The Monolith Monsters (1957) Review by Mike

Mike Matei / September 2nd, 2013


  • pashon

    September 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    first ? really ?

    • Jesky

      September 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      I dunno… I think the monoliths should have been alive. and yell many swears at humans as they fall.

  • Stephan Jackson

    September 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I’m more of a positive cleavage kinda guy. Had actually never heard of this one. Thanks Mike!

  • KennyM

    September 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I love the mike reviews! oh yeah, third!

  • johnw1104

    September 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hah I don’t think it’s that hard for the audience to understand the pre-cell phone era.

    Also, I suspect an entire continent being transformed into strange giant rocks would indeed kill a person or two. 😉

    That’s a cool movie though, I’d never heard of it! Might have to check it out.

  • September 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Great Review!

  • KennyM

    September 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    mike, you never mentioned the end, what the hell happens?! how do you defeat rocks? also, I love these kind of older movies/ twilight zone type of stuff, whats a good way to find them?

    • Kenshiroh

      September 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Why would you want him to spoil the end of the movie?

  • roboraygun

    September 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Ha! Yeh I feel like a lot of these classics are gonna have their flaws, but like you said you have to remember when they were made. I love the idea tho of this thing just multiplying x infinity being the “monster”… it kind of reminds me of that one movie in the Creepshow movie with the meteor that made that moss that just took over every thing! It’s its own kind of creepy!

  • Slayer40k

    September 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    The movie plot seems unique and interesting, but can’t help but think there’s something familiar with it.

    Prob just the whole expansion of minerals to engulving an area or environment

  • September 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Great! I love your video game reviews Mike, but I miss your movie reviews a lot. They were one of my favorite features of Cinemassacre. I always looked forward to see what interesting/shitty movie you’d cover next. It’s good to see another one… finally.

    If you had the time would you consider reviewing “Day of the Triffids” or maybe “Peeping Tom” sometime in the future?

  • September 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Do you really think, that if something will happen to electricity the mobile phones will still be working?

  • marc_lawson

    September 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Must have been Medusa’s cleavage.

  • BladeRunner

    September 2, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    cool video Mike, I always wondered what this movie was about.
    I love 50’s science fiction films, might check this out now.

  • September 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Sweet! New video!

  • September 2, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Haha! Kids today wouldn’t be able to understand this movie. They’ve lived with the internet and cell phones spoon-feeding connectivity to them their entire lives. They couldn’t possibly imagine what it would be like without them. Life as they know it would be over lol.

  • September 3, 2013 at 2:50 am

    They thought it was an explosion: “We can rule out the explosion idea. There wasn’t any”.


  • September 3, 2013 at 5:33 am

    interesting. the last time rocks from outer space was a concept was Apollo 18. that’s a stretch because they were mostly crab like aliens that looked like rocks. ha. hey, if your town is being over run by giant black crystals from outer space, call in The Rock Biter. he’ll clean that up in a jiffy.

  • September 3, 2013 at 5:35 am

    maybe one way to enjoy a movie about giant stones is to get stoned before watching it.

  • taykel

    September 3, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I don’t think that’s a bad idea to remake this. It could bring more attention to this film.

  • vitekr

    September 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

    You joke about negative cleavage but I’ve seen it kill a man. It was gruesome and you should all be thankful others have faced it, so you don’t have to.

  • Vontux

    September 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    This film is available on

  • September 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Love the idea behind this film, something like this could certainly be relevant today! Would be worth a serious remake if nothing else.

  • September 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

    we love u mike but did james rolfe drop off the face of the earth

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:06 am

      He’s been hard at work putting together 31 videos for october.

      • Vontux

        September 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        You really should look into mentioning . A large number of older movies, this one included have passed into the public domain and are available there for free.

      • September 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        cool can’t wait to see keep up the good work mofo mike

      • RMBowie

        September 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        Hardware Wars (1978)

        love you to review this classic

  • Lanlost

    September 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

    “I find it funny that the title of the film is ‘The Monolith Monsters’ because there’s no actual monster. They’re just a bunch of big stones. It’s the rocks destructive powers that are monstrous.”

    Big stones… Hmmm. You mean, monoliths? I don’t understand what the issue is. How is this a bad or misleading title?

    (Seriously, am I missing something? =/)

  • Justin Gogas

    September 4, 2013 at 12:54 am

    At first, I thought this review would be hard to watch and be a lode of shit. My interest was eroding, but it turned out to really rock. Good movie to dig up. I’d be under no pressure to vote this for the best review by a landslide. No fault to anyone who caves in and joins me.

  • Aaron1375

    September 4, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Nice review…I’d never heard of this one before.

