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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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Tagline:
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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An homage to AIP 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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73 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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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:
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:
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.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An homage to AIP, 6 April 2005
Author: Noel (Teknofobe70) from Bromsgrove, England

It could be argued that American International Pictures revived the werewolf in the late 50's with "I Was A Teenage Werewolf". It was released at a time when television was becoming common in the home, which meant that fewer people went out to the movie theatres. Those that did were largely of a teenage audience, something that AIP clearly understood, and the success of their movie ensured a revival of the whole genre.

In this clever, self-referential sequel (of sorts), American International Studios are closing down production of horror movies in order to make more musicals, which sounds fairly true to life in what may have been happening in some studios at the time. Anyway, this means that famed makeup artist Pete Dumond, possibly based on Jack Pierce, will be out of a job because he specialises only in monsters. He isn't too happy about all this, so he decides to take revenge on the new owners of the studio by turning his "Teenage Werewolf" and "Teenage Frankenstein" actors into real monsters using a mind control makeup paste thingy. It all takes place during the filming of a "Teenage Werewolf meets the Teenage Frankenstein" movie.

This is a pretty neat idea, and the script explores it very well. There's some great cheesy dialogue, a wonderful lead performance from Robert H. Harris as the makeup artist, and from Paul Brinegar as his nervous assistant. The two 'teenage' stars, who were actually in their early twenties when this film was made, play their roles with that all-American wide-eyed innocence that actually works pretty well in parts such as this.

AIP were famed for producing their horror movies on low budgets, often less than a hundred thousand while at the time major studios generally set their budgets in the millions. This movie doesn't really look that cheap, the sets look perfectly fine especially the final set in the makeup artist's house where the big finale takes place. This also features a dramatic shift into color so that you can appreciate his mask collection even more, which is pretty neat.

"How To Make A Monster" is a very entertaining film, which I'd recommend to anyone who likes these cheesy old horror movies. You won't be disappointed.

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