Touch a Button. Things Happen. A Scientist Becomes a Beast: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)


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Touch a button. Things happen. A scientist becomes a beast

THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST MOVIES I HAVE EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER SEEN! It was BEYOND AWFUL! I mean it was  Attack of the Killer Tomatoes or Mean Girls 2 bad. My sister bought a box set of the Greatest 100 Horror Classics, and the two of us has been working through them. Most of them were really good, I mean Carnival of Souls, Phantom of the Opera (1925), etc were on there; but this one was really a major dud.

The first scene has nothing to do with the rest of the movie. A women takes a shower and is strangled. We never see the murderer, we never mention the murderer, in fact nothing at all comes from this.

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I know like what the heck movie makers? Why would you do that do your viewers? A  later interview done with the producer revealed that the scene was added because the director liked nude scenes. Seriously? Why would you add something like that in when it has nothing to do with the plot. It’d be like having half-naked women singing about Hitler.

In Yucca Flats a Soviet scientist, Joseph Javorsky, is defecting. As he is running he and his American contacts are attacked by KGB. Javorsky gets away but wanders in an American nuclear test and is transformed into a mindless beast.

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I know, its awful. It’s like Really? Really? That’s what you’re going with?

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We get a lot of this in the film.

We get a lot of this in the film.

He then kills a couple in their car. Two police officers who seem to have no clue what being a police officer means go after him. (The head cop looks like he’s sixteen while the deputy 45, how that worked out I don’t know.)

A vacationing family ends up getting caught up in this. (This is where the story got interesting as we made up this whole back story about how both kids were the moms but the youngest was from her now husband  and that is why they care so much about him when he runs off while a killer is lose in the hills, but when the oldest one does they hardly even bother to look for him. I mean it was pretty sad how they didn’t even seem upset that the eldest son was missing.) And

Evetually the cops kill the scientists and everything ends somewhat well.

It was HORRIBLE!  DON”T WATCH IT!

Even though it sucked I couldn’t leave it out of my countdown.

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