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The Mad Monster -- 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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Fred Myton (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1942 (USA) See more »
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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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A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kitsch, a Werewolf and an utterly mad scientist! What more could you wish for? See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Johnny Downs ... Tom Gregory
George Zucco ... Dr. Lorenzo Cameron
Anne Nagel ... Lenora Cameron
Glenn Strange ... Petro
Sarah Padden ... Grandmother
Gordon De Main ... Prof. Fitzgerald (as Gordon DeMain)

Mae Busch ... 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

Slim Whitaker ... Officer Dugan (as Charles Whitaker)
Gil Patric ... Detective Lieutenant
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Directed by
Sam Newfield 
 
Writing credits
Fred Myton (original screenplay)

Produced by
Sigmund Neufeld .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Chudnow 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh 
 
Film Editing by
Holbrook N. Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bert Sternbach .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville De Lay .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hans Weeren .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Eugene C. Stone .... special effects (as Gene Stone)
 
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77 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #8264)

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Clocking in at 77 minutes, it ranks as the longest B-picture made on "poverty row" in the 1940's.See more »
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[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.
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Kitsch, a Werewolf and an utterly mad scientist! What more could you wish for?, 25 November 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

This is a really cool movie and, no…I'm not joking! The Mad Monster is a pleasant and fairly original camp-film obviously trying to pick in on the Universal Monster successes. But who cares if it can't live up to the preciously wealthy production values of those films? I sure don't and especially not since it features werewolves and insane men of science which are my two top favorite horror topics! It stars the infamous B-movie legend George Zucco as the very devoted – but equally insane – scientist Dr. Cameron who got banned from the academic community because of his unethical and inhuman experiments. Cameron plots a violent vengeance on those who discredited them and with his groundbreaking new formulas he manages to turn his slightly retarded gardener into a ravenous werewolf. While his cute daughter is unaware of what happens in her father's lab, Cameron sends out his creation to devour his scientific competitors. I can't stress this enough: this film is fun! Not very scary, of course, and the werewolf-transformations & killings mostly happen off-screen. And even when they do make an attempt to use special effects or make up it looks really cheap and kitschy. So, lovers of new-age computerized gore should avoid this at all costs. Zucco is really terrific and the madness can be seen in his eyes throughout the entire film! He even holds imaginary meetings in his basement, trying to convince the world his visions are brilliant! I love this; Zucco surely ranks amongst cinema's most memorable demented doctors. Glenn Strange also was an outstanding casting choice to play the not-so-clever guinea pig. Strange looks an awful lot like Lon Chaney Jr. who made himself immortal one year before by playing …. The Wolf Man! If you're intrigued by undiscovered horror gems, werewolf horror films or just ordinary cult-amusement this is your film! Highly recommended!

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