This is also on the Universal collection available thru Best Buy.
[b]Monolith Monsters (1957)-[/b]Starring Grant Williams again as geologist Dave Miller, this time with Les Tremayne, William Flaherty, Trevor Bardette, and Lola Albright as the love interest.
I caught this some years ago (and videotaped) off television. I liked it, it is an interesting flick that is very unusual in its monster. A black meteorite falls to earth and shatters into many pieces. A chunk is found by Miller's colleague, Ben, and taken to their office for study. During the night, a storm rages and a flask of water falls, shattering and spilling its contents over the rock which then begins to grow. Ben investigates and is found the next morning, turned to stone.
Albright's character is a teacher who takes some of her students on a field trip. One of the little girls takes a chunk of the rock home and begins to wash it when she is called to dinner. She is later found in deep shock with her parents dead and tons of the rock around the demolished house.
It soon becomes clear that water is the agent that causes the rock to grow and multiply. It sucks water out of any source it can find and sucks the silicon as well...including the minute traces of it in the human body.
A huge rainstorm then comes down over the area, instigating growth over all the meteorite fragments which then grow to great height, crash, break and grow over again....moving closer to the little town.
It is soon discovered what the weakness of the rock is and there are plans to exploit this weakness and save the town. Will the plan work?
Its a little gem of a movie, and holds the interest if you are willing to suspend your disbelief. The ending which shows the death of the monsters, after reflection leaves you feeling unsatisfied. Yes the rocks are dead now...but after the next storm??
The print quality is very good, no real artifacts of age/discoloration. The special effects are good and the acting/writing isnt all that bad. Worth watching .