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Terror Is a Man (1959)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  November 1959 (USA)
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A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage.

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William Fitzgerald finds himself shipwrecked on an island whose native inhabitants have recently fled. His civilized host, the secretive Dr. Charles Girard, explains that they were superstitiously fearful of his scientific work. Now the only people on the island are the castaway, the scientist, his voluptuous wife, his sleazy assistant, his beautiful native servant and her young son. But there may be one more man on the island: it's all a matter of philosophy and semantics. It seems Dr. Girard is surgically transforming a panther into a human being. The trouble is, the creature is not above killing members of the species he has recently joined. Written by J. Spurlin

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THE BELL TELLS-ARE YOU CHICKEN? CAN YOU LOOK AT BLOOD CREATURES WITHOUT CLOSING YOUR EYES WHEN THE BELL RINGS (all "Blood Creature" reissue posters and ads-all caps) See more »

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Walter Perrera: I was here this afternoon. He wasn't here then.
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Terror Is a Man was a fascinating Drive-In '50s fare from the Philippines
23 October 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just discovered this Philippine(My parents' native country)-made horror movie here on IMDb as linked from Hulu. Despite the bland romantic trappings between the triangle of Francis Lederer, Richard Derr, and the buxom blonde from Denmark named Greta Thyssen, this was a pretty effective chiller during the last 30 minutes as effectively visualized by Gerardo de Leon with I'm sure help from producer Eddie Romero. There's also some nice work from the natives like Oscar Keesee as the villain, his son Peyton as the innocent boy, and stunning Lilia Duran as the other hired help. And then there's the creature played by Flory Carlos who spends most of the movie wrapped in bandages. His mummy-like performance gets effective treatment due to the music by Ariston Avelino. May be most effective to maybe to those 12 and under who haven't seen anything gory yet. Certainly the "buzzer" that warns of a 15-second "surgery" scene was nothing that shocked my senses! So on that note, Terror Is a Man is worth a look for fans of old-fashioned Drive-In fare.


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