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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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Ruth Cannon
Stuart Wade ...
Sheriff Bob Lehman
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Kathy North
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Marv Howell (as Charles Courtney)
Gil Perkins ...
Charles Cannon (as Gilbert Perkins)
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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
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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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Wild! Wanton! Weird! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi | Western

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8 January 1958 (USA)  »

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Meteor Monster  »

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$57,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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This was shot under the title "Meteor Monster" but the title was changed to "Teenage Monster" due to the success of monster movies from other distributors which has the word "teenage" in the title. When it was released to U.S. television, the title was changed back to "Meteor Monster" for the 16mm television syndication prints. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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So bad it's great....
13 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie came out in the late 1950's when science fiction/monster/teenager movies were all the rage, so I guess the producers of this picture decided to try and combine all three, plus throw in a western setting to come up with 1957's "Teenage Monster". This movie is cheesy, but is actually not bad, if you can get past the "monster", who is not scary looking at all, but instead looks like a 50 year old half man, half ape in cowboy boots and jeans. It's unintentionally hilarious.

The premise of the movie is that a teenager turns into a hairy beast after being exposed to a meteor that fell to earth and killed his father when he was a little boy. The movie never explains why the father was killed and the boy survived, and why being exposed would turn him into a cross between the incredible hulk and an ape who mumbles when he speaks and is several sandwiches shy of a picnic.

Ann Gwynne plays the monster's mother. She is a good actress, but she is pretty much reduced to scolding the teenage monster and crying throughout most of the movie. Despite these flaws, this movie really a hoot. I love cheesy 1950 drive in movies, and this is one of the better ones in my opinion.


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