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  • I get really amused by the reviews from people who think this is a serious film - please grow up, people!

    A real tongue in cheek remake of a 50's B Movie, the sort of thing Rodrigues and Tarantino did later with Planet Terror, but this was WAY before that. Wonderful one liners and parodies of the fifties, loved the catering wagon with "Arkoff & Corman" on the side, a great tribute to the masters of the 50's B Movie genre. Loved it, Daryl Hannah is wonderful but so are the whole cast,the sleazy husband, uncaring father and the beautician mistress with the interchangeable hair ( a different wig in every scene) are classic characters you'll recognise immediately. looks like they really had fun making this. Well worth your time, don't forget the popcorn!
  • OK, so it's a cheesy remake of a camp classic.... But it is all good, harmless fun....

    Darryl Hannah stars as the titular character - a wealthy heiress who grows to 50 foot tall after she gets angry. After a freak encounter with aliens, she grows to an enormous size after an argument with her husband (Daniel Baldwin) and her father. It's a perfect remake of the 50's classic, updated to match the current 90's time frame - with big business and big bucks hanging in the balance.

    Some argue that another actress could have been cast as the lead, but Darryl was at the height of her popularity during the early 90s and is perfect in this role. Others argue that this b-rated made-for-cable release was a case of her slumming in her career. Either way, this stands as a cheesy remake of the camp b-movie classic...

    A definite afternoon cheezer pleaser...
  • AppleAsylum27 December 2002
    Of course it is! This is the type of B-movie that you'll enjoy. I didn't expect to see HANNAH in this role. But it was fun in a corny kind of way. Although it is still the classic story just like the original, it is "made for tv." But thats okay because Hannah leads that "glamor blonde bombshell life" that her beauty stops the film from falling apart. (5)
  • ATTACK OF THE 50 FT. WOMAN (1993-MADE FOR CABLE TV) ** 1/2 Daryl Hannah, Daniel Baldwin, Cristi Conaway, William Windom, Frances Fisher, Paul Benedict. Special effects laden remake of the campy sci-fi classic about a troubled woman whose close encounter with a UFO transforms her into a giantess. Easily head and shoulders above its laughable predecessor, Hannah makes the most of her towering performance in a film that tries to mix feminism with kitsch. She gives Allison Hayes a run for her money in her behemoth bikini. Directed by comedian/"Spinal Tap" star Christopher Guest (too bad he didn't think of this as a vehicle for his wife Jamie Lee Curtis. Yowsa!!)
  • Very funny B flick. Tried a bit to hard to stay a B movie but a wonderful lark of hit you over the head metaphor of a woman "growing into her power". Ms Hanna was the right choice for this transformative awakening.

    I'd live in Nancy Archer's pocket any day!
  • A smartly feminist reading of the 1958 camp classic is the basis of this made-for-TV remake which needlessly opens up the proceedings by adding some 25 minutes of “character development” – which, basically, means new personalities who further traumatize or assist the distressed titular female. Daryl Hannah has trouble coping with the ugly duckling part of the story but grows nicely into her role once the gigantic transformation comes along and in which she is curiously but attractively decked out in cavewoman garb!

    Excepting the rather obnoxious Daniel Baldwin (as Hannah’s philandering husband), the rest of the cast is capable enough: Frances Fisher is Hannah’s helpful shrink, William Windom is her greedy tycoon father and, best of all, Cristi Conaway is Baldwin’s sexy mistress who practically changes to a more outrageous wig with every new scene she’s in; I knew nothing of her going in but, being sufficiently impressed I looked up her resume' on IMB and, what do you know, she was once married to an actor of presumably Maltese origins named Salvator Xuereb!!

