The Navy vs. the Night Monsters
|The Navy vs. the Night Monsters|
|Directed by||Michael A. Hoey|
|Produced by||Jack Broder; Roger Corman (uncredited)|
|Written by||Michael A. Hoey
Murray Leinster (novel)
|Starring||Mamie Van Doren
|Music by||Gordon Zahler|
|Editing by||George White|
|Distributed by||Realart Pictures Inc.|
|Running time||87 minutes|
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (also known as Monsters of the Night and The Night Crawlers) is a 1966 American science fiction film, produced by Jack Broder (and Roger Corman, uncredited), written and directed by Michael A. Hoey, and distributed by Realart Pictures Inc. The film is based on the science fiction novel The Monster from Earth's End by Murray Leinster.
A group of scientists with Operation Deep Freeze discover frozen prehistoric trees and other specimens in the Antarctic that date back to the first Ice Age; the scientists collect them for further study and load them aboard a C-47 transport plane.
The dull, workaday life at the south seas Navy weather station base on Gow Island is broken up when that transport plane, on a routine approach for re-fueling, reports trouble and crash-lands on the island's single airstrip. The seven scientists and crew who were aboard the cargo plane are now missing; the only one found aboard is the plane's pilot, who is traumatized and in a state of deep shock, unable to speak.
Unloading the prehistoric cargo from the crashed plane, local scientist Dr. Arthur Beecham recommends planting the trees to ensure their survival for later sturdy. Awhile later, Gow Island's tropical bird population becomes disturbed by something unknown; at the same time, the weather station's scientists try to figure out a connection between this event and a corrosive residue that starts turning up at various island locations.
It later becomes clear that the planted prehistoric trees have quickly grown into acid-secreting, carnivorous monsters that move about Gow Island at will during the night. They reproduce fast and eventually cut off the island with their growing numbers and nocturnal assaults; the Navy personnel's available weapons prove mostly ineffective against the monsters. Lt. Charles Brown, now in temporary command, has to hold together his dwindling Navy personnel and the coterie of scientists and civilians and figure out a way to stop this prehistoric onslaught.
Eventually, the weather station is able to radio the mainland for help. In response the Navy sends in multiple aircraft strikes from their nearest base; the naval fighter jets drop both napalm and fire air-to-ground missiles at the slow-moving night monsters, blowing then up or setting them ablaze. As a result, the prehistoric threat to Gow Island's surviving personnel is quickly eliminated.
- Mamie Van Doren as Nora Hall
- Anthony Eisley as Lt. Charles Brown
- Billy Gray as CPO Fred Twining
- Bobby Van as Esgn. Rutherford Chandler
- Pamela Mason as Marie
- Walter Sande as Dr. Arthur Beecham
- Edward Faulkner as Bob Spaulding
- Phillip Terry as Base Doctor
- Kaye Elhardt as Diane
- Biff Elliot as Cmdr. Arthur Simpson
- "Michael A. Hoey Interview with Tom Weaver for The Navy vs. the Night Monsters". Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- Strick, Philip. Science Fiction Movies. Octopus Books Limited. 1976. ISBN 0-7064-0470-X
- The Navy vs. the Night Monsters at the Internet Movie Database
- The Navy vs. the Night Monsters at allmovie
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