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The Unearthly (1957)

 -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  28 June 1957 (USA)
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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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Dr. Charles Conway
Myron Healey ...
Mark Houston (as Myron Healy)
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Grace Thomas
Marilyn Buferd ...
Dr. Sharon Gilchrist (as Marylyn Buferd)
Arthur Batanides ...
Danny Green
Sally Todd ...
Natalie Andries
Tor Johnson ...
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
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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 <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

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Guaranteed TO FRIGHTEN! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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28 June 1957 (USA)  »

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House of the Monsters  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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The Lobo character here (who can speak) was created by writers Mann and Black. He is a different character than the mute Lobo created by Ed Wood Jr. in "Bride of the Monster" and "Night of the Ghouls". Screenwriter Jane Mann was the wife of director Boris Petroff. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Police Captain George Reagan: [after seeing the victims of Conway's experiments] Good Lord - what if they DO live forever?
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Toccata & Puke
18 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oily, smarmy Charles Conway (John Carradine) is a mad scientist obsessed

with discovering the secret to immortality. In his isolated mansion deep in the heart of nowhere, he conducts sinister experiments on society's forgotten victims

  • lovely girls with no families for the most part, but also uncontrollable


mental cases and escaped criminals. Assisted by icy Dr. Sharon and old puddin' head Lobo (the unforgettable Tor Johnson), Conway develops a super gland which,

when surgically implanted into a beautiful young girl, will supposedly render her immortal, but which instead turns her into human beef jerky. The next victim in line is lovely Allison Hayes, who takes a break from playing bitchy vixens and 50 foot tall women to play the role of innocent and depressed Grace. Can

super-manly handsome police stud Mark Houston save her in time?

This is a very silly film with some pretty good acting. Arthur Batanides goes over the top in his role of hyper freak Danny, and Lobo lumbers around the set like a giant toddler, spouting such memorable lines as: "Time for go to bed!" John

Carradine looks a little embarrassed by the whole thing, but they try to make the best of a bad, cheap situation. Allison Hayes is sweet and ultra-feminine as Grace, running around in see-through nighties, looking adoringly up at Mark

and sobbing a lot. Myron Healey seems to be wishing that he'd been Dana

Andrews in "Laura," and does a halfway decent imitation as the street-smart

detective who gets the girl. The tension builders consist of a twitchy guy in a basement and John Carradine plays Bach on the organ over and over and

OVER again to set the proper mood. If the mood was supposed to be restless

irritation, then I guess he succeeded. But really, this isn't a bad little film all in all. Fans of Ed Wood's brand of schlock may very well enjoy it, if only to see Tor Johnson playing - what else? - a big bald weirdo. On a scale of 10. I'd give it an even 5.


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