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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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Madeline Howard
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Nancy Walters ...
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Phil Harvey ...
Sgt. Powell
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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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1 May 1959 (Finland)  »

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Monster in the Night  »

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Arthur Franz only played Prof. Donald Blake. Once the makeup transformation scenes were over, stuntman Eddie Parker did every scene as the Monster. See more »

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As the Professor injects himself with coelacanth plasma, the camera pushes in slowly on the reel-to-reel tape recorder. The cameraman's shadow can be seen briefly on its front panel. See more »

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Professor Donald Blake: Ah, the human female in the perfect state - helpless and silent.
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Referenced in Ghost Chase (1987) See more »

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Laughable In Spots; A Typical Hokey '50s Sci-Fi Film
11 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is another movie offered in the recently-released Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection that, like the others, offers a good DVD transfer. This story isn't quite up to a few of the others, but it's still interesting which is the main thing. A boring sci-fi film would be inexcusable.

This one is almost laughable in spots because it does have a Grade-B feel to it. The main actor, Arthur Franz, sounds like a wooden in spots and is a bit too serious. The rest of the cast, except for wooden-voiced pretty boy Troy Donahue, is fine.

The story is totally ludicrous and a feeble, shameless attempt to promote evolution. Only a leftist loony would believe this stuff. It's presented so

I wish they had at least put in more tension in the earlier "monster" scenes. What the monster looked like was totally left up the viewer's imagination, until the final dramatic scene when he was "exposed." That was cool; a kind of wolf-man look. Earlier, the super-sized dragonfly was so poorly done it was funny.

It's decent, nothing notable but a okay part of the five-movie Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection DVD that was released in the fall of 2006. I've seen three of these so far and have been impressed with the transfer on these discs.


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