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The Beast of Yucca Flats
A theatrical film poster for The Beast of Yucca Flats
Directed byColeman Francis
Produced byAnthony Cardoza
Coleman Francis
Roland Morin
Jim Oliphant
Larry Aten
Bing Stafford
Written byColeman Francis
StarringTor Johnson
Douglas Mellor
Barbara Francis
Bing Stafford
Conrad Brooks
Music byGene Kauer
Irwin Nafshun
Al Remington
CinematographyJohn Cagle
Lee Strosnider
Edited byColeman Francis
Austin McKinney
Lee Strosnider
Anthony Cardoza
Distributed byCinema Associates
  • May 2, 1961
54 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$34,000 (est.)
  1. The Beast Of Yucca Flats Movie

The Beast of Yucca Flats (released to television as Atomic Monster: The Beast of Yucca Flats) is a 1961 B-moviehorror film written and directed by Coleman Francis. It was produced by Anthony Cardoza, Roland Morin and Jim Oliphant.[1][2]

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The film stars Swedish former wrestler Tor Johnson as 'the Beast'. It starred Anthony Cardoza, Coleman Francis and Jim Oliphant in bit parts, as well as Conrad Brooks in a very small role. Director Francis cast his two sons (Ronald and Alan Francis) in the film as the two lost boys.

The plot concerns a Soviet scientist named Joseph Jaworsky (Tor Johnson), who defects and flees to a Nevada Test Site called Yucca Flats, only to be turned into a mindless monster by atomic radiation, stalking the desert. The film has very little dialogue and most of the speech is done by omniscient narration.

Some critics have characterized the film as one of the worst science fiction horror films made, and one of the all-time worst films of any kind, even suggesting that it may be worse than Ed Wood's legendarily bad Plan 9 from Outer Space.[3] In 1995, the television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured The Beast of Yucca Flats, helping the film develop a cult status.

  • 3Production
  • 4Release
  • 7References

Plot[edit]

A woman (Lanell Cado) steps out of a shower and is attacked and strangled to death by a mysterious man as a clock ticks, then stops.

Later (or possibly before) in Yucca Flats, Nevada, Soviet scientist Joseph Javorsky (Johnson) has defected from the USSR and arrives in America with a briefcase carrying various military secrets, including the Soviet moon landing. Javorsky and his American contacts are suddenly attacked by a pair of KGB assassins (Cardoza and John Morrison) killing Javorsky's contacts and bodyguards. Javorsky flees into the desert, walking for a great distance, and the searing heat causes him to discard much of his clothing. When he wanders in range of an American nuclear test, the bewildered Russian is transformed by it into a mindless beast with an uncontrollable urge to kill. He proceeds to murder a couple in their car on a nearby road, prompting pursuit from police officers Jim Archer (Stafford) and Joe Dobson (Aten). Download torrent penny dreadful s03 e01.

Meanwhile, a vacationing family ventures along the same road. After stopping at a service station, the family's two young sons (Ronald and Alan Francis) wander off into the surrounding desert where they eventually encounter and escape from the mutated Javorsky. Their father (Douglas Mellor) searches for them, but is mistaken for the killer by one of the police officers, who is searching for the murderer from the air in a small plane. The officer opens fire with a high-powered rifle on the innocent man, who manages to escape.

Eventually, the family is reunited and the police shoot and mortally wound Javorsky. A jackrabbit later nuzzles his dying body, and using the last of his strength, he caresses it before dying.

Cast[edit]

  • Tor Johnson as Joseph Javorsky/The Beast
  • Bing Stafford as Jim Archer
  • Larry Aten as Joe Dobson
  • Douglas Mellor as Hank Radcliffe
  • Barbara Francis as Lois Radcliffe
  • Ronald Francis as Randy Radcliffe
  • Alan Francis as Art Radcliffe
  • Jim Oliphant as Vacationing Husband
  • Linda Bielema as Vacationing Wife
  • Anthony Cardoza as KGB Driver/Helpful Neighbor
  • Bob Labansat as Javorsky's Bodyguard
  • John Morrison as KGB Passenger
  • Jim Miles as Javorsky's Driver
  • Eric Tomlin as Motorist Run Off Road
  • George Prince as Man Who Reports Murder
  • Conrad Brooks as Man at Airfield
  • Graham Stafford as News Boy
  • Lanell Cado as Strangled Woman
  • Coleman Francis as Gas Station Attendant/Newspaper Patron
  • Marcia Knight as Jim's Woman
  • Joseph Luis Rubin as Police Officer

Production[edit]

The setting for the film, 'Yucca Flats,' was based on the real-life Yucca Flat, which has been called 'the most irradiated, nuclear-blasted spot on the face of the earth'.[4] In 1970, nine years after the film was made, 86 workers were exposed to radiation during the Yucca Flat Baneberry Test. In March 2009, Time identified the accident as one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.[5] Actual shooting locations for the film were all in California: Santa Clarita (desert scenes), Saugus (airplane scenes) and Van Nuys (opening scene interior).[6]

The movie was filmed without a soundtrack. Narration, voice-overs and some sound effects were added in post-production. To avoid having to synchronize the audio to the picture, characters speak only when their faces are either off-screen or not clearly visible due to darkness or distance. Likewise, during scenes in which firearms are used, the muzzles of the guns are usually out of shot when the weapons are fired. During scenes of gunplay, many characters appear at first to have suffered life-threatening bullet wounds, only to appear in later scenes fully recovered with no visible signs of having been wounded. Extensive narration is used in lieu of plot points being conveyed through dialogue.[7] Film historian Bill Warren stated 'The AFI catalog says (the film) may have been reissued in 1964 as 'Girl Madness'[8]

The film's total budget was estimated at $34,000.[6]

