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War of the Colossal Beast (1958) – Episode 80 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“Giants can run fast. They have long legs.” … and they sure are hungry! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Jeff Mohr, and Joseph Perry – as they journey to one of Bert I. Gordon’s many lands of the giants to witness War of the Colossal Beast (1958).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 80 – War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

Glenn Manning, “The Amazing Colossal Man,” believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry.


War of the Colossal Beast is Bert I. Gordon’s, aka Mr. BIG’s, sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) that wasn’t marketed as a sequel. Jeff wishes the filmmakers had taken advantage of several situations to insert more mayhem into the film. Whitney appreciates Jack Young’s special effects makeup and the colossal man’s sister’s purity of purpose in looking out for her brother. Chad is glad the film is only 69 minutes long but is understandably taken with how articulate the colossal man is. Joseph describes War of the Colossal Beast as the Bert I. Gordon-est of Bert I. Gordon’s films. The Classic Era Grue Crew also wants to make sure you don’t forget that the last minute of the film is … IN COLOR!!!

The colossal man, as depicted in War of the Colossal Beast, is an iconic image from 1950’s horror films. As of this writing, the film can be streamed from Amazon Prime and on a Scream Factory Blu-ray.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era puts out a new episode every two weeks. The next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Mad Love (1935), chosen by Joseph.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.