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Monster on the Campus (1958)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  1 May 1959 (Finland)
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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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Arthur Franz ...
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Madeline Howard
Judson Pratt ...
Lt. Mike Stevens
Nancy Walters ...
Sylvia Lockwood
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Jimmy Flanders
Phil Harvey ...
Sgt. Powell
Helen Westcott ...
Nurse Molly Riordan
Alexander Lockwood ...
Prof. Gilbert Howard
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Dr. Oliver Cole
Ross Elliott ...
Sgt. Eddie Daniels
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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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Co-ed beauty captive of man-monster! Campus terror! Students victims of terror-beast!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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1 May 1959 (Finland)  »

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Monster in the Night  »

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Trivia

Prof. Donald Blake (Arthur Franz) has a collection of facial reconstructions depicting the ascent of man from the early hominids to modern man (or woman in this case, actress Joanna Moore). One of them is that of The Piltdown Man, whose "discovery" in 1912 was exposed as a hoax in 1953, five years before this movie was released. See more »

Goofs

When we see the "anthropoid's" face for the first time, the bottom of the mask is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Lockwood: [Seeing a giant dragonfly at the window, she screams]
Professor Donald Blake: Don't open the door! It'll escape!
Sylvia Lockwood: Who cares?
Professor Donald Blake: I care! I want it!
Jimmy Flanders: Well, what is it?
Professor Donald Blake: I don't know! We'll find out when we catch it!
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Referenced in Ding et Dong le film (1990) See more »

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Fun B Horror, but not Arnold's best
10 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Jack Arnold's last sci-fi horror for Universal isn't as good or as much fun as most of his previous efforts (including the oft-overlooked "Tarantula") but it has its own virtues to recommend it. The story is a clone of "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" -- except that in this case, we have a college professor who keeps accidentally coming into contact with chemical agents which transform him into an aboriginal "throwback."

Not much killing, or action at all for that matter, and in retrospect the film's manner in general is too straight and serious for its flimsy materials. Not much sympathy or interest is generated before the film runs its course, but an audience may get a few laughs from some of the stilted dialogue and from the oversized "throwback" creatures that appear from time to time to terrorize unsuspecting coeds and jocks.

The female lead was written to have a very unappealing personality -- for one thing, when the scientist she supposedly loves is getting really interested in his work, she goes over his head to his boss (who "happens" to be her father) to have him investigated for insanity! Maybe he just wasn't paying enough attention to her.... anyway, I don't think many in the audience would have minded if she HAD gotten hers from the monster in the end....


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