Opening murder scene[edit]

A still shot from the opening murder scene

The first scene in the film is the strangulation murder of a woman (played by Lanell Cado) who has just stepped out of a shower, by a man whose face is never shown; it is implied that the killer molests her corpse. The murderer is dressed like Javorsky after the blast, but the murder is never mentioned during the actual film, nor is there any apparent place in the narrative where it could be said to occur.[9]According to an interview with producer Cardoza by film historian Tom Weaver, the scene was added after the film was complete because director Francis liked nude scenes. Some prints (such as the one used for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode and the print on YouTube) were edited to show the woman clothed for the duration of the scene (running 81 seconds), with the only nudity being a brief flash of breast as she towels herself in front of a mirror. The 2003 Alpha VideoDVD print has a slightly longer version of the scene (running 93 seconds), where the woman is shown naked as she puts on a pair of underwear, with both breasts visible several times before she is shown walking out of the room.[7][10][11]

Release[edit]

Home media[edit]

The Beast of Yucca Flats was first released on DVD by Image Entertainment on September 5, 2000, followed by numerous later DVD releases. It was released by Alpha Video on November 18, 2003, and by Image Entertainment on December 30, 2003 as a part of a double feature with Mesa of Lost Women (1953). It was released as a part of a 12-disc 'Horror Classics Collection' by Digital 1 Stop on January 20, 2004. Platinum Disc released the film on June 7, 2005, and again on August 23 as a part of several multi-disc collections; Mill Creek Entertainment released the film on July 5, 2005. In 2006, it was released by Digiview Entertainment and ST Clair Vision on May 9 and October 17, respectively. ST Clair Vision re-released it on June 26, 2007. Releases by Direct Source and Mill Creek Entertainment, as part of multi-film collections, also appeared in 2007. ST Clair Vision re-released the film one more time on May 20, 2008. In 2010, The Beast of Yucca Flats was released three separate times by TNT Media Group and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. On August 20, 2013, Mill Creek released it as part of a 3-disc, 12-film collection, The Best of the Worst Film Pack. The film was last released by Echo Bridge on September 1, 2015.[12]

Reception[edit]

The Beast of Yucca Flats was universally panned by critics upon its release, with many considering it one of the worst films ever made.Author and film critic Leonard Maltin awarded the film one star, or 'BOMB', calling it 'one of the worst films ever made'. In his review, Maltin criticized the overuse of voiceover narration, and an opening sequence unrelated to the main story.[13]Bruce Eder from AllMovie panned the film, criticizing the film's 'pretentious and obtuse narration' and further stating, 'The most enjoyable aspect of this movie is its remarkably short running time'.[14]VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever awarded the film their lowest rating, calling it 'A really cheap, quasi-nuclear protest film.'[15]On his website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings, Dave Sindelar panned the film's 'maddening' voice-over narration, editing, and apparent lack of a real storyline.[16]TV Guide awarded the film 1.5 out of 4 stars, writing, 'In an honest attempt to make a brief protest picture, the producers apparently didn't have enough money to accord this any sort of production value.'[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Bibliography

  • Bogue, Mike (20 July 2017). Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951–1967. McFarland. ISBN978-1-4766-6841-3.
  • Warren, Bill (12 January 2017). Keep Watching the Skies!: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, The 21st Century Edition. McFarland. ISBN978-1-4766-2505-8.
  • Willis, Donald C. (1984). Horror and Science Fiction Films III. Scarecrow Press. ISBN978-0-8108-1723-4.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^Warren 2017, pp. 733.
  2. ^Willis 1984, pp. 330.
  3. ^Begg, Ken. 'The Beast of Yucca Flats'. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18.
  4. ^Gerald H. Clarfield and William M. Wiecek (1984). Nuclear America: Military and Civilian Nuclear Power in the United States 1940–1980, Harper & Row, New York, p. 202.
  5. ^'The Worst Nuclear Disasters'. Time.
  6. ^ abWeaver, Tom. 'The Grand Tor: Anthony Cardoza recalls the Fallout from Yucca Flats'. The Astounding B Monster.
  7. ^ abWeaver, Tom. 'Anthony Cardoza's Tor of the Desert'. The Astounding B Monster.
  8. ^Warren, Bill (1986). 'Keep Watching The Skies Volume 2'. McFarland & Co., Inc. ISBN0-89950-170-2. Page 733
  9. ^Bogue 2017, pp. 68.
  10. ^The Beast of Yucca Flats (DVD). AlphaVideo. 2003.
  11. ^'The Beast of Yucca Flats'. Movie-Censorship.com.
  12. ^'The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) - Coleman Francis'. Allmovie.com. AllMovie. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  13. ^Leonard Maltin; Spencer Green; Rob Edelman (January 2010). Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide. Plume. p. 43. ISBN978-0-452-29577-3.
  14. ^'The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)'. AllMovie. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  15. ^Jim Craddock (2011). VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever. Gale/Cengage Learning. p. 116. ISBN978-1-4144-4878-7.
  16. ^Sindelar, Dave. 'The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)'. Fantastic Movie Musings.com. Dave Sindelar. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  17. ^'The Beast Of Yucca Flats Review'. TV Guide. Retrieved 5 November 2014.