    This is all well and good, perhaps, but I still wouldn’t say that this is an improvement on the unjustly maligned original; for one thing, there are no giant aliens to be seen here and, worse still, the goofy fat deputy is (predictably, under the circumstances) replaced by a squeaky, tomboyish girl. The sheriff and his deputy are here depicted as being avid drive-in cinema-goers and, at one point, Hannah rips off the roof of a cinema which is screening the 1958 original! The new coda is also quite amusing: having been received inside the spaceship which caused her enormous growth, Hannah is joined by two other gigantic beauties who, sure enough, look upon their tiny hubbies as they go confessing to their various infidelities in interstellar group therapy!
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    When Kill Bill was released, the cult icon and movie goddess label was not only attached to the gorgeous Uma Thurman but also her equally beautiful co-star Daryl Hannah. Having been off the Hollywood radar for some years, Hannah suddenly had everyone remembering just why she made such a big splash with Tom Hanks way back in 1984. In between Daryl had made some interesting movies, some more memorable than others. But for every high profile movie like Wall Street there was a Crazy People, for every Roxanne, there was a Grump Old Man. But Daryl kept on and in the wilderness years she made a movie that shouts out to the viewer by the title alone. Attack of the 50ft Woman tells the story of Nancy Archer, a woman who is constantly chasing after her philandering husband. One night, after finding him once more at a motel, she drives off into the night on a deserted road. But then a UFO appears and hits her with a light. When she tells people of her experience, no-one believes her, least of all her cheating husband, who hopes she might now be declared legally insane, or her father, who only loves her because of her stake in the family business. But soon something strange happens to Nancy, as she gets more angry she starts to grow. Soon she is fifty foot tall, and while she is physically huge, her patience is thin, especially with her cheating husband, and her money grabbing father… Attack of the 50ft Woman is a comedy that is straight from the handbook of 1950s sci-fi movies, with back projection and dialogue that feels totally from that spaced out genre. The performance by Daryl as the ever growing Nancy is well played, her attractiveness is not just in looks, you really do fall for her charms, even if her dumb husband can't. That "dumb husband" played by Daniel Baldwin, does well in what is a one dimensional role, the guy is a creep and he's never going to learn his lesson. Meanwhile even Frances Fisher appears as the local shrink, while William Windom is all high and mighty as Nancy's father whose only interest in life is the interest he's making at the bank. This movie is probably forever left in the archives of forgotten video, or, like General Zod and his companions in Superman, left to be locked away forever and drift endlessly in space. Only the galaxy I found a copy in was a place called e Bay. And when I played it I found a movie that is worthy due to the lovely Daryl, and the concept of a woman rising above her bullying men and teaching them manners the hard way. Attack of the 50ft Woman deserves to be seen, rent it, buy it, or just record of the TV. But do watch it, because you don't want to make Hannah mad…
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    Beautiful and wealthy, but meek and unhappy Nancy Archer (a fine and appealing performance by Daryl Hannah) becomes more assertive and self-assured after an encounter with a UFO causes her to grow fifty feet tall. However, her unfaithful conniving husband Harry (a nicely sleazy portrayal by Daniel Baldwin) tries to have Nancy committed to an asylum so he can collect her sizable fortune. Director Christopher Guest, working from a sharp and witty script by Joseph Dougherty, maintains a snappy pace and an engaging tongue-in-cheek tone while putting a knowing 90's feminist female empowerment spin on the material: Nancy gets more gutsy and confidant due to her increased size, thereby encouraging herself and other distaff characters to surmount the smarmy male oppression around them. Moreover, it's acted with zest by a spirited cast: William Windom as Nancy's domineering tycoon father Hamilton Camp, Frances Fisher as helpful therapist Dr. Theodora Cushing, Cristi Conway as Harry's sexy'n'sassy beautician paramour Louise "Honey" Parker, Paul Benedict as the pompous Dr. Victor Loeb, O'Neal Compton as the amiable Sheriff Denby, and Victoria Hass as spunky tomboy Deputy Charlotte "Charlie" Spooner. The rather rinky-dink (not so) special effects possess a certain tacky charm. The obvious cheesy outdoor sets likewise have an endearing artificial look to them. Both Nicholas Pike's spacey score and Russell Carpenter's bright cinematography are up to par. A cute diversion.
  • If there was a Top-ten of movies that are hidden gems, this movie ought to be on this. Really, what do you expect from a movie about a giant woman. Fun surely and a good laugh because you will think that there are really people who have time and money to waste! Nevertheless, I find this movie as an actual brilliant call for feminism. It's subtle but the message is clearly heard and that's good when movies help to make a better world.

