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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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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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Monster in the Night  »

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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 »

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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 »

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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The one-sheet poster lists "The Beast" as the sixth cast member. See more »

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Just plain bad science. Otherwise a fun film.
5 March 2007 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

A previous commentator writes that: "The story is totally ludicrous and a feeble, shameless attempt to promote evolution. Only a leftist loony would believe this stuff."

Just to set the record straight, the concept of "evolution" promoted by the film is a gross distortion of actual evolutionary theory, suggesting as it does that evolution involves some sort of mystical forces and that certain so-called "living fossils" contain some sort of substance which somehow counteracts these forces. None of this actually makes in any sense, however, in terms of the actual science.

To sum up, evolutionary theory is perfectly valid science, and there's nothing particularly shameful about promoting it as science, contrary to what the above poster might think. OTOH, the movie's conception of what evolution actually means is just plain silly.


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