Originally a 1958 movie that acted as something of a Distaff Counterpart
to The Amazing Colossal Man
. One of the classic B-Movies
, Attack of the 50-Foot Woman
is well remembered for its rather silly premise, as well as being a rather large source of Fanservice
. The movie was also remade for HBO in 1993.
The basic plot is that Nancy Archer, a woman with a drinking problem and a cheating husband, has a close encounter out in the desert with aliens. In an attempt to convince her husband of what she saw, she takes him back out into the desert, where he abandons her
when the aliens reappear. She's found later, and her husband plots to kill her, but she's grown giant in her sleep. She goes on a classic Kaiju
rampage upon awakening, looking for her husband. During her rampage, she kills the other woman and kidnaps her husband King Kong
style. She's killed by an exploding power line transformer, which kills off her husband in the process.
The remake, with Daryl Hannah
, ramps the unsympathetic portrayal
of her husband Up to Eleven
, and has a much happier ending for Nancy. The remake has some markers of a Lifetime original movie
, with every man being despicable or useless, and all the women, including her husband's mistress
, getting sympathetic portrayals and happy endings.
Obviously the Trope Namer
for Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
The 1958 movie contains examples of:
- Acme Products: The doctors get everything they need to sedate and restrain giant Nancy from Acme Medical Supplies, including chains and meat hooks.
- Attack of the Monster Appendage: After she grows, all we see of Nancy until the final attack is her enormous hand.
- Auto Erotica/Terror At Make Out Point: A young couple making out in their car are startled by the giant Nancy.
- Battle Butler: Jess, Nancy's butler since childhood, gets in a rumble with Harry when he tries to skip town.
- Clueless Deputy: Charlie, who also serves as the Plucky Comic Relief.
- Film Posters: One of the most iconic in cinema history, better known than the film itself.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: While fighting Jess, Harry hits him with an empty bottle.
- Herr Doktor: Dr. Heinrich von Loeb.
- Kent Brockman News: The newscaster openly mocks Nancy after she reports seeing the alien giant. It is implied that she is just imagining it.
- My Car Hates Me: Nancy's car won't start when she tries to get away from the alien giant. Also, the sheriff's station wagon gets stuck in the mud when he finds the giant.
- No More for Me: The old prospector throws away his bottle when he sees giant Nancy.
- Prospector: one of the first to see the giant Nancy. In a modern twist, he's looking for uranium.
- Spheroid Dropship
- Stock Footage: The same scene of giant Nancy walking is used over and over.
- You Have to Believe Me
- You Keep Using That Word: Characters use the word "satellite" when referring to the spaceship. This was because Sputnik had launched the year before, so "satellite" was the latest popular buzzword for anything from 'up there'.
- Your Size May Vary: Giant Nancy doesn't seem to stay the same size throughout.
The 1993 remake contains examples of: