Movie Review: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
Synopsis: American Stephen Reinhart travels to Britain to meet his fiancee's family. When he asks for directions to the estate, the villagers turn hostile toward him and his fiancee's father insists he leaves immediately. He soon learns the less-than-warm welcome is the result of a family "curse" relating to a meteorite.
Who's in it? The movie stars Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer and Terence de Marney.
Review: I came across this movie a couple weeks ago and, thinking it sounded interesting, decided to record it. I finally had an opportunity to watch it this week and, while the premise was OK, it wasn't as good as I was hoping.
I think the main issue with tihs movie is it is kind of predictable. It's not too difficult to figure out what is happening in the house and, once that happens, even the estate's "monsters," which are admittedly a bit creepy (albeit not shown enough), aren't enough to make the film interesting.
The movie would have been a lot better had the estate's owner, Nahum Whitley (Karloff), been more of a bad guy. I think the movie could have played out a lot differently had he been purposely trying to use the meteorite's energy for evil purposes. At least then, you could justify why the villagers were hostile toward him and anyone who wanted to visit him
Instead, the movie decided to have him be ignorant of what it was he was dealing with and the villagers still be hostile despite being mostly kept out of the loop. Frankly, seems much more farfetched than the man-eating plant inside his greenhouse.
Final Opinion: This science fiction thriller might be a bit too dated to be as entertaining as it might have been when it first came out. I think Boris Karloff does a decent job but the overall film is just too predictable for me.
My Grade: C-
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