Directed by Don Chaffey
Produced by Michael Carreras
Written by Brian Clemens
Starring Raquel Welch
Music by Mario Nascimbene
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Editing by Tom Simpson
Distributed by Hammer Film Productions
Release date(s) 30 December 1966 (UK)
February 21, 1967 (USA)
Running time 100 min. (U.K) 91 min. (U.S.)
Country United Kingdom
“Travel back through time and space to the edge of man’s beginnings…discover a savage world whose only law was lust!“
This film is a bit of a guilty pleasure. How can any guy not like a movie that has Raquel Welch in a fur bikini being chased by Ray Harryhausen’s dinosaurs? I know that it can be quite tacky, especially the scene early on where the giant turtle attacks, but that is half the fun. It’s not a great film or even a really good film, but it is fun in a really trashy type of way. Many of the special effects aren’t all that convincing or good but the movie is enjoyable enough if you aren’t expecting anything too cerebral.
Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by Albert Zugsmith
Written by Novel: Richard Matheson
Screenplay: Richard Matheson & Richard Alan Simmons (uncredited)
Music by Uncredited: Irving Getz, Hans J. Salter &Herman Stein
Cinematography Ellis W. Carter
Editing by Albrecht Joseph
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) April 1, 1957
Running time 81 min.
This is another of those fifties sci-fi films that I have been watching lately. This movie is about Scott Carey who after being exposed to a radioactive fog whilst vacationing on his brother’s boat, begins to shrink. The first half of the film deals with Scott trying to come to terms on his condition and the effect that it has with his marriage. The smaller he gets the angrier he gets and the more tyrannically he becomes towards his loving wife Louise.
The 2nd half of the film is where the action begins. By this time Scott is small enough to live in a doll house. After Louise leaves the house for the shops, after being directed to by her increasingly angry husband, the families’ cat is accidentally let into the house, where Scott must try to escape it. The cat knocks him into the basement where he then has to battle a massive tarantula. In the film’s climax, after he gets his freedom Scott realises and accepts that he is not going to ever stop shrinking.
“And I felt my body dwindling, melting, becoming nothing. My fears locked away and in their place came acceptance. All this vast majesty of creation, it had to mean something. And then I meant something, too. Yes, smaller than the smallest, I meant something, too. To God there is no zero. I still exist.”
The film is incredibly enjoyable although the special effects are quite corny looking by today’s standards, but very effective. The scenes with the spider are scary enough for this arachnophobe to have to cover his eyes whenever it was on the screen. I only hope that the update that is due out later this year and starring Eddie Murphy (whose career of late has been built solely on playing Donkey in the Shrek films and remaking movies from the 1950s) is half as enjoyable.