Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)


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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman may well be one of the worst science-fiction films of all time, but that's not to say that it isn't thoroughly enjoyable. Allison Hayes achieved screen immortality as Nancy Archer, the wealthy, dipsomaniac wife of shameless philanderer Harry Archer (William Hudson). When she witnesses the crash landing of a alien spaceship -- whose occupant is a 30-foot giant, dressed in the manner of a medieval Frenchmen! -- Nancy goes to the local sheriff (George Douglas) with her … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Hanna
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On DVD: Jun 26, 2007
Allied Artists Pictures


as Nancy Fowler

as Harry Archer

as Honey Parker

as Dr. Isaac Cushing

as Sheriff Dubbitt

as Jessup Stout

as Dr. Von Loeb

as Tony (& Space Giant)

as Charlie
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Critic Reviews for Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hell hath no fury like a scorned woman, especially one who could avoid a divorce altogether by merely stepping on you.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011

Her towering torso wrapped in a makeshift sarong apparently manufactured from bed sheets, Hayes is a nightmare caricature of the rolling pin-wielding wife tracking down an errant husband. 'It's Mrs. Archer! She's on a rampage!' cries the town doctor.

Full Review… | February 11, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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!

Full Review… | July 15, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Attack of the 50 Foot Woman


The laundry list of continuity errors aside, this is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable cult sci-fi films ever made.

Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer

A super-cheesy yet pretty entertaining monster-flick with some campy acting and fun direction - and it's quite unhinged for the period.

Kristijonas Fussman
Kristijonas Fussman

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"What do you want me to do?! Put salt on her tail?!"

It's never a good thing when a movie that's barely over an hour, feels like thrice that length.

I thought I'd start of 2011 with something campy and fun, and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman looked like it might fit that bill. Nope. My first movie of 2011 is also my first cinematic mistake of the year.

Far too much of the movie is spent on a normal sized woman (Allison Hayes) complaining and whining about her husband's infidelity with a local floozy, instead of on a 50 Foot Woman attacking things, as I was led to expect from the title. The whole thing is horribly boring up until the last ten or so minutes, which are mildly entertaining by virtue of how stupid it all is and how truly atrocious the special effects are (even by the standards of the 1950s). Seriously, once you see the "giant hand", you'll be regretting your decision to watch this, just like I did.

There are tons of other campy or bad (in a good way) older movies to be found, don't waste your time with this one.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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