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Half Human (1958)
"Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  August 1955 (Japan)
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Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them, go to the island to capture the monster and wind up shooting its son. Then ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Dr. John Rayburn
Momoko Kôchi ...
The Girl
Akira Takarada ...
The Boy
Akemi Negishi ...
The Mountain Girl
Russell Thorson ...
Prof. Philip Osborne
Robert Karnes ...
Prof. Alan Templeton
Sachio Sakai ...
Third Member of Ski Party
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Prof. Tanaka
Kokuten Kôdô ...
Old Tribe Leader
Morris Ankrum ...
Dr. Carl Jordan


Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them, go to the island to capture the monster and wind up shooting its son. Then the trouble starts. Written by

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1400 pounds of frozen fury that moves like man! Half-man, half-beast but all monster! See more »


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August 1955 (Japan)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This is a highly edited version of Jû jin yuki otoko (1955) with American footage added. See more »


Prof. Alan Templeton: Were these people you refer to savages?
Dr. John Rayburn: Not to the point of eating their own dead. They were a strange, ignorant, superstitious, uncivilized tribe. They decorated the camp with the skulls of their ancestors.
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When Good Movies Go Bad
6 June 2002 | by (Fort Worth, Texas) – See all my reviews

Toho got drunk with stupidity and Inoshiro Honda suffered for it. Toho got a worldwide hit when 20 minutes of inserts featuring Raymond Burr were added to "Gojira" and retitled as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters." Unfortunately, studio execs overlooked the fact that it was Burr's superior acting and stark narration that got the attention. They added inserts of American actor Myron Healey to Honda's "Varan, the Unbelievable" and it tanked. They did the same to "Half Human," giving rights to an American producer who added boring clips of John Carradine and Forrest Tucker ("F-Troop"). The library music-style score for the American insert clashed horribly with the original score and Carradine's narration seems out of place since he appears in absolutely no scenes in Japan.

Sadly, after the utter disaster of this flick, Toho took the negatives of the original and locked them away. Even though "Gojira" and "Varan" have made it to American television, albeit only once, in their original forms, this film is still not available to the public.

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