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Oh, the inhumanity..
George_Bush5 January 2005
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A man. A movie. Mans inhumanity to the movie.
I have watched my share of garbage-amateur-horrible-z-grade horror, but Coleman Francis's: The Beast of Yucca Flats must be the worst ever! I cannot say I wasn't warned by other user comments, but such a warning only sparked my interest. If there ever was a movie, which deserved to be rated 1/10 this must be it.
The Plot: A defecting Russian scientist (Tor Johnson) is chased into atomic testing grounds by KGB agents, and he turns into a monster after he is exposed to a nuclear blast. You can tell he has turned into a monster because his hair is now white! The monster goes on a killing rampage, and two detectives venture out to stop him.
What went wrong: Short answer: Everything!
1. Dubbing. It took a while before I noticed that you never see any of the characters when they speak, so I checked the IMDb trivia section. Apparently the movie was shot without sound and later dubbed and to avoid out of sync problems the characters had their backs to the camera when talking or the camera focused on something else… It is hilarious to watch two people talk when the camera constantly shifts to the character that isn't talking. And then trying to get away with it for a whole hour…
2. The 'score'. The score is so over the top dramatic that it adds to the fun. A man walks through the desert/prairie and suddenly he sees a Keep Out sign, and you are blasted backwards in your chair by the music. Judging by the music a Keep Out sign is so much scarier than getting stabbed while showering… I guess it is supposed to compensate for the missing suspense/horror/action on all the other fronts!
3. The Narrator. The funniest thing in the movie is the narrator (Coleman Francis himself), who speaks with a calm and intellectual voice. I don't think one word he spoke made any sense – it's pseudo-intellectual dribble from the beginning to the end. We see a man lying in a hammock and the narrator goes: 'Nothing bothers some people, not even flying saucers'. I have no idea where he got flying saucers from – there are none in the movie nor are they ever mentioned. We see the scientist walking into the testing grounds and the narrator says: 'Touch a button. Things happen. A scientist becomes a beast'. It's like that during the whole movie.
4. Acting and effects. If the movie was supposed to be scary it would all depend on the monster, but like I already mentioned it consists of Tor Johnson with some white stuff on his face. We see the horrible monster chase a couple of boys, but sadly the monster is so fat it cannot really run, but it can throw rocks and wave a big stick… There are a couple of gunfights in the movie, but the bullets don't make holes or draw blood… Now, this might all sound like it makes some kind of sense, but let me assure you that it does not! There are so many whys and WTFs in this movie!
I will join the 393 out of 527 who rated this movie 1/10, but the fun factor is a lot higher. I didn't end up hating the movie like I did with Troll 2. And hey… it's only 54 minutes!
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Truly Unbelievable