    Take the giant woman: why is she so tall? For the idiots, it's because aliens have abducted her. For others, her height is the necessary sign to end male superiority and advance women rights.

    Why do you have the usual babe? For the sex addicts, it's because sex sells and it's true that the babe is sexy. But she studies and wants to build her own life and shows the world that you can trust a woman! And we can add the police woman who is also asserting herself against man values!

    With this light movie, it's an interesting way to catch the attention of anyone and it would be a wrong choice to make exclusive social arguments only to intellectual (and often dull) movies.

    In addition, the movie is a great artistic work: with his bad frame, not bright colors, you really think you watch a movie that has been shot in the fifties. This feeling is actually well played because you can find as many modern objects (the copters) than 50's ones (the police car). The beginning of the movie with his two introductions recalls me the exact mood of those old science fiction movies I watched in my childhoods ("Ants", "The Fly").

    As it is science fiction, it must also pass the test of the special effects and I think they are brilliant. The minimized stages are well crafted and don't look like puppets houses.

    Last words about the cast to conclude this review: The women are great and Daryl Hannah has always this kind softness about her. The Baldwinn brother is perfect because he looks and acts very like his brothers, that is to say big heads you want to slap!
  • I haven't seen the original; I can imagine that it isn't as feminist as, or at least less overtly so than, this. Guest gets the tone, and this largely delivers what it promises. I know he can direct something hilarious, since I've seen Best in Show; this doesn't have the benefits of a cast full of proved comedic talent, and the writing is inferior, though not without chuckle-inducing moments. There are a couple of lines that are downright quotable. You probably know the plot already; Daniel Baldwin, a bastard merely by virtue of the fact that he's cheating on Darryl Hannah(even if the squeeze he found is also a sight for sore eyes), and several others (all male) talk down to her, and once she begins to grow in size, she attempts to exact vengeance upon them. The FX are cheesy, dated and obvious, and I would wager this was an intentional decision. This is both a spoof and an homage. There is brief suspense. The characters and acting aren't half bad. There is some sexuality(and eye-candy) and brief nudity in this. The DVD comes with a theatrical trailer. I recommend this to fans of the concept. 5/10
  • HBO Films produces some of the finest made for TV films ever made but that view can not apply for this 1993 release starring Daryl Hannah in the title role originally portrayed by Allison Hayes in a 1958 drive in theater cult classic of the same name. The story about an abused housewife (Hannah) whose close encounter with an UFO causes her to become a giant is something that should not have been tackled by HBO Films. Fortunately, Hannah followed up this dreadful lead with a good supporting part in the theatrical hit film "Grumpy Old Men."
  • neil-4761 September 2018
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    Put-upon poor little rich girl Nancy is constantly put down by her obnoxious businessman dad, and cheated on by her oily deceitful husband. A chance encounter with aliens makes her grow to outlandish size, and she begins to find herself as her personality begins to catch up with her height.

    The original was a cheap 50s drive-in movie. This revisitation cleverly takes key aspects of the original - the miniature sets and not-entirely-convincing special effects, and couples them with a gentle feminist subtext: social commentary meets darkish humour in a sci-fi setting.

    It's nicely done. Darryl Hannah's Nancy is sympathetic, and all the supporting cast is good.

