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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Man at Airfield


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 <>

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Commies made him an atomic mutant!


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2 May 1961 (USA)  »

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$34,000 (estimated)

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Coleman Francis:  [location]  Yucca Flats airstrip See more »


Randy Radcliffe is called "Andy" in several scenes. See more »


Narrator: Boys from the city. Not yet caught by the whirlwind of Progress. Feed soda pop to the thirsty pigs.
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Useful as meditation device
13 June 2005 | by (Illinoize) – See all my reviews

There is something very Zen-like about "Beast of Yucca Flats". The vast lingering views of the desert Southwest. The odd disconnected dialogue that sounds completely disembodied. The haiku like narration.

It is in the spirit of Coleman Francis' narration that I now give impressions of the film: A clock ticks. A beautiful girl. A hidden killer. The clock stops. There is no connection.

The vast desert. A plane lands. Joseph Javorski, noted scientist. Joseph Javorski, who looks like he could eat whole pigs, has the fate of the world in his briefcase. The Kremlin's best make him a target. The wheels of progress grind on.

A chase. Bullets. Murder. Flag on the did it get there? A bomb. More progress. Touch a button, something happens. A scientist becomes a beast.

Figures in a landscape. Who knows how long we really have? Joe and Jim, desert patrolman. They guard freedom and democracy 24/7 in this landscape. A beast is on the loose. Joseph Javorski, once a noted scientist, now...nothing.

There is no progress in the desert. Yet its effects are everywhere. Man's progress. Quench the killer's thirst. A family stops for a rest. The beast appears. A terrible mistake. Policemen with quick guns and the minds of swine. An innocent man dies. Who cares? Two boys feed soda pop to thirsty pigs. It's progress, you know.

Confrontation. A fight that is not a fight. A gun with no bullets fires. Joseph Javorski, noted scientist, becomes rabbit food. The wheels of progress grind on. End.

The viewer's mind becomes nothing. What have we seen? Who believes in flying saucers? Coleman Francis. The name lingers on. The lonely cry of desert winds. I love the movies.

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