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Dreamer - July 23, 2010 07:12 AM (GMT)
This thread's purpose is to talk about creatures created by that plot-convenient, seemingly magical (At least in the hands of a Hollywood screenwriter) energy known as radiation. Yes, most of these monsters were from a simpler time, when desks were strong enough to protect from Nuclear explosions and where you could say the N-word without getting the living crap beaten out of you, before hollywood realized that radiation does not make things giant, but it does make them tumor-y and dead. And this lead to some of the greatest B-movie creatures of all time, whether it be The Incredible Melting Man or Them, and it was awesome!

Rasec Wizzlbang - July 23, 2010 07:37 AM (GMT)
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Obligatory.

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The Toxic Avenger is a pretty cool guy. eh fights bad guys and doesnt afraid of anything.

Q guy 7 - July 23, 2010 03:36 PM (GMT)
Even more so than screen writers, it was the comicbook writers excuse for anything and everything.

xolta - July 23, 2010 04:36 PM (GMT)
Chemo from dc comics is cool. He is a radioactive blob monster. What more do you need!

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Funkthulhu - July 23, 2010 05:17 PM (GMT)
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Personal Note: Watch more Doctor Who

Anyone00 - July 24, 2010 01:51 AM (GMT)
Godzilla: the most famous radiation created monster that wasn't originally a radiation created monster.

Would most of the original X-Men count: weren't they originally X-Men: Children of the Atom and the stated cause of most of there mutations were their parents exposure to radiation? I remember reading a reprint of an old Fantastic Four comic were a boy with reality warping dream power had fallen into a coma was brought to the Four by the boy's parents (his father along with his army squad was exposed to the nuclear fallout of a test explosion, and that was the given explanation of the mutation); in the end they managed to wake the boy and said there were sending him a private school in upstate New York to learn to control his abilities.

Anyway:
Them
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The Mutant from the Day the World Ended
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The Metalunan Mutant from This Island Earth
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Dreamer - July 27, 2010 02:12 AM (GMT)
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Don't forget the Incredible Melting Man, who's make up was designed by Rick Baker, and is one of the most disgusting monster designs I have ever seen. That said, even though he is a cannibalistic melting mutant, you do feel a bit sorry for him, given that he was once a normal guy, and is shown to have memories of when he was normal, and dies in the most painful looking way (IE, melting into a puddle of nasty goo in the end of the movie).

Weird thing is, this movie was supposed to be a spoof, but the distributors tried to edit all the funny out of it.

Dreamer - July 30, 2010 04:25 PM (GMT)
Oh, and I also forgot about the infamous Marvel villain called The Swarm.

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He was basically a Nazi beekeeper who was consumed by his own irradiated bees, but the bees absorbed his sentience, and what he is now is is a nazi MADE OUT OF BEEEEEEEEES!

Four - July 30, 2010 08:45 PM (GMT)
Thank god cell phone radiation is killing off the bees in Europe....wait THEY'RE ALREADY IRRADIATEEEEEED

ScutigeraColeoptrata - July 30, 2010 09:17 PM (GMT)
You might say it's affecting them on the CELLULAR level.

...I feel bad now.

Four - July 30, 2010 09:21 PM (GMT)
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Anyone00 - July 30, 2010 10:23 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Four @ Jul 30 2010, 08:45 PM)
Thank god cell phone radiation is killing off the bees in Europe....wait THEY'RE ALREADY IRRADIATEEEEEED

I thought they were fleeing back to Melissa Majoria.

Obligatory:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4MqTCIDKhU

Also:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXMWv2dXxlA

Poseyman - July 31, 2010 03:07 AM (GMT)
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Dreamer - July 31, 2010 06:49 AM (GMT)
I find it kinda funny how they never really specify WHAT exactly the Toxic Waste that made the Toxic Avenger is composed of, but everybody assumes that because it's glowy and green it's radioactive (Even though real radioactive waste is a dull grey).

Anyway, what about...

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THE MUTANT FROM THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA! Yes, I know it was created fro mAtmospherium and not from radioactive materials, but given that this is a 1950s sci-fi movie parody, is there really much of a difference?

Dreamer - August 9, 2010 05:58 AM (GMT)
THIS TOPIC WILL NEVER DIE NO MATTER HOW MUCH APATHY YOU HAVE IN YOUR HEARTS FOR IT!

Anyway, here's two radiation-created monsters from film:

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Everything I've heard about this movie says that it's drek, but at least the monster design (created by the excellent Paul Blaisdell) is good.

The Horror of Party Beach:
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THESE HOT DOGS ARE DELICIOUS!

scythemantis - August 9, 2010 05:16 PM (GMT)
The horror of party beach is ingeniously absurd; they look like muppet fish people with mouthfuls of sausage, but they're actually supposed to be human corpses reanimated by radioactive marine bacteria. A couple of them don't have the fish heads, just featureless sludge-pile heads, so those guys make sense, but that's not as fun.

Lightquake - August 10, 2010 01:05 AM (GMT)
Would Monster On the Campus count?

