Witness the Miracle of Creation: The Magnetic Monster (1953) Is Irresistible - Page 2
The science in The Magnetic Monster cannot rightfully be categorized as pseudo- or junk science. A better term might be “moronic.” It pretty much nails magnetism, but it’s a little goofy when it comes to radiation (and its effects on humans). In this film, workers and scientists need not be decontaminated after exposure to radiation, few wear protective clothing (what they do wear is pitifully inadequate), and Dr. Stewart, who seems to think he knows everything about everything, handles radioactive material and leaves contaminated sites to go home to his lovely, pregnant (skinny) wife. Once radioactive materials are removed from their containers, the containers test free of radiation--other times there is trace evidence on items it did not touch. But I am not here to bury The Magnetic Monster, I am here to praise it.
All of The Magnetic Monster’s weaknesses are its strengths. The science may be moronic, the screenplay may be paranoid, the treatment may be overly dramatic, but it is the best movie ever made about a potential, man-made black hole emanating from Nova Scotia. The serious-to-the-point-of-somber handling of the story should impart gravitas, but instead lends an air of levity. Undoubtedly, audiences were scared by the story--1953 featured its own brand of paranoia about bombs and radiation poisoning, but from a 2012 perspective it is amusing. Maybe because 2012 is more cynical, or maybe because 1953 was so naïve. Or, all of the above.
The Magnetic Monster is a treat for b-movie fans, and the enjoyment can be amplified incrementally by watching it as the first half of a double feature with Gog. Both Gog and The Magnetic Monster are manufactured on demand when ordered through on-line retailers.