  • Tim Napolitan

    September 4, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Nice review. I think one of the reasons alot of us fans here keep coming back for your video reviews Mike is because of how obscure the movies truly are. In an internet age where everyone is rushing to get a review on the latest game or movie you go against the grain picking (unknown to most) cult classics to just completely off the track black and white monster movies and foreign films not shown on Monstervision or television television for all of us to check out.

    Very informative stuff on top of all of this too. I can’t imagine how you find the time to find these movies, review and post them with such care. Great stuff.

  • Jimmie Uppa

    September 4, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I must have seen this movie about 3 years ago, when I lost myself on horror and sci-fi from the 50’s. It must have been one of my favorites among the movies I saw then, even if it took me alot of time before I got to it.

  • September 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    A great film! Really enjoyed this when I tracked down a copy for my partner, who hadn’t seen it in years.

  • September 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Very original movie, never heard of it before. and nice review as always, mike!

    anyway, guys, can you take a look on my youtube channel?
    I make acoustic arrangements for famous game themes, such as Zelda and Mario! I’ve just started it, and i’ll be posting plenty of videos soon, please, take a look and subscribe if you like it!

  • spekkio

    September 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Nice! This is one of the old classic sci&fi I really enjoyed watching! Some of them can be quite boring, but not this one! I haven’t seen your review yet so I hope you liked it too 😀

  • spekkio

    September 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’m not a big fan of remakes, but if there’s any remake I want to see it’s the monolith monsters. I always found it scary when some “science gone wrong”, goes out of control. I like how the rocks grows fast, but it’s still slow compared to modern cinema. It would be scary to have a giant crystal growing outside of my house, knowing I cannot control it, it will at some point destroy everything.

  • DetergentTripod

    September 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I found this movie on a Sci-Fi movie collection DVD, for some reason i can’t explain it’s one of my favorites

  • nammm3

    September 4, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Nice review Mike! 😀 It would be cool if they do a remake of this, especially since there’s a lot more buildings and highways now

  • fcabanski

    September 5, 2013 at 1:10 am

    A modern remake would need a protagonist. A slow moving force of nature isn’t a good protagonist.

  • dansims

    September 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Hey, there was a pub about christian creationist on the site, what the fuck.

  • September 6, 2013 at 1:06 am

    right on mike. great work.

  • angel85

    September 6, 2013 at 2:00 am

    the monoliths are actually a pretty good model for a silicon based life form. They feed off of silicon in the environment around them to grow, and reproduce by shattering so each piece becomes a new creature. Of course they wouldn’t represent a direct threat to humans, even if you picked one up and held it in your hand, since our bodies contain almost no silicon at all we wouldn’t be a viable food source…nor could they turn us to stone unless they somehow inject silicon into us through osmosis (a process that would be time consuming and reversible.) However 90% of the Earth’s crust is made out of silicates (minerals that contain silicon) so there wouldn’t be any place to run either.

  • September 6, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Yeah, today we have cell phones that run on battery, but so far they ain’t got satellite. So when the power goes even for the masts, or even the rocks topple the masts… No phone, no Facebook, no twitter… WE’D GO EVEN MORE INSANE! XO

  • joliet_jane

    September 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I find the idea of unstoppable inanimate objects which can turn humans to stone VERY creepy. I’m going to check this one out for sure. Thanks Mike!

  • October 1, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Tiberium was only modeled after this movie in the C&C3 and beyond.

    In the original two games, Tiberium wasn’t a crystal/rock. Tiberium was a plant that leached all useful elements out of the ground, and merely concentrated them into crystal; which were essentially it’s fruits/leaves.

    Many a Tiberium mutated lifeform would roam the earth; a far more expansive and awesome premise than a couple of rocks.

  • Strazdas

    October 15, 2013 at 5:03 am

    I remember this movie and the review i wrote. after seeing hundreds (literally) of shitty 50s sci-fi films this was very refreshing and i liked it a lot.
    Its a GOOD movie for what it is.

  • OldStuffFan

    March 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Great review, Mike!

    Could you make someday more movie reviews? That would be great!

    P.S.: I got the chance to see every movie that you reviewed from “Robo Vampire” to “The Monolith Monsters” (except the BACK TO THE FUTURE animated series).


    Ben from Germany

  • Daniel82

    March 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Where is that review that Mike talks about , a movie about a guy called Lando who fights against satan or something ?

  • March 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Is this were S.T.A.L.K.E.R got their idea on the Wish Granter from? Besides the novel?

  • June 7, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    looking at the monolith I can’t help but think. Oh no its space godzilla

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