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Track of the Moon Beast (1976)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | May 1978 (USA)
A young man is transformed into a hideous "moon beast" due to a meteor fragment lodged in his body.

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(as Dick Ashe)

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(as William Finger),
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Credited cast:
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 ...
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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 <ewhac@best.com>

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The Rising Moon Creates A Monster

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Trivia

Bill Finger and Charles Sinclair wrote the script in a weekend. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Johnny Longbow: I don't really know, My guess is that there is some unusual element in this fragment that synchronizes with that larger mass over there and it produces some kind of energy reaction!
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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 »


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California Lady
Written by Frank Larrabee
Sung by Frank Larrabee
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I love Jonny Longbone
26 May 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I really think a rating of 1.6 stars or whatever is a little unfair. Yeah, the movie is ridiculous, but isn't it kind of fun too? In particular, I liked the very earnest portrayal of wise native american scientist Jonny Longbone. His conviction of character when he lamely jokes about Paul switching from anthropology to minerology (to any viewer's befuddlement) is almost charming. I mean, he plays a character whose name, "Jonny Longbow," somehow TRANSLATES into OTHER ENGLISH WORDS ("Warrior's bow that reaches long to its mark"), and yet somehow I completely bought his performance the whole time. I really found him quite endearing, and was sad to learn that this was the only film he ever appeared in. I understand that a lot of people write these incredibly negative reviews after seeing movies made fun of on Mystery Science Theater, and I think the Track of the Moon Beast episode was great and stands out. But there have been many, MANY worse movies shown on Mystery Science Theater than this, right? The Creeping Terror? The Beginning of the End? I think in terms of characters, story, plot, and visual cohesion, this is actually one of the better films ever shown to Mike and his robot friends. I would normally only give this movie 2 stars, but to show that I really believe in its positive merits, I will proudly bestow upon it 3 full stars. Yes it is a terrible movie, but it posseses a level of cohesive realization that some movies that are actually somewhat good do not posses.


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