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Director:
Writers:
Aben Kandel (original story) and
Herman Cohen (original story) ...
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Release Date:
1 July 1958 (USA) See more »
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See the Ghastly Ghouls in Flaming Color! See more »
Plot:
When master monster make-up man Pete is sacked by the new bosses of American International studios he uses his creations to exact revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
No great shakes but amusing--especially for AIP fans See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Robert H. Harris ... Pete Dumond

Paul Brinegar ... Rivero
Gary Conway ... Tony Mantell (Teenage Frankenstein)
Gary Clarke ... Larry Drake (Teenage Werewolf)

Malcolm Atterbury ... 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'
John Phillips ... Detective Jones
Paulene Myers ... Millie, the pedestrian
John Ashley ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herman Cohen ... Banks, Director in Projection Room (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Studio Groundskeeper (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert L. Strock 
 
Writing credits
Aben Kandel (original story) (as Kenneth Langtry) and
Herman Cohen (original story)

Aben Kandel (screenplay) (as Kenneth Langtry) and
Herman Cohen (screenplay)

Produced by
Herman Cohen .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
 
Cinematography by
Maury Gertsman (director of photography) (as Maury Gertzman)
 
Art Direction by
A. Leslie Thomas  (as Leslie Thomas)
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
 
Makeup Department
Phillip Scheer .... makeup artist (as Philip Scheer)
 
Production Management
Herbert E. Mendelson .... production manager (as Herb Mendelson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert E. Mendelson .... assistant director (as Herb Mendelson)
 
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property master
 
Sound Department
Verna Fields .... sound effects editor
Herman Lewis .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oscar Rodriguez .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Jerry Young .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
 
Other crew
Mary Gibsone .... script supervisor
Lee Scott .... choreographer
Barbara Lee Strite .... production secretary
Paul Blaisdell .... monster suits (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
73 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The visitors to the studio are told they are about to visit the set of Horrors of the Black Museum (1959). 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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Soundtrack:
You've Got to Have Ee-OooSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
No great shakes but amusing--especially for AIP fans, 2 November 2006
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

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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