• Warning: Spoilers
    This particular monster, who sucks out brains and spinal cords through two little holes in the back of your skull, resembles the first appearance of the monster from the id in "Forbidden Planet", in that it's invisible and leaves footprints, or slime prints. It's clumsy too. It knocks over pails of milk, pokes holes in wondows, and promotes entropy generally. And it makes a noise too, like some sort of ravenous bum gobbling down a big bowl of cioppino.

    He eats the brains and spines of a couple of peaceful Canadians in Manitoba, near an American Air Force Base that is experimenting with a new kind of nuclear-powered radar. The villagers ignorantly blame the deaths on the Air Force. To be honest, the Americans are pretty cavalier about their damned nuclear reactor. "Remove ten more rods from the reactor." "But, sir, that exceeds the design specifications." "Do it anyway; we've GOT to make this radar work or we'll be in trouble with the Pentagon!" And we watch the needle on the instrument palpitate as it rises past neutral, into high, then overload, and finally nudges "dangerous." It's like one of those submarine movies where they have to take her down below the allowable number of fathoms.

    The concept borrows heavily from "Forbidden Planet". A professor tries to "materialize" his thoughts and succeeds all too well. When his thoughts, which turn out to be evil, blood-sucking, brains, take over the atomic reactor and turn it up well into "overload" -- well, I'll tell you. It's not a pretty picture.

    Nor is it any good. It must have had a minuscule budget otherwise everything about it wouldn't be so bad. That includes the sets, the plot, the dialog, and the performances. Okay, with one exception. Kim Parker is the scientist's assistant. Every scientist in these movies must have a toothsome assistant for the hero to win at the end. And she qualifies, despite those traffic-cone brassieres that all the girls wore in the 1950s. She may or may not have any talent. Who can tell? But her voice has a charming, fey, botched quality that makes it easy to listen to. She'll do in a pinch.