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      War of the Colossal Beast

      Released Jun 15, 1958 1h 8m Sci-Fi List
      Reviews 12% Audience Score 250+ Ratings After a series of delivery trucks are robbed and destroyed south of the border, Joyce Manning (Sally Fraser) fears her brother, Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (Dean Parkin), is the culprit. Manning is a gigantic behemoth, a victim of overexposure to radiation who has gone insane due to his freakish size. The giant is eventually apprehended by the Army and held captive. But the frenzied beast is too much for his captors and soon breaks out, intent on laying waste to Los Angeles. Read More Read Less

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      Richard Brody New Yorker One of the weirdest and wildest of low-budget nineteen-fifties science-fiction movies... Apr 14, 2020 Full Review Rob Humanick Suite101.com The sequel is a similarly rote affair. Rated: 2/5 Oct 26, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      CodyZamboni Unnecessary sequel. Silly, dumb, cheap, campy, with laughable fx. In other words your typical Bert I Gordon production. Only merit is clever use of color film stock at the right time. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 08/27/23 Full Review Monsol E I guess this was a sequel? ...I think I'll skip the 1st one. Super bland, with lousy effects, even for the time. The only thing I liked was the big death at the end. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review deke p Another 1958 cheapo schlock fest. GIANT MAN, somehow in giant undies, wanders around creating havoc. Cast includes early L.A. TV news legend STAN CHAMBERS! Never heardo il saw on tv 6.7.2022. giving it 1 1/2 RT stars, 'oh, rotten'. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This sequel to the popular 1957 science fiction film "The Amazing Colossal Man" has an interesting story and good performances by most of the cast, but for the most part it is a boring and very forgettable film. The biggest (no pun intended) problem with the movie is the Colossal Beast (aka Lt. Colonel Glenn Manning) himself (Recast from the original film.). The face makeup used on the character was used to hide the fact that it is a different actor playing the part, but that did not bother me very much. What bothered me is the horrible noises he made whenever he was on screen. He sounded like somebody trying to start a gas powered chainsaw. Also, plot itself is very formulaic. It just seemed like the same story we have seen many times in the past. You know that when Col. Manning is brought back to the US he was going to break out and run hog wild in Los Angeles. Who did not see that coming? Also, I did not care for the final minute of the movie being filmed in color. It did not add to the dramatic effect of the film's climax but rather was a distraction. In the end I would not bother with "War of the Colossal beast" at all. It is not worth your time. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." Riff rating: 💀👨🏻‍🦲💀👨🏻‍🦲💀 Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A spiritual sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man — with a different cast — this movie starts with Joyce Manning believing that her gigantic brother Lt. Colonel Glenn Manning survived his fall from Hoover Dam in the last movie. He does live, except that his face is disfigured and he's lost his mind as it tries to deal with the traumatic fall that he took. This facial damage was because there was a new star — and also a stagehand on the film — Dean Parkin and this would disguise the fact that they changed up who would play the lead. Stranger still, the dream sequence in the movie shows original actor Glenn Lanagan. War of the Colossal Beast was produced, directed and written by Bert I. Gordon — the king of these kinds of movies — and co-produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff. The last scene of the movie was shot in color and then made into black and white to match the rest of the film. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis After a series of delivery trucks are robbed and destroyed south of the border, Joyce Manning (Sally Fraser) fears her brother, Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (Dean Parkin), is the culprit. Manning is a gigantic behemoth, a victim of overexposure to radiation who has gone insane due to his freakish size. The giant is eventually apprehended by the Army and held captive. But the frenzied beast is too much for his captors and soon breaks out, intent on laying waste to Los Angeles.
      Director
      Bert I. Gordon
      Producer
      Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson
      Screenwriter
      George Worthing Yates
      Production Co
      American Internat'l Pics
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 15, 1958, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 20, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 8m
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