The Beast of Yucca Flats
Anthony Cardoza, Coleman Francis, Ronald Morin (executive), Jim Oliphant (executive), Bing Stafford (executive)
directed by Coleman Francis
starring Tor Johnson, Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis, Bing Stafford, Larry Aten, Linda Bielema, Ronald Francis, Alan Francis, Anthony Cardoza, Bob Labansat, Jim Oliphant, John Morrison, Eric Tomlin, Jim Miles, George Prince, Conrad Brooks, Graham Stafford, Lanell Cado, Coleman Francis
written by Coleman Francis, music by Gene Kauer, Irwin Nafshun, Al Remington
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Professor Joseph Javorsky (Tor Johnson) is a Russian scientist who has
defected to America, and with him he brings photographs from the moon,
from some secret Russian moon mission. Naturally, KGB-agents are behind
him to kill him and retrieve the photos, but during the chase, they all
get into an atomic testblast, which turns Javorsky into a murdering beast.
When highway patrolmen Jim & Joe (Bing Stafford, Larry Aten) find
one of the bodies the beast had left behind, they try to track him down by
foot, but soon realize that the plains are too vast to cover for only the
two of them ... so they take to the air, and with no warning open fire on
the first civilian they see on the ground. Unfortunately, this civilian is
not the beast but Hank Radcliffe (Douglas Mellor), who is desperately
looking for his sons (Ronald & Alan Francis), who somehow got lost in
the desert - and the cops almost kill poor Hank too.
Ultimately, Jim and Joe decide to hunt down the beast by foot again,
and before long they have tracked him down too and see him going after the
two boys. So Jim and Joe shoot the beast. End.
Now this synopsis might not sound like much, just another trashy
monster flick. In fact though, this hardly begins to describe what Beast
of Yucca Flats really is: It's one of these so-bad-it's-unbelievable
films, that is reminiscent of Ed Wood's best/worst films not only because
of castmembers Tor Johnson and Conrad Brooks. There is also an off-screen
narrator proclaiming an insane monologue like there's no tomorrow. Choice
Samples: "Vacation Time - Man and wife, unaware of scientific
progress." - "Touch a button, things happen. A scientist becomes
a beast." - "110 in the shade, and no shade." - "A man
runs, somebody shoots at him."
Another feature that makes Beast of Yucca Flats rather unique is
that it was obviously filmed silent with dialogue dubbed over it later.
But to not have to worry about dialogue being in sync with lip movements,
the characters only talk when they are either not in the shot at all or
too far away from the camera for their lip movements to be intelligable or
(and that's my favourite) when their backs are turned. So in this film you
have an amazing number of actors who walk out of a shot before they begin
to talk and an amazing collection of backs of heads, which makes the film
a very unusual experience.
Still be warned, if bad, atrocious films are not your thing, you might
hate this one, but for bad movie lovers it's a hell of a good time.