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The Human Torch (1963, Donald F. Glut)

Sure, at one point the Human Torch appears to be a naked Ken doll painted red, but come on… it’s The Human Torch. I think it’s unintentional, but at times director (and star) Glut makes the Torch’s “flaming on” seem positively painful. Or maybe the rubber hand Glut ignited just melted fast.

The Torch short has a couple stand out elements. First (or second, chronologically speaking), there’s a great flying cut. Glut runs toward the camera, which tilts up with him as he takes flight and he disappears into the air. It’s a magical film moment, so magical I don’t even want to consider how he did it.

Second, he packs a lot into three or four minutes. He even figures out how to take away the Torch’s powers to make the struggle more human.

Torch is undeniably goofy, but Glut’s strong filmmaking instincts are very much on display here.

1/3Not Recommended

CREDITS

Edited and directed by Donald F. Glut; screenplay by Glut, based on the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Starring Donald F. Glut (The Human Torch) and Rich Hagopian (The Raven).


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Tor, King of Beasts (1962, Donald F. Glut)

While Tor, King of Beasts is a remake of King Kong, director Glut comes up with a few new twists for the retelling.

The two most obvious are the futuristic plane Glut (he also stars) and his companions use to the get the island. At first I wondered if it was time travel. Second, there’s no girl. So why do the guys go after Kong? Sorry, I mean Tor. Apparently because they’re jerk kids.

The stop motion when Tor is alone is sort of lame (in a way I’d never be able to do it), but once Tor’s got something to do, Glut excels. He brings real personality to the animation, even if it’s never quite believable as a giant monster.

However, once Tor gets to civilization, Glut’s depth tricks work much better.

After the slow start, Tor is decidedly impressive at times. Those times make up for the rest.

2/3Recommended

CREDITS

Written, edited and directed by Donald F. Glut.

Starring Donald F. Glut (Carl Denham), Bill Bungert (crew member), Rich Hagopian (crew member), Charles Martinka (crew member) and Doug Hoffman (crew member).


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