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How can you NOT like this film? It's very absurdity makes it an instant
classic. What absurdity you ask? Well how about the fact that when the
sheriff (George Douglas) and Jess the butler (Ken Terrell) enter the
giant's space ship everything is scaled to our size? How about the fact
that when the giant (Mike Ross) picks up the sheriff's car it's a
station wagon, when he throws it to the ground it's a sedan, and when
the sheriff checks the wreckage it's a station wagon again? Or maybe
the fact that Alison Hayes height seems to vary from scene to scene;
sometimes she's a mere 18 feet tall and in others she is much larger.
Did I, or should I?, mention that you can see right through both giants
in almost every scene?
And when she reaches through the roof of the bar to pick up her philandering husband (William Hudson, who also went face-to-ankle with THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN a year earlier) why didn't they cut the scene before you saw the doll Alison was picking up had no legs? Should I even mention the fact that this movie is set in California and the deputy (Frank Chase) has a Boston accent ("Hi ya Mistah Ahhhhcha!")?
You can spot Ken Terrell doing stunts in most of the Republic serials during the 40's. Roy Gordon (Dr. Cushing) appeared in THE WASP WOMAN in 1959, Yvette Vickers (Honey Parker) had a run-in with giant bloodsuckers in ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES. And Alison Hayes . . .ah, she was my dream girl when I was growing up.
Let the sourpusses deride this film, I think it's great fun. Don't waste your time with the remake, THIS is the one to catch.
The amplified, dispassionate female voice could have been Leona Helmseley in heat but, no, it belongs to Allison Hayes as Nancy Archer, the 50-Foot Woman of the title. In the most infamous role of her film career, Allison's performance literally rips off the roof. In fact, make that a couple of roofs.
Jaw-droppingly tacky, "Aot50FW" is the tale of Nancy, a neurotic, boozy heiress and her loveless Lothario husband, Harry (William Hudson, who also co-starred opposite The Amazing Colossal Man). Nancy has a close encounter of the third kind, in the desert, with a bald giant from outer space who wears a mini-skirt and gladiator sandals, and who has a thing for Nancy's jewelry. What he does to her once he's carried her off is probably best left a mystery, but soon Nancy starts to grow.
Treading into the center of town on tranquilizers, tightly wrapped in nothing but the bed sheets, the buxom giantess heads toward the low-rent saloon where Harry is having a few laughs with a floozy named Honey (Yvette Vickers). The confrontation turns ugly.
The Poverty Row f/x make the alien giant and Nancy appear to be transparent due to incompetently transposed images. You'll understand why director Nathan Juran changed his name to Nathan Hertz on the credits. Juran was no stranger to directing giant creatures, human and non, having also directed "The Deadly Mantis," "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "Jack, the Giant Killer" plus several episodes of TV's "World of Giants" and "Land of the Giants."
A lot of laughs for all the wrong reasons.
This campy 1950s sci-fi film has turned into a real cult classic. The
film is so bad - horrible special effects and terrible dialog - that it
is a hoot to watch. It's so terrible it's fun to watch. Instead of
scary you, the corny dialog just makes you laugh out loud.
I forget whether this film was made to be serious but at this point, it's like an Ed Wood film: so terrible that you laugh through the entire thing, making it a good comedy. As a bonus for guys, you get to ogle Allison Hayes, who looks good at any height!
I am amazed this movie is not available on DVD. If it wasn't well-known, they certainly wouldn't have bothered with a re-make.
You have got to love this outlandish movie. Allison Hayes is really over the top (in more ways than one) as she goes after Harry who is out cavorting with Yvette Vickers in the local bar. The special effects are the usual 1950's superimposed see through images that you've come to love in cheesy movies (see the Amazing Colossal Man). The foam rubber hand that crushes the life out of Harry is really bad...it just kind of flops around, flaccid and dead looking but it does the trick....I hope Harry isn't latex intolerant! This is a lot of fun and is one of the gems of the genre. If you hear someone calling "Harry, Harry", run for your life...the foam rubber hand is after you!
I love this movie, regardless of all of the campy errors and mistakes,
i can watch this over and over again. Allison Hayes delivers some of
the most incredible picture stills. When she is breaking out from the
roof of her house, her beauty mark just says hey. Her face as she is
looking through the window at the hotel, and even when she is walking
behind the electricity tower before getting shot down are just
So it was campy, it's the 50's, technology was not as advanced as today but to re-make this movie with Darryl Hannah was a mistake.
