I posted the following on rec.arts.sf.written and got a possibility: 'The Magnetic Monster' from 1953. Any others?

Here's the movie:

I'm pretty sure it's from the fifties. I only saw it as a kid.

Scientists are investigating some force (living?) they have captured in some sort of facility. It keeps getting more and more powerful. It becomes a serious global (?) threat. It reminds me in retrospect of 'The Andromeda Strain'- a government/research facility being the site of the movie. I think the force was kind of magnetic - it was not that the force was threatening to explode, but to suck everything in to it (?).

I know that's really not much to go on - I'm pretty sure it was B&W.

It was really riveting to me way back then. I was pretty young which explains the vagueness of my recollection.

Any help appreciated!


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    You're certain it's not The Magnetic Monster?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 16:34
  • If it was a book, I would have told you "Le titan de l'espace" by Yves Dermeze, because it has that exact plot and it came out in 1954. But since it is a movie, can't help you. Sorry.
    – jo1storm
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 16:51
  • a little different story, but which involves: some force getting bigger and bigger, a facility, and magnetic shields: the forbidden planet (a real treat of a movie) Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 17:08
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magnetic_Monster sounds like a winner to me.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 17:08
  • Recently watched this: Inventor in black-and-white era inadvertently creates magnetic "life" that pulses destructively every so often, hero scientist leads efforts to understand and then quench the thing. Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 17:39

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"The Outer Limits"(TV series 1963-65)

Episode 11 from the 1st season: "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork"?

The story transpires in a research facility, it involves the accidental creation of an energy creature that grows and becomes stronger each time it feeds. It's in black & white and the creature looks like a dark morphing cloud with flashing lights inside of it. Here is the IMDb page which has photos posted, including the creature.


And here is the 1st 2 minutes of the episode from YouTube, in which the creature is 1st introduced.


A movie with some similarities, but not exactly what you described is:

The Forbidden Planet (imdb)

It contains a lot of what you remember:

  • scientists
  • investigating some (living?) force
  • that keeps getting more and more powerful, until becoming a global threat
  • a "government/research" (in reality, some ancient civilisation) facility is prominently featured
  • and the effect of the creature (and some containment measures) heavily involves magnetic forces

Maybe this movie fits the bill?...

(and it is a good movie, anyway!)

  • Forbidden Planet was in color and the monster was an energy monster created by the machine under the planet based on Morbius's ID when he engaged the brain-machine interface.
    – vadertime
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:25

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