The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

black and white
mono, English
Reviewed at The

An American science fiction film directed by Bert I. Gordon.

Plot Summary

When US Army officer Glenn Manning is exposed to from a plutonium bomb during a test, he finds himself growing at an alarming rate. Slowly going insane thanks to his heart failing to keep up with his new body's needs, he eventually reaches a colossal fifty feet in height. Now completely mad, he goes on the rampage through .


* = uncredited

Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
© MCMLVII [1957] Malibu Productions
American International Pictures [logo] A James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff presentation. An American-International picture
Produced by: Bert I. Gordon
Screenplay by: Mark Hanna and Bert I. Gordon; George Worthing Yates *
Director of Photography: Joe Biroc
Film Editor: Ronald Sinclair
Music Composed and Conducted by: Albert Glasser
Sound Recorder: Jack Solomon
Men's Costumer: Bob Richards
Makeup Artist: Bob Schiffer
Hair Stylist: Joan St. Oegger
Special Technical Effects: Bert I. Gordon
Production Designer: Bill Glasgow
Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA *

Glen Langan (Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Manning)
Cathy Downs (Carol Forrest)
William Hudson (Dr Paul Lindstrom)
Larry Thor (Major Eric Coulter M.D.)
James Seay (Colonel Hallock)
Frank Jenks (truck driver)
Russ Bender (Richard Kingman)
Hank Patterson (Henry)
Jimmy Cross (sergeant at reception desk)
June Jocelyn (Nurse Wilson)
Stanley Lachman (Lieutenant Cline)
Harry Raybould (military policeman at main gate)
Jean Moorhead (woman in bathtub)
Scott Peters (Sergeant Lee Carter)
Myron Cook (Captain Thomas)
Michael Harris (Police Lieutenant Keller)
Bill Cassady
Dick Nelson (Sergeant Hanson)
Ed Cobb (Dr McDermott)
Paul Hahn (attendant)

Alternative Titles

El gigante ataca – Spanish title
I giganti invadono la terra – Italian title
Der Koloss – German title

War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

See also
Army of Darkness (1993)
Earth vs. the Spider (1958)
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)

Extracts included in
Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)
It Came from Hollywood (1982)
Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here (1987)
This Is MST3K (1992)


Daily Cinema no.7904 (14 November 1957) p.7 – review
Film Daily vol.112 no.59 (24 September 1957) p.10 – review
The Hollywood Reporter vol.146 no.18 (29 August 1957) p.3 – credits, review
Kine Weekly no.2622 (14 November 1957) p.21 – review
Mkultra vol.2 no.2 p.41 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.25 no.288 (January 1958) p.4 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.209 no.8 (23 November 1957) p.618 – review
Movie Club no.5 pp.12 13 – review
Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) p.31 – note (Round the cinema's zoo of horrors with Supernaturalist)
Time Out no.500 (16 November 1979) p.53 – review
Variety 4 September 1957 – credits, synopsis, review

American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.12-13 – credits, synopsis, review
Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed). p.165 – illustrated credits, review
Ghastly Beyond Belief by Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman p.173 – quotes, poster tags
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.21 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.22 – credits
It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig pp.176-180 – illustrated credits, review
The Horror Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.12 – credits, review
Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.51 – credits, review
by Walt Lee p.11 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, with Plot Synopses and Critical Commentary by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.30 – credits, synopsis, review