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War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1958 (USA)
Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry.


Bert I. Gordon


Bert I. Gordon (story), George Worthing Yates (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Fraser ... Joyce Manning
Roger Pace Roger Pace ... Maj. Mark Baird
Duncan 'Dean' Parkin Duncan 'Dean' Parkin ... Col. Glenn Manning (as Dean Parkin)
Russ Bender ... Dr. Carmichael
Rico Alaniz ... Sgt. Luis Murillo
George Becwar George Becwar ... John Swanson
Robert Hernandez Robert Hernandez ... Miguel
Charles Stewart Charles Stewart ... Capt. Harris
June Jocelyn June Jocelyn ... Mrs. Edwards
John McNamara John McNamara ... Neurologist
Loretta Nicholson Loretta Nicholson ... Joan
Raymond Winston Raymond Winston ... Arthur Lang
Jack Kosslyn ... Newscaster
George Navarro George Navarro ... Mexican Doctor
Bob Garnet Bob Garnet ... Pentagon Correspondent


A mysterious series of food truck robberies makes government officials doubt that the 60-foot tall Colossal Man is dead. He is discovered in a desolate mountain range in Mexico, insane and horribly disfigured. The military drugs him and transports him back to America where he promptly escapes and wreaks havoc on a city. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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The towering terror from hell!


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


The producers decided to use the very heavy make up on Duncan 'Dean' Parkin as a way to disguise the fact that a different actor was playing Col. Manning, especially since in a dream sequence flashing back to the original film featured Glenn Langan, the star of that film. See more »


Maj. Baird says the Colorado River, where the Colossal Man fell into at the end of the first movie, is a mile deep in some points. The deepest the river gets is just over 100 feet. See more »


Dr. Carmichael: The foot that made that print is about ten times the size of a normal man's. That would make him about sixty feet tall.
Joyce Manning: Glenn was sixty feet tall!
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Alternate Versions

The original 16mm U.S. television syndication prints had the color finale printed in black and white. See more »

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Still creepy after all these years
30 October 2000 | by editor-29See all my reviews

"War of the Colossal Beast," the sequel to the cult-classic "The Amazing Colossal Man," isn't as bad as some critics would have you believe. It's loaded with unintentional laughs ("Get the picture?"), lots of cultural stereotypes, and a make-up design that is superior to most of its sci-fi contemporaries. The Colossal Beast's first appearance in the film can still shock the unsuspecting viewer, and the end sequence at Griffith Park -- along with the reinserted color pay-off -- make this film a must for any '50s B-movie enthusiast.

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June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Carmel Productions See more »
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1.66 : 1
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