Monday, April 9, 2018

The Gamma People (1956)

The Gamma People is a bizarre science-fiction film starring Leslie Phillips and Paul Douglas as a couple of journalists who are mysteriously diverted into a tiny Central European country. Here depraved experiments are being conducted (by Walter Rilla playing a suitably sinister mad scientist) on children with gamma rays to turn them into fanatical geniuses (or mindless monsters if the treatments fail as they often do).

Not everyone is keen on these experiments and the two journalists are dragged into the struggle. It is a really strange idea for a film and is played with quite a lot of camp. Playing for a laughs was a good idea as the film is just too silly to take seriously. It is still not a good film by any measure though, more gamma rays needed.