Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

This one is fun.

In fact, it rates right up there with some of my favorite Fifties SF films.

At least where the fun is concerned.

Curiously, most of the film isn’t even about giant, fifty-foot women.  In fact, it is mostly familiar Film Noir territory, with the scorned neurotic wife, the cheating gigolo, his mercenary girlfriend and their various plans to get her fortune for themselves.

Until, that is, she encounters an alien spaceship and starts growing.

Okay, this is a seriously cheesy film.

But what the heck, it’s fun.

The effects range from awful to utterly terrible, with a few bits that are almost passable.  The alien ship, the alien giant and even our fifty-foot woman frequently end up slightly transparent, and the giant hand prop is beyond terrible.  They didn’t even get the surface smooth.

But what the heck, it’s a lot of fun.

And for some strange reason, everyone in the film refers to spaceships and flying saucers as “satellites.”  Perhaps it has something to do with Sputnik, perhaps it’s because whoever wrote this one thought that everything flying around in space was a satellite.

But who cares?  It’s fun.

In fact, except for a few random spaceship and giant sightings, most of the special effects get crammed into the last ten minutes.

But that’s when we get the jealous giant woman rampage we’ve been expecting since we saw that classic poster.

And you know it is a lot of fun.

Allison Hayes is overacting like crazy as the jealous wife, the alien monster actually doubles as the local bartender if you look closely, and we have the all-time strangest medical response to a woman suddenly growing forty-five feet (one word:  meat hooks) I’ve ever seen.

Not to mention the usual small town deputy who’s overpaid if he’s a volunteer.

But what the heck, it’s all fun.  This is bad,cheesy Fifties giant monster Sci Fi goodness at its best, and it all combines into an hour of solid, goofy, Drive-in ready entertainment.  It’s perfect for that midnight movie night, and has enough cheese to make that popcorn extra tasty.

Or, to sum it all up:

It’s fun.

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