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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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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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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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Le tueur au cerveau atomique  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To keep the budget low, like many directors of the period, Edward L. Cahn chose to shoot the film with in as few breaks and edits as feasible, so that the characters are constantly standing, sitting, and pacing to avoid the tedium of talking-head shots. Even when characters move from room to room, there are very few cuts. The effect is both impressive and amusing, once the viewer becomes aware of it, and could inspire a Drinking Game based on spotting the edits! See more »

Goofs

Jet planes are supposedly shown patrolling the city air space in order to detect a house emanating radioactivity. It's ludicrous to think that an aircraft traveling at supersonic speed would be able to isolate radioactivity in a single building. See more »

Quotes

Frank Buchanan: Is he dead?
Dr. Wilhelm Steigg: He never was alive.
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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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