Say what? A sequel to the 1961 z-grade cult favorite The Beast of Yucca Flats? Really? No joke?
If you’ve never seen Coleman Francis’ crap classic The Beast of Yucca Flats, frankly, I’m not sure if you’re better or worse off for it. The black & white schlocker was about a defecting Russian scientist being pursued by the KGB getting caught in an atomic blast test that transforms him into a man monster that roams the deserts of Yucca Flats terrorizing an ordinary family. One of the reasons for its notorious badness is the original soundtrack got lost somehow during production leaving Coleman Francis to record a rambling nonsensical narration track to try and make some sense out of what was already pretty senseless to begin with. Not to mention the monster just being Ed Wood mainstay Tor Johnson with a few cheap-looking make-up disfigurements on his face.
Not exactly a movie you’d expect to spawn a sequel over a quarter century later, but here comes Return to Yucca Flats: Desert Man Beast. Instead of a big, bald, ex-Swedish pro wrestler, this time around the man monster is an unsightly hairy fat guy running wild like a feral Jim Belushi on a rampage. No word if radiation plays a role in the film. I do suspect silicone just might since the average family of the original has been replaced by bikini babes enjoying some fun in the desert sun.
And amazing as this sounds, the follow-up looks to be even cheaper than the original. Here I thought it wasn’t possible to get more z-grade than The Beast from Yucca Flats but damned if this age of digital filmmaking isn’t hell-bent to prove me wrong.
I’m not really sure what to make of any of this so I’ll let you make of it what you will. Enjoy the teaser trailer for Return to Yucca Flats: Desert Man Beast while Akira Ifukube rolls in his grave.
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