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13 Slays of Halloween: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Written by Zechs on Thursday, October 30 2014 and posted in Features

13 Slays of Halloween: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Nothing could have prepared Zechs for the true horror he was about to witness with this film.

Over the last two years for Halloween, I've done nothing but review Scream Factory releases. Though entertaining as heck movies (not to mention they're currently having a sale every week in celebration of this glorious holiday), this year I sought something more. Due to how you love to see me in utter dismay through my various Michael Bay experiences and see in me gittiness over things I do like), This year I decided that YOU would choose what I'd  see. So I sent the word out to various friends and people via the forums/twitter/Facebook. These are the choices. These are the Thirteen Slays of Halloween that I will endure. Will a film from these various selections break me or entertain me? Only one way to find out! Yes, this is going to be a reoccurring theme at the beginning of this article.

Day Eleven, I'm almost near the end of this journey. However, just when I thought it was safe. Just when I thought I had cleared quite possibly the worst film recommended to me, a NEW CHALLENGER EMERGES!!! For nothing could prepare me for The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)!!! Here's the trailer:

Here's my thoughts on the movie:


After this review I searched online and search enough. This WAS riffed by Mystery Science Theater 3000!! ... I probably repressed the memory of this one given it WAS during the Mike Nelson Era. Now, I wish I saw it riffed instead of unedited. Many brain cells would have been saved if I had seen it that way. Though you can clearly still see this movie harmed my mind given I had just watched the film when recording the review above. Still, I can safely say this speech very proudly seeing this movie un-riffed (though I still could have used a few friends and maybe a good drink to prepare me for this cinematic-bleach upon the eyes). Kind of feeling a bit paranoid now given some of the movies my friends have recommended me.

Well, I'm not in much shape to for any more surprises. So what do we do next? Well, why don't we... wait over here for a little while... I'll review John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) tomorrow... see what happens


13 Slays of Halloween


Day One: American Mary (2012)

Day Two: Altered (2006)

Day Three: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Day Four: Zombie Ass Toilet of the Dead (2011)

Day Five: Proxy (2013)

Day Six: Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Day Seven: The Keep (1983)

Day Eight: Venom (2005)

Day Nine: Demoni (1985)

Day Ten: The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Day Eleven: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Day Twelve: John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)

Day Thirteen: Halloween 6: the Curse of Michael Myers/Producer's Cut (1995)


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About the Author - Zechs

Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Moment of the Week, and Durnkin Reveewz. He's also the official whuppin boy at the Outhouse. So he'll get stuck seeing stuff that no mere mortal should ever see. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. He's also brutally honest. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.


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