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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.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

War of the Colossal Beast See more »

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Production Co:

Carmel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The final scene of the film, lasting less than one minute, is in color. See more »

Goofs

Although Glenn is supposed to be 60 feet tall, in the final scene, when he reaches over the Griffith Observatory, he almost touches Joyce. The actual distance between Glenn and Joyce would be at lest several hundred feet. See more »

Quotes

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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There wasn't a lot of reason to make or watch this one...
12 August 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love 1950s sci-fi and horror films. Sure, many of them are quite cheesy but they are also quite fun. And this is the biggest reason NOT to see this film--it simply isn't any fun.

Although you would think that the enormous man died at the end of "The Amazing Colossal Man", somehow Colonel Manning somehow ends up in Mexico. This, despite two bazooka blasts and a 700 foot fall at the end of the last movie. The only think I liked about this angle was the great makeup job--with the Colonel's partially exposed skull. The other problem with the man now is that he's obviously brain damaged and just growled and grunted throughout the film! Not surprisingly, when the Air Force brings him back to America, bad things ensue.

In addition to a rather unnecessary plot, the film also suffers from 'flashback-itis'. In other words, much of the film consists of film footage from the first film in a cynical attempt to pad the movie--which is sad because even with this recycled footage it's only a little over an hour long.

So here's the negative: the script is dull, filled with rehashed material and the leading man growls and grunts throughout the entire movie. On the positive side: cool skull makeup. All in all, the skull makeup pales in comparison to the rest of the movie! My advice is only see this is you are very, very bored...and not particularly choosy.


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