Monday, May 6, 2013

BEGINNING OF THE END / AB-PT Pictures Corp. - 1957

It's time for a Dungeon Redo of a classic fifties giant monster flick that I actually saw way back in '57! This was Mr. Big's second movie he directed, the first was KING DINOSAUR in '55, and THE CYCLOPS followed this one, which I also saw at the theater. Lucky me!

There's a teaser segment before credits roll where a horny couple parked in the country become the first victims of the giant grasshoppers.

Eegah!! sent over a soundclip of an extended version of "Natural, Natural Baby" that the doomed couple are listening to on the radio when the hungry insects attack, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button ther across from vampire cross display, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... BEGINNING OF THE END!

Peggy Castle plays reporter Audrey Aimes, she's the first on the scene after the military declares a county in Illinois a disaster area. She hooks up with local atomic super genius Dr. Ed Wainwright, played by the great Peter Graves. He's working on growing giant atomically enhanced fruit and vegetables!

They stop to check out a destroyed building when Dr. Wainwright's mute assistant becomes the next onscreen victim... Later, dude, check you on the flipside!

Then, there's this scene where Dr. Wainwright gets to show his 8mm home movies to the military and fellow scientists.

Wouldn't you know it, this flick has Morris Ankrum in it, and, Thomas Browne Henry also plays a military officer.

Welp, I think this newspaper headline sez it all!

The Army's brought in to fight the giant critters only to lose the battle, so, it's on to Chicago they go!!.. I totally dig that bottom still, sometimes the effects look fairly decent!

They end up capturing one of the monsters, now, they have something to experiment on! High frequency sonic sound waves drives the big thing crazy, so, it breaks out of it's cell and devours that tasty little maggot there!

The doc directs General Hanson to start their sonic blaster to try and stop the marauding horde. The idea is to trick them into following the sound into the water to drown!

The giant grasshoppers start heading toward the sound as they terrorize the city...

They all end up dying in the water, and, Chicago is saved for the mafia!


Grimm said...

I've never seen this one before! I'll be adding this to the never ending list of movies I have to watch. Great review!

Exeter said...

Peter Graves AND Morris Ankrum!
Wonder how many times I've seen this one?

Lacey said...

catch the Mystery Science Theater 3000 showing of this film. You can find it on Netflix and You tube.
Great movie and great episode.

Grant said...

The Mystery Science Theater version is pretty great, especially all those WWII movie jokes whenever the army shows up in the movie.

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