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The first scene raised many questions: Who was the girl? How did Javorsky kill her before he mutated? Was it an unmentioned scene in the middle of the film? According to Tom Weaver's interview with producer Anthony Cardoza, the scene was shot after the movie was completed, and Coleman Francis put it there because he liked nude scenes.
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According to Anthony Cardoza, the rabbit at the end was not scripted; a wild baby jackrabbit wandered into the shot.
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Shot without sound. To avoid having to sync a lot of sound in post-production, the actors turned away from the camera when speaking, and cupped their hands over their mouths when shouting.
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Tor Johnson's final starring role. He had one more uncredited role in Head (1968).
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Howard Morrison provided the Geiger counter. It was also used in Night Train to Mundo Fine (1966).
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The rabbit scene was filmed by John Cagle.
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In the one scene, when the mother yells the boys' names, she yells for Randy and Art. When the father takes off looking for them, he yells for Randy and Mike.
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The setting for the film, "Yucca Flats," was based on the real-life Yucca Flat, which has been called "the most irradiated, nuclear-blasted spot on the face of the earth," but actual shooting locations for the film were all in California: Santa Clarita (desert scenes), Saugus (airplane scenes) and Van Nuys (opening scene interior). In 1970, nine years after the film was made, 86 workers were exposed to radiation during the Yucca Flat Baneberry Test in the actual Yucca Flats. In March 2009, Time identified the accident as one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
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Since no audio was recorded during principal photography, during scenes in which firearms are used, the muzzles of the guns are usually out of shot when the weapons are fired. Also, in scenes of gunplay, many characters appear at first to have suffered life-threatening bullet wounds, only to appear in later scenes fully recovered with no visible signs of having been wounded.
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The Beast of Yucca Flats was first released on DVD by Image Entertainment on September 5, 2000, followed by numerous later DVD releases. It was released by Alpha Video on November 18, 2003, and by Image Entertainment on December 30, 2003 as a part of a double feature with Mesa of Lost Women (1953). It was released as a part of a 12-disc "Horror Classics Collection" by Digital 1 Stop on January 20, 2004. Platinum Disc released the film on June 7, 2005, and again on August 23 as a part of several multi-disc collections; Mill Creek Entertainment released the film on July 5, 2005. In 2006, it was released by Digiview Entertainment and ST Clair Vision on May 9 and October 17, respectively. ST Clair Vision re-released it on June 26, 2007. Releases by Direct Source and Mill Creek Entertainment, as part of multi-film collections, also appeared in 2007. ST Clair Vision re-released the film one more time on May 20, 2008. In 2010, The Beast of Yucca Flats was released three separate times by TNT Media Group and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. On August 20, 2013, Mill Creek released it as part of a 3-disc, 12-filn collection, The Best of the Worst Film Pack. The film was last released by Echo Bridge on September 1, 2015.
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An unofficial sequel, Rerurn to Yucca Flats: Desert Man Beast, was released in 2010.
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Many have speculated that this film was the partial inspiration for the Incredible Hulk comic book that came out a year later. The stories and certain plot points are very similar.
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The car pulled over was not a Volkswagen but a Renault rear engine convertable.
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Director Trademark 

Coleman Francis: [coffee as calming influence] The patrolmen relax by having coffee.
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Coleman Francis: [props] Light aircraft used to transport main characters
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Coleman Francis: [location] Yucca Mountain
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Coleman Francis: [location] Yucca Flats airstrip
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The first scene in the film is the strangulation murder of a woman (played by Lanell Cado) who has just stepped out of a shower, by a man whose face is never shown; it is implied that the killer molests her corpse. The murderer is dressed like Javorsky (Tor Johnson) after the blast, but the murder is never mentioned during the actual film, nor is there any apparent place in the narrative where it could be said to occur. (Javorsky as The Beast has burns on the backs of his hands, but the pre-credits strangler does not.) According to an interview with producer Cardoza by film historian Tom Weaver, the scene was added after the film was complete because director Francis liked nude scenes. In fact, Francis reportedly acted as Tor's stand in for that scene. Some prints (such as the one used for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode and the print on YouTube) were edited to show the woman clothed for the duration of the scene (running 81 seconds), with the only nudity being a brief flash of breast as she towels herself in front of a mirror. The 2003 Alpha Video DVD print has a slightly longer version of the scene (running 93 seconds), where the woman is shown naked as she puts on a pair of underwear, with both breasts visible several times before she is shown walking out of the room.
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Coleman Francis: [vigilante shooting] Hank Radcliffe, the boys' father, is mistaken for the killer, shot from an airplane by police, and wounded.
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