MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 668 this week

The Mad Monster (1942)

 -  Drama | Horror | Romance  -  15 May 1942 (USA)
3.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.1/10 from 978 users  
Reviews: 36 user | 18 critic

A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 25 Mar 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 3612 titles
created 04 Aug 2012
 
a list of 199 titles
created 08 Dec 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Mad Monster" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Mad Monster (1942)

The Mad Monster (1942) on IMDb 3.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Mad Monster.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An insurance investigator arrives at a creepy mansion to protect a millionaire who has had death threats made against him.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Jack Haley, Jean Parker, Bela Lugosi
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

The hand of a dead astronaut comes crawling back from the grave to strangle the living

Director: Herbert L. Strock
Stars: Peter Breck, Kent Taylor, Rod Lauren
Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2/10 X  

A mad doctor builds a robot in order to steal a valuable Aztec treasure from a tomb guarded by a centuries old living mummy.

Director: Rafael Portillo
Stars: Ramón Gay, Rosa Arenas, Crox Alvarado
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Pat Morgan and Ted Kord are rival newspaper reporters always trying to outscoop each other. They join together to solve a series of murders being committed in an apartment building.

Director: Albert Ray
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Harvey Clark
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus
Stars: Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

After Los Angeles is invaded by an army of subterranean monsters a small group of people must fight for survival in the deserted metropolis.

Director: Robert Hutton
Stars: Robert Hutton, Les Tremayne, Robert Burton
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance.

Director: Mario Caiano
Stars: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné
Certificate: Passed Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community with a heroic teenager attempting to destroy the creature.

Director: Ray Kellogg
Stars: Don Sullivan, Fred Graham, Lisa Simone
Sci-Fi | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  

A spaceship crashes upon an unexplored planet, and the rescuers sent to search for survivors discover that decades have passed due to time dilation.

Director: Arthur C. Pierce
Stars: Wendell Corey, Keith Larsen, John Agar
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Johnny Downs ...
George Zucco ...
Anne Nagel ...
Glenn Strange ...
Sarah Padden ...
Grandmother
Gordon De Main ...
Prof. Fitzgerald (as Gordon DeMain)
...
Child's Mother - Susan
Reginald Barlow ...
Professor Warwick
Robert Strange ...
Professor Blaine
Henry Hall ...
Country Doctor
Ed Cassidy ...
Child's Father (as Edward Cassidy)
Eddie Holden ...
Jed Harper
John Elliott ...
Prof. Hatfield
...
Officer Dugan (as Charles Whitaker)
Gil Patric ...
Detective Lieutenant
Edit

Storyline

Dr. Cameron has succeeded in his experiments with a serum which will turn a man into a wolf-like monster, and is ready to avenge himself on the men who caused his professional failure. He uses it on his gardener Petro and one after the other is killed by his creation. His daughter, Lenora, grows suspicious and confides with newspaper reporter Tom Gregory. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The blood of a wolf he placed in the veins of a man... and created a monster such as the world has never known!


Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mad Monsters  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Sigmund Neufeld and director Sam Newfield were brothers. Sam "Anglicized" the family name and Sigmund didn't. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Lorenzo Cameron: Yes, I know. You'd like to join your brothers outside and howl at the moon. But you're serving a much better purpose. Yes, you're serving science through me.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Horror Incorporated: The Mad Monster (1942) (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
"I don't know what's come over me, I must have a touch of swamp fever."
18 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems to me that you'll either love or hate this offering, judging by the comments of other reviewers for the film. As a fan of the genre, I'll always give the benefit of the doubt to the plus side, I rather got a kick out of "The Mad Monster", with George Zucco as a deranged scientist, given to phantom meetings with his former colleagues who drummed him out of academia for his outlandish experiments and theories. After all, if you're looking to ingratiate yourself with the War Department, you might want to check the dictionary for a suitable replacement for an "army of wolf men".

But it's exactly this kind of weirdness that makes the film fun, especially when Dr. Lorenzo Cameron (Zucco) injects his gardener assistant Petro (Glenn Strange) with a serum of wolf blood to transform him into a revenge machine. With cunning precision, Cameron launches his creation on a scientist killing spree, taking out his detractors one by one while maintaining a self assured calm, not to mention a perfect alibi for his whereabouts each time. A half dozen years following his wolf man portrayal, Strange would take on the role of the feature creature in 1948's "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein".

What gives the movie it's most endearing charm however are the neat fog shrouded swamp scenes replete with hanging moss; for a poverty row effort I don't think I've ever seen it done better. It's the perfect touch for midnight viewings on a dark and stormy night.

Let's give some credit to the supporting cast, Anne Nagel as Lenora Cameron, the mad doctor's pretty daughter, who has a bit of a thing for newspaper reporter Tom Gregory (Johnny Downs), hot on the trail of the "beast on two legs" story. Downs is actually top billed over Zucco and Glenn Strange in this effort, though that's highly questionable. One look at Doctor Cameron, and one take of his diabolical laugh is all that's needed to know that it's George Zucco's show all the way. Just turn down the lights for maximum atmosphere, and in Petro's own words, you "ain't got no reason to be afraid".


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This film is in the public domain matthewnaylor1210
It's spooky. dalmain
Discuss The Mad Monster (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?