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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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Complete credited cast:
Greta Thyssen ...
Frances Girard
Richard Derr ...
Oscar Keesee ...
Walter Perrera
Lilia Duran ...
Peyton Keesee ...
Tiago - the Boy
Flory Carlos ...


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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[first lines]
Walter Perrera: I was here this afternoon. He wasn't here then.
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Decent Atmosphere/Too Derivative
16 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Apparently there are scientists around who want to turn animals into men. This is the story of one of them. Of course, the signature story is that of "The Island of Dr. Moreau." Here, a man traps black leopards and evolves them (?) into bipeds that have great strength. He is messing where he shouldn't be messing. A castaway comes along and gets in the way (by being moral in one sense but messing with the pretty wife in the other sense). Anyway, there is a nasty sidekick who hits the animal/man with a two by four and catman becomes violent when he sees this guy. Anyway, other than a kind of oppressive jungle setting, there is little new ground here.

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