Long before Michael Berryman caused us to freak out over a nuclear monster, there was Tor Johnson. Tor plays the distinguished Joseph Jarvorsky, a Russian scientist who has defected with a brief case. While in the desert, his vehicle is pursued by the KGB in a white1961 Plymouth Valiant. During a shootout (one without CG flames coming from guns) Javorsky escapes into the desert with his brief case. As luck would have it, an A-bomb goes off and shock waves engulf our hero which transforms him into a "prehistoric killer." Quite the error by writer/director Coleman Francis whose family moved the year they taught science in school.
The film has a lot of night shots with poor lighting. It is certified MST grade and voted at #90 of the 100 worse films of all time by IMDB as of this writing. The trailer for the film, with bongo music, was more entertaining than the film itself. At less than an hour long, this would be the third film at the drive-in.
It has an opening nude scene with Lanell Cado best known as Ruby Chastain in "Night Train to Mundo Fine", than the uncredited strangled girl in Yucca Flats.
A fat old Russian scientist (Tor Johnson) defector with moon pictures gets irradiated Yucca Flats. He becomes a scaly that with a penchant for girl necks. We spend the next 54 minutes watching people running around saying kill them all and let God sort them out.
Most of the film is narrated if that's what you can call it. A side benefit is that we get a chance to see what 1961 cars, cloths, haircuts, and sleazy women (Lanell Cado ... Woman Strangled in Opening Scene) look like.
The opening scene was tacked on at a later date. If you are lucky, you can get a copy of a topless Lanell Cado. Moreover, just who is the stand in for Tor Johnson in that scene?
I'll admit, I have seen much worse movies, but this one should be shown in film schools as an example of what not to do.
Constant and unnecessary, cliche filled pretenous narration, with gross abuse of the word "progress" thrown in. Very little dialogue, and what there is is bad. (Shot of large lake...Boy:"Do you think that is water?") Unsympathetic protagonists. Constant, and somewhat overbearing soundtrack. Truly unconvincing strangulation. Characters shot multiple times and not a spot of blood on them, or even holed clothing. This doesn't stop the character getting up and running around though. A totally unconnected opening scene.