The Unearthly (1957)

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Mad doctor uses patients at his isolated psychiatric institute as subjects in his attempts to create longevity by surgically installing an artificial gland in their skulls, with disastrous results.


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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Charles Conway
Myron Healey ...
Mark Houston (as Myron Healy)
Grace Thomas
Marilyn Buferd ...
Dr. Sharon Gilchrist (as Marylyn Buferd)
Arthur Batanides ...
Sally Todd ...
Natalie Andries
Lobo II
Roy Gordon ...
Dr. Loren Wright
Guy Prescott ...
Police Captain George Reagan
Raymond Guth ...
Police Officer Miller (as Raymond Guta)
Harry Fleer ...
Harry Jedrow
Gloria Petroff ...
Screaming Woman
Paul McWilliams ...
Police Officer Ed


Professor Charles Conway is a mad scientist attempting to develop the proverbial fountain of youth by creating "the 17th gland". Ignoring all aspects of scientific ethics, his research subjects are people who have no family and are under the impression that the doctor can cure their depression. However, his research hasn't been successful and his subjects are turned into grotesque zombies. Some of Conway's patients begin to catch on to his scheme and intend to stop him. Written by Brian D. Switzer <>

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Release Date:

28 June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House of the Monsters  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Actor Arthur Batanides stated that he believed that the house where they shot this feature once belonged to Mary Astor. See more »


When Danny Green is apparently shot by Lobo in the stomach, there doesn't seem to be any sign of injury or blood. See more »


Lobo: Time-fo'-go-ta-bed.
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Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Plodding horror film with effective ending.

Although made in 1957, THE UNEARTHLY is one of those throwbacks to the kinds of cheap horror pictures cranked out by minor studios in the 1940's that often starred Bela Lugosi, or George Zucco, or as in this film, John Carradine as a mad scientist. This film, with John Carradine as a mad scientist trying to create immortal beings must of seemed old and shopworn to 1957 audiences. The film is talky and plodding. Scenes are dull. The last ten minutes the film picks up speed and we get a chance to see the botched results of Carradines experiments and some fine make up work by Harry Thomas. Its the only thing from preventing me from calling this a total disaster. Oh! I almost forgot, Allison Hayes is sexy.

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