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The Incredible Shrinking Man
Directed by Jack Arnold • 1957 • United States
Starring Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent
This existential science-fiction drama boasts some of the most ingenious special effects of the 1950s, as well as a surprisingly sophisticated philosophical underpinning. While catching some rays on his brother’s yacht, Scott Carey (Grant Williams) is enveloped by a mysterious cloud. Soon after, he discovers that he’s getting thinner—and smaller. As the rapidly diminishing Scott adjusts to a new life in which ordinary house cats and spiders are adversaries in a fight for survival, he is also left to ponder the meaning of his increasingly small place in the universe. Directed by genre specialist Jack Arnold (IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) and written by legendary fantasy author Richard Matheson, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN is true B-movie poetry.