    And the ending is great!
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    I am no fan of the original 1958 movie. It was half hazard and clumsy at best. But this 1993 made for TV remake directed by Christopher Guest was funny on purpose. It has a great cast including William Windom as her scheming Father who is best known as Commadore Decker in the original Star Trek and Seth the cranky country doctor in Murder, She Wrote. He does a bang up job in this funny and well made remake. The effects are 100 times better then the original and if I had to make a choice, I'd watch this version over the old turkey any day of the week. This is the only classic when it comes to the fifty foot woman. Plus, there is a great twist at the end which I will not give away, you will have to see it for yourself. But I will say this, it gives motive to why the aliens made her grow in the first place, something the original never said. I give ATTACK OF THE 50 FT. WOMAN, 8 STARS.
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    Except for the segments that featured the nearly buck naked Hanna as the 50 foot woman the movie was far worse than the original 1958 classic. The special effects were solid and the miniature sets convincing but that's about it for this turkey.

    What made most of the movie tiresome was the feminist message of 'women growing in power'. The message was delivered persistently and eventually became quite obnoxious. It was as though the filmmakers wanted to take the movie to a higher plane by attaching a heavy message to it. They failed in that quest but in the process managed to take much of the fun out of the movie. Obviously the movie is based on an absurd concept, but that's alright, it is SciFi after all. The film makers should have accepted the fact that the story was a simple, "Hell has no fury like a woman scorned' thing and had fun with it.

    The 1958 version became a classic only because Allison Hayes was such a bombshell and looked so good in the slow motion low angle shots. Hannah is also a bombshell and the remake could have enjoyed a similar induction into the cult classic club if they had dumped the dumb feminist message. I imagine the movie could be re-cut to weed out the Fem-Nazi chaff but would it really be worth the effort?

    Lastly, what was with the timid ending? The original had the enraged giantess crushing her cheating little husband to death in her hand and getting electrocuted soon after. The 1994 remake had the 50 footer getting zapped by 50,000 volts and then being transported aboard a feminist star ship and reanimated along with her naughty husband. Instead of being crushed by his pissed off wife for his indiscretions and betrayals the guy is confined to a fish tank that serves the all giantess starship crew as a male chauvinist pig reeducation center. I guess it was supposed to be funny but it was simply tiresome.

    There were however a few good lines in the movie but they are few and far between. The best line in the movie was delivered by Baldwin when the stunning but grotesquely over sized Nancy Archer suggests some sexual 'possibilities' during her attempt to seduce her wayward husband.

    Nancy Archer, "Think of it Harry, Love on the scale of Gulliver."

    Harry Archer, "You are crazy! What do you expect me to do, get a wetsuit and a flashlight?"

    Now that's funny.
  • Poor little rich girl Nancy (Daryl Hannah) is finally willing and able to change her life, following an encounter with a flying saucer.

    You can take it this way if you want but this is more than just a simple remake of the 1950's B-movie; it has feminist slant on it that is pretty much laid on with a trowel.

    No real harm in that, but it might put some folk off, or distract from the rest of the film, which is mostly pretty good and mostly quite nicely made. It is part tongue-in-cheek homage to the 1950s film; (the cops use an ancient patrol car, perhaps suggesting that most things in this backwater are behind the times) but is set in the 1980s, in that the local cinema is showing 'Yentl' and 'The adventures of Milo and Otis', even if the local drive-in is showing the original version of this movie.

    There are some pretty good lines in this film; the 'quotes' section of this website could be at least twice as large. The acting is a bit patchy and so are the special effects; I suspect both are deliberately so in order to keep the homage aspect going.

    The dialogue has some interesting things to say about why folk keep on pursuing broken dreams and broken relationships; yet having made this point we see Nancy still pursuing Harry. I think this (and the fact that she has the 100% unrealistic expectation that "this could bring us closer together") actually gives an added dimension to the feminist/human condition slant; why, when given the chance to do anything, do so many keep on trying to pursue old, unworkable goals? She says she "just wants some closure" but her actions don't entirely tally with this.

    Daryl Hannah is a pretty good actress and should have been in more, better films than she has been. But this is not one of her worst films or even a bad film per se; it is actually pretty good in several ways.

    The things that do slightly irritate me is that the film was 'made for TV' so is shot in 4:3 and when we see it on TV in the UK, the version they show is almost sub-long play VHS quality. I checked and it was originally shot on 35mm film so it should certainly be possible to have a better picture quality and maybe it could be possible to have a 16:9 format version too.

