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Creature With the Atom Brain (1955)





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A lunatic, ex-Nazi scientist fashions a way to resurrect the dead by implanting them with atomic-powered brains in this horror film. With the cooperation of a vicious gangster, the scientist creates an army of zombies, which ultimately battle the police for control of the city.
Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Columbia Pictures


Gregory Gay
as Prof. Steigg
Richard Denning
as Dr. Chet Walker
Angela Stevens
as Joyce Walker
S. John Launer
as Capt. Dave Harris
Michael Granger
as Frank Buchanan
Linda Bennett
as Penny Walker
Tristram Coffin
as District Attorney MacGraw
Harry Lauter
as Reporter
Larry J. Blake
as Reporter
Charles Evans
as Chief Camden
Pierre Watkin
as Mayor Bremer
Lane Chandler
as Gen. Saunders
Nelson Leigh
as Dr. Kenneth Norion
Don C. Harvey
as Lester Banning
Edward Coch
as Jason Franchot
Karl (Killer) Davis
as Willard Pearce
Gregory Gaye
as Prof. Steigg
Charles Horvath
as 2nd Creature
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Critic Reviews for Creature With the Atom Brain

All Critics (3)

Creature with the Atom Brain is so very 1950s -- right down Richard Denning as the pipe-smoking egghead scientist who puts together the solution -- that it's a delight.

Full Review… | January 23, 2015
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Enjoyable hokum.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...egregiously slow-moving...

Full Review… | November 5, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Creature With the Atom Brain


Creature feature sci-fi from the 50's. The creature in this one is actually human (zombie powered by atomic energy). The acting is wretched, the pacing too slow, and the effects barely exist. Very little entertainment value.

Don Schick
Don Schick

A gangster uses an ex-Nazi scientist to re-animate corpses with radiation for revenge and murder. Interestingly, the ex-Nazi is rightly shown as a humanitarian who just wanted to make the world a better place, but is being manipulated by the Irish mobster guy. He also uses the zombies to attack the lead investigator of the killings. Some good stuff, especially the scenes with the protagonist's wife. Also what looks like an early prototype for the cars that created the Google maps.


This one was kinda fun actually! Little girl was creepy! showing her undies all the time. Liked how forehead seams were unnoticed. Liked how parents lied to their child about her uncle. I was waiting for a Shaun of the Dead ending where they kept uncle Dave in the backyard.

Chuck Davey
Chuck Davey

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