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Sci-fi b-movie from producer William Alland, who brought us such classics as, It Came From Outer Space (1953), The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954), and This Island Earth (1955). Directed by Eugène Lourié, it's the story of a scientist's son, who following an accident has brain transplanted into the body of "the colossus". A 7 foot cyborg, that has more than a passing resemblance to Frankenstein. Except for the laser beams for eyes, and the on/off switch under his arm-pit. His father believes that by saving his son's brain, he can continue to serve mankind. Obviously, in true b-movie style, things don't go to plan. And soon the robot monster is on the rampage in New York, or as the promotional tag-line puts it, an "orgy of destruction".
The colossus was played by 7' 4" tall actor and stuntman Ed Wolff, famed for his movie monster roles. Wolff also starred in The Phantom Creeps (1939) and Invaders From Mars (1953). Before becoming an actor, he was a circus giant. He had his first film role in The Phantom Of The Opera (1925), at the age of 18.
The film's trailer begs the question: "Can a man's mind function in the body of a monster?" According to the film's "terrifying" philosophy, the divorced human brain - from its own body, heart and soul - would become monstrous, cold, and inhuman. "Fantastic are the implications of this story today, as men delve very closer to the secrets of eternity!" ... It's "Fantastic science fiction. That may soon become science fact!"