THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

(1957)
With Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langdon, Raymond Bailey, William Schallert
Directed by Jack Arnold
Black and White
Reviewed by JB

Building a better mousetrap      With a script by science fiction and fantasy legend Richard Matheson, Jack Arnold's THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN is an intelligent, philosophical low budget sci-fi thriller that makes up for some silly moments in the first half with a gripping second half. Grant Williams plays a man subjected to accidental radiation and finds himself growing smaller and smaller each day. Although unintentionally funny at times - the campy shots of Grant sitting in (for him) a huge chair or standing in the balcony of a dollhouse - THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN attains classic status with its long finale, in which Williams finds himself trapped in the basement of a house with only stale cheese and cake to eat, water from a heater to drink, and a carnivorous spider on his trail. The special effects are excellent for their time, with only a few noticeable back projection or blue screen shots. Otherwise, the story is sold through oversized sets and Williams' terrific performance. The second half is truly a one-man show and it makes THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN one of the great science fiction classics of the 1950s. 4½ - JB

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REMAKE

The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) with Lily Tomlin