"At the push of a button…things happen…a scientist becomes a beast." Dear sweet Boris Karloff, this is one horrible movie. It's hard to know where to begin! The voiceover from writer/director/narrator/actor Coleman Francis is a good place to start. His "profound" declarative sentences are laugh-out-loud funny even though they're meant to be deadly serious. These take the place of dialogue and are accompanied by an annoying soundtrack that is way too dramatic for what's happening on screen. every once in a while, dialogue happens, and when it does it's badly acted and is often a voice-over instead of live action. Good Lord, deliver us!
The "star" of this show is Tor Johnson who plays the Beast in question. He is a scientist who was the victim of an A-bomb that was set off in the desert. Now, with bad prosthetic make-up applied, he is on a murderous rampage which, apparently, is the side effect of radiation exposure. Ha-ha! For those unfamiliar with Tor Johnson, he is a wrestler turned actor who was immortalized in Ed Wood's god-awful love-to-hate-it trifecta of Bride of the Monster (1955), Night of the Ghouls (1959) and Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). I'm sure it's a gift to the audience that Mr. Johnson does not speak for the entire length of the film!
The Beast of Yucca Flats was made for a mere $34,000 and it shows. Perhaps with the right group of friends and a keg of beer this film would be enjoyable. However, I saw it by myself with one glass of wine and that wasn't nearly enough wine to get me through this film. Some say that Beast is so-bad-it's-good. I say it's just plain Bad. With so many other wonderful horror films out there, why torture yourself with this one?
RATING: Bad. Really Bad.
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