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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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A warning bell sounded before "horrific" scenes. See more »

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Walter Perrera: I was here this afternoon. He wasn't here then.
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Neglected Horror Gem
11 March 2002 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

Here is a most fetching and atmospheric take on H.G.Well's "The Island of Dr. Moreau", in which a mad scientist attempts to create "animal-men". This dark and moody film, filmed in the dense Filipino jungle, is a good example of horror-noir, with its excellent cinematography reminiscent of the European New Wave. The strong plot offers up gore, rape and torture, and some effective monster make-up. There was even a gimmick in the film's theatrical release, a "Terror Bell" that would ring whenever the squeamish were urged to look away. It rings only once, sounding like an old telephone, when the doctor slices open his "panther man". A great first try from producers Kane Lynn and Eddie Romero, who would soon unleash the incredible "Blood Island" films on the world.


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