Dr. Cyclops

1940

Dr. Cyclops

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In this film, the evil Dr. Thorkel (Albert Dekker) has developed a way to shrink people to a minuscule size and sets about inflicting his experiments on everyone he can find.

Cast

Albert Dekker
as Dr. Thorkel
Janice Logan
as Dr. Mary Robinson
Thomas Coley
as Bill Stockton
Charles Halton
as Dr. Bulfinch
Victor Kilian
as Steve Baker
Billy Wilkerson
as Silent Indian
Allen Fox
as Cab Driver
Paul Fix
as Dr. Mendoza
Frank Reicher
as Prof. Kendall
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Cyclops

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (3)

  • Story and direction both fail to catch and hold interest.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Dr. Cyclops is the best bad picture of the year, an epic of silliness, and, more than that, a triumph of the process screen and the department of trick effects all combined very tastefully with Technicolor.

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • An engaging fantasy with brilliantly executed (though mostly rather unimaginative) special effects which look back to The Devil Doll and forward to The Incredible Shrinking Man.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
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  • The story and characterisation is where this movie falls apart, even given the fact that you know from the start it's going to be schlocky.

    August 25, 2017 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • The standard plot now looks hackneyed, and the cueball-headed Dekker is stereotypically crazy. However, the impressive array of oversize props make this a lot of fun to watch.

    October 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully crafted trash that should appeal to all lovers of sci-fi, horror and cult cinema.

    October 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dr. Cyclops

  • Apr 26, 2012
    Another film from the ultimate Sci Fi Collection. This is about a film where a Doctor is using uranium to miniaturizes things, The miniature horse is pretty cool, then 5 people will not leave him alone so he miniaturizes them. Must have been a drive in hit. 3 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie feels like a 50s B movie, and it's pretty much the same story as the late 50s movie, Attack of the Puppet People, but Dr. Cyclops got there first. This movie has cool special effects, which reminded me of 50s movies, and I was surprised to see such effects in a movie from 1940. It's not a fantastic story by today's standards, but this movie is still pretty cool when you think about it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2009
    Dr. Alexander Thorkel has discovered a way to use radiation to shrink pigs, horses and other assorted animals to a fraction of their former size. Obsessed with this new discovery and paranoid that his colleagues will steal his invention, he decides to shrink them as well. I caught this one on late-night television many, many years ago and absolutely loved it. Albert Dekker is the ultimate "mad scientist" in this Technicolor extravaganza of campy dialog and extraordinary special effects.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2008
    If you have nothing better to do, this might fill your time.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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