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August 29, 2016
A very loose adaptation of Lovecraft's classic tale of alien invasion. It was cheesy but fun nonetheless.
July 14, 2016
Nick Adams visits his fiancée's spooky mansion to find it surrounded by desolation (ALA "Fall of the House of Usher") and a creepy wheelchair bound Boris Karloff. The locals townsfolk shun Adams and the family for mysterious reasons, which are quickly revealed to be around a mysterious meteor that crashed on the property and was the cause of the desolation and additional mysterious events. The film was loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft story "The Colour Out of Space" but this hardly feels like a Lovecraft story. Despite that, the film does work in a strange way of mixing the style of AIP's gothic horror Poe adaptations with a bit of science fiction. Not a classic, but entertaining.
November 5, 2015
Yeah, this wasn't really a good movie at all and the ending was just weird. I'm not sure if this concept was tried before this film, but it was just awkward. Overall, pretty boring and Boris just plays an old annoying whiney father who is incapable of listening to anyone.
July 4, 2014
This movie is really old and really not good
March 29, 2014
Die, Monster, Die! isn't a bad film, but definitely isn't a good one. Boris Karloff puts on his usual great performance, but he is surrounded by weak material.
½ March 20, 2014
Die, Monster, Die! (AKA Monster of Terror) is a another case of a movie not living up to its title but managing to develop a cult following anyway. American International Pictures released the movie in 1965 on a double bill with Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires, but even the presence of Boris Karloff in the movie can't save it. For all intents and purposes, the film is a blatant ripoff of The Fall of the House of Usher. Almost all of the elements (story, characters, atmosphere, and location) are taken directly from that film. Unfortunately, the magic that Corman and Price were able to weave with Usher didn't translate as well. The film is also a bit notorious for being unintentionally funny. What the film lacks in story and acting, it makes up for in atmosphere and art direction. It's unsurprising though, coming from a director whose background is firmly in art direction (as well as designing the look of the Poe films of the past, as previously mentioned). It's not an altogether horrible movie, but it never quite succeeds, and it leaves you with an ending that is less than satisfying
February 12, 2013
As far as I can tell, the opening credits incorrectly guessed which Lovecraft short story the film is taken from, and even that is the least of the fiendish inattention present.
January 31, 2013
Stephen Reinhart quickly realizes that something is amiss when he arrives at his fiancé's ancestral estate. Nahum, the family patriarch, appears to be hiding some dark secret in the bowels of the basement, and it is up to Stephen to find it! DIE, MONSTER, DIE! is quite typical of the 1960's Gothic Horror films that were released by American International Pictures at the time, reaching for (but not quite achieving) the same level of success as Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe series. This H.P. Lovecraft adaptation is rich only in mood and setting, but falls flat on suspense or any true horror. Nick Adams is better than usual, and Boris Karloff makes the most of what he has been given. DIE, MONSTER, DIE! makes a valid attempt to bring several of Lovecraft's creatures to life in Witley's hidden museum of horrors, however dated the effects may appear some fifty years later. Director Daniel Haller's knack for production design shines out overall in this otherwise unnoteworthy feature.
½ November 3, 2012
Boris Carloff.. what can i say? another great film..!
October 30, 2012
A typical "early show" hokey but fun scary movie. I loved it!
½ October 3, 2012
OMG, crazy what they used to think was scary and decent effects!
½ July 24, 2012
A monster movie without a monster--Little Lovecraft, and little craft for that matter!!
June 20, 2012
Known as Monster of Terror in the UK when it first came out, and directed by Daniel Haller (The Wild Racers (1968) and The Dunwich Horror (1970)), and loosely based upon H.P. Lovecraft's 1927 story The Colour Out of Space. This is a creepy horror film that manages to be quite effective, and it has some good moments of horror throughout. It has American scientist Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams), coming to the English village of Arkham to visit the Witley family, as he intends to marry Susan Witley (Suzan Farmer), but no-one in the village of Arkham will give him a ride up to the Witley estate, meaning he has to go on foot. Near the estate, he finds a huge crater with blacked out trees nearby. He gets to the estate and is given a cold reception by Susan's father Nahum (Boris Karloff), who is non-plussed by Stephen's visit, and the mother Letitia (Freda Jackson), who is bed-ridden with some unseen disease. But, Stephen becomes curious as to what Nahum is working on, and after discovering some huge, mutated vegetables in the greenhouse, he soon starts to worry for the safety of this very disfunctional family. At a mere 76 minutes, it manages to be a very good horror film with some good moments throughout, and Karloff making a creepy old father and scientist, the effects at the end as they fight a weird creature of light is a particular highlight. Oh, and look out for Patrick Magee of A Clockwork Orange as the village doctor.
½ April 6, 2012
There is Karloff, there is a giant creepy house, there is that mysterious movie night-fog that hangs about a foot off the ground, there are deformed homicidal maniacs, there are man-eating plants, there are ominous hooded figures scratching on the windows... What more could you ask for?

Die, Monster, Die! is EXACTLY the kind of 1960's drive-in fare that nostalgic horror geeks love (and believe me, I should know!) Plus, there is no nudity and very little gore. You can share this one with the kids and not have to pay for therapy afterwards. :)
½ March 31, 2012
Another good movie featuring the one and only Boris Karloff. The glowing green like meteorite in this movie looks like Kryptonite. By the end of this movie, you'll know the characters names, because they're repeated a hundred times.
March 23, 2012
Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space, this is a decent little creepy movie. Nick Adams and Boris Karloff are the definite highlights of this movie. I love reading Lovecraft's stories but it seems like most attempts to make a movie based on one always falls short. This one is no exception. It's not horrible as it does have it's moments, but it just seems to fall flat. Karloff made the movie good for me.
March 22, 2012
muddled and confusing
½ September 20, 2011
Atmospheric American-International 60s mad scientist film based on H.P Lovecraft short story. Looking a lot like an outlier from the Roger Corman Poe cycle this is a good watch on a wet afternoon or evening. Karloff is great in one of his last performances, sumptuous art direction and English "Old Dark House" setting also help.
September 15, 2011
a poor film which plods it's way through a sticky plot involving radiation turning people into zombies which all leads to a shoddy end
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