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3.0 out of 5 stars

on 24 September 2012
In this cheap & cheerful monster yarn, the pilot fiancee of delectable Susan Winters (Gloria Talbot) has gone missing after crashing his plane in the Mexican wilderness. Thus, Ms Winters organises an expedition to search for her intended. The 3-man team accompanying the young lady includes James Craig, Tom Drake & Lon Chaney Jr, with the latter having mercenary tendencies due to the uranium-rich landscape.

Cue a succession of cheesy dialogue & low-budget special effects, with the subsequent radiation creating an overgrown, monster-size wildlife population. We have the likes of magnified lizards before the facially-deformed, bulging one-eyed Cyclops finally puts in an appearance (you won't need to be Sherlock Holmes to work out this little mystery). Amongst the generally routine B-movie performances, the craggy-faced Chaney Jr adds a serviceable layer of shiftiness to his selfish character. While her Susan Winters character is sympathetic, Ms Talbot occasionally screams, rips the sleeve on her blouse and (ahem) gets delightfully wet through (pleased to see I'm not the only red-blooded male reviewer to notice!) But I also reckon her performance is the best here.

This movie is a simple but fun way to pass 65 minutes. Now all you fans of low-budget 50's B-movie monster flicks - settle down, put your feet up & empty your minds before watching - you know you want to!
Both the picture and sound quality on the widescreen black & white print used for this release are good. There are no extras or subtitles.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 June 2011
So goes the PR blurb! Well yes, it's the best way to watch any film, including this typical Bert Gordon farrago. Bonkers, badly written script (the dialogue the poor actors are forced into saying must rate among the most cliched ever), Wooden acting (with 2 exceptions), very poor SFX, but the budget...you know..., a sudden hurried ending, and all this adds up to a typical, wonderful, Bert Gordon epic! Allright, what's to like? Well, primarily of course, Gloria Talbot, one of my favourite "B" picture actresses (along with B. Garland/P. Castle/A. Hayes/Carole Matthews etc), and here she comes out as well as she can given the terrible lines she has to mouth and scream. Always good in jeans and blouse, she has a wonderful scene where she gets out of a lake, fully clothed, but...well you have to see it to appreciate it. As the star of the film she is my main reason for getting this. Also you must enjoy the restrained performence from Lon Chaney Jnr (OK, I am joking). James Craig and Tom Drake are what you would expect perf wise. It's 66' long and filmed outside which is nice. The print is Mint wide screen, and the soundtrack excellent. You won't see this anywhere on TV I suspect and thos it's a bit expensive, I say it's worth it. It's not a really bad film, just not up there with the great "B" Movie Horrors. (Did I mention the Cyclops? You get a genuine 1 shock moment when it appears properly, and you always have Gloria..)
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on 5 June 2012
"the cyclops" is the sort of film where it's best to take most scenes at face value. a lot of it is rather cartoonish in its execution but it is still fairly enjoyable and the short running time helps.
the only cast member i remotely know is lon chaney jr. and he was the only reason i bought this dvd. by this time in 1956, chaney was looking his age somewhat. his once burly physique was now looking a bit saggy and loose. even so, he gives a good enough performance as the slightly treacherous character and provides a fair bit of energy in his acting. the other cast members are quite dull and boring.
the special effects are typically cheesy and unconvincing but that is part of the charm of these 1950s low budget sci fi films.
you don't have to think very much about what is happening in the plot but that is just the way i like these films so they can be enjoyed over and over again.
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