The Monster from Green Hell (1958)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film, Natural Horror, Sci-Fi Horror  |   Release Date - May 1, 1957 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

They don't really get much worse than Monster from Green Hell, a horrible, ludicrous "giant mutated insect" movie from 1958 that is strictly bottom of the barrel. Now, if you are in the right frame of mind, all this might mean that it's just exactly what you're looking for, because many people get a huge kick out of laughing at the absurdity of these low-budget monster flicks. Be advised, however, that while there is plenty to laugh at in Monster, there also is an incredible amount of dead space throughout the film. It seems that director Kenneth G. Crane had to pad the film out to meet a certain length requirement, and so there's a lot of time when nothing really happens as our heroes journey through the jungle. Also, there's a high percentage of stock footage, which doesn't necessarily seamlessly match the actual "new" footage. And then there are the "special" effects. Aside from two -- one in which a giant wasp is seen coming over a hill and another involving a wasp-python fight -- the other effects are abysmal. (There's where you get your yocks.) The cast is poor, with Jim Davis unbelievable as a scientist and Barbara Turner unappealing as the love interest. The script, by the way, is dreadful, in case you needed to be told.