(1960)1Hans J. WollsteinA synopsis of The Incredible Petrified World may suggest a hilariously inept yet entertaining 1950s sci-fi romp. Nothing, sadly, could be further from the truth. The main reason for Jerry Warren's lack of appeal even to "Bad Movie" lovers of today may be due to a direction, or lack thereof, that may very well cure insomnia. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens here, hence, it has been often suggested, the word "petrified" in the title. Yes, Warren does insert grainy stock footage of a fight between a shark and an octopus but only viewers totally unfamiliar with 1950s sci-fi adventures will have missed this particular piece of "spectacle." The cast members, including the always game John Carradine and such stellar B-Movie perennials as Phyllis Coates and Robert Clarke, do what they can with the material but are soundly defeated by Jerry Warren's heavy-handed and downright amateurish approach to moviemaking.
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