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The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 12 April 1962 (Mexico)
After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Clarke ...
Patricia Manning ...
Nan Peterson ...
Patrick Whyte ...
Dr. Frederick Buckell
Fred La Porta ...
Dr. Jacob Hoffman
Peter Similuk ...
William White ...
Police Lt. Peterson (as Bill Hampton)
Robert Garry ...
Dr. Stern
Donna King ...
Suzy's Mother
Xandra Conkling ...
Suzy
Del Courtney ...
Radio Deejay
Richard Cassarino ...
Barfly / Man on Beach with Kids / Policeman (as Cass Richards)
Helen Joseph
Darryl Westbrook
Bill Currie
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After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.

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The Blaze Of The Sun Made Him A Monster! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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12 April 1962 (Mexico)  »

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Saurus  »

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$58,500 (estimated)
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Trivia

Robert Clarke later helped spoof this movie when it was re-dubbed and re-released as What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983) See more »

Goofs

During a scuffle between George and Gil at Trudy's house, George pulls out a Colt Model 1903 handgun and forces Gil outside. But when the scene resumes outside, the gun is now a Luger. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Frederick Buckell: Liquor and science don't mix well, apparently.
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Featured in Headhunter (1988) See more »

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Strange Pursuit
Sung by Marilyn King (as Marylyn King)
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Watch out for those darn radioactive isotopes!
17 December 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Robert Clarke wrote, directed, and starred in this film about a scientist that is exposed to a special radioactive isotope that makes him change into a lizard-like man everytime he is touched by the rays of the sun. Clarke is the scientist that has a drinking problem and an overactive libido as well. The film is VERY cheaply made, and most of the actors(okay, all of the actors) could have really benefited from a few acting lessons. The film nonetheless is very entertaining. There are some scenes which will make you laugh and cry( a higher level of laughter) because of their ineptitude and improbability. The scene where our evolution from fish and lizards being described is a gem, as are the two scenes where Clarke really goes overboard screaming "Why Me!" and the like. There are some well-shot scenes too. The ending is very nicely done, and the scenes with Clarke and a little girl have some poignant moments. The gal playing Trudy, a night club singer that Clarke dates in the middle of an evening trying to help him forget his plight no doubt, is Nan Peterson and a REAL knockout! Peterson shows more than ample cleavage to keep even the most hardened of critics entertained. All in all required film viewing for the aficionado of le bad cinema.


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