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Teenage Monster (1958)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Western | 8 January 1958 (USA)
In 1880 a young boy is exposed to the effects of a meteor and becomes an ugly killer monster, as his mother hides him in her new house and tries to stop his killing.



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Cast overview:
Ruth Cannon
Stuart Wade ...
Sheriff Bob Lehman
Gloria Castillo ...
Kathy North
Marv Howell (as Charles Courtney)
Gil Perkins ...
Charles Cannon (as Gilbert Perkins)
Deputy Ed
Gabe Mooradian ...
Fred Fox
Stephen Parker ...
Charles Cannon as a Boy
Jim McCullough Sr. ...
Jim Cannon (as Jim McCullough)
Frank Davis ...
Man on Street
Arthur Berkeley ...
Man with Burro


In a little Western town, a boy is subjected to rays from a meteor. As a result, he grows into a teenaged, hairy, psychopathic killer. His mother hides him in her basement. Written by Paul White <pwhite@bigfoot.com>

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Horror | Sci-Fi | Western


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Release Date:

8 January 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meteor Monster  »

Box Office


$57,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The first day's shooting was "day for night". Because the new director of photography was inexperienced in shooting day for night,the entire day's shooting had to be scrapped because the camera negative was so underexposed that an acceptable image could not be printed from it. See more »


When Kathy is on the bed her head changes position between shots; in the wider shot she is looking away from the window, in the close up towards it. Simultaneously, in the wide shot the 'monster' is to the left hand side of the window but in the close up that follows, he has jumped to the right. See more »


Referenced in Fear in the Dark (1991) See more »

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They say your 50th IMDb review should be special, so let's review "Teenage Monster"
23 February 2003 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Surprise, surprise... "Teenage Monster" isn't all that bad a sci-fi movie. Sure, the teenage monster is laughable: he doesn't look scary at all (just hairy) and you're left wondering if Gil Perkins decided to play a monster with a speech impediment or if he's trying to speak normally and the make-up is making him mumble. Anyway, the result is pretty hilarious. (I meant to say "scary", but the only word I could think of was "hilarious".)

But "Teenage Monster" is pretty educational: did you know what happens when a meteor strikes a father and his son? Well, I didn't! Apparently such a meteor strike kills a grown man, but not a child. However, the child will grow up with an exceptional amount of facial hair. Okay, so the plot seems to be ludicrous to non-existing at first, but give it a few minutes (not too many, the movie is only just over 60 minutes long) and see how scriptwriter Ray Buffum (also the man who penned "Teen-Age Crime Wave", "Brain from Planet Arous" and "Island of Lost Women") adds a few interesting touches to the script: see how the monster's mother tries to hide her son from the villagers (it doesn't help that the sheriff is in love with her) and how the monster is abused by another character. This may not sound too spectacular (and indeed it isn't), but do remember that most 50s sci-fi films offered you a cheesy monster and a dull story: "Teenage Monster", directed by Jacques R. Marquette (famous for directing "Teenage Monster" and ... oh, that's it?), at least tries to offer the viewer a compelling story. Compelling it isn't, but at least it keeps you from being bored and waiting for the next scene with the unconvincing monster.

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