This "Cult Classic" should be put on DVD (hint, hint) and digitally enhanced, try to fix the mistakes, if possible and re-issue this movie. Trust me it has a following, also the main score gives the movie the scary touch.I heard the score in another sci-fi movie, recognized it immediately but the effect was not the same.
Someone mentioned the poster, which i have and i had it matted; it looks incredible and its a conversation piece.
Someone put this on DVD! Allison Hayes and this Movie Rocks!
What happens when a wealthy woman meets a giant opaque alien and his satellite in the desert. Why she ends up becoming a 50 foot woman bent on fixing her marriage with her adulterous husband! Great 50's hokum here! Lovely Allison Hayes plays a woman who has recently been checked out of a sanitorium and has major drinking/marriage problems. Her husband Harry is the scum of the earth as he flirts(and beyond) with beautiful Honey(Vickers). Both of them want Allison's money, all 50 million of it. The story is pretty ambiguous, and we really never do know just who or what that alien was all about. The best part is seeing just how low and sleazy Harry is, so we can wait to see him get his. The acting is pretty good, nothing great. The direction by Nathan Juran is adequate(nothing like what you would see in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad!). The special effects are fairly standard as we really never see Allison Hayes as a fully-materialized giant. She always seems to be a bit transparent for some reason except when we see her giant hand. Hayes looks great as a giant though in her skimpy shorts and bikini top, giving at least two great reasons to see the film...or is that three? Great 50's sci-fi fun!
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What can I say about Allison Hayes that hasn't been said before. The way she upsets a town, fills out a bed sheet, terrorizes a philandering husband... all these things make her bigger than life... whoops, too late. "Attack" is a great if under-appreciated movie that deserves more for the way that it strengthens women for what they are and not for what they should be, and for serving as a lesson for other idiots who don't respect their wives. Allison Hayes actually opens the way for more female horror antagonists of which there are so few: Angela from the "Night of the Demons" trilogy maybe the only one other off the top off my head I can think of right now. Allison Hayes being in this movie, which is most definitely the pinnacle of giantess movie next to "The Thirty Foot Bride of Candy Rock" and "Dude, Where's My Car," creates such a powerful presence in the movie that numerous guys like myself have become proverbially addicted to giant women pictures. Because of AOT50FW, there are now whole websites dedicated to posting pictures of beautiful actresses on giantess simulations; unfortunately, the majority of these sites are actually distasteful and extremely sexually explicit. Yet, regardless of the odd lunatic out there, fans still praise this movie even with all of its flaws. The special effects are crummy and the plot is ridiculous, but yet, it captures the spirit and the fear of the Atomic Age prevalent in movies of the Fifties. It truly deserves to be remade today. I just can't count the horrible Darryl Hannah version; Fifty-Foot Woman should be remade again as an apology to that horrible farce. In the Eighties, Victoria Principal, Markie Post or Emma Samms would have been more than capable of giving the title role justice, but now, either Kate Winslet or Reese Witherspoon could possibly give a remake the justice it deserves. Till then, if you can buy this original on video or DVD, keep it; it's a collector's item of one of the best movies to have come out of the Fifties.
