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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 »


In the beginning scene when they are unloading the prehistoric fish from the van, you can see a reflection of the cameraman on the window of the van. See more »


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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Fun 50's Sci-Fi!
28 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always enjoyed this film that turned out to be Jack Arnolds last horror film and I really do not understand why some people think this is awful. There are some flicks that you don't have to take seriously and all you have to do is sit back and have fun watching. Sure, its silly but most 50's sci-fi is. Why is this worse than others? The music that is used is from other Arnold films most notably "Tarantula" and I'm sure Universal used the same score for countless other movies. A lot of Arnold regulars pop up like Whit Bissell, Phil Harvey, Ross Elliott, Richard Cutting and of course Mr. Ziffel, Hank Patterson! Eddie Parker plays the monster here in make-up, not Arthur Franz and Parker was also in "Tarantula" in two roles. Both as lab assistance who die of that deforming disease. Troy Donahue in one of his early roles is Jimmy and he's especially wooden. But Arnold knows exactly how to tell a story no matter how silly and the scene with the giant dragonfly is fun, so is the whole movie.

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