The basic plot is that a Ceolocanth preserved with radiation causes anything that eats it to de-evolve. This happens to a dog and a dragonfly, at which point someone decides to inject himself with tissue from the ceolocanth. He turns into a Neanderthal (at least, I think it's supposed to be a neanderthal. All I remember is that it had lots of hair and nasty big pointy teeth).

Dreamer - August 12, 2010 05:42 AM (GMT)
Yeah, it would probably count.

Man, I wanted to put some Fallout Creatures in here, but it turns out most of them are created by the FEV. Dammit!

Dreamer - August 17, 2010 09:29 AM (GMT)
By the way, anybody know anything about Gamma World (Basically a post-apocalyptic RPG by the guys who made D&D), and could show some of the monsters?

By the way, why is it that so few people have posted in this topic? I thought everyone would jump on the radioactive-monster partywagon.

Anyone00 - August 17, 2010 01:10 PM (GMT)
My dad had the boxed kit with the rule book that I read as a kid (so it was from the late 70s or early 80s): I remember one of the player races was essentially a furry. The was also a NPC race of green ,two-headed, extra arm humans. I thing there was also a race of small dragon fly winged humanoids with psionic power; so basically radiation created fairies (I also think they tended to be extremely evil).

Bit OT: There was also giant death machines that had their weapons range in Kilometers.

Also, Black Ray Guns SCIENCE!

Dreamer - August 17, 2010 08:14 PM (GMT)
Well, if I were making a post-apocalyptic setting like that, I'd probably have to make a race of giant ants based on the legendary craptacular movie "Empire of the Ants". How is it different enough from Them that I'd choose them as a race? Simple: Even though they are smaller than the ants from Them, the ants in this movie (created by leaking nuclear waste) can actually mind-control humans. So basically you've got humans making sugar and herding non-posessed humans for their insect overlords, mentally dominated due to farting pheremones on people. Shame the effects are crap though.

The movie was made by legendary giant-monster Shlockmeister Bert I Gordon using his usual technique of "Put regular sized things infront of a green-screen/rear-projection-thingy to make them look giant", which could have looked creepy if done properly (The ants looked pretty disturbing when looked at close up actually), but it wasn't. And they also used a crappy latex ant head for close ups, using the time-honored technique of "wave the camera like you're havign a seisure so that they don't notice how fake they look" to camoflauge the suckiness.

but, back on Gamma World, anyone got any pictures of the monsters?

Anyone00 - August 17, 2010 10:35 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Dreamer @ Aug 17 2010, 08:14 PM)
but, back on Gamma World, anyone got any pictures of the monsters?

O.K. after doing some research it was the 1983 2nd edition rule book I read. The primary artist was Larry Elmore II.

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http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2010/03/in-...more-ii_10.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gamma_World_Book.jpg
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/502243/...orld?size=large
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/502251/...orld?size=large
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/502252/...orld?size=large
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/502254/...orld?size=large
http://www.rpg.net/pictures/show-water.phtml?picid=11411
http://mutagenicsubstance.blogspot.com/sea...el/2e%20tuesday
http://cyclopeatron.blogspot.com/2010/05/e...amma-world.html

Am also recalling there was a race of giant mantis with human level intelligence that you could meet in random encounters (you didn't have to fight them you could bribe them with food and convince them to become a henchman).
There was also an army of anthropomorphic animals lead by an insane bear that thought he was Napoleon.

Dreamer - August 18, 2010 03:20 AM (GMT)
:blink: Huh. I have come to the conclusion from your last link that Gamma World is very very very weird. Here's some more radioactive movie monsters!

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Caltiki is neat because he's one of the most nasty, fleshy, viceral blob monsters I've ever seen (in fact, the director said the monster puppet was made out of tripe, and stunk to high heaven later in the shooting). According to the movie, he's a single-celled organism enlarged to giant size through radiation. Never mind that that's impossible according to the Square-Cube law (The largest they get is around the size of a fist according to our patriarch Scythe), it still looks cool.
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The Cyclops, basically a version of The Amazing Colossal Man, both films being done by Mr. Bert I Gordon himself, but with a very interesting deformity. It's kind of a neat mutant-y take on the cyclops.

FEEL FREE TO JUMP ON THE RADIATION TROLLEY AND PSOT ON HERE ANYTIME YOU WANT PEOPLE! DON"T WORRY, IT'S NOT AS TUMOR-FILELD AS YOU HAVE BEEN LEAD TO BELIEVE!

Ebe - August 18, 2010 03:54 AM (GMT)
On one of this forums earlier incarnations we had a thread about a game that was pretty old, and seemed to involve recruiting teams of demons to go into dungeons full of robots.

The twist is that all the "demons" are human survivors from a post apocalyptic setting that turned them into werewolves, succubi, slimes etc.

It's all in Japanese, and from the game play videos I've seen is actually a pretty terrible RPG, but some of the monster designs (and though a bit off topic, some of the robots) were really neat.

Beating the game involved finding out some kind of giant space slug was involved, and then everyone turned back into humans.

