War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

USA, 1958
35mm film, black and white, colour
mono, English

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

Plot Summary

The mutated Colossal Man is found alive and well and hiding out in remote mountains in Mexico, disfigured and driven insane by his experiences. He’s captured by the military and returned to the USA but he escapes and goes on the rampage.


Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
© MCMLVIII [1958] Carmel Productions
American International Pictures [logo] An American International picture. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present
Produced by: Bert I. Gordon
Screenplay by: George Worthing Yates
Story by: Bert I. Gordon
Director of Photography: Jack Marta
Editorial Supervisor: Ronald Sinclair
Music Composed and Conducted by: Albert Glasser
Sound Mixer: Benny Winkler
Special Makeup Created by: Jack H. Young
Special Technical Effects: Bert I. Gordon
Art Director: Walter Keller
Locations: Griffith Park Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA [uncredited]; Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA [uncredited]

Sally Fraser (Joyce Manning)
Roger Pace (Major Mark Baird)
Dean Parkin (Colonel Glenn Manning)
Russ Bender (Dr Carmichael)
John McNamara (neurologist)
Rico Alaniz (Sergeant Luis Murillo)
Loretta Nicholson (Joan)
George Becwar (John Swanson)
Raymond Winston
Robert Hernandez (Miguel)
Jack Kosslyn (newscaster)
Charles Stewart (Captain Harris)
George Navarro (Mexican doctor)
June Jocelyn (Mrs Edwards)
Bob Garnet (Pentagon correspondent)
Bill Giorgio (bus driver)
Stan Chambers (TV announcer)
Hal Torey
June Burt
George Milan (General Nelson)

Alternative Titles

Gigant des Grauens – West German title
La guerra de la bestia gigante – Spanish title
Revenge of the Colossal Man
The Terror Strikes

Sequel to
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

Extracts included in
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999)
Horrible Horror (1986)
Invasion Earth: The Aliens are Here (1988)


Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) p.31 – note (Round the cinema’s zoo of horrors with Supernaturalist)

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Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.530 – credits
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