The Magnetic Monster




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Strother Martin as Co-Pilot
Richard Carlson as Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
Michael Fox as Dr. Serny
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1hr 16 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 16 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Dejael 8 / 10

One of my favorite minor Science Fiction films from the fifties!

One of the best sci-fi B-movies of the Fifties! Stalwart hero-scientist Carlson is really terrific and convincing too; stock footage of dynamo is realistically intercut with new footage of a movie set built to look exactly like the one in the German film GOLD (1934), in which stock footage from the 1934 film is intercut with new footage. The film succeeds on all levels, made for an adult audience, and although a 'modern' American film, it had a film crew with a heritage in German impressionist cinema of the 1930s. Highly recommended! Great Science Fiction! Probably the only Fifties SF film besides ON THE BEACH (1959) to show the nuclear radiation problem realistically; especially chilling is the scene on board an airliner where the nuclear scientist who had a hand in creating the monster (Leonard Mudie) is dying of nuclear radiation and his gums are bleeding while he holds onto a briefcase in his lap containing the radioactive isotope. Rushed to a hospital after the plane lands, he dies in isolation. And a formidable, unknown, unseen monster! Badly dated now, but an effective, well-written thriller featuring the TV star of I LED THREE LIVES and the movie star of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Richard Carlson gives another fine performance.

Reviewed by TheMarquisDeSuave 6 / 10

This is really good!

As opposed to a gigantic monster terrorizing the city, "The Magnetic Monster" deals with a radioactive element that gains energy from appliances surrounding it and will not stop doubling in size. As you can tell, this is one of the more intellectual concepts for a b-movie of the time. It's certainly not "2001", but its quite refreshing to see a scientifically accurate film from a period not exactly renowned for such. The concept and jargon used (not to mention the lack of any real monster) is probably what spelled doom for this film. If you are a fan of vintage science fiction short stories from the 40s and 50s, seeking this rarity out is recommended as it captures the atmosphere of a good "Amazing Stories" magazine.

The film itself is far from flawless. The comic relief characters are unfunny and generally annoying, but fortunately sparse. The stock footage from a German film entitled "Gold" is certainly fascinating, but slightly erroneous. The twist of one of the characters going insane towards the end seems to be only an excuse to pad out time by using more footage.

On the other hand, there are many positive aspects which make me wish this film was more fondly remembered. Richard Carlson was always a fine leading man, intelligent and likable. Its a shame he never got any major roles outside of drive-in flicks. And as I stated above, the screenplay is one of the most intelligent and scientifically accurate of the period. If this one pops up on TV you may as well check it out. (6/10)

Reviewed by t-birkhead 7 / 10

Neato little oddball science fiction thriller

Though I was never that good at physics, or indeed any science, my passable knowledge of the workings of energy, atoms and whatnot suggests to me that the premise of this film is completely crazy. Though I guess at the time it might well have passed as an authentic speculative piece of hard science fiction nowadays there is little doubt that it will never be possible to create a deadly rogue radioactive element that can increase itself in size every twelve hours and cause powerful magnetic disruption. I distrust scientific experiments as much as the next chump but I don't think the eggheads could pull something like this off, even by accident. Fortunately this film has taut direction from Curt Siodmak and a fun script by Ivan Tors, full of techno babble and weird shenanigans to keep the film from ever becoming distracting in its implausibility. Quite on the contrary there is a sense of verve and commitment to the film that makes it a whole lot of gripping fun, which is especially remarkable given that the enemy is essentially a rock and the film has little more than stock footage, magnetised objects moving around and some other cheap effects to represent the menace. The cast works nicely, with Richard Carlson and King Donovan good value if unspectacular as the heroes, and Leonard Mudie gives an interesting performance as the ill fated creator of the deadly element. The film does slacken a touch in the mid section, as the lack of destructive effects combined with the fact that the enemy is just, well, an inanimate object causes a slowdown in the tension, but the film comes right back up to a good speed with a finale that uses a good deal of footage from the German film Gold. Not having seen that film I can't tell what exactly was taken from it but the footage is very well edited in and I hardly noticed any difference. All in all this is good offbeat stuff, with some good lines and an endearingly nutty sense of humour, for example, the computer that the heroes use goes under the acronym MANIAC. Worth a watch for old school science fiction buffs I'd say.

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