    Anyway this film is definitely worth a look; it is better than its rating here suggests.
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    Wronged woman Nancy (Daryl Hannah) gets zapped by a laser from a flying saucer and as a result, grows to giant size whenever she gets angry. With a premise like that, how could so much of the running time have turned out to be such dull viewing?

    And yet, all the ingredients spell better things. There is a phoney, tongue-in-cheek recreation of 1950s America, in which actors are encouraged to overplay events to make it clear we're not to take them too seriously. There are some (presumably) deliberately cheesy effects to replicate the style of B-movies of that era (a genre in which the original 1958 version of this snugly fitted). Problem is, whilst everything is competent, the script isn't terribly funny, nor is it poignant despite Hannah's vulnerable appeal. Chunky philandering liar and cartoon husband Harry (Danny Baldwin) balances well a hateful and comedic persona.

    As you may imagine, her increased stature gives Nancy a sense of empowerment. No longer a wallflower, she still makes it her business to track down her errant husband. Yet it isn't solely personal empowerment she feels, but a strength on behalf of all women, giving this a feminist flavour, all the while looking great in a cavewoman-style outfit. Hannah carries the fifty-foot look very well, and is lithe enough to actually convince. She isn't perhaps the most personable actress, and it occurs to me from time to time, for someone of her renewed gravitas, she underplays it somewhat. The image of this towering, haunted victim of circumstance dazedly and pathetically scanning the streets and calling out her husband's name in the doomed hope he can help her, however, is effective.

    The ending sees Harry, and a handful of other presumably deceitful/unfaithful men put very much in their place by Nancy, who has now been reclaimed by the flying saucer and is in the company of other 50 foot women. Whether this is supposed to be seen as one 'in the eye' for menfolk or philanderers everywhere, is unclear.
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    A rich and spoiled woman (Daryl Hannah)) is "zapped" with a ray from a flying saucer. Nobody believes her until she pops out of her clothes to over 50 feet tall. She lives in a big barn and sews her own clothes. (How very convenient.) Unlike "The Hulk" no purple stretchy underwear. It tries to be "campy" just like the 1950's film and somewhat succeeds. Nobody dies in this remake. Fake blue backdrop and jet-black studio skies. Daryl Hannah makes it into a woman's lib parody. When she grows to her full size she "attacks" her husband's lover, but only verbally. "You are better than this and smarter than all the men in town" (paraphrased) The sets (intentionally) look cheap like model-train miniature buildings. She stomps through town and everyone screams. She and her husband are picked up by the flying saucer, so nobody believes she is crazy anymore. Borrows from the original. Missiles are fired at her, she falls into the high-voltage electric wires, but does not die. Several silly things in the movie: Giant trucks deliver "Summer's Eve Deodorant for Women" and Revlon products. The doctor tries to give her a giant-sized hypo-tranquilizer. She suggests that her normal-sized man "can keep her happy"? He remarks: "What am I supposed to do? put on a "wet-suit" and bring a flashlight"? The love "gyrations" are poorly done and not provocative. Baldwin looks like he is drilling for oil! Daryl hitches a saucer-ride to the stars with two pretty giant alien "twins". Everyone is 50 ft. tall! They pick up three Earth-men, including her husband. They are still normal-sized at this time. They are all wearing yellow Capt. Kirk polo shirts, of course. It's a guilty-pleasure film due to pretty Ms. Hannah wearing practically nothing at times. Also minor nudity (cheeky). Cute but not that funny or scary. The drive-in she smashes is showing the old b/w 1950's version of the same movie. Yes, she did make a few better movies. "Splash" and "Roxanne" with Steve Martin, both come to mind. I rate it PG-13 (or a weak "R"). Minor violence, suggestive language, and brief nudity.
  • I was really excited to hear that there was going to be a remake of my favorite movie, but bitterly disappointed when I realized that it would be starring Daryl Hannah in the title role. She's not a very sexy actress nor is she very good-looking by my standards. I've always thought she was a bit on the skinny side. This role needs someone with a certain amount of sex appeal like Markie Post, Emma Samms, Victoria Principal or maybe even the actress playing Honey Parker, Cristi Conaway. I think this movie was just made to show off a new special effect technique, but even then, she still just looks like a normal woman on one of those table top train sets like I used to own. They could have used more of the extreme camera shots like used in Eddie Murphy's godzilla scene in "The Nutty Professor." Much of the movie's script has been updated though and two of the all male roles are now played by actresses [the deputy and one doctor].Some of the lines from the first movie are repeated verbatim, but the attack is still less than a true attack as seen on the original's movie poster. The violence is played down instead of up. The ending, though, is a bigger let down and a far cry from the historical last scene from the original. That strange grinding noise you hear through the movie is actually Allison Hayes rolling over in her grave.
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    "Attack of the 50 foot Woman" was intended as a parody of the 1958 cult classic and in the beginning it does succeed on that level. Dr. Victor Loeb (Paul Benedict) tells his audience, "Everything that you are about to see is true," even though it is hard to imagine someone having the foresight to film the entire unabridged life story of the 50 foot woman, Nancy Archer (Daryl Hannah), including shots of her cheating husband Harry Archer (Daniel Baldwin).

