Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a ... See full summary »
A scientist, Gilbert McKenna has an accident where he is exposed to high levels of radiation. Surprisingly this does not kill him but instead leaves him unable to be exposed to sunlight. Whenever exposed to sunlight, McKenna devolves into a lizard man with homicidal tendencies. After having a brief fling with a nightclub singer, and killing her boyfriend, McKenna is on the lam from the police which culminates in a one on one battle on top of a tower. Great monster costume and Shatner type acting from Clarke are the most memorable parts of this great 1950s creature feature.Written by
When Gil fight the cop on the top of the storage tank he has stains on both the front and the back of his pants. In the next scene as he runs up the stairs the stain on the front is not there but when he turns to confront the cop it has reappeared. See more »
[playing the piano, and singing]
Strange Pursuit, The pursuit of love, Is a strange compelling desire. Though you're near, You're not mine to hold, And I want the joy your lips inspire. / My heart is bare, You know I care, Will you take my love, or throw it away? Please let me know, Just "yes" or "no." Why the great suspense in this game you play? / Strange Pursuit, The pursuit of love, Has me breathless with a burning fire. On and on, Goes the maddening chase. Never ending is love's strange ...
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A sequence (totalling a few seconds) featuring the monster (Robert Clarke) eating a rat has been removed from many existing prints of the film. See more »
A great bad film classic! No serious study of schlock film could be complete without watching this masterpiece! See if you can find a print which has the scene, often cut, where the lizard man squeezes the rats to death in the cellar. This film features some of the best bad science ever seen! The lengthly explanation, using a cheap textbook as proof, about mankind evolving from a fish to a reptile and then backwards again ("Its possible!" "That's Fantastic" "So are the isotopes in your atomic laboratory!")is worth the price of admission alone! Also features an incredible bad music sequence with perhaps the worst fake piano playing pantomime ever seen. Robert Clarke's lizard suit alone would make this film noteworthly, but with its other top notch bad elements, its an all time classic!
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