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The Manster (1959)

An American reporter in Japan is sent to interview an eccentric Japanese scientist working on bizarre experiments in his mountain laboratory. When the doctor realizes that the hapless ... See full summary »

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Larry Stanford
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Linda Stanford
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Dr. Robert Suzuki (as Satoshi Nakamura)
Terri Zimmern ...
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Ian Matthews (as Van Hawley)
Jerry Itô ...
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Toyoko Takechi ...
Emiko Suzuki
Kenzo Kuroki ...
Genji Suzuki
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Shinpei Takagi ...
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Geroge Whyman ...
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An American reporter in Japan is sent to interview an eccentric Japanese scientist working on bizarre experiments in his mountain laboratory. When the doctor realizes that the hapless correspondent is the perfect subject for his next experiment, he drugs the unfortunate man and injects him with a serum that gradually transforms him into a hideous, two-headed monster. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Half-Man, Half-Monster!

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28 March 1962 (USA)  »

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Originally released in the US on double feature with George Franju's "Eyes Without a Face" (1960). See more »

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Misspelled word in opening credits. "From an original story..." reads "From an ORIGNAL story..." See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1996) See more »

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More than a monster movie
20 June 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Everyone has already commented on their (mostly happy) childhood memories of The Manster, but the film actually has aspirations beyond those of the typical monster fest. The film is surprisingly bold about sexuality, hinting frankly at both rape and adultery. The Manster could be posited as a film that anticipated the free love of the late 60s, the 'split' as psycho-sexual as it is physical. Larry is, after all, a happily married average joe until his libido is aroused by a serum introduced via Mickey Finn by a 'mad' doctor. It's a bit like George Harrison being introduced to LSD by his dentist. As his desire for rough and raw sex increases, his body begins to mutate, leading to the infamous shoulder eye and second head. A cautionary tale, well told and ultimately very conservative, but thoroughly enjoyable on more than one level.


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