does nothing. The female lead was better but that's not saying much. The guy who played the butler dies, maybe of boredom, like some of the audience. He did OK in the dying role. Some of the townspeople were also OK. So, wait for Karloff, and unfortunately he's not given great dialogue or enough screen time. The cinematography was good, as well as the sets. Music was good too. FX sucked.

The story sucks. It stars similar to Harker heading to the Dracula's castle. Beginning is handled well, with mystery of the family. Then we meet the family, like the Munsters, there's a beautiful normal daughter in a house with strange characters. She acts like everything is normal. So, the story goes down hill from here. After some time of boredom we find out that people and plants are being mutated from some meteor, and then everybody dies, places goes on fire and the young couple escape. Happy ending.

This movie first needed a better story. The basics are there, but the scenes/actions/tensions are not there. It also needed a better male lead. The daughter was fine. And it needed more Karloff.

So, as is. I can only give this C-, or 3 stars

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