STARRING: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, Roy Gordon

1958, 66 Minutes, Directed by:
Nathan Juran

That this late 1950s sci-fi B-movie has been released on DVD under Warner Bros' Cult Camp Classic series says it all. (It is part of a box set also containing other 1950s zero-budget SF efforts The Giant Behemoth and Queen of Outer Space.)

Yup, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman is D.I.Y. Mystery Science Theater 3000 stuff: it's so bad it's good all right.

Allison Hayes in a wonderfully over-the-top performance is a rich heiress who grows into a giant after an encounter with giant alien in the desert. She then goes about exacting revenge against her philandering and scheming husband (William Hudson) and his mistress (Yvette Vickers, Playboy's Miss July 1959 and star of Attack of the Giant Leeches).

The acting is campy and the plot doesn't make sense: Hayes grows to King Kong-size but still somehow manages to fit in her bedroom!

Don't be misled by the contemporary cover DVD showing an enormous Allison Hayes menacing several cars and innocent bystanders on a Californian flyway: none of this actually happens as Hayes? rampage is rather short-lived and perfunctory.

The special effects are particularly atrocious: the alien's spaceship looks like the giant plastic boob that menaced Woody Allen in Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Too Afraid to Ask), except for the very visible wires and missing nipple of course. The giant alien has what suspiciously looks like a dragon on the back of his sleeveless shirt. More famously, all the giant creatures in the movie are transparent in some shots for some unexplained reason!

The Warner Bros. DVD looks fantastic though: the Black & White image is crisp and speckle-free. Movies much younger than this almost half-century old entry looks a lot worse on DVD! Not much in the line of special features except for an animated and entertaining audio commentary by star Yvette Vickers and film historian Tom Weaver.

Be sure to have some friends, beer and nachos (with extra cheese!) on hand when watching Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman.

(Note: Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman was remade as a TV movie in the 1990s starring Darryl Hannah.)


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