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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

I've been waiting a LOOOONG time to be able to share this one with you! It's amazing. You know the phrase "a man's man," right? Well, this film is a crapburger's crapburger!

Enjoy ...

Yoinked from imdb, wikipedia, and total sci-fi ...

"The Navy vs. the Night Monsters is a 1966 American science fiction film directed by Michael A. Hoey and starring Mamie Van Doren, Anthony Eisley, Pamela Mason. The movie was based on the novel The Monster from Earth's End by Murray Leinster. The film was shot in only ten days and it most definitely shows.

The Navy vs The Night Monsters is a pretty fun and efficient little B-movie. It’s let down by the wooden acting of the cast (including 1950s’ sex bomb Mamie Van Doren), and the over-use of obvious stock footage for virtually all the action sequences. But the core idea is cool, and the perambulatory plant monsters are great fun (although you have to wait a long time for some proper plant-versus-military action).

There was a vogue for monster plant movies in the early-to-mid-1960s following the success of the 1962 movie version of John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids. The foliage fear spread from movies to TV, including episodes of The Avengers and (into the 1970s and 1980s) episodes of Doctor Who, among many others. And that's why this stinkburger was ruched into production. Yay.

Director Michael A. Hoey and producer Jack Broder had major disagreements during shooting. Broder changed the title from Night Crawlers - the title of the book upon which the script was based - to its current title, which Hoey detested. Broder also had story ideas Hoey disagreed with, and when the 'tree stump monsters' arrived, Hoey thought they were ridiculous and refused to shoot them. Broder called in Arthur C. Pierce, who was working on another movie Broder was producing, and had him shoot additional scenes to add the story elements Broder wanted. He also had Jon Hall, who had created the tree stump monsters, shoot the scenes with them that Hoey refused to do.

After the movie had completed shooting a producer hastily added the scenes of the island being destroyed by military bombers. There also were some close-up shots of the creatures that were done, possibly in order to purposefully showing off how low budget the special effects were.

It’s not quite Ed Wood, but The Navy vs The Night Monsters is pretty wooden; and that’s the actors I’m talking about not the walking trees that’ll rip your arm off if you get too close. The film was limited to a 10-day shoot and a tight budget, as well as a last-minute title change from the more respectable The Nightcrawlers. Obvious comedy relief scenes are shoe-horned in and the film is book-ended by a portentous voiceover in the vein of those 'man should not interfere' type that featured in every episode of TV’s The Outer Limits (just off air at the time this film was released).

There are enough weird moments to make it worth persevering: the mystery of what happened to the plane’s scientists is neat; the strange singing sounds coming from the ancient malevolent plant life is eerie; and the feeling that the whole thing simply wanted to be The Thing in the jungle is all-pervasive.

The King of the cult cheapie Roger Corman was involved early on in this film, but he’s not credited anywhere. His involvement, either as writer or director, would probably have livened things up no end, as he knew how to produce something exciting with monsters created out of virtually nothing."

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:
More Coffee
Teriyaki Chicken Noodles
Random Cans Of Shasta
Various Candies
Whatever Leftovers Can Be Found
Internet P0rn

... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE!

But lets go over a few rules first. There's no talking in Steve's Theater during our feature presentation and talkers WILL be forced to watch today's movie TWICE! OH NO! Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. Please dispose of all trash in its proper receptacle. And NO TEXTING! And I am VERY serious about that one. Hell yeah.

And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


The Navy Vs. The Night Monsters by crazedigitalmovies

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