From Hell It Came (1957) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Dan Milner
Starring: Tod Andrews, Tina Carver, Linda Watkins
Rated: R/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Warner Brothers
Beware Tabonga! On a remote South Seas island, no one is safe from this hideous…and unique…monster. Tabonga is part man, part tree, all doom. Formerly an island prince, he was unjustly put to death by a witch doctor. Now he’s returned to life with roots, branches, and a vengeance. Against natives. Against visiting American scientists who investigate the tree’s radioactive green sap. Against anyone unwise enough to expect a tree to stay put. A macabre medley of creature feature, Polynesian kitsch, and Atomic Age cautionary tale, From Hell It Came, is the killer tree movie you woodn’t want to miss!
From Hell it Came is a pretty funny retro monster movie from the 50’s. We see things rolling along from nearly the start from the plot side of things but we really don’t have a whole lot in the form of the actual monster until much much later in the film. Things don’t really reach the point most will probably want until the film is about over but I guess that was the sort of thing they were going for in this one, going with more of a slow build. They also might have thought the monster costume looked pretty silly (which is does) and just wanted to try to have it on the screen as few a times as possible. To be honest with you, it looks like a deformed Gumby running around trying to kill folks so it is just as entertaining in that silly way as it is any other way. So, yes, we have an entertaining movie for better or for worst depending on how you look at it.
So we open up with our doomed Tabonga getting killed for no reason and then we roll up with a slow build until he returns and then seeks his revenge! On one hand, you got a movie that is a bit of a slow build but it isn’t a long movie so it kind of just hangs around without wearing out its welcome more or less. I dug the film but think it is one of those that would fit best being watched at some late night viewing. It has that classic monster feel even if our monster in question isn’t what I’d call a classic monster. The characters are dry, the plot isn’t awful, but I think more people than not will have at least a little fun with From Hell It Came if you give it a shot.
Quality of Transfer: 87%