Beginning of the End (1957)

Beginning of the End





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Produced by Bert I. Gordon, The Beginning of the End is a menacing onslaught of giant-sized grasshoppers. Department of Agriculture functionary Dr. Ed Wainwright (Peter Graves) and photojournalist Audrey Aimes (Peggie Castle) discover that the huge grasshoppers are the product of a experiment in radioactivity gone awry. Before the Army can neutralize the green monstrosities, Chicago has been besieged by the ravenous insects. Beginning of the End was one of two horror films produced by American … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Fred Freiberger, Lester Gorn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2003
Republic Pictures (I)



as Dr. Ed Wainwright

as Audrey

as Gen. Hanson

as Cpl. Mathias

as Capt. Barton

as Col. Sturgeon

as Col. Pete Sturgeon

as Maj. Everett

as First Patrolman

as Second Patrolman

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Taggert

as Gen. Short

as Second Patrolman
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Critic Reviews for Beginning of the End

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Bert I Gordon, the kitsch master of nature gone giant cinema, created this bargain basement spectacle of supersized locusts eating their way through Illinois to Chicago ...

Full Review… | April 26, 2010

Giant grasshoppers, Peter Graves, and Bert I. Gordon. What more can you want?

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bad Movie Lesson #1: Bert I. Gordon. Avoid.

July 25, 2002

September 24, 2005

Audience Reviews for Beginning of the End


Another giant bug movie, with a few scenes very reminiscent of Them!. Gordon is my least favourite sci-fi horror director, his movies aren't so bad that they're good, they're just plain bad. The special effects are so simple a kid could have made them, the acting is bad, the story is lacking and full of holes. I wouldn't recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Um, saying its one of the better giant grasshopper movies, isn't exactly an endorsement.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

"We may just be witnessing the beginning of the end"...of Peter Graves' quality acting! Nah, kidding. Fun film, great MST3K. :>

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