Creature with the Atom Brain (film)

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Creature with the Atom Brain
Creature with the atom brain 1955 poster.jpg
Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Written by Curt Siodmak
Screenplay by Curt Siodmak
Story by Curt Siodmak
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Edited by Aaron Stell
Clover Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 1, 1955 (1955-07-01) (US)
Running time
69 min.
Country United States
Language English

Creature with the Atom Brain is a 1955 B movie zombie film produced by Sam Katzman and directed by Edward L. Cahn from a screenplay by Curt Siodmak. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures as the bottom half of a double bill with It Came from Beneath the Sea. The cast included Richard Denning,[1] who starred in a number of similar 1950s B movies, as well as Michael Granger and Gregory Gaye.


Deported American gangster Frank Buchanan (Granger) forces ex-Nazi scientist Wilhelm Steigg (Gaye) to create zombies by resurrecting corpses through radiation in order to help him exact revenge on his enemies.



The film was made by Sam Katzman's Clover Productions for Columbia Pictures Corp.[2]


In The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle wrote, "Good '50s fun abounds, with all the twisted gender ideology and antiseptic social ideals that that implies, packed in a tightly-wrought action film with strong (if entertainingly dated) conceptual support".[3] David Maine of PopMatters rated it 6 out of 10 stars and called it "a thoroughly enjoyable, noir-ish SF chiller, if you can get past the dingbat wife and cutie-pie kid".[4]

DVD release[edit]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on DVD in October 2007 as part of the two-disc, four-film set Icons of Horror Collection: Sam Katzman, along with three other films produced by Katzman (The Werewolf, The Giant Claw and Zombies of Mora Tau).[5][6]


Creature with the Atom Brain inspired the name of the Belgian rock band Creature with the Atom Brain, as well as the 1980 Roky Erickson & The Aliens song of the same name.

Director Cahn would go on to make Invisible Invaders (1959) using the same basic concept (in the later film, invading aliens inhabit the reanimated corpses of humans).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Creature with the Atom Brain - Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) - Film". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ 'Can Can' Buy Inspires Cast Conjectures; 'Atom Brain Creature' On Way Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 28 July 1954: 15.
  3. ^ Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. pp. 37–38. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6. 
  4. ^ Maine, David (2013-08-29). "Don't Open That Door! #54: 'Creature with the Atom Brain' (1955)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  5. ^ "The Giant Claw (1957) - Fred Sears - Releases - AllMovie". 
  6. ^ "DVD Savant Review: Icons of Horror Collection: Sam Katzman". 

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