US / GB
Dir: Daniel Haller
Starring: Boris Karloff and Freda Jackson
A young man visits his fiancée’s estate only to discover that the plants in the greenhouse have taken on gigantic proportions and a sinister nature
This dreadful horror film is a loose adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s story The Colour Out of Space. It was shot under the working title The House at the End of the World but was released in the UK as Monster of Terror and in the US as Die, Monster, Die! The opening scenes in the film feature some very good colour shots of BR Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No.41287 arriving at Baynards station in Surrey with a train of three green-liveried Mk.1 coaches. This was filmed shortly before the station’s closure on 14th June 1965 and the goods traffic had already ceased three years prior. An air of desolation is readily apparent from these scenes, not helped by the winter weather. The station was renamed ‘Arkham’ for the film and there are equally good shots of the level crossing and signal box for what was its final appearance in a feature film.