But yeah, Scythe had pictures of some of the evolved humanity.

xolta - August 18, 2010 04:28 AM (GMT)
The fined without a face is a fun movie. It got hoping brain monsters made by fallout It sucked peoples brains. I never understood why it did not get a squeal or a remake. It make a good movie for a Halloween party.
Were you can watch it
http://www.thatfilmsite.org/watch-25837-Fiend-Without-a-Face
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Heck angry beavers parody it.
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OLR7Z6TR

Woodsy - August 18, 2010 04:46 AM (GMT)
I think they squeled alot in that movie, xolta.

Admiral_Aorta - August 18, 2010 06:16 AM (GMT)
At first glance I thought that fiend was sitting at a desk, which led to me thinking of a group of office workers having a radioactive brain monster for a boss.

Dreamer - August 19, 2010 04:08 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Ebe @ Aug 18 2010, 03:54 AM)
On one of this forums earlier incarnations we had a thread about a game that was pretty old, and seemed to involve recruiting teams of demons to go into dungeons full of robots.

The twist is that all the "demons" are human survivors from a post apocalyptic setting that turned them into werewolves, succubi, slimes etc.

It's all in Japanese, and from the game play videos I've seen is actually a pretty terrible RPG, but some of the monster designs (and though a bit off topic, some of the robots) were really neat.

Beating the game involved finding out some kind of giant space slug was involved, and then everyone turned back into humans.

But yeah, Scythe had pictures of some of the evolved humanity.

Well, did they specify nuclear war, or was it just assumed?


Dreamer - September 5, 2010 04:33 AM (GMT)
I AM THE THREAD NECROMANCER, BEHOLD MY UNHOLY POWAAAAAAAH!

Anyway, Xolta made me remember this one, so...

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TABONGA!

Nuclear fallout from a nearby test site was one of the three reasons given for Tobonga's being given life, the other two being some "serum" administered by the white scientists and a native ritual. If you've read the Head Injury Theater review (Which you should, as it's hillarious) you'll probably know that this film is stupid racist towards the native Hawaiians.



xolta - September 5, 2010 10:44 PM (GMT)
I did some good and I have only seen that film once. I need to See It came from hell again it all of its fifties racism.

Dreamer - September 29, 2010 02:47 AM (GMT)
I AND MY POWERS OF THREAD NECROMANCY WILL CRUSH THOSE WHO STAND IN MY WAY!

Anyway, what about the killer-snake-hand-guy from The Curse 2 The Bite?

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(head Injury theater pic because I couldn't find a good one from the film)

And, it's even more horrifying than I thought it was, thanks to the info I learned fro mthe TVTropes Body Horror page. To quote them-

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Curse II: The Bite (an in-name-only sequel to The Curse, a movie loosely based on Lovecraft's The Colour out of Space) features a man bitten on the left hand by a snake, one implied to have been exposed to radioactive waste. At first he just experiences some weakness and vomiting, but then his personality starts getting colder. When we see that his hand has mutated into a snake's head, and it kills two people (one by jamming itself down a police deputy's mouth & throat and tearing out his heart, the other by tearing a nurse's jaw off), he freaks out and chops it off. But it doens't stop there another snake grows out of the stump and strangles a man with its super-long tonuge (frog-snake?), then as he chases his girlfriend snakes begin bursting out of him. His left eye pops out, and snakes wriggle out of it as if it were some sort of egg. His tonuge elongtaes and detaches, and wriggles after her. He vomits up three or four large snakes, before his mouth opens so wide his head splits in half and a giant snake (which appears to have his spinal column for a body) pops out and chases after the girl. Earlier we see hints of the transformation trauma to come, in the form of a dog which had been bitten and mutated into a snake-dog hybrid.

xolta - September 29, 2010 02:56 AM (GMT)
The mosner form green hell is a cool Them! colne that takes palce in africa.
The basically is a radioactive rocket crashes and cause a ant to grow big and kill stuff.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_from_Green_Hell

Dreamer - September 29, 2010 03:02 AM (GMT)
Actually, I think it was a wasp. And while the effects and plot were bad (or so I'd heard), the monster design is actually pretty good, thanks to one Mr. Paul Blaisdell, who had the excellent ability to create cool monsters on a low budget.


xolta - September 29, 2010 03:35 AM (GMT)
I thought it was a male ant.
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MuscoviteMica - September 29, 2010 08:54 PM (GMT)
If no one's said it yet, Chernobyl actually has an issue of one species of bird getting messed up due to the radiation, and they breed with the rest, and now it's starting to cause some sort of issue for the survival of the species. Anyone else heard of this?

Dreamer - September 30, 2010 09:07 PM (GMT)
Huh, I don't know. It sounds pretty interesting though. Also CHUD!

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Radiation-mutant hobo/ghouls that eat people! How can you not love that?!

FRISCOFUGLY - October 1, 2010 04:57 AM (GMT)
if you lived at all during the 90's then you'll recognize this guy

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Rasec Wizzlbang - October 1, 2010 05:06 AM (GMT)
UP AND ATOM

Lightquake - October 1, 2010 08:33 PM (GMT)
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