The Beast Of Yucca Flats Movie

davegering20 January 2005
Warning: Spoilers
Older people tell us that as you age, time seems to speed up and fly quickly bye. Watch 'The Beast of Yucca Flats' and you will observe a paradox – you will age rapidly, yet time will slow to a crawl, the 54 minute running time feeling like hours, or even days.
The plot of this movie may be summarized as follows. A scientist is converted into a monster when exposed to a nuclear test. He kills an unlucky (and very unobservant) couple whose car had broken down, and then chases two young boys around while their father is trying to fix a flat tire. Two lawmen on the trail of the beast shoot, first the father of the boys, and then the beast, after which a rabbit stumbles into the scene and nuzzles the beast causing it to grab and kiss the rabbit before succumbing at last to its wounds. Actually, this is not a plot summary, but rather the shooting script, with the exception of the rabbit, which was a wild rabbit that stumbled into the scene entirely by accident, and was left in. There are no outtakes in a Coleman Francis movie.
This was the first effort by then unknown filmmaker Coleman Francis. Francis was thus unexposed when the film was shot, though in a more perfect world, the film would have been unexposed and Coleman Francis shot. In this film, Francis pays homage to Hitchcock with a scene reminiscent of the cropduster sequence in North by Northwest, and to Ed Wood, by intercutting freely between day and night during a chase scene. Francis' talent as a filmmaker really shines, however, in his decision to dispense with synchronized sound as might have been utilized by a lesser filmmaker. He does this in several clever ways, such as having dialog (and gunshots) come from off screen, or by having the actors cover their mouths or turn their faces away from the camera when they speak. In one particularly inspired sequence, he simply frames the top of the camera view to the actors' shoulders, letting the dialog crackle back and forth between the headless bodies.
Kudos must also go to the cast. Conrad Brooks, of Plan 9 fame, appears in this film, which launched him into a long and illustrious career in such beloved classics as 'Polish Vampire in Burbank,' 'Fart: the Movie,' and 'Zombiegeddon.' Tor Johnson, who had similarly appeared in Plan 9, also experienced a career advancement after this film -- he never made another movie. Despite the notable work by these two, as well as several friends and relatives of the director, special mention must be made of the rabbit, which turned in by far the best performance of the movie, displaying great charisma and screen presence, while still seeming natural and unaffected. To achieve all of this while being unexpectedly kissed by Tor Johnson is no mean feat for a first-timer.
This film shames the recently popular movie 'The Ring,' in which everyone who watches a certain video all die horrible deaths within one week of the viewing. 'The Beast of Yucca Flats' effortlessly achieves the same result in just 54 minutes.
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Push The Play Button, Weird Things Happen.
ReelCheese18 June 2006
THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS is a classic 'good bad movie.' Big Tor Johnson is a Russian scientist who is transformed into a choke-happy maniac after an A-bomb test. With two of the blandest rangers imaginable hot on his trail, the 'beast' makes caveman noises, takes a nap, chases after children with a stick and, in an uncontrollable fit of rage, tosses a rock.
While Tor's indescribable performance is enough to fill one bad movie, there are plenty of other 'highlights'. For one, the film was shot as a silent, with audio (including some incredibly cheesy 'suspense' music) added in post-production. The voice-overs are every bit as unconvincing as the acting. It's impossible to watch the characters interact and not picture someone sitting in front of a microphone, indifferently reading from a script.
Secondly, the film has plot holes so big not even Tor's supper could fill them. The opening scene, for instance, depicts someone (presumably the beast) murdering an innocent woman. But it's prior to Johnson's transformation, and the maniac never leaves Yucca Flats. So who did the deed? And why is it so easy for these characters to get so close to an atomic testing site? And why can't the rangers manage to climb a summit so non-challenging that a couple of young boys have no problem? I guess it helps not to be so inquiring.
The absolute best (or worst?) part of this film is the inane 'narration' by director Coleman Francis. With so much silence to fill, it often sounds like Francis is just making things up as he goes along, hoping to sound deep, sophisticated and poetic. An example: 'Boys from the city, not yet caught by the whirlwind of progress, feed soda pop to the thirsty pigs.' Or: 'Touch a button, things happen. A scientist becomes a beast.' But just reading such quotes don't do them justice. They really have to be heard, in Coleman's serious-toned voice, to be believed.
And what about the 'beast'? Despite the title, Johnson isn't much of one. He looks pretty much like the regular Tor Johnson, save for some 'puffy burn' makeup. I was expecting some phony-looking rubber monster. Nor does this beast really do beastly things. He just chokes (or tries to choke) people and makes caveman noises. In the personality department, he makes Frankenstein's monster look like Freddy Krueger.
What's most amazing about THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS is that it was a big screen release. People paid money to see this, and in its day, more than a few presumably had to cover their eyes at the sheer horror. The budget was said to be around $34,000, but you'd be hard-pressed to find where even that minute amount went. It looks a group of friends just got together one weekend to have some fun with their new film recorder. Consider the rabbit who hopped onto the set toward the end of filming. Francis just went with the unscripted moment as the rabbit investigated Johnson, who at that point was supposed to be dead but is revived long enough to kiss the animal (what's that about?) before again losing consciousness. It's reminiscent of your family's home videos when the camera suddenly jerks away from little Jimmy roasting marshmallows to an impromptu moment in the background: 'Look! A rabbit!'
Love it or hate it, THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS is truly unlike anything we've ever seen or will see again. Though it may take more than one viewing to fully appreciate the ineptness, its ridiculousness will stay with you. Recommended for anyone whose gut hurt after PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.
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Useful as meditation device
drmality-113 June 2005
There is something very Zen-like about 'Beast of Yucca Flats'. The vast lingering views of the desert Southwest. The odd disconnected dialogue that sounds completely disembodied. The haiku like narration.
It is in the spirit of Coleman Francis' narration that I now give impressions of the film: A clock ticks. A beautiful girl. A hidden killer. The clock stops. There is no connection.
The vast desert. A plane lands. Joseph Javorski, noted scientist. Joseph Javorski, who looks like he could eat whole pigs, has the fate of the world in his briefcase. The Kremlin's best make him a target. The wheels of progress grind on.
A chase. Bullets. Murder. Flag on the Moon..how did it get there? A bomb. More progress. Touch a button, something happens. A scientist becomes a beast.
