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How to Make a Monster (1958)

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

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Pete Dumond
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Rivero
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Tony Mantell (Teenage Frankenstein)
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Larry Drake (Teenage Werewolf)
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Security Guard Richards
Dennis Cross ...
Security Guard Monahan
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Police Capt. Hancock
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Detective Thompson
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Jeffrey Clayton
Eddie Marr ...
John Nixon
Heather Ames ...
Arlene Dow
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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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1.66 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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: Just remember, an artist must have no fear. Why, a creation is almost a sacred thing - all creations! The Good Lord created saints, and he also created sinners. He created the lamb and the fawn, but He also created the wolf and the jackal. Who can judge which is the most praiseworthy?
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References The She-Creature (1956) See more »

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You've Got to Have Ee-Ooo
Lyrics by Skip Redwine Music by Paul Dunlap
Sung by John Ashley
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Early Post-Modern Horror.
30 October 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Herbert L. Strock once again directs a horror thriller for AIP, but this time with a twist: This story is about AIS studio make-up artist Pete Dumond(inspired by real-life Universal make-up artist Jack Pierce?) who turns homicidal after new owners fire him, intending to phase out horror pictures altogether! Enraged, he uses a combination of hypnosis and his own chemical compound to transform actors Gary Conway(Teenage Frankenstein) and Gary Clarke(Teenage Werewolf, in place of Michael Landon)into real monsters, who kill all those who would put Pete out of work. Local police are of course baffled. Despite a clever premise, this is otherwise uninspired, being just another standard revenge picture, leading to a silly and abrupt finale. Still, it is amusing to think of the unfinished "Teenage Werewolf Vs. Teenage Frankenstein" picture being made in the film!


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