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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 ...
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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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The film was originally refused a UK certificate in 1959 (as "Teenage Monster"). It was eventually released in 1995 fully uncut with a PG certificate. See more »

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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 Fear in the Dark (1991) See more »

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Good entertainment for lovers of bad movies.
7 March 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

20 years before "Track of the Moon Beast", another classic, we got this wonderfully idiotic piece of junk about a characters' exposure to a falling meteor. That person is a child named Charles Cannon, who seven years later has become a hilarious anthropological throwback (complete with makeup by Jack Pierce). His mom Ruth (Anne Gwynne) never tries very hard to keep him hidden from the world, as he's always out and about maiming and killing people. Their fortunes would be seem to be improving when they finally strike it rich in the old family gold mine, but of course just keep getting worse and worse.

You can't feel too sorry for Ruth; she leaves the poor creature (played as a teenager by 50 year old Australian Gil Perkins) to his own devices far too often.

The actors, also including studly Stuart Wade as the local sheriff, Norman Leavitt as his brave deputy, and stuntman / actor Chuck Courtney as the slimy Marv, give admirably straight faced performances, but the movie belongs to Gloria Castillo as Kathy, an abduction victim turned conniving charmer. She's a pleasure to watch. And God bless her, Ms. Gwynne emotes for everything that she's worth.

Charles' appearance is amusing, if not Pierces' best work, and his vocalizations (which occasionally become coherent) are damn funny for a while.

This is another "good" one for watching with beers and buddies.

Five out of 10.


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