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The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

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

Director:

Coleman Francis

Writer:

Coleman Francis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Mellor Douglas Mellor ... Hank Radcliffe
Barbara Francis Barbara Francis ... Lois Radcliffe
Bing Stafford Bing Stafford ... Jim Archer
Larry Aten Larry Aten ... Joe Dobson
Linda Bielema Linda Bielema ... Wife on Vacation
Ronald Francis Ronald Francis ... Randy Radcliffe
Alan Francis Alan Francis ... Art Radcliffe
Anthony Cardoza Anthony Cardoza ... KGB Driver / Helpful Neighbor (as Tony Cardoza)
Bob Labansat Bob Labansat ... Javorsky's Bodyguard
Jim Oliphant Jim Oliphant ... Husband on Vacation
John Morrison John Morrison ... KGB Passenger
Eric Tomlin Eric Tomlin ... Driver Run Off Road
Jim Miles Jim Miles ... Javorsky's Driver
George Prince George Prince ... Man Who Reports Murder (as George Principe)
Conrad Brooks ... Man at Airfield
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

Coleman Francis: [coffee as calming influence] The patrolmen relax by having coffee. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Narrator: Flag on the moon. How did it get there?
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Alternate Versions

Some versions eliminate the bare breasts shot in the beginning of the film. See more »

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Cinema: How it should NOT be done!
7 January 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Tor Johnson is probably best remembered for his starring in the so-called "worst movie ever made" Plan 9 from Outer Space! Well, the people who voted this obviously never saw The Beast of Yucca Flats! Ed Wood's Plan 9 is an authentic masterpiece compared to Coleman Francis' unendurable work of art. As most of my fellow-reviewers already pointed out: everything that can go possibly wrong in a movie features here…times ten! Even though the story only lasts 54 minutes, it's one of the most tedious experiences I ever had to sit through! Johnson plays a devoted scientist (oh yeah, he really looks like one) chased by cops (why? You tell me…) into a radiation test-area. There, he transforms into some sort of Hulky monster that goes on a lame prowl in the desert. What follows is a hilarious attempt by Francis to create tension and confusion, as he shows cops hunting down the wrong person (for 10 minutes!) and Johnson chasing two young boys that got lost in the wastelands. There's as good as no dialogue in the film, only Francis' own voice-over. And I guarantee you'll be wishing him dead after approximately 15 minutes. He talks the biggest nonsense (example: "Touch a button. Things happen. A scientist becomes a beast") and personally introduces you to even the most meaningless side-character! Argh, the humanity!! The spontaneously improvised ending (featuring Johnson kissing a baby rabbit) just stresses how ingeniously awful this production actually is. Oh well, at least it's bad in a fun way. Most of the time, you can't figure out whether to pity or worship everyone involved in this film. Johnson wisely decided to quit his acting career after this but Coleman Francis ambitiously persisted chasing his dreams and delivered the – even worse – film "Night Train to Munde Fino" in 1966. His cinema career regretfully ended with guest appearances where he got credited as "Fat drunk" or "1st man"… What a damn shame! Believe the public opinion on this one, folks! It really is awful


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl Madness See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$34,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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