Monolith Monsters, The (1957) d. Sherman, John (USA)
After crashing near a town in Death Valley, fragments of a meteor expand and grow when touched by water. When the resulting stalagmite marauders threaten the nearby town, it’s up to Incredible Shrinking Man star Grant Williams to find answers quick, especially when he discovers that contact with the fragments turns his neighbors into solid rock.
Screenwriters Robert Fresco and Norman Jolley (working from a story idea by Fresco and famed B-movie director Jack Arnold) deserve huge kudos for coming up with a truly original antagonist from space as opposed to just another cheapie monster in a suit, and Clifford Stine’s special effects live up to their name.
Ably directed by John Sherman, this is a sci-fi gem well worth polishing off.