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Man Made Monster (1941)

 -  Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  28 March 1941 (USA)
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Mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

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"Big Dan" McCormick is the sole survivor of a bus crash into hydro lines. 5 others were electrocuted. Intrigued by Dan's apparent immunity to electricity, Dr. John Lawrence, distinguished elector-biologist, asks Dan to visit him at his laboratory, where Lawrence's assistant, Dr. Paul Rigas, is secretly conducting experiments to prove his theory that human life can be motivated and controlled by electricity. Rigas persuades Dan to submit to tests, where Dan absorbs increasingly powerful charges until he develops an amazing degree of immunity, and becomes a walking hulk of electricity. Rigas does a final test of pouring a tremendous charge into Dan's body, and Dan becomes superhuman and his body glows. He is also a robot that is controlled by Rigas. When Lawrence tries to stop the experiment, Rigas orders Dan to kill him. Rigas removes the electricity from Dan's body and he becomes a shrunken shell. Despite the efforts of June Meredith, Lawrence's niece, and newspaper reporter Mark ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DEATH-DEALING DYNAMO!..All the furies of nature in his electric-charged body...his revenge-wracked brain! (originl poster) See more »


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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »

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Dr. Paul Rigas: ...eventually a race of superior men can be developed, men whose only wants are electricity.
Dr. John Lawrence: But, man, you're challenging the forces of Creation!
Dr. Paul Rigas: The forces of Creation? Bah! You know as well as I do that more than half the people of the world are doomed to a life of mediocrity - born to be nonentities, millstones around the neck of progress, men who have to be fed, watched, looked over, and taken care of by a superior intelligence. My theory is to make these people of more use to the world. By...
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Excellent Universal Sci fi/horror
24 January 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Man Made Monster was Lon Chaney Jnr's first horror picture and I found this movie enjoyable.

A man is involved in a bus crash and he turns out to be the sole surviver of this. A mad scientist then takes him in and learns he is immune to electricity. After being sentenced to death for killing a man, he survives the electric chair and then goes on the rampage killing several people and then runs out of electricity and dies through this. The parts where the dog makes friends with him lets the movie down a little. This doesn't seem to fit in with the main story.

As well as Lon Chaney Jnr, the movie has an excellent role from Universel horror regular Lionel Atwill and Anne Nagel plays the main female role.

This movie is an excellent way to spend an hour one evening.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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