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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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Paul G. Carlson
Leigh Drake ...
Kathy Nolan (as Donna Leigh Drake)
Gregorio Sala ...
Patrick Wright ...
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Timothy Wayne Brown ...
Crawford MacCallum ...
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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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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 »

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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 »

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Janet Price: This is a great stew, what's in it?
Johnny Longbow: Lots of things. Chicken. Corn. Green peppers. Chili.
[sigh]
Johnny Longbow: Onions... well, it's an old recipe around here.
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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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References The Bat People (1974) See more »

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And what a cheesy track it is!
13 October 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Fragment of meteorite gets lodged in young man's head, causing him to turn into a monstrous lizard-man when the moon rises.

Track of the Moon Beast is a fine example of drive-in B movie schlock! The movie consists of a thin story line, hokey dialog, less than impressive cast, and an all around look of 'we filmed this scene in my back yard'. It's a wonder the movie managed to hide from the people at Mystery Science Theater 3000 for ten years.

Yet despite all its campy trappings, I can't really say that I dislike this movie! Being a lover of B cinema it's rather enjoyable in a non-serious kind of way. I do give the film kudos for its surprisingly decent horror makeup, it's not surprising that this was early work from Rick Baker. The moon beast should have gotten more screen time though. Star Chase Cordell makes for an OK hero/victim and Gregorio Sala is memorable as a long-winded native American expert. Alas the rest of the cast is pretty weak, especially the wooden Donna Leigh Drake who doesn't have a believable line in the whole film! Still the tongue-in-cheek qualities keep it entertaining.

So, for those who enjoy their horror on the cheesy B movie side, you just might like this amusing monster flick.

** 1/2 out of ****


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