Subtle Feminism in the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Starring Allison Hayes, William Hudson, and Yvette Vickers, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a classic sci-fi film directed by Nathan Hertz and released in 1958. The film was actually a feminized version of other previously released movies that featured humans growing into gigantic proportions, like The Amazing Colossal Man.

Allison Hayes plays the role of Nancy Archer, a wealthy heiress who has an accidental encounter with an alien life form that turns her into a giant woman. She then uses her size and power to seek revenge against her husband Harry (played by William Hudson), who tried to steal her $50 million inheritance and run off with the money with his mistress, Honey Parker (played by Yvette Vickers).

The 1958 movie was remade in 1993 under the same title, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, and starred Daryl Hannah as Allison Hayes. The remake followed the original theme of the movie, albeit with more feminist undertones. In the 1993 version, Allison Hayes would start growing every time she gets angry – a development that a lot of people saw as a metaphor for her emancipation from men who controlled her life.

The Daryl Hannah version also had a different ending, wherein the aliens who gave the lead character “growing powers” also gave the same ability to two other women with similar, philandering husbands. The feminist undertones in the 1993 movie were also illustrated in one of the ending scenes wherein the husbands were held as captives and will only be released when they learn to become better husbands.

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman was also parodied in the 1995 low-budget film by Fred Olen Ray, entitled Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold. The parody bore little resemblance to the original movie, and was visually inferior as compared to the two earlier movies that used composite imaging to project the characters’ size difference. This limited edition, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman movie poster is a must-have for vintage movie lovers and movie poster collectors.

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