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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Jack Arnold

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About the Movie

One of the best science-fiction films of the 50's, The Incredible Shrinking Man is a gripping and thought-provoking classic. Scott Carey (Grant Williams) encounters a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip and soon finds his life taking on a bizarre and frightening twist. His physical size begins to diminish as he shrinks to a mere two inches. Suddenly ordinary household situations loom over him with lethal intensity: a playful cat becomes a demon and a spider a gargantuan monster. Carey finds he must rely on his wits to survive in his new oversized world in this fascinating film based on Richard Matheson's riveting screenplay.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Director Jack Arnold works up the chills for maximum effect by the time Williams is down to two inches and the family cat takes after him. – Variety Staff, Variety, Oct 20, 2016

Fresh: The surreal intensity of outsize objects that loom as the hero shrinks is handled effectively, and the mystical happy ending is a better payoff than one would expect of the genre. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A moving, strangely pantheist assertion of what it really means to be alive. A pulp masterpiece. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Oct 20, 2016

Fresh: Sparse direction allows the tension to build naturally so that the terror and poignancy of the story work their way into the audience's brain without being forced. A total classic. – Film4, Oct 20, 2016

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Customer Reviews

All of the other ones copied this one

Saw this a few times as a kid. To me this is the original of all the"shrinking movies" . But unlike it's imitators this movie is a drama and not a comedy. It is told as a narrative by the man who is shrinking. It is certainly worth a rent. But be ready for B&W.

One of the best B movies ever made

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1950s B movie with an A+ premise. Like many other great science fiction films, it uses a deceptively simple concept to explore some decidedly rich territory, both narratively and thematically. In this case, the plot revolves around a man named Scott Carey who finds himself shrinking smaller and smaller due to an accidental exposure to radiation (what else, this being the 1950s). Bolstered by an intelligent script and impressive special effects (with a few dodgy ones thrown in for good measure), Scott’s terrifying descent into obscurity is just as psychologically and thematically resonant as it is viscerally entertaining, and that’s what makes this such a standout sci-fi film. As Scott’s size diminishes, the seemingly harmless domestic world in which he lives becomes increasingly more dangerous: a pet cat becomes a threatening monster, a water heater leak becomes a dangerous flood, and an everyday basement becomes an ominous cavern. Meanwhile, Scott’s voiceover invites us to ponder the existential ramifications of his plight, as the film explores themes of masculinity, hierarchical power structures, and ultimately, how we define our place in the universe. The Incredible Shrinking Man manages to ask some pretty big questions while simultaneously entertaining us with a unique survival adventure story, and that’s what makes it one of the best B-movies ever created.

This movie diminishes over time

I tend to shrink from movies like this. The premise is belittling and it is based on small concept that can be reduced to very little.
Seriously, though, this resembles the original The Fly, both in formula and in the ending.

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1957

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