Amazing Colossal Man (1957): This is a good movie.
I enjoyed it thoroughly. For 1957, the special effects are
grand. Just about as good as
you could ever hope to get them today. The giant monster of this
movie? A man! Not an animal, but a man! Which,
surprisingly, was unusual for the time. Another exception to the
era is "The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman".
Army holds a top
secret experiment in which they blast plutonium. A strange plane
accidentally flies into the restricted area and crash lands.
Colonel Glen Manning (Glen Langan) rushes out to save the pilot.
But before he can return to the safety of the trenches, the bomb
explodes! In an instant, Glen loses all his skin and his hair.
that should have
left Manning dead in fact leaves him quite alive. By the next
day, all of his skin has regenerated. But he is far from being a
well man. Colonel Manning is suddenly taken out of the hospital
by the Army and all records of him staying at the hospital, as well as
those of the doctors working on him, are erased! His fiance Carol
Forrest (Cathy Downs) tracks Glen down to a top-secret Army hospital in
Nevada, believed to have been shut down since the Korean War. But
this place holds a dark secret that Carol soon discovers.
that Glen has grown
to gigantic proportions, at a rate of about ten feet a day! He is
forced to wear nothing but an expandable sarong for his increasing
size. For some reason, he is still bald-headed. That wasn't
explained. But as Glen's body increases in size every day, his
heart does not grow as fast. His body is unable to
sustain his heart and he is dying.
worst thing that
happens to Glen is that he loses his mind (due to the chemical
imbalance). He gradually turns into a mindless, speechless thug
that escapes the confines of the Army base and makes his way to Las
Vegas. Easily angered by the masses of civilians and Army
officers alike, Glen starts tearing "Sin City" apart.
scientists do find an antidote, and they even construct a giant
hypodermic needle. They reach him in time to give him the
antidote. But the giant pulls the needle out, kills one of the
scientists, and runs away with Carol in hand.
talks Glen into putting Carol down, and he does. But when the
Army men hear that he's just killed one of the scientists, they fire
upon him. Glen stumbles and falls down to the bottom of Boulder
Dam. And that's how the movie ends. Sadly, the antidote did
not work quickly enough to save him.
really intelligent and well-scripted science-fiction story. They
were trying to make this realistic. Unlike Godzilla and so many
other giant monsters, ammunition did, in fact, hurt Glen. He
could be stopped.
was great. All the cast members were likable.
moved quickly. It wasn't dragged out. There was enough
drama to add an element of reality and empathy. But this movie
was made to entertain, and they treated it as such.
I liked the
special effects. They hold up even 50 years after the fact.
Sure, if it was done today the effects would probably be done better,
but they're still great enough here to make it all seem real. The
makers did not try to overstep their bounds. They didn't try to
create effects that they knew wouldn't look good.
I Didn't Like:
like the fact that Eric was killed. That was the absolute #1
thing that I didn't like. He was a cool guy, a good guy.
Just as important to the show as Dr. Lindstrom. It seemed pretty
malicious and unnecessary to kill him. On the plus side, it was
cool that the giant could use the giant needle as a weapon. Neat
idea, wrong application.
It was kind
of sucky that Glen got killed at the end. It's not the worst
tragedy to happen in a film, because he did turn into an evil
monster. But since they gave him the antidote, it would've been
nice to see him transform back into his normal human state.
ended so abruptly! Glen fell off of Boulder Dam, and that was
it! They could have tagged something onto the end. Carol's
reaction to his demise. Or something that would elude to the fact
that maybe he survived the fall. Anything that could have made us
think that there would be a sequel.
a great movie. It's a British version of Godzilla, and done very
well. It's different enough from Godzilla so that it isn't a
ripoff. It also led to a really interesting comic book series by
out there was a big
mother Gorgo and smaller (yet still giant) baby Gorgo. This same
formula was, in fact, copied in the Godzilla movies when Godzilla's son
Minya was introduced. It's a classic example of monster movies
borrowing from each other.
to see this movie. It's in color, and the acting is great.
They don't try to do special effects that they can't handle.
Everything here looks fairly realistic...as much as it can be.
And it's believable. Watch Gorgo! You may also want to read
the comics, which pick up where this movie leaves off.
It Came From
Beneath the Sea (1955): BORING! This movie had
everything going for it, but a fast, interesting pace. The title
itself is cool. That's what sold me on it to watch it in the
first place. The actors were great and gave wonderful
performances. The story was even good. And the monster
wasn't too bad: a six-armed giant octopus. What went
wrong? We didn't see ENOUGH of the octopus, plus the movie
dragged; especially in the parts when they wanted to build a
romance between the male and female leads. I think it sucks when
some filmmakers try to make a romance movie out of everything.
They do this even today, but as far as I'm concerned this element
should NEVER be brought into things like action movies, horror movies,
sci-fi movies. Anything where you've got weird, creepy creatures
and violence, "lovey dovey" doesn't fly. And, like I always say,
color would've helped make this movie a little better, too.
Monster From The Deep (1967): A Korean version of
Godzilla. That's pretty much it. This isn't a bad
movie. At least it's in color. I think the human actors are
quite humorous. It's worth watching.