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Monster on the Campus (1958)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 May 1959 (Finland)
The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.




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Complete credited cast:
Madeline Howard
Nancy Walters ...
Sgt. Powell
Helen Westcott ...
Alexander Lockwood ...
Prof. Gilbert Howard
Dr. Oliver Cole
Sgt. Eddie Daniels


A college professor acquires a newly discovered specimen of a prehistoric fish. While examining the find he is accidentally exposed to it's blood, turning him into a murderous Neanderthal. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Release Date:

1 May 1959 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Monster in the Night  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut for Nancy Walters. See more »


Just before sergeant Daniels encounters the monster, he is talking on a police phone box. He tells the person that he is at call box B-26. However, in very large letters, the box is identified as E-26. See more »


Professor Donald Blake: Ah, the human female in the perfect state - helpless and silent.
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The one-sheet poster lists "The Beast" as the sixth cast member. See more »


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Well worth watching if you like scary fun
28 January 2001 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Although this film reportedly wasn't one of director Jack Arnold's favorites, I personally have enjoyed it very much through many viewings. The story is a Jekyll-Hyde variation, but it offers real suspense and some genuine scares from a director that knows how. The only (minor) disappointment is the creature's makeup (not seen 'til near the end), which unfortunately is revealed to us in a brightly-lit room; makeups like this are more effective when glimpsed fleetingly in the dark. That small quibble aside, this film offers lots of scary fun for those in the mood. (The same can be said of Arnold's earlier films for the same studio, "It Came From Outer Space" (1953) and "Tarantula" (1955).

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