The Magnetic Monster

1953

Action / Sci-Fi

5
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 25%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 703

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Strother Martin as Co-Pilot
Richard Carlson as Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
Michael Fox as Dr. Serny
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheMarquisDeSuave 6 / 10

One of the more intelligent science fiction films of the era

As opposed to a gigantic monster terrorizing the city, "The Magnetic Monster" deals with a radioactive element that gains energy from appliances surrounding it and will not stop doubling in size. As you can tell, this is one of the more intellectual concepts for a b-movie of the time. It's certainly not "2001", but its quite refreshing to see a scientifically accurate film from a period not exactly renowned for such. The concept and jargon used (not to mention the lack of any real monster) is probably what spelled doom for this film. If you are a fan of vintage science fiction short stories from the 40s and 50s, seeking this rarity out is recommended as it captures the atmosphere of a good "Amazing Stories" magazine.

The film itself is far from flawless. The comic relief characters are unfunny and generally annoying, but fortunately sparse. The stock footage from a German film entitled "Gold" is certainly fascinating, but slightly erroneous. The twist of one of the characters going insane towards the end seems to be only an excuse to pad out time by using more footage.

On the other hand, there are many positive aspects which make me wish this film was more fondly remembered. Richard Carlson was always a fine leading man, intelligent and likable. Its a shame he never got any major roles outside of drive-in flicks. And as I stated above, the screenplay is one of the most intelligent and scientifically accurate of the period. If this one pops up on TV you may as well check it out. (6/10)

Reviewed by Dejael 8 / 10

One of my favorite minor Science Fiction films from the fifties!

One of the best sci-fi B-movies of the Fifties! Stalwart hero-scientist Carlson is really terrific and convincing too; stock footage of dynamo is realistically intercut with new footage of a movie set built to look exactly like the one in the German film GOLD (1934), in which stock footage from the 1934 film is intercut with new footage. The film succeeds on all levels, made for an adult audience, and although a 'modern' American film, it had a film crew with a heritage in German impressionist cinema of the 1930s. Highly recommended! Great Science Fiction! Probably the only Fifties SF film besides ON THE BEACH (1959) to show the nuclear radiation problem realistically; especially chilling is the scene on board an airliner where the nuclear scientist who had a hand in creating the monster (Leonard Mudie) is dying of nuclear radiation and his gums are bleeding while he holds onto a briefcase in his lap containing the radioactive isotope. Rushed to a hospital after the plane lands, he dies in isolation. And a formidable, unknown, unseen monster! Badly dated now, but an effective, well-written thriller featuring the TV star of I LED THREE LIVES and the movie star of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Richard Carlson gives another fine performance.

Reviewed by TheMarquisDeSuave 6 / 10

This is really good!

As opposed to a gigantic monster terrorizing the city, "The Magnetic Monster" deals with a radioactive element that gains energy from appliances surrounding it and will not stop doubling in size. As you can tell, this is one of the more intellectual concepts for a b-movie of the time. It's certainly not "2001", but its quite refreshing to see a scientifically accurate film from a period not exactly renowned for such. The concept and jargon used (not to mention the lack of any real monster) is probably what spelled doom for this film. If you are a fan of vintage science fiction short stories from the 40s and 50s, seeking this rarity out is recommended as it captures the atmosphere of a good "Amazing Stories" magazine.

The film itself is far from flawless. The comic relief characters are unfunny and generally annoying, but fortunately sparse. The stock footage from a German film entitled "Gold" is certainly fascinating, but slightly erroneous. The twist of one of the characters going insane towards the end seems to be only an excuse to pad out time by using more footage.

On the other hand, there are many positive aspects which make me wish this film was more fondly remembered. Richard Carlson was always a fine leading man, intelligent and likable. Its a shame he never got any major roles outside of drive-in flicks. And as I stated above, the screenplay is one of the most intelligent and scientifically accurate of the period. If this one pops up on TV you may as well check it out. (6/10)

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