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“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.IMDb
- Director: Bert I. Gordon
- Writer: Bert I. Gordon (story), George Worthing Yates (screenplay)
- Makeup Department: Jack H. Young (special makeup)
- Duncan “Dean” Parkin as Lt. Colonel Glenn Manning/Colossal Man
- Sally Fraser as Joyce Manning
- Roger Pace as Major Mark Baird
- Russ Bender as Dr. Carmichael
- Rico Alaniz as Sgt. Luis Murillo
- Charles Stewart as Captain Harris
- George Becwar as John Swanson
- Roy Gordon as Mayor
- Robert Hernandez as Miguel
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.
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