Anniversary Post: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

On this day, 18 May, in 1958, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman was released.

I’m a great admirer of 1950s science fiction films. But they aren’t my thing. I rarely seek them out. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is different. I really like it.

Part of it is what I’m coming to think of as the Dolls Effect. After decades of films where justice plays little role in the resolution, I really like films where the bad people get their due. I call them “feel good” films.

Yvette Vickers is perfect as the comically evil “other woman.” And William Hudson plays the unfaithful husband with a surprising amount of subtlety. He’s clearly pulled in two directions.

Meanwhile, Allison Hayes goes well beyond her pin-up girl good looks and presents a very sympathetic but troubled character. It’s something of a relief when she turns into a monster.

On the downside, the effects in the film are not great. I choose to embrace them. Anyway, it could just be that space alien giants (and their victims) are transparent.

The screenplay was written by Mark Hanna, who co-wrote The Amazing Colossal Man the year before. I really like it too but it doesn’t have the heart of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

Also Today

In 1971, another of my favorites, The Abominable Dr Phibes was released. It’s just an excuse for a bunch of impressive murders. But what more do you need?

Attack of the 50 ft Woman poster by Reynold BrownWrong Side of the Art; in the Public Domain.

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