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The Amazing Colossal Man

USA 1957
produced by
Bert I. Gordon, Samuel Z. Arkoff (executive), James H. Nicholson (executive) for Malibu Productions/AIP
directed by Bert I. Gordon
starring Glenn Langan, Cathy Downs, William Hudson, Larry Thor, James Seay, Frank Jenks, Russ Bender, Hank Patterson, Jimmy Cross, June Jocelyn, Stanly Lachman, Harry Raybould, Jean Moorhead, Scott Peters, Myron Cook, Michael Harris, Bill Cassady, Dick Nelson, Edmund Cobb, Paul Hahn, Diana Darrin, Lyn Osborn, Jack Kosslyn, William Hughes, Keith Hetherington
written by Mark Hanna, Bert I. Gordon, music by Albert Glasser, special technical effects by Bert I. Gordon

Amazing Colossal Man, Bert I. Gordon's giant creature films

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Trying to save the survivors of a plane that came down in a plutonium bomb testing area, Colonel Glenn Manning (Glenn Langan) gets right into the blast of the bomb - but interestingly, the blast doesn't kill him but make him stronger, much stronger. All his injuries heal within a day, he is back to health and fitness, and he starts to grow - at a rate of 10 or so feet a day. This soon worries everybody, including the scientists (William Hudson, Larry Thor) examining him and his fiancée Carol (Cathy Downs), especially because his heart doesn't grow at the same rate and will eventually explode. Plus, the bigger Manning gets, the more cynical he becomes as well, and his cynisism soon becomes madness and he goes on a rampage through Las Vegas - before eventually being shot off Boulder Dam.

 

Despite its reputation of being pure drive-in trash, The Amazing Colossal Man is probably the best giant creature film Bert I.Gordon has ever made: It is the one of his films that features character motivation, character development, a thought-through story with psychological subtext, and the special effects are pretty good (for their time) as well. Of course, this is all done in a pulp context and this is no message movie but pure drive-in cinema - but still it's a pretty decent effort.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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