|Actors: Tod Andrews, Tina Carver, Linda Watkins, John McNamara, Gregg Palmer |
Directors: Dan Miller
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Allied Artists
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2009
Run Time: 71 minutes
According to Tim Healey, it deserves an honored place in the canon of the world's worst movies. However, in Leonard Maltin's movie guidebook, the film was rated at 1½ stars (only the second-lowest of seven ratings available), with the comment that "As walking-tree movies go, this is at the top of the list." James Rolfe reviewed it in his Monster Madness series, acknowledging the absurdity of having a tree monster "come from hell" rather than a demon or oni. TREE MONSTER!
What more is there to say? Well, Fangoria wrote…
Despite all my gripes here, FROM HELL IT CAME does hold a valid place in the pantheon. It is a great expression of the period’s Atomic Age fears and a superb example of the creature films that saturated the time. No, Tabonga is not at all scary. The plot is slow and dry, and the scientists’ constant mocking of the natives’ primitive ways comes across as a giant “We are America, and everyone else sucks,” yet the film still has a kitschy charm that makes it a decent watch.
Now available as part of Warner Home Video’s Archive Collection, FROM HELL IT CAME is recommended not as an example of brilliant filmmaking or intense scares, but more as a fun, cheesy laugh and a fine example of 1950s atomic worries. Check out the trailer below, and marvel at the wonder that is Tabonga!
TREE MONSTER! TREE MONSTER! TREE MONSTER! TREE MONSTER! TREE MONSTER!