Figures in a landscape. Who knows how long we really have? Joe and Jim, desert patrolman. They guard freedom and democracy 24/7 in this landscape. A beast is on the loose. Joseph Javorski, once a noted scientist, now..nothing.
There is no progress in the desert. Yet its effects are everywhere. Man's progress. Quench the killer's thirst. A family stops for a rest. The beast appears. A terrible mistake. Policemen with quick guns and the minds of swine. An innocent man dies. Who cares? Two boys feed soda pop to thirsty pigs. It's progress, you know.
Confrontation. A fight that is not a fight. A gun with no bullets fires. Joseph Javorski, noted scientist, becomes rabbit food. The wheels of progress grind on. End.
The viewer's mind becomes nothing. What have we seen? Who believes in flying saucers? Coleman Francis. The name lingers on. The lonely cry of desert winds. I love the movies.
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A Simply Incredible Mind Melting Mess!
jmike20 May 2000
A confusing and mind melting mess of a film. They don't make them like this anymore! Tor Johnson's chance to star! Tor, as you may know, was a professional wrestler who went on to fame in Ed Wood, Jr. films like Bride of the Monster and Plan Nine from Outer Space. His huge build, like a human wall, and his bald head became famous. They still sell Halloween masks with his image!
In this film atrocity, he plays an atomic scientist on the run! Watch how government agents empty their guns shooting at him at close range, but can't hit his huge 400 pound body! If fact people are repeatedly shot in this film without any effect whatsoever. The film is most famous for its near total lack of dialogue, as an off screen narrator tells the audience what is going on and endlessly babbles cryptic philosophical insights on the modern world. Out of nowhere the narrator says things like 'Flag on the Moon, how did get there?' 'Young boys feed soda to the thirsty pigs.'
The 'plot' has Tor accidently stumbling into an atomic bomb test (funny how that happens), getting his clothes ripped up in the process, and then becoming a sort of hermit like desert cave dweller with a big stick. He likes to grab women, carry them around, and lick their hair. There are some other plot elements, but they don't make much sense. In fact, nothing in this movie makes much sense. Perhaps its all meant to be 'art' and if so, its a lot more fun than any Andy Warhol film ever was. I would love to make serious film students watch and study Beast of Yucca Flats to learn its cinematic techniques and digest its social commentary.
The long version of the movie contains a nude scene at the beginning. Yes, the film drags in places, but its a unique and unforgettable work.
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So bad, I can watch it over & over again!
bigmoneygriff131 August 2001
I don't know what it is, but I find this stupifying excuse for a movie almost hypnotic in its sheer badness. I am starting to think it is so bad that it's perhaps the greatest movie ever made! Should I give it a 1 or 10? It's horrible, but not horrible like 'Manos', 'Wild World of Batwoman' or 'Stroker Ace'. Those are completely unwatchable movies. 'Beast' stands up to frequent repeated viewings (much like 'Plan 9'). I have to say that being a BIG Tor Johnson fan may have something to do with it, but I don't feel the same way about 'The Unearthly' & Tor utters perhaps the most memorable line in film history in that one.
Perhaps it's the magical touch of Coleman Francis. This is his 'Kane' & it shows frame by frame. The non-sensical narration, the stellar casting, the existence of the first scene in the movie (why??), the sparse landscape, the light aircraft..
All I know is, I just can't get enough of this movie. Good thing Englewood Entertainment has seen fit to release the film on DVD, although I will also keep the copy Conrad Brooks gave me a few years ago why blowing through town showing Plan 9. I only wish Englewood had released it in 'Letterbox' format with director's commentary & a documentary of the making of 'Beast'. Yes, I know Coleman's dead, but somebody somewhere had to be asking Mr. Francis WHY at the time & got it down on film or tape. At the least, I think Conrad is still around to lend some clues.
I feel an idea for a book coming on, but what I'm trying to convey with this overlong comment is that there is excellence and there is amateurish bafoonery, but with the case of this film, the distinction in my brain has been blurred. Perhaps the rating system is not a straight line, but a circle. And '0' & '10' are the same.
By the way, I love the treatment MST3K gave this stinker (along with the rest of the Coleman Francis trilogy), but even that deadens the effect. Watch that one if you must, but for the full effect buy the DVD/VHS of the standard release & watch it. Not once, but about 12 times will do it. Then you will know what I'm talking about. Judging by some of the '10' ratings out there, I may not be alone in this opinion.
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The worst film ever made, easily
axel3358 November 2004
I had no idea when I started watching this movie what it was about but I was very well surprised by the extremely low quality of the movie.
It consists of no on screen dialog, a speaker-voice reads an pretensious load of crap as Tor Johnson staggers around as a confused Russian scientist harmed by a nuclear-test. Even if someone for some bizarre reason would WANT to make such an insane movie they would not have been able to come up with something like this.
Only a truly deranged mind could make such a movie. A genius in its own world of badness, competing with brilliant filmmakers like Ed Wood and others but Coleman Francis outnumbers them all!!
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Cinema: How it should NOT be done!
Coventry7 January 2005
Tor Johnson is probably best remembered for his starring in the so-called 'worst movie ever made' Plan 9 from Outer Space! Well, the people who voted this obviously never saw The Beast of Yucca Flats! Ed Wood's Plan 9 is an authentic masterpiece compared to Coleman Francis' unendurable work of art. As most of my fellow-reviewers already pointed out: everything that can go possibly wrong in a movie features here…times ten! Even though the story only lasts 54 minutes, it's one of the most tedious experiences I ever had to sit through! Johnson plays a devoted scientist (oh yeah, he really looks like one) chased by cops (why? You tell me…) into a radiation test-area. There, he transforms into some sort of Hulky monster that goes on a lame prowl in the desert. What follows is a hilarious attempt by Francis to create tension and confusion, as he shows cops hunting down the wrong person (for 10 minutes!) and Johnson chasing two young boys that got lost in the wastelands. There's as good as no dialogue in the film, only Francis' own voice-over. And I guarantee you'll be wishing him dead after approximately 15 minutes. He talks the biggest nonsense (example: 'Touch a button. Things happen. A scientist becomes a beast') and personally introduces you to even the most meaningless side-character! Argh, the humanity!! The spontaneously improvised ending (featuring Johnson kissing a baby rabbit) just stresses how ingeniously awful this production actually is. Oh well, at least it's bad in a fun way. Most of the time, you can't figure out whether to pity or worship everyone involved in this film. Johnson wisely decided to quit his acting career after this but Coleman Francis ambitiously persisted chasing his dreams and delivered the – even worse – film 'Night Train to Munde Fino' in 1966. His cinema career regretfully ended with guest appearances where he got credited as 'Fat drunk' or '1st man'… What a damn shame! Believe the public opinion on this one, folks! It really is awful…
