War of the Colossal Beast

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War of the Colossal Beast

Post  BoG on Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:21 pm

This is the sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man (1957).
Someone (meaning director Bert I. Gordon) must have thought things out all the way through to a possible sequel while still making the first film. Near the end of the first film,
one of the Colossal Man's problems were solved with a giant needle and they never saw his dead body at the conclusion (after he took a big fall). So, it's all quite feasible that he returned in this sequel - albeit a bit worse for wear.
This is a very short film and has about 5 minutes of flashbacks to the first film, so new footage totals about 65 minutes. As it is, it moves quickly, the action begins pretty early and there are few slow spots. There is no sign of the fiance here; instead, the ex-colonel's sister is now trying to locate him. The giant man is now a giant beast, horribly scarred on the right side of his face and with a new I.Q. of roughly a bear. Gordon managed to make him quite grating on the ears, amplifying (rightly so) the noises he makes, which consist of growling and grunting. He is more menacing here than in the previous film and you truly fear for some characters in a couple of scenes. The FX are the same, of course. The story is very simple, with the giant captured a couple of times and then escaping. The ending switches to color in the last minute. BoG's Score: 5.5/10

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