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Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

Boris Karloff , Nick Adams , Daniel Haller  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer, Patrick Magee
  • Directors: Daniel Haller
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000542CO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Die, Monster, Die!" on IMDb

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American International Pictures production designer Daniel Haller donned the director's jodhpurs for the studio's second attempt at bringing horror master H.P. Lovecraft to drive-in audiences. The script, adapted from the author's favorite story, "The Colour Out of Space," by science fiction scribe Jerry Sohl (who later adapted another AIP/Lovecraft film, The Curse of the Crimson Altar), moves the location from rural New England to present-day Great Britain, where American Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) is visiting the ancestral home of his fiancée (Suzan Farmer from Dracula, Prince of Darkness). The girl's father (Boris Karloff) demands his departure, warning of a curse by his warlock ancestor. Said curse is actually a radioactive meteor, which mutates not only the local flora and fauna (the "zoo from hell" sequence, where Adams and Farmer encounter monstrous creatures in a greenhouse, is a campy/creepy highlight), but Farmer's mother (Freda Jackson), and eventually Karloff, who becomes a glowing zombie before the house burns in typical AIP fashion. Like the studio's previous effort, Roger Corman's The Haunted Palace, the picture is Lovecraft-lite, toning down the story's sense of unearthly horror in favor of standard-issue spook-show shenanigans. But Karloff's presence, though infirm, lends to the adequately chilly atmosphere, as does Haller's eye for dark-and-dreary art direction. Haller later directed another uneven Lovecraft film, The Dunwich Horror. MGM's full-screen VHS (and widescreen DVD) print has aged gracefully, with only minor surface damage. --Paul Gaita

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let The Cheese Fool You March 29, 2001
I know some people will groan about this, but I feel this movie has never gotten the credit it deserves. Mostly because there is a tendency to look with prejudice upon it's leading man, Nick Adams, because of the slow-down in his carreer just before his untimely and mysterious death at age 36. My father was a big naysayer of Nick Adams. His prejudice stemmed from Adams' participation in Rebel Without A Cause, a film my father saw as encouragement for youth to openly oppose their parents, without showing the parents' side of the story. However, if you watch Nick Adams at work, and keep an open mind, whether it's in one of his most famous films, like Rebel Without A Cause or Mister Roberts, or in his now legendary television series, The Rebel, you'll see a talented actor who was at ease in front of the camera. In spite of his young features (at times described as baby-faced) Adams had a screen presence that was strong and capable. Over time, my attitude of him has turned from thinking of him as a so-so player, to that of an underrated actor of whom life ended before something better came along. After you've viewed enough B-grade and lesser horror films, you begin to appreciate when a qualified and talented actor is given the lead in one of these films. And in Die Monster Die, Nick Adams was perhaps at his best during that slow-down period of his life. It's certainly one of the better B-grade horror films he was forced to work in at the time. And it's one of the better releases by MGM in its Midnight Movies collection.
If you look at the title alone, you're likely to pass on this one, thinking Cheese all the way, but don't let the title stop you. I think this was one of the most original science fiction/horror films to come out of American International pictures. It's based on an H.P.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars underrated sci-fi horror film March 6, 2001
I have always liked this film, even though checking through reference books one may find critical comments. It is true that a mistake was made in changing H.P Lovecraft's setting from New England (which of course was the deeply-felt source of all of his horror concepts) to England itself. And the story does not do full justice to his brilliant original, which is a classic of horror-literature. But that aside, the film is extremely atmospheric, and has strong performances by Karloff and all the other actors (including Nick Adams, who despite odd casting does a decent job as a modern American adrift in a strange old-world setting). And on top of that it has one of the eeriest scenes in all horror films, where Nick Adams and the beautiful Susan Farmer sneak into a greenhouse, which is a source of mystery throughout the entire film, and discover a menagerie of mutated monsters, illuminated only by flashlight. This scene is a high-water mark in monster special FX, even though it is very brief. Definitely worth owning in a DVD quality release!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Zoo In Hell? June 9, 2012
Although his short stories and novellas were influential among other writers, H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1037) was not widely recognized during his life time, and it wasn't until the 1950s that his work began to reach a wide audience. By the 1960s his reputation was such that the film industry began to look to him for ideas. The 1965 DIE, MONSTER, DIE!, was based on Lovecraft's 1927 "The Colour Out of Space."

Lovecraft fans may recognize the source, but in truth there's not much of the original story left. Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) goes to visit his college girlfriend Susan Witley (Susan Farmer) at her family's estate in England. The locals will scarcely give him directions to the house, and when he arrives he finds Susan's father Nahum (Boris Karloff) even less welcoming. Susan's mother Leticia (Freda Jackson) urges him to take Susan away--but before such can happen peculiar things begin to occur. There is a woman in black who stalks the grouds, glowing lights from the green house, a suddenly dead butler, and Mrs. Witley herself, who seems to be undergoing an unpleasant transformation in her bedroom.

American Internation Pictures productions are always cheap and are usually crap, and certainly DIE, MONSTER, DIE! is never going to win any critical awards. It is extremely, extremely slow. Even the opening credits seem unduely prolonged. The script is truly ridiculous and most of the special effects aren't. Adams is wasted in the role of standard hero and Susan Farmer is stuck playing one of the most ridiculously helpless heroines ever placed on screen. One also wonders how the wheelchair-bound Karloff is able to get around such a large mansion so rapidly. Nonetheless, Karloff and Jackson do extremely well, and the art direction is quite interesting. This isn't a film I'd care to sit through a second time, but it's a reasonably interesting way to pass a rainy day.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Die Monster Die on Blu-ray January 30, 2014
Boris Karloff stars as Nahum Witley in this 1965 movie which is also known as "Monster of Terror". The film is a loose adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's story The Colour Out of Space. The picture quality is great (though the first few minutes are soft) and the audio quality is fairly good for mono. Fans of the film will be pleased with the presentation. The only special feature is the trailer which is devoid of narration.

Video: 1080p | Aspect Ratio: 2.34:1
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Subtitles: None
Special Features: Trailer

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5.0 out of 5 stars The picture looked good, but I've seen old pressings that looked very...
As a fan of this oddball horror/sci-fi Boris Karloff opus, I was doubtful that Shout Factory would go the extra mile and actually improve on the existing Midnight Movie release. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect horror film for Halloween
The perfect horror film for Halloween! The Blu-ray treatment enhances both brilliant color images as well as the crisp soundtrack. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Tracy Dowhower
4.0 out of 5 stars Die Monster Die, buy blu ray buy
I love this picture, a great atmospheric picture with Nick Adams, Suzan Farmer and the great Boris Karloff. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok Movie Translation
I have had this one on DVD for years. I actually do enjoy this movie despite the fact it does not stay true to the novellette of "The Colour Out Of Space". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem
Surprisingly good film
As usual Shout did a excellent job.
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The story is classic.A real Diamond in the rough.
Published 7 months ago by Paula J. Bettencourt
3.0 out of 5 stars "Die, Monster, Die!" Provides a Unique Blend of 1950's Sci-Fi and...
I do love the old American International Pictures films from the 1960s. Many of them were directed by Roger Corman, starred Vincent Price, and were based on Edgar Allan Poe and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not true to Lovecraft but still entertaining...
This is one of those movies I remember from when I was a young boy. It still entertains just as much now as then. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Colour Out of Space
An oft forgotten and under appreciated adaption of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space". Read more
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