The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1958)





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Half-man, half crab, it lives in a cave near Piedras Blancas and only comes out of its cave to eat the offerings of the enigmatic lighthouse-keeper Sturges, whom everyone else considers crazy and superstitious. But as this campy horror movie shows, the lighthouse keeper isn't crazy at all; he just exercised poor judgment, for thanks to him, the lobster man develops a taste for human blood and embarks upon a killing spree by ripping the heads off two fishermen. The locals investigate and this creates even more problems as the killer crustacean makes his way towards the favorite teen hangout "Love Beach." The monster bears a suspicious resemblance to the "Creature of the Black Lagoon."
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Les Tremayne
as Dr. Jorgenson
John Harmon
as Sturges, the Lighthouse Keeper
Wayne Berwick
as Little Jimmy
Don Sullivan
as The Biochemist
Forrest Lewis
as Sheriff Matson
Jeanne Carmen
as The Girl
Peter Dunn
as Eddie
Frank Arvidson
as The storekeeper
Jack Kevan
as The Monster
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Critic Reviews for The Monster of Piedras Blancas

All Critics (1)

Some clumsy plotting and an overly familiar template render this no more than average.

Full Review… | September 25, 2016
Creative Loafing

Quite possibly the only monster movie named after birdcrap.

April 12, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Monster of Piedras Blancas


The film that broke new ground for the gore generation. Even though it might be an imitation of Creature from the Black Lagoon it is still worth watching. Even though I am not a fan of the gore genre I found this little movie a nice breath of fresh air after watching all the cheap imitations of countless other films. In short a chilling and terrifying monster movie.

Hayden Larsen
Hayden Larsen

I first saw this on television as a kid and I've got to say it scared the hell out of me. Definitely one of the ugliest of the man-in-a-suit creatures of this era. One scene in particular still gives me the 'willies': the monster carrying a human head by the hair. This may not be too thrilling in this day and age, but if you enjoy the golden-age monster movies, I'd place this on your list.

Francis LaLonde
Francis LaLonde

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