Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the Godzilla tree is so delightful...
The incredible Godzilla tree stands 34" tall, and includes special guests King Kong and Bigfoot.
|The awesomely beautiful San Francisco Peaks|
in Northern Arizona
|The Snowbeast is about to lend ski resort employee |
Buster (Thomas Babson) a big, furry hand.
|Ellen (Yvette Mimieux) hears the call of|
the wild Snowbeast.
1st deputy: What a mess!While Snowbeast is not a mess per se, there's nothing particularly special about it, and it comes off rather flat. More than a couple of reviewers have noted the thematic similarity with Jaws, which came out just a couple of years earlier-- unsuspecting tourists start falling prey to an unseen creature, and the local businesspeople try to pretend that nothing's happening to keep the tourists and their money coming. (Even the snowbeast's low, menacing tonal music theme as he sneaks up on the ski tourists is reminiscent of Jaws.) Of course, this TV movie is no Jaws, and I doubt that anyone canceled their ski vacation plans after seeing it (on the other hand, who knows how many folks skipped the beach after seeing Bruce the shark?).
2nd deputy: How are we going to write this up?
1st deputy: I dunno.
|Gar (Bo Svenson) and Tony (Robert Logan) try to convince the|
Sheriff (Clint Walker) that he's got more than just a grumpy
grizzly on his hands.
|An alpine Bigfoot, a transplanted Yeti, or something else?|
You make the call!
|Sigmund Walters (John Carradine) |
practices his mad scientist stare.
|Behold! The Bride of the Gorilla! (Oh wait, that was another B movie...)|
|Eat your heart out Larry Talbot!|
|B movie inventory: Mad scientist? Check. Young woman in distress?|
Check. Gorilla in a cage? Check. Evelyn Ankers? Check.
He had always been kind of a ham. I hadn't known him personally, but I had [known of him] when he used to walk the streets of Hollywood, even in summertime, with a topcoat thrown over his shoulders Barrymore-style and wearing his Barrymore-style hat. He used to go down and try to get the attention of Doug Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin at the Cinegrill, the little downstairs cafe at the Roosevelt Hotel… So I was really afraid of what he would do in Captive Wild Woman, but I had a little talk with him and I think we got a very controlled performance out of him for a mad scientist. [Ibid.]Indeed! Carradine, and to a certain extent Fay Helm, ended up being the main attractions of the film, while poor, mute Acquanetta was effectively pushed aside. Still, Captive Wild Woman is a part of Universal's Silver Age of monsters, and it would be a shame for a true fan not to make her acquaintance.
|Dr. Jekyll (Paul Massie) is about to |
undergo an extreme makeover.
|Mr. Hyde looks forward to a night on the town.|
|Dr. Jekyll (Jack Palance) hesitates before |
drinking the potion for the first time.
|Mr. Hyde has his sword-cane ready for muggers and|
other assorted London low-lifes.
|Klaatu tells the people of Earth: "Be more like me or die!"|
"It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you."That's not tough love, that's sociopathic. In decent, red-blooded '50s sci-fi like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), we booted jerks like this off our planet without getting all mushy over what wonderful, advanced beings they might be. In the words of Earth vs.' General Edmunds: "When an armed and threatening power lands uninvited in our capitol, we don't meet him with tea and cookies!" (On the other hand, sometimes it really was better to think first and shoot later when encountering an alien threat, as we shall see shortly.)
"Although something can be said for the makers of The Cosmic Man apparently having the desire to make something a little different from the usual story of invaders, their lack of skill apparently made the film dull, and the lack of originality made it too familiar."
|This "golf ball" from outer space is the film's|
most sophisticated effect.
|You'd think an advanced alien civilization would have heard of|
contact lenses or laser eye surgery!
"… I will speak to those of you who have expressed words and thoughts of understanding. You Dr. Sorenson, are engaged in a difficult field of endeavor-- you search for truth in a society that fears the truth. But you and others like you are the hope of the world. You must hold to your convictions, you must continue your work-- the fate of your civilization will become your responsibility."Thankfully, this alien visitor is not one to threaten the planet with incineration if earthmen don't play by his rules. Still frightened by a creature with obviously superior technology, the military men give Steinholtz the go-ahead to disable the sphere with magnetic fields. Sorenson and his assistant rush to prevent them from possibly starting an interstellar war...
|Dr. Sorenson (Bruce Bennett) listens with rapt|
attention to the unearthly visitor.
"It's seems to be a common problem today, everybody's afraid of scientists… they seem to feel we know some sort of deep dark secret about the mysteries of life… Really, they're not afraid of what the scientists know, they're afraid of what they themselves don't know. All we're trying to do is find the answers to a lot of questions."Amen.
|"I ain't got no body..."|
|"You took his brain... what will they say when they dig him up again?"|
|You'd better do everything this man tells you to --|
telepathically or not!
Martin: I became a painter, because I couldn't think of anything that would annoy my father more.Freddie Francis, the Oscar-winning cinematographer turned horror and sci-fi film director, keeps things moving nicely in a shadowy, "Dr. Mabuse meets Donovan's Brain" fantasy world. Not long after this film, he directed a couple of decent psychological thrillers for Hammer, Paranoiac (with Oliver Reed, 1963) and Nightmare (1964). He also had a go at both Frankenstein and Dracula for Hammer (The Evil of Frankenstein, 1964 and Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, 1968). In addition, he directed some of the better Amicus horror anthologies, including Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) and Tales from the Crypt (1972). (See also my post on another of Francis' creepy directorial outings, The Creeping Flesh, 1973.)
Corrie: Did you succeed?
Martin: Oh yes, I succeeded. I wanted to be as unlike him as I possibly could. He was a great, busy beast of prey… so I decided to be innocently useless.