Monster from Green Hell is a 1957 science fiction B movie originally released as a double feature with the 1957 film The Brain from Planet Arous. It was then re-released in 1958 as the top half of another double feature with the English-dubbed and re-edited version of the Japanese kaiju film Half Human.
In Libreville, equatorial Africa, the territorial agent makes plans for them to travel to meet Dr. Lorentz. Once the safari is ready, Mahri, an Arab, leads Brady and Morgan on the four-hundred mile trek to Lorentz's hospital. The safari battles brush fires, fever, drought and storms, eventually reaching the Lorentz compound where Lorna informs them that her father has not returned from a journey to Green Hell. Later, Arobi arrives with the news that Lorentz has been killed by a monster living in the cauldron of a volcano and gives Brady a giant stinger he removed from the doctor's shoulder. After Brady analyzes the stinger, he confirms that it belongs to a giant, deadly wasp. Although Brady advises Lorna to stay at the hospital, she insists on accompanying him, Morgan, Mahri and Arobi to Green Hell.
When the native bearers learn of the destination, they desert, and although Lorna is able to shame several local villagers into helping, they, too, run off when the group comes upon a deserted native village littered with dead bodies. After Brady expresses his concern that the insects may be multiplying rapidly and could eventually overrun all of Africa, he states that they must destroy the queen and her immediate colony. Brady then explains to Mahri that he has brought small grenade-like bombs, filled with a special explosive, to use against the monsters. As they move closer to the base of the volcano, which shows signs of an imminent eruption, they hear a very loud, buzzing sound.
When Brady looks down from a ridge above the volcano, he finds the queen wasp and several gigantic workers. The four men toss grenades into the bowl, but the explosions only serve to anger the wasps. Lorna and the men are pursued by one of the wasps, the size of a large building, but hide in a cave that it cannot enter. The group escapes through another entrance and, just as they emerge, the volcano erupts, spewing massive lava flows that destroy all the wasps in the conflagration. Morgan then notes that nature has a way of destroying its mistakes.
Production and reception
Monster from Green Hell contains stock-footage from the 1939 film Stanley and Livingstone. One of the filming locations was Bronson Caves located in Griffith Park, Hollywood.
The film's working title was alternately Creatures from Green Hell or The Beast From Green Hell. Although the print viewed included a 1956 copyright statement for Gross-Krasne, Inc., the film was not registered for copyright at the time of its release. However, the film was registered for copyright years later by Wade Williams on November 26, 1984, under number PA 180-809.
Monster from Green Hell has received negative reviews from the few critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It holds a 2/5 average rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a low 3,3/10 on the Internet Movie Database.
In popular culture
In the Pop Culture; The 1960s toy line from Remco which featured giant bugs vs. the military, the largest of the mechanical bugs 'Horrible Hamilton' is designed after the giant wasps in this film. Another of the mechanical bug toys in this line included a giant 'ant' or 'spider' which was designed after the giant ants in the film Them!, 'The Spooky Spider'.