ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is fascinating to watch for the complete lack of conviction the special effects have. These are particularly noticeable during Allison Hayess rampage through the town the same piece of footage of her walking is used several times over, sometimes reversed and against different backgrounds. A shot of her behind a power pylon contains some incredibly shoddy back projection and the alien giant is simply double-exposed over the background. We never see the giants and the humans in the same shot. And when Allison Hayes smashes her way through the buildings, the closeups that focus on her in no way match what we see happening with the absurd giant papier-mache hand.
The script contains its fair share of howlers such as the tv news bulletin in the opening minutes where the announcer points to the locations of the various satellite sightings, including Auckland, New Zealand, which is indicated as being somewhere beneath Cape Horn. Interestingly, the UFO mania that hung over many early 1950s alien invader efforts has now become, following the then contemporary launching of Sputnik in late 1957, replaced by satellites thus we have a spate of Unidentified Satellites spottings around the world.
It is hard to believe from the cheapness of the production that director Nathan Hertz made the great The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) the same year although perhaps realizing what a cheap end of the genre he was working in here, Hertz chose to bill himself Nathan Hertz here instead of the name Nathan Juran he used on Sinbad and subsequent films. Hertz/Jurans single virtue lies in his choice of a good cast. Allison Hayes, who gained a minor cult for the half-dozen or so B-movies she starred in, is reasonably effective in the scenes with her storming around the town in a cloth bikini she seems to attain a coolly otherworldly beauty. She however has the film stolen out from under her by Yvette Vickers who plays the role of Honey Parker as as much of an cheap slut as 1950s morality codes would allow her to get away with.
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman was remade, less laughably and with better special effects as Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993), with Daryl Hannah in the Allison Hayes role. The idea was borrowed in other films not long after such as The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959) and The Temptation of Dr Antonio (1962). Attack of the 50 Foot Woman has been also parodied in a number of films including Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds (1995), Dude, Wheres My Car? (2000), Monsters vs Aliens (2009) and Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012).
Nathan Jurans other films are: the historical horror The Black Castle (1952), the invading alien brain film The Brain from Planet Arous (1957), the giant bug film The Deadly Mantis (1957), the alien invader film 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), the fantasy adventure Jack the Giant Killer (1962), the H.G. Wells adaptation The First Men in the Moon (1964) and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) wherein he reunited with Kerwin Mathews.