Track of the Moon Beast (1976)

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A young man is transformed into a hideous "moon beast" due to a meteor fragment lodged in his body.


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Cast overview:
Chase Cordell ...
Paul G. Carlson
Leigh Drake ...
Kathy Nolan (as Donna Leigh Drake)
Gregorio Sala ...
Patrick Wright ...
Francine Kessler ...
Timothy Wayne Brown ...
Crawford MacCallum ...
Jeanne Swain ...
Alan Swain ...
Fred McCaffrey ...
Tim Butler ...
Gary Kanin ...
The Newscaster
Frank Larrabee ...
Lead Singer
Joe Blasco ...


Professor "Johnny Longbow" Salina, a man who really knows his stews, introduces Paul Carlson to the practical-joking Kathy Nolan. Paul and Kathy seem to hit it off rather well but, during a meteor storm, a meteorite fragment strikes Paul, burying itself deep in his skull, which has the unpleasant side-effect of causing Paul to mutate into a giant reptilian monster at night and go on murderous rampages. It turns out that this sort of thing has happened before, when Professor Salina rediscovers ancient Native American paintings detailing a similar event many centuries ago. Kathy, however, still loves Paul, and tries to save him. Written by Leo L. Schwab <>

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The Rising Moon Creates A Monster


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Did You Know?


Shot in September 1972, then sat on the shelf for 4 years, looking for a distributor. In the end, it went straight to television. See more »


Midway through the movie, when Paul is suffering from the Moon Beast illness, the camera zooms in on an obvious photo of the full moon. See more »


Kathy Nolan: But you're going to kill him with a bow and arrow?
Johnny Longbow: Not with just any old bow and arrow but with this!
[shows a bow with a asteroid]
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Crazy Credits

The movie has no ending credits at all, not even the traditional 'the end' title card. The final scene just fades to black. See more »


Referenced in Mulholland Drive (2001) See more »


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Unintentionally funny 70's
19 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is awful, I agree, although arguably it does (sort of) come together near the end of the flick. The Track of the Moonbeast was an inclusion on a DVD trilogy I ordered for the movie Snowbeast, starring Bo Svenson, that's how I ran across it. What an unexpected bonus Moonbeast turned out to be! Assuming, of course that you are into making fun of the 70's. The movie plays like an episode of Barnaby Jones, with elements of the Brady Bunch and Chips and Star Trek and the Incredible Hulk mixed in. The girl is pretty hot, too, in a definite amateur way. The script is poor and forced, and the characters are highly cartoonesque. I love the scene where the Indian professor and the police chief investigate the scene of our first Moonbeast victim. Pure 70's, baby! Great fun! Enjoy!

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