    But from the moment that we see Nancy Archer driving down the highway with her car, this movie falls apart. There are gags, but the gags get old and tired very quickly. Daniel Baldwin as mean- spirited, promiscuous husband Harry Archer is funny in a couple of scenes, but annoying in others. The two police officers -- a fat cop and a skinny partner -- engage in banter that is intended to be funny, but what transpires between them does not payoff. This is the pattern throughout the film where one joke after the other is attempted and yet fails to generate any laughs. A part of the reason for the absence of laughs is that the jokes are lacking in any imagination and the other reason is that you can see the gags from a mile away.

    A good parody of a fifty foot woman could still be made, but this is not the film that does that. The film-makers seemed to have thought that putting a flying saucer, a fifty foot woman, some fake footage of a town, a mean husband, and two boring police officers would be enough to create a campy comedy. But they were wrong. "Attack of the 50 foot woman" is a primary example of the screenplay simply not being ready for production.
  • While it is an amusing movie and a good way to "waste" a couple hours. The plot is outdated and the acting quality is right out of the 1950s, hasn't changed a bit, however, you have to give it credit, after all, what do you expect out of a movie with the title Attack of the 50 ft. Woman, by the way, they can't even get that one right, if you look at her while she's standing next to certain objects, you can see she's over 100 feet rather than 50 feet. This is a movie to see only once. If you are a fan of the 50's movies, or if you don't mind movies with silly plots and bad acting, you'll enjoy this one, otherwise, steer clear of this one by all costs.
  • Nobody likes it when a woman is scorned. Unfaithful spouses, beware! I seen unfaithful husbands. The consequences of the matter is extreme. An angry wife is bad. An angry wife who is 50 feet tall is WORSE! In the remake of the 1958 classic fim, "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman", this one has a feminist movement to it. Here you have an heiress who is in a very unhappy marriage. Her husband (Daniel Baldwin) has a mistress on the side, and her father is using the Money to control the town. Since Nancy(Darryl Hannah) is being controlled by her father and husband, she can't express her displeasure at any means. When that fateful night came when she encountered a UFO, her whole life changes for the better. Since she couldn't convince anyone at first about the strange encounter, she and her go to the spot and gets taken by the saucer. That night she experience a BIG CHANGE! Her father and husband see it, and so does the rest of the town. It was nice to see snippets of the original movie, and it was big message sender. Equally important to everyone deserves a chance in life. If I was married, I would treat my wife like a queen. If I was a father, I would treat my daughter like a princess. Don't be like Harry, he has got a lot of growing up to do. I mean literally. The other husbands see that he deserves an attitude adjustment. See the original, and be the judge of that. Darryl Hannah is indeed one sexy giantess. 3 out of 5 stars. Sex appeal
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    I imported this one through a greedy shark that took quite a chunk out of me, but Darryl Hannah's beauty was worth the bite. I've wanted to see this ever since 1993, but the movie just never came my way. Harry sure was a loathsome idiot for neglecting his pretty wife that way. Hell, the guy had everything going for him, but still he wasn't satisfied. Oh, and she is just so huggable! That tall, elegant, warm-hearted slice of loveliness that he had to discard for brash Honey. She grows up spectacularly, and the stable and swimming pool scenes are especially good, although the downtown scenes with the 'houses' are kinda lame, but what I would like to know is where she got that dress? A circus tent? I really got worried that she was going to go the way ol' KING KONG did three times before her, but the ending took a different turn that falls far from satisfactory, a more here on Earth resolution was necessary, with everybody getting their just desserts in more conventional fashion, but okay, this is an unconventional movie.

