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The Cyclops (1957)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  28 July 1957 (USA)
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An expedition to Mexico finds and does battle with a mutated 25-foot man with one big eye.

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Complete credited cast:
James Craig ...
Russ Bradford
Gloria Talbott ...
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Martin 'Marty' Melville (as Lon Chaney)
Tom Drake ...
Lee Brand
Duncan 'Dean' Parkin ...
The Cyclops (Bruce Barton) (as Duncan Parkin)
Vicente Padula ...
The Governor (as Vincent Padula)
Marlene Kloss ...
The Salesgirl
Manuel López ...
The Policeman (as Manuel Lopez)
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Susan Winter undertakes an expedition to a remote area of Mexico, hoping to find her fiance, Bruce Barton, whos plane-crashed there some time ago. The area is suspected to have a good supply of uranium, so Susan has promoted this to wealthy Martin Melville to get money for her expenses. In addition to Melville, she is accompanied by guide Russ Bradford and pilot Lee Brand in his small-engine craft. But the plane crashes, stranding the four in an isolated valley, which they soon discover is highly radioactive and inhabited by mutated life forms - giant insects, enormous lizards, and a 25-foot-tall human male with a deformed face, just one eye, and only brute animal instincts to feed and protect its turf... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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The man-thing huge as a dinosaur in a horrendous land of nature gone bad! See more »

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A Maldição do Monstro  »

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Voice specialist Paul Frees is given credit for special voice effects. His contributions included the vocal sounds of the cyclops, the breathing sound of the giant lizard and the "Mexican" voice heard on the plane's radio. See more »

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For a couple of scenes in the middle of the movie, Gloria Talbott's shirt changes from light to dark, then back to light again, but with the same torn right sleeve. See more »

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One-Eyed Man in the Country of the Bland
18 March 2013 | by (nashville, tn) – See all my reviews

Some day, film historians who have entirely too much time on their hands might attempt to settle the question of which is Bert I. Gordon's "best" cheesy sci-fi film -- which would require hair-splitting on such an infinitesimal scale that in the end it could probably only be resolved by gladiatorial combat.

On the other hand, there should be near-universal agreement that this is hands-down his worst. "The Cyclops" is just plain dull, even though it at times rips off -- er, I mean, echoes -- the Greek legend of Ulysses and Polyphemus. Gloria Talbott is literally this movie's only redeeming feature: she's the reason I give it two stars out of ten, instead of one. Well, her and the classic Stinson Voyager monoplane.

She certainly emotes her heart out, during that forty-minute scene -- OK, maybe it was only ten minutes, but it sure seemed much, much longer -- in which she and her mates have been trapped in a cave by her radioactively-enlarged, brain-damaged, horribly disfigured fiancé. Ever-versatile Paul Frees supplies the monster's voice, in what may be the longest continuous series of inarticulate grunts and growls recorded outside of a Screamin' Jay Hawkins session.

One way you could look at this movie is as a test-bed for plot elements of "The Amazing Colossal Man" and especially its sequel, "War of the Colossal Beast". My advice to anyone who isn't a Gordon complete-ist, though, would be to skip this one and go straight to the other two, which despite their ultra-cheap special effects and lower end of the B-list actors are still somewhat entertaining.


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