The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966 film)
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters, AKA Night Crawlers, Nightcrawlers, The Navy vs. the Night Crawlers, Monsters of the Night, The Monster from Earth's End (1966)
"Beware of the Night Crawlers...their clutches will disintegrate you!" A Navy officer and nurse use fire to battle killer trees from the antarctic that are stalking a volcanic island.
- Release Date: 1966
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction
- Setting: 1960s Ocean near Antarctica
- Runtime: 1 hr 27 min
- Starring: Mamie Van Doren, Anthony Eisley, Billy Gray
- Director: Michael A. Hoey (director), Arthur C. Pierce and Jon Hall (uncredited)
- Writer: Michael A. Hoey (screenplay), Murray Leinster (novel)
- Producer/Production Co: Standard Club of California Productions Inc.
- View Trailer: (link)
- Wikipedia: (link)
- Rated: (not rated) (Perhaps equivalent to a modern PG for mild 1960s horror film Violence and perhaps Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
By all accounts, not very "Lovecraftian" or good, though a loose parallel could probably be drawn between the film's horde of killer radiate vegetables lurking in an antarctic wasteland, and At the Mountains of Madness (fiction) (or at least The Thing from Another World (1951 film)).
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- David Csontos at FilmFanatic.org (link) - "One of the worst – most inept – and not even funny because of it – horror movies ever made."
- W.B. Kelso at For the Love of Science Fiction Microbrew Reviews, (link) - "...I realized two things: One, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters was pretty terrible, and yet, I kinda dug it. And two, I was struck stupid by a sense that there were two wildly different films, smashed together, locked in a desperate fight for tonal supremacy as the film transpired. Turns out, I wasn't too far north of the truth...."
- Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link) - "So I think this movie works best as inconsequential timekiller..."
- Andrew Smith at Popcorn Pictures (link) - "Made ten years earlier, Navy Vs The Night Monsters might have gotten a pass by fitting in with the other 50s sci-fi monster movies. But this is one of those films where you’ll sit and keep watching in the hope that something good happens. Apart from the odd moment of brutal inspiration, nothing good happens."
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A Navy officer and nurse use fire to battle killer trees that are stalking an island.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
- fiction: Murray Leinster, The Monster from Earth's End (published in Weird Tales)
- film: see also The Thing from Another World (1951 film) and The Day of the Triffids (1962 film)
- race: Triffid