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Coleman Francis (written by)
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Release Date:
2 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Commies made him an atomic mutant!
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A defecting Soviet scientist is hit by a nuclear explosion near Yucca Flats and roams around as a beast. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Douglas Mellor ... Hank Radcliffe
Barbara Francis ... Lois Radcliffe
Bing Stafford ... Jim Archer
Larry Aten ... Joe Dobson
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
Graham Stafford ... News Boy
Tor Johnson ... Joseph Javorsky / The Beast
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lanell Cado ... Woman Strangled in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Coleman Francis ... Narrator / Gas Station Attendant / Man Buying Newspaper (uncredited)
Marcia Knight ... Jim's Woman (uncredited)
Joseph Luis Rubin ... Police Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Coleman Francis 
 
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Coleman Francis (written by)

Produced by
Larry Aten .... associate producer (as Laurence Aten)
Anthony Cardoza .... producer
Coleman Francis .... producer
Roland Morin .... executive producer
Jim Oliphant .... executive producer (as James Oliphant)
Bing Stafford .... associate producer (as Charles Stafford)
 
Original Music by
Irwin Nafshun 
Al Remington 
Gene Kauer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
John Cagle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Coleman Francis  (as C. Francis)
Anthony Cardoza (uncredited)
Austin McKinney (uncredited)
Lee Strosnider (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Larry Aten .... makeup artist (as L. Aten)
 
Production Management
Austin McKinney .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Austin McKinney .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Titus Moede .... sound mixer
Lee Strosnider .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Mercer .... film effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Strosnider .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Anthony Cardoza .... presenter
Theodore Charach .... publicist (as Ted Charach)
 
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John Grant .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Girl Madness" - USA (reissue title)
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54 min
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According to Anthony Cardoza, the rabbit at the end was not scripted; a wild baby jackrabbit wandered into the shot.See more »
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the aerial rifleman takes his first shots, the rifle scope cover is still on the rifle.See more »
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57 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Oh, the inhumanity..., 5 January 2005
Author: George_Bush from Odense, Denmark

A man. A movie. Mans inhumanity to the movie.

I have watched my share of garbage-amateur-horrible-z-grade horror, but Coleman Francis's: The Beast of Yucca Flats must be the worst ever! I cannot say I wasn't warned by other user comments, but such a warning only sparked my interest. If there ever was a movie, which deserved to be rated 1/10 this must be it.

The Plot: A defecting Russian scientist (Tor Johnson) is chased into atomic testing grounds by KGB agents, and he turns into a monster after he is exposed to a nuclear blast. You can tell he has turned into a monster because his hair is now white! The monster goes on a killing rampage, and two detectives venture out to stop him.

What went wrong: Short answer: Everything!

1. Dubbing. It took a while before I noticed that you never see any of the characters when they speak, so I checked the IMDb trivia section. Apparently the movie was shot without sound and later dubbed and to avoid out of sync problems the characters had their backs to the camera when talking or the camera focused on something else… It is hilarious to watch two people talk when the camera constantly shifts to the character that isn't talking. And then trying to get away with it for a whole hour…

2. The "score". The score is so over the top dramatic that it adds to the fun. A man walks through the desert/prairie and suddenly he sees a Keep Out sign, and you are blasted backwards in your chair by the music. Judging by the music a Keep Out sign is so much scarier than getting stabbed while showering… I guess it is supposed to compensate for the missing suspense/horror/action on all the other fronts!

3. The Narrator. The funniest thing in the movie is the narrator (Coleman Francis himself), who speaks with a calm and intellectual voice. I don't think one word he spoke made any sense – it's pseudo-intellectual dribble from the beginning to the end. We see a man lying in a hammock and the narrator goes: "Nothing bothers some people, not even flying saucers". I have no idea where he got flying saucers from – there are none in the movie nor are they ever mentioned. We see the scientist walking into the testing grounds and the narrator says: "Touch a button. Things happen. A scientist becomes a beast". It's like that during the whole movie.

4. Acting and effects. If the movie was supposed to be scary it would all depend on the monster, but like I already mentioned it consists of Tor Johnson with some white stuff on his face. We see the horrible monster chase a couple of boys, but sadly the monster is so fat it cannot really run, but it can throw rocks and wave a big stick… There are a couple of gunfights in the movie, but the bullets don't make holes or draw blood… Now, this might all sound like it makes some kind of sense, but let me assure you that it does not! There are so many whys and WTFs in this movie!

I will join the 393 out of 527 who rated this movie 1/10, but the fun factor is a lot higher. I didn't end up hating the movie like I did with Troll 2. And hey… it's only 54 minutes!

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