Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

80 mins | Horror | September 1965

Director:

Daniel Haller

Writer:

Jerry Sohl

Producer:

Pat Green

Cinematographer:

Paul Beeson

Editor:

Alfred Cox

Production Designer:

Colin Southcott

Production Company:

Alta Vista Film Productions
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HISTORY

On 24 Sep 1963, DV announced that Jerry Sohl had been hired to write three screenplays in the following two years for American International Pictures (AIP). The first would be Die, Monster, Die!, referred to by the working title, Colour Out of Space (after the 1927 short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft, upon which the film was based).
       TMore than a year later, the 2 Nov 1964 DV noted a title change to House at the End of the World, which, according to the 2 Sep 1964 Var, had previously been the working title for another AIP release, The Tomb of Ligeia, starring Vincent Price (1965, see entry). DV reported that Boris Karloff had been cast. The role was said to mark his first screen monster in thirty years. A Feb 1965 start date was expected.
       The 23 Dec 1964 Var stated that production would take place at Shepperton Studios in London, England, beginning 15 Feb 1965. However, on 11 Feb 1965, DV noted that principal photography would begin at the end of that month, and announced the hiring of lead actor Nick Adams, and director Daniel Haller. Filming finally began on 23 Feb 1965, according to the 3 Mar 1965 Var.
       The 24 Feb 1965 Var listed an anticipated release date of Oct 1965.
       The 17 Mar 1965 NYT reported that production was still underway. By the end of that month, the 31 Mar 1965 Var indicated that shooting was recently completed.
       The 3 Jun 1965 ... More Less

On 24 Sep 1963, DV announced that Jerry Sohl had been hired to write three screenplays in the following two years for American International Pictures (AIP). The first would be Die, Monster, Die!, referred to by the working title, Colour Out of Space (after the 1927 short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft, upon which the film was based).
       TMore than a year later, the 2 Nov 1964 DV noted a title change to House at the End of the World, which, according to the 2 Sep 1964 Var, had previously been the working title for another AIP release, The Tomb of Ligeia, starring Vincent Price (1965, see entry). DV reported that Boris Karloff had been cast. The role was said to mark his first screen monster in thirty years. A Feb 1965 start date was expected.
       The 23 Dec 1964 Var stated that production would take place at Shepperton Studios in London, England, beginning 15 Feb 1965. However, on 11 Feb 1965, DV noted that principal photography would begin at the end of that month, and announced the hiring of lead actor Nick Adams, and director Daniel Haller. Filming finally began on 23 Feb 1965, according to the 3 Mar 1965 Var.
       The 24 Feb 1965 Var listed an anticipated release date of Oct 1965.
       The 17 Mar 1965 NYT reported that production was still underway. By the end of that month, the 31 Mar 1965 Var indicated that shooting was recently completed.
       The 3 Jun 1965 DV announced the final title change to Die, Monster, Die! According to the 7 Jul 1965 Var, the film would be nationally released on 6 Oct 1965, playing as a double feature with Planet of the Vampires (1965, see entry). However, the 4 Aug 1965 Var later cited a 15 Sep 1965 release date. A citywide opening in Los Angeles, CA, was scheduled to take place on 15 Dec 1965, the 7 Dec 1965 LAT noted.
       Sources conflict on the casting of the characters of “Miss Bailey” and “Cab driver.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Sep 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
2 Nov 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
11 Feb 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
3 Jun 1965
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
7 Dec 1965
Section D, p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
18 Dec 1965
Section A, p. 13.
New York Times
17 Mar 1965
p. 52.
Variety
2 Sep 1964
p. 17.
Variety
23 Dec 1964
p. 18.
Variety
24 Feb 1965
p. 29.
Variety
3 Mar 1965
p. 13.
Variety
31 Mar 1965
p. 26.
Variety
7 Jul 1965
p. 18.
Variety
4 Aug 1965
p. 17.
Variety
24 Nov 1965
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Cont
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft in Amazing Stories (Sep 1927).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The House at the End of the World
Colour Out of Space
Release Date:
September 1965
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 15 December 1965
Production Date:
23 February--late March 1965
Copyright Claimant:
Alta Vista Film Productions
Copyright Date:
27 October 1965
Copyright Number:
LP32041
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Pathécolor
Duration(in mins):
80
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

An American scientist, Stephen Reinhart, goes to the village of Arkham, England, to visit Susan Witley, the woman he hopes to marry, and to meet her parents. He is put off by the villagers' lack of warmth, by the bleak grounds surrounding the Witley house, and by the cold reception given him by Susan's father, Nahum. Susan's mother, the bedridden and veiled Letitia, greets him warmly, however, and pleads with him to take Susan away. That night he encounters frightening apparitions and sees from his window the burial of Nahum's manservant Merwyn. The next day he goes to the village to find out about the strange occurrences at the Witley house, but he learns nothing. Later, Stephen and Susan investigate the Witley greenhouse, from which an unearthly glow emanates, and there they discover grotesque plants and organisms. In the cellar of the Witley house they find a huge, radioactive meteorite, which Nahum has been using to create mutations. Letitia, already disfigured from overexposure, is subsequently killed; and Nahum, also exposed to the radiation, dies in a fire which engulfs the house as Susan and Stephen ... +


An American scientist, Stephen Reinhart, goes to the village of Arkham, England, to visit Susan Witley, the woman he hopes to marry, and to meet her parents. He is put off by the villagers' lack of warmth, by the bleak grounds surrounding the Witley house, and by the cold reception given him by Susan's father, Nahum. Susan's mother, the bedridden and veiled Letitia, greets him warmly, however, and pleads with him to take Susan away. That night he encounters frightening apparitions and sees from his window the burial of Nahum's manservant Merwyn. The next day he goes to the village to find out about the strange occurrences at the Witley house, but he learns nothing. Later, Stephen and Susan investigate the Witley greenhouse, from which an unearthly glow emanates, and there they discover grotesque plants and organisms. In the cellar of the Witley house they find a huge, radioactive meteorite, which Nahum has been using to create mutations. Letitia, already disfigured from overexposure, is subsequently killed; and Nahum, also exposed to the radiation, dies in a fire which engulfs the house as Susan and Stephen escape. +

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