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Bert I. Gordon
John David Carson
A defecting Russian scientist is transformed by an atomic test into a hulking monster, Tor Johnson, of course. Not much else except some people are killed, boys get lost, and a rabbit sniffs Tor's corpse. (This film was used for Mystery Science Theater 3000.) Written by
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Produced in 1961, the very first scene surprises: a topless woman is drying off after a shower and retires to her bed when a strange man appears and.... The scene is shot with quick cuts, and seems like a late insert into the film, since "Psycho" was released the prior year, and has nothing to do with the subsequent events. Later a hulking manbeast, exposed to radiation, kidnaps a fainting woman, and carries her around the desert for a long period of time, including hiding out in a cave. Another scene shows a sheriff summoned to locate the missing woman, leaving his wife in the house, featuring lingering shots of this attractive blonde in a silky nightgown, getting up and going back to bed. The sexual suggestiveness of these three scenes is undebatable, going as far as they can in 1961 to illustrate that theme. Some good location work offsets the silly, yet fascinating narration of this basically silent film. Cast of unknowns remained that way, save Tor Johnson as the titular fiend, inadequately made-up, famous for his Ed Wood roles. Another obscure horror picture that has found its way to DVD in a good black-and-white print with an interesting Cold War influence. Weird.
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