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Public Domain Horror ~ The Beast of Yucca Flats



There is nothing to do in Yucca flats, except show establishment shots of the mesa landscape. Lots of routine action shot within the camera frame, with the exception of a flash of a woman's left nipple during the opening seconds of the movie. With a partial reunion of the ensemble cast from "Plan 9 from Outer Space," the cast includes Conrad Brooks and Tor Johnson as the Beast.

"The Beast of Yucca flats" features cold war tension as a professor (Tor Johnson) escapes the iron curtain. The rooskies have beaten the Americans to the moon and Professor Tor Johnson has the pictures. While being chased by Soviet spies, Professor Tor Johnson hides in the desert of Yucca Flats and becomes the victim of nuclear testing.

With an unintentional comic voice narration used to fill in dialog gaps, "The Beast of Yucca Flats" features visual highlights such as

airplanes taking off and a family visiting a gas station that has caged wildlife, like pigs and coyotes.The family gets lost in the desert and are pursued by terrible Tor.

This was Tor Johnson's last movie. Like Lon Chaney Jr. in "Dracula vs. Frankenstein," Tor Johnson's last shot is a fitting end to his cinematic career.
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