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How to Make a Monster (1958)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  1 July 1958 (USA)
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When master monster make-up man Pete is sacked by the new bosses of American International studios he uses his creations to exact revenge.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert H. Harris ...
Pete Dumond
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Rivero
Gary Conway ...
Tony Mantell (Teenage Frankenstein)
Gary Clarke ...
Larry Drake (Teenage Werewolf)
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Security Guard Richards
Dennis Cross ...
Security Guard Monahan
Morris Ankrum ...
Police Capt. Hancock
Walter Reed ...
Detective Thompson
Paul Maxwell ...
Jeffrey Clayton
Eddie Marr ...
John Nixon
Heather Ames ...
Arlene Dow
Robert Shayne ...
Gary Droz
Rod Dana ...
Lab Technician
Jacqueline Ebeier ...
Jane
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Martin Brace - director of 'Werewolf Meets Frankenstein'
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Accomplished but eccentric movie make-up artist Pete Dumond has been with the studio for decades and is totally devoted to his art especially in the creation of screen monsters. His world ends abruptly when new management acquires the company and arbitrarily decides that the horror cycle has run its course, and the studio will now concentrate on escapist musicals. When Dumond hears he will be pink-slipped, the neurotic but usually affable Pete turns psychotic and vows vengeance on the two movie executives responsible. Using a combination of hypnosis and a newly developed chemical formula, Dumond is able to use mind control to compel the young actors playing the teenage Frankenstein and werewolf to exact vengeance for him. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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1 July 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Satan mit den tausend Masken  »

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Trivia

In one scene the visitors to the studio are told that they are going to be taken to the set of Horrors of the Black Museum (1959). This was an advanced plug for what would be the next film to be produced and written by Herman Cohen. See more »

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The visitors to the studio are told they are about to visit the set of Horrors of the Black Museum. That film, which was also produced and written by Herman Cohen, was actually shot in England, not at the U.S. studio. See more »

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Pete Dumond: [Trying to justify horror films] Why, even psychiatrists say that in all these monster pictures there's not only entertainment, but for some people there's therapy. Well, you know, we never get over our childhood fears of the sinister - those terrifying faces we see in our nightmares. Well, through these pictures we can live out our hidden fears. It helps.
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You've Got to Have Ee-Ooo
Lyrics by Skip Redwine Music by Paul Dunlap
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No great shakes but amusing--especially for AIP fans
2 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monster makeup man Pete Dumond (Robert H. Harris) is told the studio is closing down his shop because they've decided to stop making horror films. He vows revenge. The final film he's on has a teenage werewolf (Gary Clarke--not Michael Landon) and a teenage Frankenstein (Gary Conway reprising his role from the original). He puts a drug in their makeup that make them obey him and orders them to kill the studio heads.

Pretty much forgotten horror movie--for good reason! The plot is sort of interesting but it's basically a 30 minute plot stretched out to 74 minutes! A lot of talk but little action. There's also a pointless (and pretty funny) musical number by John Ashley squeezed in (purportedly he had some hits in the 1950s).

Some of the acting is good. Harris is enjoying himself and Clarke has some good moments. Conway however seems uncomfortable. The best part of this movie is the final 11 minutes--they're done in color (the rest of the film is in b&w). We get to see a good bunch of AIP monster masks, some blood, and Harris, Clarke and Conway in full color. Fans of AIP monster movies will get more of a kick out of this than anyone else. For the color ending alone I give this a 7.

Be aware--most TV prints have the whole film in b&w--the DVD has the color.


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