The Incredible Shrinking Man

1957

Action / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

33
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 13570

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William Schallert as Doctor Arthur Bramson
Billy Curtis as Midget
Raymond Bailey as Doctor Thomas Silver
Randy Stuart as Louise Carey
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Reviewed by twanurit 10 / 10

Astounding

This is simply a superb science-fiction drama of a couple's prosperous 1950s world turned upside down. Vacationing on a boat, while the wife Louise (Randy Stuart) is below deck, husband Scott Carey (Grant Williams) above becomes exposed to a radioactive mist, that changes his body's metabolism ("anti-cancer"). Critics question why the mist did not affect others, including the wife, but the doctor's (Raymond Bailey) explanation later is that Carey was accidentally previously exposed to insecticides, the 2 compounds in his system reacted together to create the phenomenon. (This idea was used in "The Leech Woman" - 1960, also with Williams, where fluid from a male pineal gland had to be mixed with a floral powder to achieve youth). As a kid, I was in awe with the attacks from an ordinary cat and a spider, but as an adult, one feels great sympathy for this character, and his family. Williams, a handsome Nordic blonde, gives a beautiful performance, and narrates over much of the film which later has no dialogue, but greatly aided by a magnificent score; the title piece is haunting with its Trumpet solo set against an advancing cloud that gets bigger while the human frame dwindles. Stuart is terrific as the suffering wife, faintly resembling Dinah Shore, she even co-starred with Shore's ex-husband George Montgomery in the following year's "Man From God's Country" - 1958, her last film. April Kent (daughter of actress June Havoc, did she have a sister named May?) is warm and sympathetic in her two scenes playing a midget (although not) when Williams is 3 feet high, a poignant interlude. The special effects are supremely done. The first 3 words of the title have become part of our culture, even recently a major magazine heading stated "The Incredible Shrinking..." on its cover. Director Jack Arnold paces beautifully, Richard Matheson script is intelligent and the closing scenes have a soaring, wondrous quality that few films have ever matched.

Reviewed by ben hibburd 7 / 10

The Incredible Shrinking Man review.

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a wonderful, thought provoking 50's sci- fi B movie. After being exposed to deadly radiation and a cocktail of insecticides Scott Carey (Grant Williams) begins to shrink. Despite the best efforts of scientists and medical professionals they are unable to reverse the effects. This film is one part sci-fi, one part action adventure. Whilst also having an over-arching commentary about someone with an incurable illness coming to terms with it, adapting to it and finally owning it.

Despite being a film of it's era, it still holds up marvellously well. The direction by Jack Arnold is fantastic, he brings a steady hand to the film after a prolific decade spent in the genre. The size of the back drop contrasting between Carey and his environment is crafted convincingly, it never feels silly or poorly done. Richard Matheson adapts his own novel, the screenplay is intelligently written and surprisingly introspective. The film is able to be a character piece whilst having fun and adventurous set-pieces.

Over-all The Incredible Shrinking Men is a slightly dated film. However with it's strong direction, and expertly crafted script, it remains an iconic film from a decade where sci-fi was booming.

Reviewed by bsmith5552 9 / 10

The Cat's in the Cradle.....!

"The Incredible Shrinking Man" is arguably the best of Universal's Sci-Fi/Horror movies of the 1950s. It is directed by Universal stalwart Jack Arnold who also helmed many of the other films in the series.

It's the story of every-man Scott Carey (Grant Williams) who is exposed to a mysterious cloud while boating with his wife Louise (Randy Stuart) on their vacation. Somewhere along the way he is also exposed to an insecticide. Six months after the boating incident, Scott suddenly finds that his clothes are shrinking or are they? Scott consults with family doctor Branson (William Schallert) who refers him to specialist Dr. Silver (Raymond Bailey). Silver diagnoses the problem as having something to do with Scott's exposure to the mystery cloud and the insecticide. Later, Dr. Silver offers hope with the development of a vaccine that appears to halt Scott's continual shrinking.

Feeling that his nightmare is over, he strikes up a friendship with a carnival midget named Clarice. But unfortunately, the affliction returns.

We next meet Scott living in a doll's house with doll's furniture. One day Louise goes out shopping but does not see the family pet cat sneak in. In one of the most terrifying sequences ever filmed, the animal attacks his miniature owner. Scott manages to escape the feline but is accidentally locked in the basement. Louise returns home and fears that the cat has killed her husband. She stops looking for him and begins to make plans to move.

Meanwhile, Scott is forced to live the life of a Robinson Crusoe searching for food and water in order to survive. He learns that he will have a competitor for survival in the form of a large fearsome spider. One day, the hot water tank bursts and Louise and Scott's brother Charlie (Paul Langton) come down to the basement. Scott who has now shrunk to mere inches cries out for help but is unheard. Now more desperate that ever, Scott realizes that he must battle the spider and....................................................

The special effects in this film are nothing short of amazing. Through the use of over-sized props, rear projection and other photographic tricks, the viewer is transported into Scott Carey's world. The sequences with the cat and the spider are as scary as you will ever see. The final scene is especially poignant.

Grant Williams should have gone on to bigger and better things. He did appear in the TV series "Hawaiian Eye" but his career faded. Still, he could always claim a measure of immortality as the result of his performance in this film.

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