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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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(screenplay) (as Harry Paul Harber)
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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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For People With NERVES Of Iron Only! 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 "Maaannna"
7 January 2008 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

The high impact scenes -- the cat creature breaking loose after being tortured by the Igor-like assistant and being set ablaze; the creature strapped to a gurney, tortuously attempting to learn the word "man" and the climactic action -- more than make up for the dreary domestic drama.

This movie scared the hell out of me when I was nine and it can still work some real magic. The sympathy you feel for the panther man is evoked with real skill.

It's so sad that this film's legacy became the awful Dr. Lorca and John Ashley Blood Island movies.


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