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So you have a hankering to see a gigantic 1950's bombshell actress
rampaging through a city? How about a "flying satellite" with a 30ft
alien inside? Do you need some truly terrible acting, directing, dialog
and special effects to make your day complete? Then one of the most
legendary bad movies of all times, Attack of the 50ft Woman (1958),
directed by Nathan Hertz (Nathan Juran) is just the movie you are
Wealthy heiress Nancy Archer (Allison Hayes) has a lot of money but she also has a lot of problems. For one thing, despite being a very beautiful woman, the inheritor of a 50 million dollar financial empire and owner of one of the world's largest diamonds she just can't seem to keep a man. Her husband Harry (William Hudson) likes the money and all of the trappings that come with it, he just doesn't happen to like his wife. He prefers to keep the company of local hussy Honey Parker (Yvette Vickers) while Mrs. Archer stays at home pining for her philandering husband and hitting the bottle like there is no tomorrow. In addition to her drinking problem she also spent some time in the "booby hatch", so it comes as very little surprise when absolutely no one will believe her when she begins telling people that she was accosted out on a deserted highway by a giant alien with his own "flying satellite" (UFO). Yes, the whole town is talking about nutty Mrs. Archer, especially Mr. Archer; all that he and Honey can talk about is shoving her right back into the nuthouse so they can have all that money for themselves. But Nancy isn't ready for the asylum, not just yet anyway. First she makes her husband drive them all over the desert trying to find her alien admirer. After a full day of driving and nearly at the point of giving up Nancy finally does stumble across her strange visitor again. It seems that Nancy's boyfriend from outer space needs that extra large diamond of hers to power his ship (which coincidently happens to look like a light bulb with silver spray paint on it). Nancy is not worried about her diamond though, she is ecstatic because now there is proof that she's not crazy! Harry on the other hand has the more typical reaction when facing a giant monstrous alien from another world, he starts shooting at it and when that doesn't work he takes off running leaving his wife in the monster's clutches. Back in town Harry gets Honey packing and they get ready to get out of town, but fast. But not fast enough before the local sheriff (George Douglas) has them brought in for questioning about the now missing Mrs. Archer. Back at the Archer estate Nancy is found unconscious (with strange radioactive marks on her neck) on top of the pool house! Sedated and kept under the watchful eye of her personal physician Nancy begins growing, but when she occasionally does regain consciousness there is only one thought in her ever enlarging cranium, she wants her Harry! Meanwhile, good old Harry does what any dutiful husband would do when their wife is at home, unconscious and growing to the size of King Kong, he makes plans to kill her in her sleep! But before he can do the deed his plans are ruined and he slithers back to town (and Honey). It would seem that you need a lot of sedatives to keep a 50-foot woman down so it is not long before Mrs. Archer is back on her feet again and looking for that cheating husband of hers. She tears her way out of the house (now only wearing a bikini-like outfit made out of bed sheets) heading for town and looking for Harry and his hussy girlfriend who are at the local bar having a grand old time. She's tired of his cheating ways and wants him all to herself, and now that she is 10 times his size, maybe, just maybe he'll pay attention to what she wants.
There have been volumes written about this classically bad movie so there isn't much more that I can add. I'll just say that if you enjoy bad films, laughably bad films you are going to like this one for sure. Allison Hayes as Nancy Archer is the very best part of this film. Watching her chew up the scenery makes for a very enjoyable 66 minutes of your time. To be honest it's really hard to tell if she was a bad actress or just got stuck in a really awful film. Since even the greatest actress in the world would look rather talentless in this production you can't really hold it against her. From her other work that I have seen I believe that she did indeed have some acting talent and obviously she was a beautiful woman with definite screen presence. It's a shame that Hollywood didn't give her a real chance to show her talents, unfortunately most of her other films are of a similar quality to this production. All of the other actors seem to fit their parts well, especially William Hudson as her slimy, cheating hubby and Yvette Vickers who seems perfectly cast as Harry's conniving, bohemian mistress. Director Nathan Juran seemed to be a hit or miss kind of guy, directing several very good films as well as some really bad ones. It's hard to believe that he directed the wonderful fantasy adventure The 7th Voyage of Sinbad the very same year that he made this. Attack of the 50ft woman - one of the worst (and funniest) of all times!
I love this movie for so many reasons,mostly for the fact that the heroine is such a breakaway from the embarrassingly weak women stereotype.Allison Hayes was the only woman who could give this film justice,but history's treatment of it is a fatal blow.How her character became a giant could have been done any other way,but thankfully they avoided the radioactive poisoning cliche.The special effects could have been better,though.She looks like an ordinary woman on a dollhouse set [in the long shots,she's transparent!].To suggest she was a giant,they could have used more underneath shots,after all,everyone would be looking up,not straight at her.Otherwise,this is a great film for any guy or girl to share and comment with to their significant other.
This is a fair movie, good for one-off viewing. The plot itself is fairly
well worked for a picture of this kind which is a pleasent surprise as is
the acting, which although a little hammy, is better than normal for these
types of flick.
The 'special effects' are hilarious - a translucent giant and a blatantly polystyrene/papier mache hand wobbling unconvincingly on a bit of wire.
Definitely to watch once for kitsch entertainment value.
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