Friday, October 09, 2015
31 Days of Halloween - Day 9 - Movie 1
When biological samples are taken from Antarctica and to be transported to America, an unknown life form comes to life aboard the plane just before it's about to land at an island Naval base in order to refuel. The sailors stationed on the island begin disappearing. Some are found with terrible burns, others are not found at all. The nature of the killer is unknown, but is determined to be a specimen that came in on the plane. As the hunt for the mysterious organism continues, so does the body count.
The Navy vs the Night Monsters (1966) is actually a much better movie than I would have guessed. While the vast amount of humor undermines what could have been a pretty intense situation, it succeeds in giving the cast of characters distinctive personalities so that as they are picked off one by one they aren't merely cannon fodder. Yes, some of the dialogue is cringeworthy, and some situations defy credibility, but you get the sense that there was an earnest effort to make something that rose above similar fare at the time.