Bad Cinema: Attack Of The 50 Ft. Woman (free)

  • Central Library 201 West Mifflin Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States

The Madison Public Library’s “Bad Cinema” program has usually focused on films from the 1980s and 1990s, so it's a surprise that this is a screening of the original 1958 version of Attack Of The 50 Ft. Woman and not the less-remembered 1993 version directed by Christopher Guest and starring Daryl Hannah. Going all the way back to the OG is a good call, though, since it dips the series' toes into the warm waters of low-budget Cold War-era schlock that’s too good for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment, but still technically crappy enough to warrant an ironic viewing. Get those engines running early on some post-screening hot takes about how it’s a metaphor for the threat to masculinity from a powerful woman with legitimate axes to grind. By which I mean definitely do not do that. —Chris Lay