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Teenage Monster -- A rare fusion of the Old West, gothic horror and science fiction. Rays from a mysterious meteor kill one man and infect his teenage son with a mutating werewolf-like malady. The "Meteor Monster" goes on a murderous killing binge and terrorizes the countryside as the sheriff and townspeople watch in horror. One of the last films of legendary special effects make-up artist, Jack Pierce, who created the original Boris Karloff make-up in "Frankenstein" and "The Mummy."


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Release Date:
8 January 1958 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Anne Gwynne ... Ruth Cannon
Stuart Wade ... Sheriff Bob Lehman
Gloria Castillo ... Kathy North
Chuck Courtney ... Marv Howell (as Charles Courtney)
Gil Perkins ... Charles Cannon (as Gilbert Perkins)

Norman Leavitt ... 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

Directed by
Jacques R. Marquette 
Writing credits
Ray Buffum (writer)

Produced by
Jacques R. Marquette .... producer
Dale Tate .... associate producer
Original Music by
Walter Greene 
Cinematography by
Taylor Byars 
Film Editing by
Irving M. Schoenberg 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Walters .... assistant director
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... shooting title (property master)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Bos .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Walter Greene .... conductor
Other crew
J. Lawrence Cassingham .... technical advisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Meteor Man" - International (English title)
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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 Ed Wood (1994)See more »


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Well, I've seen worse!, 8 December 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

mother's acting! just get him fixed Kathy uses him

"Teenage Monster" is a bad film...period. Anyone who sees any brilliance in this film is not to be trusted--they MUST be insane! However, on the positive side, I have seen worse and there is a certain silly charm that make it worth seeing if you are a bad movie buff. Otherwise, you should avoid this film like Ebola!

The film is set in the old western times. It begins with what looks like a sparkler falling out of the sky--killing a man and injuring his son. The mother is, somehow, unhurt. Years pass. Now the mother lives with her son--who is hidden from everyone because he looks a lot like a wolf-man and Dan Haggerty put together! Despite looking like a large adult, he's supposedly a teenager with the mind of a child. The problem is that he periodically escapes and kills people. Oops! And, when a local lady learns about this, instead of telling the authorities, she blackmails the mother AND turns the creepy were-thingy into a hired killer!

It's pretty easy to read this and know that the plot was stupid. Additionally, the makeup for the 'kid' was simply awful and looks like it cost about $8 to make! Combine this with some really bad acting (particularly from the mother) and you have a film with very little to recommend it. Other than kitsch value, I can't see anyone caring about this monstrosity.

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