Beginning Of The End (1957)

BEGINNING OF THE END (1957) Something is terrorizing necking teenagers, crushing automobiles and erasing entire towns. Of course, the military is called in, and a pushy press babe stumbles onto the scene. Fortunately, a gun-wielding, U.S. Agricultural nerd – a wooden Peter Graves – is also on the case. Actually, this was all Graves’ fault in the first place for growing radioactive vegetables, which spawned, you guessed it… giant grasshoppers. He is smart enough to hook one up to a polygraph, though, because… you know what lying bastards those femur-rubbin’ caeliferas can be. This B-movie is well-filmed on a dirt-cheap budget, but the special effects are uber-cheesy and the acting is only good enough to further the plot along. The great Morris Ankrum, who’s always playing Generals in sci-fi cheapies, is on board.  Dialog Alert: “Alright… get that equipment on a lake in a boat and I’ll be your Pied Piper.” New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.


  • Dean
    October 28, 2012 - 22:29 | Permalink

    I live in the area of Illinois where the film is supposedly set, but I have never seen a mountain in the distance, the suburbs of Paxton and the Chicago I know is at least three dimensional.

    • Willard
      October 29, 2012 - 00:01 | Permalink

      You know how Hollywood is. I’m willing to bet those grasshoppers weren’t really that big, either.

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