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The Mad Monster (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 15 May 1942 (USA)
A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.

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Cast overview:
Johnny Downs ...
George Zucco ...
Anne Nagel ...
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Sarah Padden ...
Gordon De Main ...
Prof. Fitzgerald (as Gordon DeMain)
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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
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Officer Dugan (as Charles Whitaker)
Gil Patric ...
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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>

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


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1.37 : 1
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The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1942, but passed uncut several years later. See more »

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Dr. Lorenzo Cameron: You realise, of course that this country is at war. That our armed forces are locked in combat with a savage horde that fight with fanatical fury. Well that fanatical fury will avail them of nothing when I place my new serum at the disposal of the war department. Just picture gentlemen: An army of wolf men. Fearless! Raging! Every man a snarling animal! My serum will make it possible to unloose millions of such animal men. Men who are governed by one collective thought: the animal lust to kill,...
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Zucco is fine and believable as the mad scientist
28 October 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

George Zucco was like Boris Karloff in the fact no matter how poor the film he appeared in was, he would always maintain a sense of dignity and turn in a fine performance. "The Mad Monster" is no exception to that rule. It is by all standards a poor (if entertaining) film. The filmmakers obviously didn't know how to make the most of their low budget and the script seems as if it was turned out in one or two days. Still, Zucco is fine and believable as the mad scientist.

The film itself is enjoyable on a camp level. Normal horror movie fans for the most part won't take a liking to PRC films. However, these "Poverty Row" productions have a small but loyal cult following. Occasionally they would rise above their limitations with "Detour" being the best example of this. Usually they looked like this. For all its technically poor qualities, "The Mad Monster" is an amusing enough way to kill a rainy afternoon. The DVD from Retromedia is recommended, as it pairs this with another PRC production "The Black Raven", the original theatrical trailer, and best of all an interview with Glenn Strange talking about his role in this movie. (4/10)


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