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Where's The Beast?
funkyfry3 October 2002
The towering presence of 'Swedish Angel' Tor Johnson and laughable narration that sounds at times like some kind of oriental poetry fail to make this film more than barely watchable. There is no real dialogue (presumably the producers couldn't afford a travelling microphone) -- all the dialogue is postdubbed with the actors conveniently turning their heads away when the speak! -- or story, and the only effects are a guy parachuting off a helicopter and Johnson in pancake makeup. Still, a somehow amusing low-budget film filled with friends and associates of the late great Ed Wood.
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The ultimate Tor-de-force
djfoster2 February 1999
Forget 'Plan Nine from Outer Space' and 'Bride of the Monster' this Coleman Francis calamity gives Tor Johnson the role of a lifetime. As a scientist turned atomic desert mutant, Tor gets to stumble over rocks, pet a bunny, and scare two ugly kids with a stick, all without a soundtrack! Arguably the worst film ever made.
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Last Laugh
tvsterling15 January 2005
This film is really bad but I would like to point out two things which might redeem it somewhat. First, the many & varied techniques for avoiding lip synched sound are positively breath taking. Just because the production company could not afford a portable recorder doesn't mean they didn't know how to use one (if they could have afforded it). For anyone who has ever been stuck having to save a mis-shot scene the film is a goldmine of clever techniques for avoiding showing people's mouths when they speak a line. Second, this film was made very, very cheap. I would venture to guess that the negative cost was ninety percent or better of the budget with most of the rest for food & motel. Most of the actors were probably paid a token amount. Films like this were made for the second 'feature' on the drive in marquee. The drive in manager was looking for cost effectiveness & he knew his audience well. The couples were into 'heavy petting' by the time the second feature started. The guys in cars were passing around the beer their uncle bought them & loved to laugh & hoot at these films as much as we do today. In short this film was made to fit the rigid economics of it's time & purpose. It is fascinating to watch the film cleverly totter along the edge of coming apart into a melange of unrelated scenes. It never does. It maintains a shaky but believable continuity. This is not an accident. It relates to the core purpose of producing the product at the cheapest possible cost. The first scene is an exception to this. A strange, unrelated shower strangling. Confusing, but it sure does get your attention. I have come to believe that this scene is a cheap ripoff of Psycho which came out a year earlier. Both this scene & the soft porn shots of the sheriff's wife were tailor made for still promos & to slip by the censor. They even get away with a 54 minute run time.
This is where the Last Laugh comes in. This film made money in the most ruthless & cheap part of the film business in it's time frame; & it continues to make money today. Yes, people still buy or rent it to hoot at because it's so bad; Just like we did in the sixty's when it came out (re-named & re-released several times). This classic stinker may not be part of the 'Art' of film but it sure is part of the business of film. The producer/director got both your money & the last laugh.
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Touch a button, a movie plays. A man watches it; deeply regrets it.
the_mothman14 September 2010
To give you an idea of how bad this move is, it took me three separate sessions of watching it to finish it. I was also watching the MST3K version; yet that didn't help very much. The film is almost a complete narrative with only 2 or 3 lines of actual dialogue spoken throughout. I don't have a problem with narratives; it's just that the narrator makes comments that are irrelevant to the actual plot of the film. For example 'Flag on the moon. How did it get there?'
It's hard to watch a movie with nearly no dialogue, but it becomes even harder when the picture quality is also poor. The visuals in the movie are terrible, considering that it came out in 1961. I've seen films from the silent era with better quality, which is just pathetic. It's in 'black and white' but it really only has two colors: black and blacker. Honestly, I couldn't tell what was going on half the time. Every character resembled a black silhouette stumbling across an also black landscape.
Normally when I review a bad movie, I try to find a redeeming quality about it. Personally, I love watching bad movies and seeing what all the negativity is about, or perhaps finding that movie that is 'so bad it's good.' However, I can firmly say that I never want to re-watch this movie, and this is coming from a fan of 'Manos: The Hands of Fate.'
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So how DID that flag get on the moon?
Coleman Francis. Gadzooks! When people talk about bad directors they always mention Ed Wood or Andy Milligan, some get as far as H.G. Lewis and real devotees of bad movies will mention Bill Rebane but no one, I mean NO ONE talks about Coleman Francis. Even among bad film afficionados he is a forgotten man. Could his movies be THAT bad? Well actually . . .YES! THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS is a movie people remember to-day because it was Tor Johnson's last theatrical film. This movie is the sort of thing drive-in owners lived for. Swedish Tor Johnson, former wrestling superheavyweight champion (in 1935) plays a Russian rocket scientist named Joseph Javorsky. He has defected to America to answer the question of how a flag has been mysteriously planted on the moon. Of course we never find out; in fact that potentially world shaking bit of information is forgotten about 10 minutes into the movie. Tor is chased by a couple of KGB agents into the desert. Notice how these 2 young, healthy guys run and run and run but cannot catch up to the 400lb ex-wrestler. Also notice how they shoot at him from all of 10 meters away and miss! They are all on a nuclear test site but nobody seems to care about that, until the bomb goes off of course. The atom bomb vaporises the 2 bad guys but Tor survives . . .sort of, and mutates into the mad 'beast' whom 2 cops spend the rest of the movie tracking down. This picture is also memorable because it is silent. Yes, silent! The soundtrack was either lost or accidentally erased depending on who you talk to (I have heard the same story about THE CREEPING TERROR, 1965) and a narrator tells us what the characters are saying and in some cases even what they are thinking! Is this a classic? Gadzooks no. Is it fun? You bet! It is on video from several sources. Back in 1960 you could have seen this at the drive-in on a double bill with the ultra rare Japanese science fiction thriller SECRET OF THE TELEGIAN. Hmmmm. If I had been around back then that would deffinitely been worth 35cents of my money. Okay now let's talk about that other forgotten director, Joe Mascelli who did THE ATOMIC BRAIN (1965).
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Hilariously bad! But then, you knew that!
sanzar14 September 2000
Ridiculous 'non-movie' has little, if anything, going for it and survives as a curiosity piece only. Had to have played in the 4:00 AM slot at the 'Dusk-to-Dawn' Drive-In show (if it played anywhere at all), and you know what everyone was doing by that time. So, who has seen it, apart from video junkies, like yours truly?
