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Mrs. Stewart seemed pleased to be skinny in her 4th month of pregnancy despite her husband's show of concern (but really ok with it). That was what stuck out in this movie that relied on the special effects of an older German film to excite where this film company could not.
First Outer Limits Episode Even Before the Series?
Some may find this a bit of a dry go if they're looking for a flesh and blood monster and snappy pacing. It's an intelligent film, almost documentary in feel with relatively believable science. There's an impending sense of doom right from the beginning that doesn't let up until the end. Some clever visuals like the hardware store where everything metal suddenly becomes magnetic are done really well. The death scene of the errant scientist's assistant on the floor above is downright creepy. Also, the capture of the "monster" and examination of it is unnerving, if not terrifying. This is a nice example of grounded science fiction where there's a serious attempt to show an extraordinary scenario in a realistic format. Some flubs like handing back the blind man's cane in the plane after it's been used to carry a dangerous leaking isotope. The film reminds me of an Outer Limits episode. In fact, I'd stick my neck out and say this was probably the inspiration for the series. Right down to the way the film opens with a similar calm, but eerie voiceover narrator. They even have the same imagery i.e., the oscilloscope. You can certainly see those similarities and more in "The Galaxy Being," the first Outer Limits episode. Anything that probably led to that great tv series deserves my vote for a serious view.
Jeffrey Stewart(Richard Carlson) a member of O.S.I., Office of Scientific Investigation is called in to research a high level of radiation in the air and at a nearby appliance store, yeah the toasters are infected even back then, but they didn't listen to your conversations. Anyway it turns out that there is another incident at the local airport where it is discovered that another scientist has bombarded serranium with alpha particles, and as we now know, that is a VERY bad thing. So in order to contain this dilemma , the serranium must be bombarded with with electrons or face the fact that it will grow to gigantic proportions with an amazing destructive force. So Carlson and gang have to isolate the serranium and blast it with 900 million volts of energy/electricity in order to neutralize its' catastrophic ability.Computer named M.A.N.I.A.C., one of the good guys but really, harbinger to the future ?Got it, nice interesting special effects for the time. Good story line and good acting. King Donovan also stars.4.5 stars out of 5. B & W.
If you like sci-fi monster movies but you're tired of the same old enraged giant Ray Harryhausen lizards high on radiation flattening everything in sight, then "The Magnetic Monster" is for you. It has all the usual stylistic trappings of the genre, plus some great set pieces that will appeal to serious electronics gadgeteers. Nikolai Tesla would be proud. Nevertheless, this movie has more subtlety than most, with almost a "Twilight Zone" flavor to it. I saw this as a kid and it scared the bejeebers out of me back then. It's still definitely worth a peek today, young or old. And many thanks to TCM for saving the magentic monster from oblivion.