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Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

Unrated | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1955 (USA)
An ex-Nazi mad scientist uses radio-controlled atomic-powered zombies in his quest to help an exiled American gangster return to power.

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Cast

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Dr. Chet Walker
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Joyce Walker
S. John Launer ...
Capt. Dave Harris
Michael Granger ...
Frank Buchanan
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Dr. Wilhelm Steigg (as Gregory Gay)
Linda Bennett ...
Penny Walker
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Dist. Atty. MacGraw
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Reporter #1
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Reporter #2 (as Larry Blake)
Charles Evans ...
Chief Camden
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Mayor Bremer
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Storyline

Several years earlier gangster Frank Buchanan was deported to his native Italy through the efforts of law enforcement authorities and rival gangsters who inform on him. While in Europe he meets scientist Wilhelm Steigg, who has perfected a method of reanimating dead people and controlling their behavior with oral commands. Buchanan underwrites Steigg's experiments and uses his technology to wreak revenge on his enemies. Unfortunately radioactive poisoning is a by-product of the process, and authorities use radiation detecting devices like Geiger counters to pinpoint the source of the sinister plot. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le tueur au cerveau atomique  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first films to use squibs to simulate gunshot wounds See more »

Goofs

When Dave goes to Chet's home, we see a name tag with 'Chet Walker' just above the doorbell. It's only there as he rings the doorbell. All other shots show a plain doorbell with no tag. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Chet Walker: [after his wife has asked if it is all right to leave their 6 year old daughter playing alone outside while monsters are murdering people in the streets] There seems to be some sort of definite pattern. Can't put my finger on it, but I do know that Hennessey and McGraw were killed for a reason.
Joyce Walker: Well, it's all right then?
Dr. Chet Walker: Well, for a while. I don't think they've gotten around to indiscriminate killings yet.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Zombies (1996) See more »

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Solid B-Movie Horror from the '50s.
17 October 2002 | by (Planet Gong) – See all my reviews

I finally bought a copy of this movie off of eBay because I had heard the Roky Erickson song of the same name like a billion times. I expected a cheesey flick, but instead watched a good, solid feature. It's definitely a B-movie, but that didn't mean "bad" back then. It just meant unknown talent and lower budgets. This is a decent story about an exiled mobster and a German scientist who reanimate the recently deceased with atom rays, and control them to take revenge on those who once testified against the mobster. A well-done but obscure flick.


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