Film / The Beast of Yucca Flats

The Beast of Yucca Flats. A film by Coleman Francis.

Joseph Javorsky. Noted scientist. Played by Tor Johnson. Defected from Soviet Russia. Hunted by KGB. Walks onto a nuclear test site. Touch a button. Things happen. The A-bomb. A man becomes a beast.

No-one talks - the camera didn't have sound gear. A narrator. Unable to speak in full sentences. Flag on the moon. How did it get there?

A topless woman is strangled. Nothing to do with the rest of the movie.

The beast kills a couple on vacation. Caught in the wheels of progress. People hunt the beast. Climb a mountain, then give up.

Boys from the city. Not yet caught up in the whirlwind of progress. A guy gets shot from a plane. Man's inhumanity to man. Beast is finally killed.

Next Sunday A.D. A man and some robots in space. They riff the movie. People laugh. Tropers recap riffing here.

Tropes on the page. How did they get there?:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Basically the Central Theme of the film.
  • Author Appeal:
    • All three of Coleman Francis' films have featured a vigilante shooting of a character. In one of them, The Skydivers, Coleman was the sniper; in another, Red Zone Cuba, it was Coleman who got sniped.
    • Why exactly does the film have that weird unrelated prologue? Well, Francis just happened to like nudie shots a great deal, so he included one on that justification alone.
  • Beige Prose: The narration is this, as it consists mainly of sentence fragments and vague descriptions. Most infamously "Flag on the moon, how did it get there"
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Flag on the moon. How did it get there? Though, in this case, the Fauxlosophic Narration has some meaning: a top secret Russian moon landing of course! No, really; that's the secret with evidence being smuggled in the briefcase at the beginning if you pay attention.
  • Dull Surprise: Several people are strangled over the course of the movie. None of them try to scream or fight back, instead they seem to just give up and accept death within the first second.
  • Dying as Yourself: After the narrator's repetition of how Javorsky was a kind man until he became the Beast, the scene with the rabbit works as an example of this trope. note 
  • Face–Monster Turn: The titular Beast was once a scientist named Javorsky, working for the betterment of mankind before getting caught in an atomic bomb blast and becoming a murderous mutant.
  • Fanservice: The topless actress in the opening murder has basically nothing to do with the movie's plot. Coleman apparently just thought a nudie scene would be edgy, considering the weakening of the Hays Code during the 60's.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: Trope on the page. How did it get there? The narration is basically entirely this. Things like the "wheels of progress" are name-dropped, but never elaborated upon.
  • Filming For Easy Dub: Beast of Yucca Flats was recorded silent, and the dialogue dubbed in later, so in the few cases where people do talk they're either off-screen or far enough away from the camera that we can't see their mouths moving anyway.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: An atomic bomb turns Joseph Javorsky into The Beast, a super-strong and incredibly tough killing machine.
  • I Love the Dead: It is heavily implied that the killer at the start of The Beast of Yucca Flats abuses the woman's corpse.
  • Lull Destruction: The narrator talks constantly, filling every moment of every scene with sentence fragments, vague commentary on what's going on, and fauxlosophical gibberish.
  • Must Have Caffeine: It wouldn't be a Coleman Francis film without a character needing coffee.
  • Pet the Dog: The Beast kisses a rabbit before dying.note 
  • R-Rated Opening: A topless woman is killed by someone in the opening scene.
  • Science Is Bad: Apparently, according to the narrator, Joseph Javorsky tried to use science for good, but the evil it wrought overwhelmed and transformed him. As the wheels of progress turn, his fate will be the fate of us all. Or something...
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Throughout the entirety of the movie, the soundtrack is blaring stock cues that often clash with the "nothing" going on onscreen.
  • Stop, or I Will Shoot!: Taken to the worst extreme. A sniper is sent up in a plane to bring down the suspected killer and starts shooting at a family dad who was looking for help for his family stranded on vacation. Naturally, the dad starts running, convincing the shooter he's found the guilty party.