Die Monster Die

DIE, MONSTER, DIE! 1965

Director: Daniel Haller

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



Die Monster DieIn Die, Monster, Die! aka House of Terror, Nick "Johnny Yuma the Rebel" Adams comes to visit his girlfirend (Suzan Farmer), who at first seems to be like the normal girl in the Addams Family household. But is she or isn't she "normal"?

There are elements of The House of Usher, despite that it's supposed to be based on H. P. Lovecraft's "The Colours Out of Space," taking place in the lovecraftian town of Arkham, & scripted by horror novelist Jerry Sohl. It nevertheless comes off more like a bad adaptation of Poe, & not surprisingly first-time director Daniel Haller had been a key figure in the design crew for Roger Corman's series of Poe-related films.

Really Die Monster Die devolves into a mere Boris "Mad Scientist" Karloff fiasco with FX that must've been a little bit cool-seeming in 1965 but evoke grins now.

It's rather big-budget for horror of its day, but might actually have come off better with a Z-budget so that the dumber-looking FX couldn't've been attempted. The film definitely has its moments & wasn't a waste of time, but I had to struggle to keep my finger off the fast-forward.

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