    It's just, well, a movie should show its main protagonist to be so much better than the competition, and if the point was, during the Fifties, the man is so domineering, or aggressive, because of his size, let's reverse this, there really is no need for this with Nineties hindsight, yet Nancy becomes violent at the slightest provocation after her growth spurt. She used to keep herself in check; what happened to this discipline too readily thrown out? The moral of the story should have been that after the shift in power, she should have remained the better person, instead of simply playing to another stereotype. Brain power, there lies the answer. She is clearly smart, and this should have been her real Attack, her size just an ally lending her confidence. Her exposition of her father and husband's multiple wrongdoings should have brought much more discredit to the characters than were the case, and this would have been the climax of the movie, rather than these giantesses wielding threats flying around in a UFO. She also should have been returned to normal, and found a decent partner, somebody who truly loved her.

    The best thing about this movie? Darryl Hannah all the way! There was a surprising nude scene, however brief, involving Christi (Honey), but nothing detracts from the lead actress, the SPLASH mermaid superstar!

    Except maybe a weak, very much flawed script...
  • This version of "Attack of the 50 foot Woman" isn't as much fun as the title may suggest. The main problem is that the film can't make up its mind on what it wants to be. Is it a spoof/homage to the cheesy 50's giant monster horror movies, or is a serious, but bizarre fantasy-drama about a woman who needs to break out of her shell? I know this sounds absolutely baffling, but the film actually kind of works as a quirky drama. We've got this woman who is suddenly 50 feet tall and has more than enough power to stand up to the men that would objectify and abuse her. Mixed in with that we have some standard giant monster stuff that feels really out of place, and this is coming from a big fan of Kaiju/giant monster movies. If the film had picked either direction and stuck with it, this could have been a very entertaining film but instead the audience is left disappointed. I found that technically the movie is pretty good, with some convincing special effects (well, for the most part; overall they are still convincing) and it features a good cast. How or when you're going to watch this, I really don't know because this is neither a "so bad it's good" cheesy horror flick you can laugh at and it isn't a clever twist on the films that inspired it either. I mistook this version for the original "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" when I bought the VHS tape. Sure it only cost me a buck but I was still disappointed. (On VHS, September 21, 2012)
  • A friend of mine once said that "a happy wife may have the best husband, but more often makes the best of the husband she has". Nancy Archer, the main character in this film, is another wife struggling to make the best of a bad job. She's just not a happy one. Her husband, Harry, is frequently unfaithful to her, but she tries hard to convince herself that she still loves him and that, in spite of appearances, he really still loves her. Nancy's problems don't end with Harry. She is an heiress who has inherited considerable wealth from her mother, but her father, Hamilton Cobb, a ruthless and ambitious property speculator, bullies her into allowing him to use the money to fund his business ventures. Nancy's one source of comfort is her psychiatrist, Dr. Cushing, whom she sees frequently.

    And then, following an encounter with a UFO one night, Nancy finds herself growing to gigantic size, not stopping until she is 50 feet tall. She realises that her new height, and corresponding strength, have given her the opportunity to get even with her father and Harry.

