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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:
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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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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

When the doctor is talking about how humans develop in the womb, he places a picture of a cro-magnon man on top of another book showing pictures of "intermediate classes" of animals. When he removes the picture, however, the book is showing pictures of the developing stages of a human. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dr. Frederick Buckell: Don't cry, Ann... Perhaps you should cry. The rest of us've got to have any hope that this life was... not wasted.
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Edited into What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983) See more »

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Strange Pursuit
Sung by Nan Peterson
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It's not terrible--fun for fans of cheesy horror and all others should beware
11 March 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

My score of 3 doesn't really mean that I hated this film. In fact, I enjoy watching cheesy 1950s and 60s horror films. However, no matter how much I enjoy them, I have to be realistic and admit that their technical merits are usually horrendous. With THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMON (a rather inappropriate title, by the way), the budget was next to nothing and it really shows. The script also is not particularly inspired or original, though the film is watchable.

Actor Robert Clarke stars in this film he also wrote and co-directed. While his name is probably not one you've heard of before, he did a ton of TV appearances over the years--particularly in the 1960s in such shows as "Dragnet". He's a competent actor though given the budget, you really can't blame him for coming up with a silly film.

This is another nuclear radiation film where a scientist is exposed to the stuff. But, instead of turning really big (THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN) or tiny (THE AMAZING SHRINKING MAN), here the guy cannot go into sunlight or he becomes a hideous looking monster--at least until he's left the sunlight and allows himself to become normal once again. To me I kept wondering why Clarke's character was so stupid that he'd "forget" and suddenly realize it's becoming daytime throughout the film. People with Porphyria learn to avoid sunlight, yet this dummy keeps making the mistake of being out too long. Unfortunately, when he is out in the sun, he seems to become a bit emotionally unstable, though he's nothing like a "sun demon". He's more like a guy who's a bit cranky and stupid, that's all! Overall, very watchable for fans of the genre but don't expect it to be among the best. Just a typical film you'd find on a typical exceptionally tiny budget.

By the way, look at the box art that is shown on IMDb. I think the yellow artwork might just rank as the ugliest in film history.


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