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BEGINNING OF THE END (1957)
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Staring:
Peter Graves

Directed By:
Bert I. Gordon

Not Rated
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror
Contains: Violence
Format: DVD

THE PLOT:

When the town of Ludlow is devistated and the people vanish, reporter Audrey Aimes forgoes the story she was heading for and checks out Dr. Ed Wainwright (Graves). Who is working with radiation to grow giant fruit and veggies. But the locusts that ate the fruit started growing and now giantic size and on the rampage.

THE OPINION:

Clever if not unoriginal story, good preformences and some, SOME of the effects were pretty good. But the writing and most effects were typical Bert I. Gordon style. Which in this case is a bad thing. The DVD is the MST episode, but it also contains the un-MST version. Where the pics came from.
I GIVE IT (4 STARS)

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ON THE POSTIVE SIDE (+ HITS)

+PETER GRAVES (A great actor, his acting help keep this from totally failing)
+CAGED LOCUST EFFECT (Best effect in the movie was when Ed captures a Grasshopper and locks him up)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES)

-BERT I. GORDON (Next to Ed Wood Jr. Bert I Gordon has got to be the worst director of the 1950s, Roger Corman comes a close third, but he made up for those mistakes in the 80s and 90s)
-CARDBOARD BUILDINGS (Near the end of the movie, the grasshoppers lay siege to Chiago, but when they climb the buildings to attack the people inside, the buildings are nothing but cardboard cut outs.)
-DIALOG (Bert I. Gordon must think the people who watch his movies are idoits, no the people who like his films are idoits. Or Bert I. Gordon is the idoit. He dumbs down words most people know, in this case Photosynthesis)

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