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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. Something about 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.


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  • Author Appeal:
    • Coleman Francis films. Vigilante shootings from a helicopter. Man's inhumanity to man.
    • Unrelated prologue with a topless woman. Coleman Francis, a fan of nudie shots. Throws the topless scene in with little justification.
  • Beige Prose: Narration. Full of sentence fragments and vague phrases.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Flag on the moon. How did it get there? The narration in this case is meaningful. Top secret Russian moon landing. Pictures of the moon serve as the movie's MacGuffin.
  • Dull Surprise: Lots of people strangled. No one screams.
  • Dying as Yourself: Joseph Javorsky, a once kind and noble man. Kisses a bunny at the end.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The Beast is killed. Until he kisses a rabbit.
  • Face–Monster Turn: Javorsky. Noted scientist. Worked for the betterment of mankind. Now? A beast. Kill. Just to be killing.
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  • Fanservice: Topless scene in the prologue.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: Trope on the page. How did it get there?
  • Filming for Easy Dub: The movie was recorded silent. Dialogue dubbed in later. No one moves their lips on camera.
  • For Science!: The Beast. The wheels of scientific progress, possible motivation. Movie isn't very clear.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: The A-Bomb. A man becomes a Beast.
  • I Love the Dead: Killer in the prologue. Implied that he abuses his victim's corpse.
  • Lull Destruction: Never a quiet moment. A narrator who never shuts up. The filmmaker's inhumanity to man.
  • Pet the Dog: The Beast kisses a rabbit.
  • R-Rated Opening: A topless woman. Killed by someone unseen.
  • Science Is Bad: Possibly. Movie still isn't very clear. Joseph Javorsky. Noted scientist. Tried to use science for good. Caught in the wheels of scientific progress.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Music. Stock cues. What do those mean? The soundtrack just doesn't fit. Nothing.
  • Stop, or I Will Shoot!: Taken to extremes. A sniper in a plane. A father, caught in the wheels of justice. A man runs, someone shoots at him.


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