    When I recently reviewed "Roxanne", also starring Daryl Hannah, I pointed out that, although she was regarded as one of Hollywood's rising stars of the eighties, her career seemed to go into something of a decline and few of her films from this century, apart from the two "Kill Bill" episodes, have aroused much attention. Part of the reason may have been Hollywood has had something of a surplus of lookalike leggy blondes in the last two or three decades (Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc.), but another part of the reason may have been too many films like this one.

    Actually, Daryl's performance here is not a particularly bad one, and she makes Nancy into a rather sweet and lovable heroine. My problem was that I just couldn't see why the film was made in the first place. The original 1958 version of "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" is frequently described as a "cult movie". Now this expression sometimes means "unjustly neglected masterpiece", or at least "a film regarded by its cultists, if by nobody else, as an unjustly neglected masterpiece", but in the context of low-budget fifties sci-fi it generally means "complete rubbish which some people enjoy watching for the pleasure of sniggering at how bad it is". Indeed, "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" is sometimes listed among the "worst films ever made", although in my opinion it cannot really compete with the true classics of that particular genre such as "Plan 9 from Outer Space". It's bad, certainly, but not quite that bad.

    So why on earth would anyone want to remake it? Possibly because of its very reputation for badness. After all, devotees of cult movies of this variety frequently claim to watch them in a spirit of postmodern ironic detachment, and so if accused of making a bad movie the film-makers will always have a retort handy. "But it's not a bad movie! It's an ironic movie! You just don't get postmodernism, do you?"

    Unfortunately, to paraphrase Edith Cavell, irony is not enough. The 1993 film does not really add anything to its less-than-illustrious predecessor. Certainly, the art of special effects had advanced during the intervening three and a half decades, so this aspect of the film is certainly better than in the original, but that's only "better" in the sense that "mediocre" is better than "embarrassingly bad". The remake's one indisputably new feature is that it adds a heavy-handed feminist message along the lines of "men are all bastards". It is notable that at the end Nancy takes revenge in full on her husband and father while Harry's mistress Honey is forgiven. (Yeah, she might have played her part in breaking up Nancy's marriage, but as a woman she is automatically counted as part of the "sisterhood").

    Part of the incongruity of the original was the way in which it combined a domestic melodrama about a cheating husband with a science-fiction theme and did so in a completely straight-laced, humourless way. People may have laughed at the original; they didn't laugh with it. One way of remaking it, therefore, would have been to do so as a comedy which attempted to get laughs out of this incongruity, but the remake never achieves this. It may have been made in an ironic, tongue-in-cheek spirit, but "tongue-in-cheek" does not always equate to "funny". It's not an ironic movie. It's just a bad movie. I just don't get postmodernism, do I? 4/10
  • Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993)

    ** (out of 4)

    Remake of the 1958 cult classic has Darryl Hannah playing a smart woman who constantly allows herself to be taken advantage of. Her father uses her for her money while her no good husband (Daniel Baldwin) is constantly cheating on her with some trash from their town. After an encounter with a spaceship, the wife grows fifty feet and plans on setting everything straight. This isn't a "so bad it's good" movie like the original. It's not really bad but it's not really good either so in the end I must say that the film comes off as a disappointment because there's so much they could have done with the story but in the end they ended up doing very little. The funny side of the actual story could have made a good comedy but the film really comes off as lazy and not trying to get any laughs. The entire movie seems more interested in trying to develop characters and one has to ask themselves why. Do we really want to see the sad Hannah rise up (not that way) and overcome the tragedy in her life? Do we care that her mom was a nut? Why the filmmakers decided to add this type of thing or the shady deals of her father is beyond me but it really takes away from the sci-fi aspects of the film. The special effects are pretty lazy as well as are the performances. Hannah doesn't do too bad of a job but she certainly can't compare to the original film's star. Baldwin adds very little as the jerk husband. There are a few nods to the original film as well as Arkoff and Corman but the film needed a lot more of this and a lot less of the character development.
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