Tor Johnson (former wrestler known as 'The Swedish Angel', whose thespic claim to fame was playing a mindless character named Lobo in films such as 'Bride of the Monster','The Unearthly' and 'Revenge of the Dead', plus other, equally witless parts) stumbles through this mess as 'The Beast', a gentle Soviet scientist turned into a savage killer by exposure to an atomic blast. Suffice it to say, an actor he ain't. Then again, neither is anyone else in the cast. In fact, there isn't a professional of any type (unless 'buffoon' is a profession) connected with this turkey. Best thing about the flick is it's less than an hour long (although it seems a lot longer).
Print available on DVD (from the 'Wade Williams' collection) is excellent,though - crisp, clean; looks like new!! Rent or buy for your next slumber party.
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A Study in Titillation
twanurit21 May 2001
Produced in 1961, the very first scene surprises: a topless woman is drying off after a shower and retires to her bed when a strange man appears and.. The scene is shot with quick cuts, and seems like a late insert into the film, since 'Psycho' was released the prior year, and has nothing to do with the subsequent events. Later a hulking manbeast, exposed to radiation, kidnaps a fainting woman, and carries her around the desert for a long period of time, including hiding out in a cave. Another scene shows a sheriff summoned to locate the missing woman, leaving his wife in the house, featuring lingering shots of this attractive blonde in a silky nightgown, getting up and going back to bed. The sexual suggestiveness of these three scenes is undebatable, going as far as they can in 1961 to illustrate that theme. Some good location work offsets the silly, yet fascinating narration of this basically silent film. Cast of unknowns remained that way, save Tor Johnson as the titular fiend, inadequately made-up, famous for his Ed Wood roles. Another obscure horror picture that has found its way to DVD in a good black-and-white print with an interesting Cold War influence. Weird.
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Hope you like narration..
wbswetnam25 February 2012
This Coleman Francis gem is now infamous for its horrible acting, editing, erm, pretty much horrible in every way. A defecting nuclear scientist is being chased by the Reds into the desert, where a nuclear test just happens to be taking place. The scientist (played by Tor Johnston, from other cinematic gems such as The Unearthly and The Atomic Brain) is made into a hideous monster by the radiation from the nuclear blast, and he roams the Arizona desert looking for victims to strangle.
I think the thing I find the most annoying about The Beast of Yucca Flats is the endless prattling by the narrator, who says inane things such as 'Push a button, something happens', etc. Huh??? This movie has even more narration than The Creeping Terror. Don't even attempt to watch this movie except maybe the MST3K version. Joel and the bots can ease your pain through it.
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The Wheels of Progress.
GroovyDoom9 May 2011
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How to explain? I gave this movie five stars because I did like it, although it is an abomination (even worse than eating shellfish, or mixing fabrics). The movie appears to have been filmed silent and had the soundtrack dubbed in later, but it's almost like a Doris Wishman film in the way that it never shows anybody on screen speaking any lines. We hear dialogue on the soundtrack, but if any of it occurs during a close-up, it's never the person speaking who is on camera, it's somebody listening to them. Instead, a narrator rambles on and on describing things happening in the film, reciting some of the most ridiculous things you will ever hear in a movie.
Set during the Cold War, 'Beast of Yucca Flats' stars Tor Johnson, that longtime veteran of studio wrestling and Ed Wood movies, as a Russian scientist--yes, a Russian scientist--who defects to the US with top secret plans. Two of the most incompetent KGB agents meet him at the airport and chase his car into the Nevada flats, where there's an atomic explosion. Yaaahh! And suddenly the former noted scientist is the Beast of Yucca Flats--simply Tor a pained expression on his face and a desire to strangle anybody he sees. The dreaded beast of Yucca Flats murders a couple passing through the area and then threatens a family of four before he is gunned down. The end. No really, that's the movie. Except it is drawn out over the course of an hour. Yes, I wouldn't recommend this movie to anybody if it was longer than that. It is pain to watch this film, but it's an enjoyable pain for movie masochists like myself. And you just might pee yourself listening to that narrator. 'Vacation time. Man and woman just passing through. Not yet caught by the wheels of progress.'
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The longest 60 minutes ever filmed..Flats
mrgb4815 September 2009
Where does one begin?? This could have been a decent little horror movie in capable hands,but remember,this is a Coleman Francis movie after all.What does the beginning of the movie have to do with the rest of the movie? A girl just got out of the shower and the title character starts choking her.She doesn't put up a struggle nor does she scream.The only sound is a ticking alarm clock and that's it.After that,we get a lot of silly narration('flag on the moon.how did it get there?' huh?),characters talking off screen and so on.A nuclear bomb goes off and Tor Johnson turns into the Beast,which he actually looks like he fell asleep in his oatmeal.Tor kills a man changing a flat on his VW and takes his wife(who he chokes in the backseat of the car)up in this cave.Some cops find the wife and carry her down,but then,in the next shot,you see the cops,but not the wife! How did a dead woman escape from 2 cops in the first place? Then,you have 2 boys wander off while their dad looks for them,while he's being shot at by one of the cops in the helicopter.How does the cop know that the father is the beast?? There's a scene stolen from North by Northwest when the cop is shooting at the father from the helicopter and the father is running like Cary Grant.what else??? The 2 boys hide in the Beast's cave,but escape when the Beast is sleeping.Bad script,bad directing,no acting involved by anyone and bad lighting..If you must see this,then I suggest the MST3K version.Trust me,you'll thank me later!!
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Interesting at times, but painfully boring in others.
wwe79615 October 2010
I'm not going to go smashing this thing like many seem to do. It does have a few things going for it. First to talk about is Tor Johnson. Tor is a bad actor, but you can't help liking him. The same goes for this role. Acting for everyone in the cast isn't a lot. The film doesn't have a lot of dialogue. For one portion of time it seems like 10 minutes go by without anyone saying anything. Really in my opinion this would have worked better as a 10-20 minute silent film with the narrator filling us in. Also I HATE the score for this movie. It plays the same music over constantly, and it is so loud your brains will feel melted. The main problem though is how dull it is. In the first 20 minutes it holds up, but near the end you fell very bored. Overall the film is not horrible like many people say, but it gets very boring at the end.
2 stars out of 4
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A positively gut-busting no-budget camp classic!
Woodyanders15 May 2008
