Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
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 story, only to be laughed off as a drunken crank. Even the local TV anchorman makes cruel fun of Nancy on his nightly newscast. Meanwhile, hubby Harry is making whoopee at a roadhouse with his latest tootsie, Honey Parker (Yvette Vickers). Not long afterward, Nancy, who's been exposed to the radiation of the spaceship, begins to feel queasy. Within a few days, she has grown to the height of 50 feet and is lumbering around the countryside clad only in a gigantic towel, smashing houses and trees in search of her faithless husband ("HARRY-HARRY!!!") Hilarious in its ineptitude (the special effects are particularly shoddy), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is impossible to dislike, which cannot be said of its slicker but less entertaining 1993 cable-TV remake (with Darryl Hannah in the title role). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
Hell hath no fury like a scorned woman, especially one who could avoid a divorce altogether by merely stepping on you.
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.
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!
At once a riotously awful sci-fi failure and a deliriously sexy pulp success.
Hanna and Juran make up for their lack of supernatural thrills by packing lots of talking, fighting, dancing and drinking -- as well as a few lame jokes -- into the movie's harmless 65 minutes.
Old-school camp craziness of the tallest and most feminine variety.
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.More
A super-cheesy yet pretty entertaining monster-flick with some campy acting and fun direction - and it's quite unhinged for the period.More
"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.
i understand this is a cult classic, and by definition is supposed to be a bad movie that we all love anyway, but this movie is really just not very interesting. the concept is excellent, but even for 1958 it could have been executed considerably better. nancy changed sizes each time we saw her, and she was vastly underused. while she was more like 20 feet rather than 50, she all of the sudden became bullet proof, and she no longer held the ability to move at normal speed. i know im overanalyzing it a bit, but some of these absurdities are a bit too obvious to be guilty of. the film was entertaining, but not much else.More
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