Teenage Monster (1958)

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


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Cast overview:
Anne Gwynne ...
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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Release Date:

8 January 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meteor Monster  »

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$57,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Cinematographer Jacques R. Marquette and his Marquette Productions made this film because they needed a very inexpensive feature to fill out the bottom of a double-feature package with their previously produced The Brain from Planet Arous (1957). Marquette kept production costs as low as possible by shooting the picture himself and hiring an inexpensive director. However, the day before principal photography was to begin, the director quit the production, claiming that he had been offered a 14-week contract by a major studio. Marquette had no time--or money--to hire another director, so he took over the job himself, making this his only film as director, and gave the job of cinematographer to a new cameraman whose first job this was. 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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Like Something Seen On St. Marks Pl.
7 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Conflating the Western, horror and teenage movie genres as it does, "Teenage Monster" (1957) is a unique experience indeed. It also features the most frightening monster in a late 1800s Western setting since Mercedes McCambridge stalked through the plains of "Johnny Guitar" (1954). In this film, a meteor that looks like a July 4th sparkler crashes near the mine of the Cannon family, killing Paw and turning young Charles into a mutant of sorts. Seven years later, Charles is the eponymous teenage monster, killing cattle and the occasional passerby, while his Maw must hide him from the townsfolk and deal with her new blackmailing hussy of a housekeeper. Charles, as a teenager, looks like nothing more than a long-haired and long-bearded hippie with bad teeth (I've seen worse walking the streets of the East Village!), despite the makeup work by Jack "Frankenstein" Pierce. His garbled, whining attempts at speech are reminiscent of a constipated canine and are quite pathetic, but still had me cracking up somehow. Anne Gwynne, who was featured in any number of 1940s Universal horror films, is fine as Charles' sacrificing mother, and, actually, their relationship is kinda sweet. Still, the film, fun as it is, is patently ridiculous, and with a very rushed ending to boot. Even my revered "Psychotronic Encyclopedia" calls it "awful." My tastes must be getting more and more dubious, though, because I did have a good time with this unique little quickie.

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