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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)
...
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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Storyline

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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It will scare the living _yell_ out of you! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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1 July 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Satan mit den tausend Masken  »

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(Ryder Sound Services)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was advertised with the tagline "See the Ghastly Ghouls in Flaming Color!" However, most of the movie was in black and white with only the final two reels in color. 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 »

Quotes

Jeffrey Clayton: [Surprised that Pete has declined severance pay] Turn down money? Maybe you've been living too long with these monsters!
Pete Dumond: Sometimes I find them better company than humans.
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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

You've Got to Have Ee-Ooo
Lyrics by Skip Redwine Music by Paul Dunlap
Sung by John Ashley
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"Eee-Uuu!"
1 May 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Pseudo "behind-the-scenes" look at Hollywood from American International Pictures, filmed (naturally) on the cheap though still retaining a certain cheesy style that is both commendable and entertaining to watch. A nefarious make-up man for a movie-studio is up to no good, turning the actors he's working on into killers. Has some movie-monster camp appeal, and A.I.P. stable-hunk John Ashley has a fabulous scene midway through (singing "You Gotta Have That Eee-Uuu!" while surrounded by a bevy of fishnet-clad chorus girls!). It's a great bit, with Ashley snarling and snapping his fingers like a post-pubescent Elvis, but the rest of this horror outing is a bit too tame and talky. ** from ****


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