on 22 March 2011
This is a brilliantly absurd piece of 1950s rubbish.Indeed it's so bad it's hard to know where to start.
Acting, dialogue and special effects are consistent. Which is to say uniformly terrible. The monster appears to be a man in a cardboard packing box with tree features painted on and cardboard tube branches. The plot is irrelevant. Something about a curse...or maybe radiation, not that it matters. This is one great laugh fest from start to finish, albeit unintentionally. Sit back and enjoy!
Comes this 1957 Allied Artists Monstrosity. Double billed on occasion with "The Disembodied" (See my thoughts on that one), one can only imagine what it would have been like at your local "Drive In" or even Odeon/Savoy/Gaumont. Let's not be carried away, this is a bad film...To some, like me, that won't matter too much. To others, perhaps more discerning viewers this could be a complete turnoff. A Walking Tree!! (Don't they move VERY SLOWLY!!) Some very unattractive Native Maidens and Woodentop actors (whwere were you Beverley Garland?) plus an excrutiating script add up to 70 minutes of mostly fun, but...just be told...Good film this isn't. The Warner Archive print/transfer is excellent and a good 16.9 ratio helps as well as a price which makes it a fair chance to take, but you have been warned.