JF Ptak Science Books Post 2245
I'm unsure of how I came to post this--maybe it is all the result of the one still from The Werewolf from 1956 with its dynamite phrase:
I guess the "atom scientists" were evil because the monsters depicted in these movies were a result of atomic/radiation somethings gone-wrong. Thus: evil. Of course some of these scientists were Commies, and some just Brand-X Evil (a good band name). All-in-all though there's really nothing in any of these films that comes remotely close to the horror of The Bomb.
Here's a few more examples of quick/bad/cheap Atomic Movie Weirdnesses brought about by the bliss of evility inherent in some "atom-scientists":
The Beginning of the End (1957) Republic
Evidently this film--"starring" Peter Graves--defines what might be the bottom of thehole-filled-hole filled with bad sci fi films. Poorly acted, badly written, with very little direction and astonishingly bad special effects, this film had nothing going for it. From what I've seen of it it moves beyond the so-bad-its-good category to so-bad-it-really-is-bad category. Gigantism pops up again here, with scientists producing mega-foods via "radiation"--unfortunately the foods are eaten by grasshoppers, and then other stuff happens.
Tarantula (1955) Universal (full length movie!)
Source, with movie history, here.)
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) Columbia
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Colossal_Man The Colossal Man was a lot lumpier than in the poster--and not in the Good-Lumpy way, or the Beaver-Lumpy style, but in the Bad-Lumpy way.
The Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) Columbia:
"Deported American gangster Frank Buchanan forces ex-Nazi scientist Wilhelm Steigg to create zombies by resurrecting corpses through radiation in order to help him exact revenge on his enemies".--Wiki
It came from Green Hell wrongsideoftheart.com
I'm not sure why this one hasn't been making the Conservative party platforms.
The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1956) ARC
This one has a trailer with almost two-minutes of nothing along with the most gentle monster-killing scene in the history of scenes of monsters killing things:
The Werewolf (1956) Columbia--"More evil than atom-age scientists"!
X the Unknown (1956) Hammer (British). I'm sorry to see that Dean Jagger (the lawyer admin from 12 O'Clock High) and Leo McKern were both in this pulpy-oozy one.
Tor Joihnson was in this of course--he usually plays a soft-screaming beast-type, and in most stills he is pictured with his mouth wide opened, usually going after a woman with cleavage. Somehow the Commies were to blame. (Source, here.)
The Slime People (1963) Hansen Enterprises
The Slime People come from underground as a result of nuke tests and slowly terrorize a town with long slowly-swung fingernails and pointed sticks.
The Demon from Devil's Lake (1964) Phillips-Marker
This is a Russ Meyer movie that finds the Earth on the edge of nuclear annihilation, yadda yadda yadda, a Noah's arc of alien animals lands on Earth where they mutate and etc. and join together to form one monster-demon.
The Horror of Party Beach (1964) 20th Century-Fox:
The"Weird Atomic Beast" monster actually looks worse than the one pictured above--and somehow the action takes place (1) on the beach with (2) mostly bikini-clad women, as happens with so many of these Terror-Cleavage movies.
The Cyclops (1957) Allied Artists. Just bad. Close-ups of "gigantic lizards" and such where you can see the trainers throwing the animals one on top of the other.
From Hell It Came (1957) Allied Artists
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) Allied Artists. There's not much to say about this opne except that it features the Professor from Gilligan's Island.
Attack of the Fifty-Foot Woman (1958) Allied Artists