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Widely hailed as one of the single most spectacularly shoddy pictures to ever disgrace the big screen, Coleman Francis' notorious Grade Z cheapie clinker makes for an admittedly painful, but still oddly hypnotic and hence unforgettable viewing experience. The massive Tor Johnson of 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' infamy stars as Joseph Javorsky, a noted Russian scientist who becomes a dangerous murderous mutant after being exposed to radiation. Writer/director Francis shows an appalling lack of both skill and finesse as a filmmaker: the plodding pace crawls along at an agonizingly sluggish clip, the continuity is dreadful (the opening pre-credits sequence with some phantom psycho strangling a woman has nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the movie!), the screaming, four-sheets-to-the-wind overblown score roars away to an irritatingly incessant degree, tubby old Tor isn't remotely frightening or menacing (plus he appears to have dried egg smeared all over his face!), the infrequent action scenes are poorly staged and unexciting, the scratchy cinematography boasts plenty of clumsy pans and primitive fade-outs, and, worst of all, the ridiculously solemn stream-of-consciousness nonsensical narration by Francis himself blathers away throughout the entire flick about such unrelated foolishness as flying saucers and little kids feeding soda pop to thirsty pigs. However, the final moment between a dying Tor and a cute little bunny rabbit rates highly as a sterling example of sheer celluloid poetry at its most achingly pure and poignant. For all its undeniable crumminess, this slow and static stinker still casts a strangely mesmerizing spell on the dumbfounded viewer. Truly astounding in its jaw-dropping awfulness.
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'Feed soda pop to the thirsty pigs.'
bensonmum218 October 2007
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Yucca – the perfect word to describe the experience that is The Beast of Yucca Flats. As I sit writing this, I cannot think of a single instance where The Beast of Yucca Flats is either entertaining or interesting and I cannot think of a single frame of film that looks as if someone with a shred of movie-making talent filmed it. I cannot understand how Coleman Francis found the funding to make these monstrosities he churned out in the 60s. As far as I'm concerned, Francis has to be in the conversation of worst directors of all-time. His movies are junk. Actually, calling The Beast of Yucca Flats a movie does a disservice to the definition. It's little more than a series of seemingly ugly, random shots of random people with the thinnest of plot threads imaginable holding it all together. The movie's too cheap to include on-screen dialogue. Everything is done either off-screen or through a voice over narration. And what narration it is! It's as random as the images on screen.
'Flag on the moon. How did it get there?'
'Nothing bothers some people, not even flying saucers.'
'Twenty hours without rest and still no enemy.'
Huh? Did I miss something? What's that gibberish got to do with anything? As bad as Francis was as a director, he may have been even more offensive as a writer.
Call me a masochist, but I have now seen The Beast of Yucca Flats three times. Fortunately for me, I watched the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version this time. Whether it's The Beast of Yucca Flats, Red Zone Cuba, or The Skydivers, the guys and gals on MST3K did some of their best and funniest work with the Coleman Francis directed movies. Hysterical stuff and worth a 4/5 on my MST3K rating scale.
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Some Bad Films Are Amusing. This Isn't One Of Them
gftbiloxi10 June 2007
According to film lore, THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS was filmed without sound and dialogue was dubbed in post-production. In order to accommodate this effect, the camera usually photographs characters in long shot; cuts off their heads; shows a character listening in a reaction shot; or has the so-called actors cover their mouths at strategic moments. The effect is very obvious and even so there are quite a few moments where characters are clearly speaking but no sound is coming out.
This is actually the most interesting thing about the film. The story, such as it is: a Russian scientist (Tor Johnson) has defected to the United States. Chased by Russian agents, he escapes into an atomic test area, where radiation converts him into a mindless killer. He kills a vacationing couple and local police officers pursue him. One of the police officers takes to the air, where he mistakes an innocent man for the Beast, and spends quite a lot of time shooting at him. And so on.
YUCCA FLATS has the reputation of being among the worst films ever made. The reputation is deserved. The film looks like it cost about twenty six cents to make; the cast is uninspired, to say the least; and the script (which consists largely of meaningless narration) is stupid in a very unamusing way. Some bad films are amusing to watch. YUCCA FLATS is not among them.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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If you like grainy, out-of-focus, black & white shots of a fat man lumbering through the desert, look no further.
TheWildGoose17 February 2007
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For something that's allegedly a 'horror' movie, I have to say that the only feeling I get that remotely approaches 'horror' when watching this film is horror at how boring it is.
'Beast' is not, however, the kind of mind-numbingly bad endurance test that one might expect from something like 'Night of Horror' or even Coleman Francis' other film, 'Red Zone Cuba'. 'Beast' might be described as a low-level workout, to help you build up to watching the really bad movies.
For one thing, it's pretty short. For another, the plot, however idiotic and threadbare, does manage to hold together, for the most part. There is also some genuine entertainment value here, in the form of the outrageously absurd lines of narration, delivered with absolute deadpan seriousness by Coleman Francis- 'Boys from the city, not yet caught by the whirlwind of Progress, feed soda pop to thirsty pigs'.
As far as the acting, I don't think we can really class it as 'acting'. It's more like 'moving about in a vague and nondescript way without saying anything' (the dialogue was added later). The best actor in the film, by far, is the bunny rabbit, who was not even a professional actor, but just happened to wander onto the set. His performance was the most moving and realistic one of the entire production. It's a pity nobody in Hollywood tried to contact the rabbit for further roles.
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Fun to Watch with Friends, it really is crap!
Pet_Rock24 September 2006
Joseph Javorsky (Tor Johnson) is caught in an atom bomb explosion in the testing fields of Yucca Flats and transforms into a Beast. Now he goes on a rampage, thirsty for the kill. Unfortunately, a family of four (Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis, Ronald Francis and Alan Francis) is stranded in Yucca Flats and the only ones to help them are two cops (Bing Stafford and Larry Aten).
My god, this is funny! There's so much to laugh at: Coleman Francis's confusing and ridiculous narrating, the fake gun fights, Marcia Knight and Lanell Cado's performances as zombie-like bimbos wearing nothing, or Tor Johnson's moans and 'terrifing' groans.
But I can't rate it higher than a 5, because it really is crap, even if it's funny crap. Having already seen Coleman Francis' the Skydivers, I knew what I was in for.
But hey, it's only 50 minutes!
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