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The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  2 May 1961 (USA)
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A defecting Soviet scientist is hit by a nuclear explosion near Yucca Flats and roams around as a beast.

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Douglas Mellor ...
Hank Radcliffe
Barbara Francis ...
Lois Radcliffe
Bing Stafford ...
Jim Archer
Larry Aten ...
Linda Bielema ...
Wife on Vacation
Ronald Francis ...
Randy Radcliffe
Alan Francis ...
Art Radcliffe
Anthony Cardoza ...
KGB Driver / Helpful Neighbor (as Tony Cardoza)
Bob Labansat ...
Javorsky's Bodyguard
Jim Oliphant ...
Husband on Vacation
John Morrison ...
KGB Passenger
Eric Tomlin ...
Driver Run off Road
Jim Miles ...
Javorsky's Driver
George Prince ...
Man who Reports Murder (as George Principe)
Conrad Brooks ...
Man at Airfield
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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 Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Commies made him an atomic mutant!

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$34,000 (estimated)
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Tor Johnson's final starring role. He had 1 more uncredited role in Head (1968). See more »

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During opening car chase, the scenery repeatedly changes from desert to forest to mountains and back. See more »

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Narrator: Twenty hours without rest and still no enemy. In the blistering desert heat, Jim and Joe plan their next attack. Find the Beast and kill him. Kill, or be killed. Man's inhumanity to man.
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A Simply Incredible Mind Melting Mess!
20 May 2000 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

A confusing and mind melting mess of a film. They don't make them like this anymore! Tor Johnson's chance to star! Tor, as you may know, was a professional wrestler who went on to fame in Ed Wood, Jr. films like Bride of the Monster and Plan Nine from Outer Space. His huge build, like a human wall, and his bald head became famous. They still sell Halloween masks with his image!

In this film atrocity, he plays an atomic scientist on the run! Watch how government agents empty their guns shooting at him at close range, but can't hit his huge 400 pound body! If fact people are repeatedly shot in this film without any effect whatsoever. The film is most famous for its near total lack of dialogue, as an off screen narrator tells the audience what is going on and endlessly babbles cryptic philosophical insights on the modern world. Out of nowhere the narrator says things like "Flag on the Moon, how did get there?" "Young boys feed soda to the thirsty pigs."

The "plot" has Tor accidently stumbling into an atomic bomb test (funny how that happens), getting his clothes ripped up in the process, and then becoming a sort of hermit like desert cave dweller with a big stick. He likes to grab women, carry them around, and lick their hair. There are some other plot elements, but they don't make much sense. In fact, nothing in this movie makes much sense. Perhaps its all meant to be "art" and if so, its a lot more fun than any Andy Warhol film ever was. I would love to make serious film students watch and study Beast of Yucca Flats to learn its cinematic techniques and digest its social commentary.

The long version of the movie contains a nude scene at the beginning. Yes, the film drags in places, but its a unique and unforgettable work.


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