The Magnetic Monster


Action / Sci-Fi

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IMDb Rating 5.9 10 923


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Strother Martin as Co-Pilot
Richard Carlson as Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
Michael Fox as Dr. Serny
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JLRVancouver 3 / 10

Plodding, low-budget science fiction

Purportedly a 'hard' science fiction film, "The Magnetic Monster" (1953), presents little 'science' and even less 'fiction', as the film is mostly voice-over exposition and stock footage. The story starts intriguingly: pockets of inexplicable magnetism appearing that a special team of scientist-detectives (the OSI) are brought in to investigate. The story then slides downhill into endless pseudo-scientific chatter about magnetic monopoles and new elements. As it turns out (spoilers hereafter), the 'monster' is an element capable of direct conversion of energy to mass that will, if allowed to continuously 'feed', consume the planet. The answer, of course, is to overfeed it until it explodes, which necessitates a trip to Nova Scotia (of all places) where it can be exposed to some borrowed footage of a BDO from a pre-WW2 German science fiction film. Superimposed on the monster-hunt is a tedious and unnecessary 'relationship drama' concerning the lead investigator and his pregnant wife. What I disliked the most about this film was its inability to be true to its 'hard science' premise: the replicating element could have been treated as a completely lifeless yet existential threat (perhaps like the crystals in the "The Monolith Monsters" (1957)) but instead, in keeping with the misleading title, the script was full of silly anthropomorphising with references to the element being "hungry" or that it will "reach out its magnetic arm". This kind of dialogue just seemed ridiculous coming from the ostensibly hard-boiled scientists investigating the phenomena. Overall, neither clever enough to be interesting nor silly enough to be entertaining, IMO "The Magnetic Monster" is not worth the time spent watching by anyone other than hard-core fans of the genre.

Reviewed by JimS 1 / 10

SciFi but no real science and nonsense fiction

The script of this low budget (no one could afford a scientific adviser) film consists of an incoherent jumble of misused terminology with a side story that the main character's wife is going to have a baby (no mystery here - we know how that happens). The plot says that Denker created this thing (it's called an element in the script) by bombarding serranium (a fictitious element name) with alpha particles for 200 hours. Note that this was done in his clandestine laboratory above the local appliance store. Now we find that magnetism and radioactivity, two unrelated phenomena, are the result of this creation. It magnetizes stuff around it but the magnetized stuff behaves in odd ways. The source is found to be above the ceiling but the metal objects move horizontally across the floor or counter. So they catch up with Denker with the stuff in a briefcase and store it in the cyclotron for safe keeping - wrong. That's not what one does with a cyclotron. Supposedly, this thing has the ability to absorb energy and convert it to mass (a great misapplication of the Einstein equation E = mc(squared) and so the cyclotron gets destroyed when it goes through one of its energy absorbing episodes. Whether it is one atom getting bigger or one atom making other atoms we are not told, only if no one can stop it the Earth will be ejected from its orbit. This is so bad. Never mind the ending. Along with the misapplication of scientific terminology the makers of the film want us to believe that the plane carrying the thing to Canada changes from a T-33 Trainer on the ground to a F-86 Saber jet after takeoff in the air. It shouldn't take much to realize that error and to correct it but no. In conclusion, don't pay money to see it or the time for that matter unless you get your kicks out of watching things that Mystery Science Theater 2000 would pan. I can't believe that so many reviewers actually thought it was good.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 6 / 10

Something a little different for devotees of 1950s science fiction.

Our heroes in this yarn work for the O.S.I. That's the Office of Scientific Investigation. And their latest case is pretty staggering: looking into the incident of magnetized items in a hardware store, they discover something unexpected upstairs. It's a laboratory, in which a mad scientist, Dr. Denker (Leonard Mudie), had developed a radioactive element. Of course, now this element is unstable and could cause problems for many Americans if guys like Jeffrey Stewart (Richard Carlson) and his associate Dan Forbes (King Donovan) don't do something about it.

"The Magnetic Monster" won't be to everyones' taste. This is due to depending more on talk than action for its impact, and relatively little spectacle. (Even a key explosion is only mentioned rather than shown.) It IS pretty intelligent, offering a scenario (concocted by producer Ivan Tors and director Curt Siodmak) with an unusual and interesting "monster". The screenplay does offer convincing dialogue centered around science fact more than fantastical science fiction. Siodmak directs in a matter of fact, no nonsense style that helps to sell the realism of the story. There are some scenes of domestic bliss with Stewart and his pregnant wife Connie (Jean Byron) that do interrupt the flow of things, but there aren't an excessive amount of them. The big action climax actually consists of stock footage lifted from a 1930s German sci-fi feature titled "Gold".

There's a fair amount of recognizable actors in this earnest and rock solid cast. Good work by Carlson and Donovan is supplemented by fine performances by people like Harry Ellerbe, Leo Britt, Byron Foulger, Roy Engel, Frank Gerstle, William 'Billy' Benedict, Kathleen Freeman, and Strother Martin.

Fairly enjoyable overall. Tors' O.S.I. trilogy also consists of "Riders to the Star" and "Gog".

Six out of 10.

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