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5.0 out of 5 stars I am Woman, watch me grow, November 2, 2001
This review is from: Attack of 50 Foot Woman [VHS] (VHS Tape)
When I was a little boy living in the Woodside Housing Projects in the early 1960s, a status symbol amongst the kids was how many times one had seen "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" on TV. It seemed like it was on TV every week, on the Zacherley-hosted "Chiller Theater". Clips from it were even featured on the opening intro of "Chiller Theater", along with clips from "Plan 9 From Outer Space", "The Ape Man", "Killers From Space", "The Cyclops", and "Frankenstein's Daughter". Kids were easy to please back then.
This soon-to-be 45 year old kid STILL loves this film. "Attack" is essentially a trashy soap opera, featuring a philandering husband, an alcoholic heiress, a sexy "other woman", and, to top it off, a 30 foot giant who, in the words of artist Frank Dietz, looks like a gigantic Fred Mertz in a Roman costume!
Alcoholic heiress Nancy Archer (played by the voluptuous Allison Hayes, who died WAY too young), sees a flying saucer, which looks like the bubble Glinda travels in in "The Wizard of Oz". The 30 foot Fred Mertz lookalike emerges from the craft, and covets Nancy's fabulous diamond, "The Star of India". He wants it to power his spacecraft, or maybe for his own personal jewelry collection. Of course, everyone thinks that Nancy is just seeing pink elephants, including her two-timing, fortune-hunting husband Harry. Harry and his sexy girlfriend Honey Parker, (played by red-headed vixen Yvette Vickers) want Nancy committed, so they can get their greedy, sweaty little hands on her millions. What they don't bargain for is that Nancy has become contaminated by radiation from her encounter with Fred Mertz. Nancy then grows to a statuesque 50 feet, her hair turns honey blonde in the process, and she goes on a rampage, determined to wreak her vengeance on the slimy Harry and the sluttish Honey. The image of Ms. Hayes, in her matching bedsheet bra and half-slip, is an unforgettable icon. The film is a little slow going, and the "Attack" doesn't come til the last 10 minutes of the film, but it is fascinately, entertainingly awful to watch. The women's clothes look like they came straight out of a 1958 Frederick's of Hollywood catalogue, the dialogue is atrocious, and the special effects are cheesy-you can see through the Fred Mertz giant and the titular character (yes, it's a pun). The film also has that crazy 1950s iconography. The "desert community" home of the Archers (I like to think that they didn't live far from Las Vegas), the big cars with tailfins, and, of course, the sexy "broads". One can imagine what Russ Meyer would have done with this film! My favorite line occurs in the film after Nancy's first encounter with the jewelry-snatching giant, and Nancy says to Harry, "I think he was after my diamond!" I may also add, on a personal note, that two of my dearest friends, a married couple, are named Nancy and Harry. We all get a big laugh out of it! One final anecdote: I'm pretty sure Federico Fellini saw this film and was impressed. The hilarious Italian comedy "Boccaccio 70", comprises of 3 stories directed by different directors. The Fellini-directed story, "The Seduction of Dr. Antonio", deals with a straightlaced, uptight moralist and his encounter with a 50-foot tall Anita Ekberg. WOW!
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2006 1:13:14 PM PST
Tracy M. Lee says:
Why isn't this 1958 film version on DVD yet? I love to collect old 1950's science fiction movies. I can't believe a used VHS of this movie sells for a $150.00. I would also like to see "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" on DVD.
Mr. Tracy Lee
Loganville GA

Posted on May 1, 2007 7:34:25 PM PDT
Mike McCurdy says:
Nice review - I've been waiting for this one on DVD and it's finally coming in June 2007. This is a truly hilarious and cheesed out film, that was obvious even as a 10 year old back then. A classic.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 6:40:45 AM PST
JNagarya says:
"[C]heesed out"?

Not for those dealing with cholesterol issues.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 9:57:23 PM PST
Ramin says:
One of the most entertaining movie reviews I've read. Well done and thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2015 5:02:28 PM PST
grooverider says:
Am clearing out my vhs, was going to sell my vhs copy of "I Was a Teenage Werewolf", until I saw the prices it's getting!!!

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 7:10:09 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 28, 2015 1:49:09 PM PDT
Philippe says:
Excellent review!
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