FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:
A young man visits his fiancé’s estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in his greenhouse to giants. When his own wife falls victim to this mysterious power, the old man takes it upon himself to destroy the glowing object with disastrous results.
FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:
“Die Monster Die” is a rather unique Lovecraft adaptation from the mid 1960s. Basically, Arkham is transposed to England and we get Nick Adams as a goofy lead. The townspeople are scared of his fiance’s father and it’s up to him to discover why. As it turns out, the dude is experimenting on a meteorite that is starting to mutate the things around him. Everything goes crazy and then we get a small amount of Lovecraftian shenanigans on an American International budget.
Boris Karloff was in a weird place during that last decade of work. He was bouncing around between horror movies, classic animation and working as token old man until the end. Karloff still plays a capable mad scientist, but he was so slow to move and he didn’t present that maddening sense you should get from Lovecraft. He just seemed very tired of dealing with mutated plants and those damn kids. If anything, it was almost Samuel Z. Arkoff presents “Get Off My Damn Lawn”.
The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. However, you do get a trailer. The 1080p transfer is superb and shows off AIP’s attempt at Colorscope with panache. Plus, the DTS-HD mono track pops in a way that puts my old MGM Double Feature disc to shame. Now, if Scream Factory could just release “The Dunwich Horror”. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!