Meteor Borne . . . Meteor Strange.
f you love science fiction, you’ve a favorite from the early days, and you have a lost favorite. The former is usually a smart film the studios released on VHS as soon as they could - Them, Forbidden Planet, something with a reputation. The latter is a movie you saw at an impressionable age under the exact perfect circumstances, and you never forgot it. For me it’s this one:
I think we saw it on the portable TV in the tent, sleeping out in the back yard. I doubt the screen reproduced the range of uncolor the way the DVD does:
Our star: back to normal size after last week's shrinkage! Or perhaps he entered another dimension where he was the right size. OR DID HE?
The plot: giant rocks from space grow out of a meteor, and head mindlessly towards central casting, threatening the production of other, more broadly-popular movies. The Director of the Usual Suspects Bureau is alerted:
Wouldn't be a 50s sci-fi film without William Schallert, would it? There's also a young woman who seems real, but is actually the product of generations of research to see if wood can be brought to life in human form. Yes! And it acts accordingly.
At some point the authorities are alerted, and this might be the best building ever to house Authorities:
Oh, who cares about such things, you say - what of the rocks? They're incredibly cool. They're like . . . Washington Monuments on a rampage:
No expense was spared in the making of Monolith Monsters! Entire toy stores were stripped of ever available train-set model!
No, that's cruel. For a small movie with a modest idea, the FX are tremendous, and there's not a lot of stock footage. Probably because they don't have stock footage of dams exploding, or giant rocks crashing through a valley on their way to the resevoir after which they will find an inexhaustible source of power that will make them impossible to defeat! Mankind, doomed! DOOMED, I TELL YOU!
One more thing:
I'm reasonably sure that's Courthouse Square, the Universal lot where they filmed the small-town California movies. Yes, including "Back to the Future."
Poor town's seen a lot.