The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Monolith Monsters

DVD - 2006
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The Incredible shrinking man: Scott Carey encounters a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip and soon finds his life taking a bizarre and frightening twist. His physical size begins to diminish as he shrinks to a mere two inches. Suddenly ordinary household situations loom over him with lethal intensity: a playful cat becomes demon and a spider a gargantuan monster. Carey finds he must rely on his wits to survive in his new oversized world.
The monolith monsters: A strange black meteor crashes near the town of San Angelo and litters the countryside with fragments. When a storm exposes these fragments to water, they grow into skyscraper-sized monoliths which then topple and shatter into thousands of pieces that grow into monoliths themselves and repeat the process. Any humans in the way are crushed or turned into human statues. The citizens of San Angelo desperately try to save themselves and the world from the spreading doom.
Publisher: Universal City, CA. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2006
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min. ; 78 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Performers: The monolith monsters: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne, Phil Harvey, Trevor Bardette.
The incredible shrinking man: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey.
Audience: Not rated
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles in English and French
UPC: 025195033015 (set)
Call Number: DVD I


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Mar 10, 2018

Without question - This is definitely one of the best SyFy pictures from the 1950s.

Feb 03, 2018

I gave this movie four and a half stars. It's that good. If you're reading my words, you may know this already. If not, read on, and then borrow this movie.

I have a big hunch the movie's director, prolific Jack Arnold, had a lot of fun in his long 30-odd year career, creating dozens of films and TV series episodes, as diverse a collection as any director's, including the Oscar-nominated documentary With These Hands, the black 70s blaxploitation western, Boss Nigger, a classic Peter Sellers comedy--The Mouse That Roared--and about a dozen science fiction features. Some are still favourites of millions of movie fans, over half a century later. The Incredible Shrinking Man is the best of them. Arnold's excitement with Sci-Fi, started in his childhood. Making these movies (most of which were relegated to "B" teen-flick status) wasn't work. It was like going out to play every day.

The odds of creating a classic of any genre are good when you start with a great concept or story. In this case, a recent novel written by classic sci-fi author, Richard Matheson ("I Am Legend", filmed four times.). Odds for greatness often get better when the screenwriter is also the novel's author. Matheson knew what he was doing, here: blending poignancy and excitement.

The greatest challenge for Arnold and his team was presenting the story's thrilling--and I mean it--sequences on the screen, in an early, more "primitive" special effects era long before CGI. That many of these sequences still stand up today is a testimony to the talent and ingenuity of Arnold's team at Universal.


Nov 25, 2015

Another good 1950s classic sci-fi movie.

Jul 30, 2014

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1950s B movie with an A+ premise. Like many other great science fiction films, it uses a deceptively simple concept to explore some decidedly rich territory, both narratively and thematically. In this case, the plot revolves around a man named Scott Carey who finds himself shrinking smaller and smaller due to an accidental exposure to radiation (what else, this being the 1950s). Bolstered by an intelligent script and impressive special effects (with a few dodgy ones thrown in for good measure), Scott’s terrifying descent into obscurity is just as psychologically and thematically resonant as it is viscerally entertaining, and that’s what makes this such a standout sci-fi film. As Scott’s size diminishes, the seemingly harmless domestic world in which he lives becomes increasingly more dangerous: a pet cat becomes a threatening monster, a water heater leak becomes a dangerous flood, and an everyday basement becomes an ominous cavern. Meanwhile, Scott’s voiceover invites us to ponder the existential ramifications of his plight, as the film explores themes of masculinity, hierarchical power structures, and ultimately, how we define our place in the universe. The Incredible Shrinking Man manages to ask some pretty big questions while simultaneously entertaining us with a unique survival adventure story, and that’s what makes it one of the best B-movies ever created.

Sep 05, 2012

Scott Carey, who has encountered a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip, starts shrinking smakler and smaller, and his playful cat becomes a demon, and a spider turns into a gargantuan monster.
He continues shrinking, and eventually is reduced to living in a dollhouse.
After nearly being killed by his own cat, he winds up trapped in a basement and has to battle a voracious spider.
After defeating the spider, he becomes so small that he can now escape the basement by walking through a space in a window screen.
The film (made in 1957) is thought-provoking in the sense that Scott will eventually shrink to atomic size.
No matter how small he becomes, however, he concludes he'll still matter in the universe and this thought gives him comfort and ends his fears of the future.
It seems to me that the direcor decided to get along with the atomic age instead of criticizing the atomic bombs probably because the McCarthyism or Red Scare (from 1950 to 1954 ) remained still clear in his mind.
On the contrary, a 1968 film "Planet of the Apes" is an anti-atomic science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.
In the late 60s, anti-government movements were in full force.

Jul 04, 2012

The smallest of the small.

Technically speaking, this brilliantly realized Sci-Fi picture from 1957 was quite a marvellous achievement for its time.

A bright script, a serious approach to its story, exceptional effects for its time, and a memorable lead performance by Grant Williams, as Scott Carey, all add up to a truly superb Sci-Fi classic, unsurpassed by later attempts.

I consider The Incredible Shrinking Man to be one of the best in its genre.

It's interesting to note that the last third of this film contains no dialogue, only Williams' occasional voice-over narration.


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Jul 04, 2012

(After escaping from the tarantula) - "In my hunt for food I had become the hunted. This time, I survived, but I was no longer alone in my universe. I had an enemy, the most terrifying ever beheld by human eyes."


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