Episode 621: The Beast of Yucca Flats
First aired: Comedy Central on 21 January 1995
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|Tor Johnson plays the Beast. Yucca Flats appears in an uncredited role.|
That should be enough to scare off most people.
That should be enough ... well, Tor Johnson is actually pretty cool. Not an indicator of a good movie, but if Tor Johnson is in it, it's probably worth a look, just because he's there.
So, we have a huge negative: a Coleman Francis film. We have a positive: a film with Tor Johnson.
Which one wins?
Well, it's Coleman Francis, so nobody wins.
So, what's The Beast of Yucca Flats all about?
|"Why did they call this 'Flats?' I get the 'Yucca' part."|
|Proof that Douglas Mellor is no Cary Grant and Coleman Francis is no Alfred Hitchock.||Tor Johnson dies, but the little fluffy bunny rabbit hops over and gives him a little nuzzle.|
The production values are, well, comparable to your average Coleman Francis film. The sound didn't work, so they relied on narration and dubbing in post-production. They covered it by having off-camera, or distant, indistinct characters do most of the talking. Heck, I've done better with a silent hand-held and a cassette tape recorder. Really.
Short film, so it gets a short subject to go along with it. One starring Benjamin Franklin's Shadow. It's called Money Talks, but it's Ben Franklin's Shadow that does most of the talking. Then, as if that wasn't enough, they have another short, about Puerto Rico. Didn't make me want to go.
I didn't enjoy the shorts so much. Some okay riffing. But the movie? Fantastic. Not the movie, but the riffing.
Bad movies. Don't watch them alone. Be sure to bring along your temp and robots.