'Attack of the 50-Foot Woman' Review
|Poster Art by Reynold Brown|
'Attack of the 50-Foot Woman' is a poster that I've always loved. It's been parodied and copied a million times for good reason. The poster is pulpy, tacky, and beautiful. The poster depicts a giant woman towering over a highway overpass in a white tankini (which is actually a set of bed sheets) as she throws cars and steps on power lines. The proportions are completely off. The 50-foot woman is drawn more like a 500-foot woman, but there's something exciting about this poster. Everyone who has been through a bad breakup can relate to her. Watching a statuesque woman throw cars around after her husband leaves her is satisfying. Who wouldn't want to throw a few cars around after that? She's certainly more lively than the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
Reynold Brown. Brown's other posters included 'The Time Machine,' 'Tarantuala,' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' 'Ben-Hur,' and 'Creature from the Black Lagoon.' Brown had a fantastical style and his posters have stood the test of time, especially the 'Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.'
I was a little embarrassed that I had a copy of this poster in my house, but I had never seen the film. Now that I've seen the film, I am no longer embarrassed. This film should only be watched after a few glasses of wine or with a fast forward button. I can handle most 50's pulp, but this is truly the B-movies of all B-movies. The best thing about this movie is the poster. Thankfully the movie is only 65 minutes. The film was done during the same time period as other size-shifting human movies, like 'The Incredible Shrinking Man' and 'The Amazing Colossal Man.'
|Allison Hayes is Nancy Archer, the 50-Foot Woman|
|Nancy sees a UFO|
|Scary Mister Clean/Alien (Mike Ross). He also played Tony the Bartender|
|Honey Parker (Yvette Vickers) and Harry Archer (Willaim Hudson)|
|Nancy ravages the town|
Anywhoo, once Nancy regains consciousness, it's on. She finds her lowdown husband and his trashy mistress in their regular watering hole and takes no prisoners. She's on a rampage and no one can stop her. She is a woman scorned and she ain't no joke. I know why this movie (and poster) have stood the test of time. It's the ultimate female revenge flick.
|"Oh Harry." Via Deviant Art|
Enjoy the pretty pictures.
|Don't trust him Nancy.|
|Seriously don't trust him|
|There's always time to dance|
|Nancy versus the giant alien hand|
|Giant alien bartender|
|No one can hide|
|Bed sheet chic|
|All shall know her and despair.|
|Nancy grabs Harry. No mercy.|
|Nancy dies the way she lives, hard and fast|