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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Mantell (Teenage Frankenstein)
Security Guard Richards
Dennis Cross ...
Security Guard Monahan
Police Capt. Hancock
Eddie Marr ...
John Nixon
Heather Ames ...
Arlene Dow
Gary Droz
Rod Dana ...
Lab Technician
Jacqueline Ebeier ...
Thomas Browne Henry ...


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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Release Date:

1 July 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Satan mit den tausend Masken  »

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Samuel Z. Arkoff wanted Bela Lugosi for the lead in this film. Lugosi was an influence to Arkoff years before. Unfortunately, Lugosi had died in 1956. See more »


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 »


Larry Drake: [Looking at the horrific heads on the walls] What are those?
Pete Dumond: My family... my children!
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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »


You've Got to Have Ee-Ooo
Lyrics by Skip Redwine Music by Paul Dunlap
Sung by John Ashley
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Entertaining Horror Film With Unique Twist
29 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

A make-up man named Pete Dumond(well-played by Robert H. Harris) seeks revenge on a group of new studio executives who fired him by unleashing his Frankenstein and Werewolf creations upon them! He controls the young actors in the costumes via a special make-up which turns the actors into Pete's zombies.

This film is a little bit more serious than most of Herman Cohen's productions and a such just a little bit less fun. Still you can tell the actors/actresses involved here are enjoying themselves and their roles and this spirit does manage to come across to the audience. The color climax is wonderfully achieved and features some of Paul Blasidell's finest creations in a surprisingly intense sequence. Good solid B-entertainment.

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